Felicia Suzanne’s was my last stop for Downtown Dining Week, a great Grand Finale to celebrate the week of my Dining Extravaganza. I have had heard nothing but fabulous reviews on Felicia Suzanne’s, so I was uber excited to try it out. We got there around 8:45 pm and the place was absolutely packed. (Side note: I made reservations 1 1/2 weeks prior, and all they had left was 5pm and 9pm. Shows how much in demand this place is.)
There was good music flowing from the live jazz band and a festive atmosphere that filled the place. We headed to the bar to get a drink and wait on our table. We were sat pretty quickly.
Our server, a very nice and polite guy, greeted us quickly. I like how he had the formality of the restaurant in him, but at the same time you could tell he was relaxed and easy going. Nothing was forced about it, which I find in a lot of fine dining experiences. Basically, he didn’t make me uncomfortable like some servers in fine dining can do. (I still have no idea what to do when someone presents a bottle of wine to me before opening it…)
We were brought a basket of french bread, which was nothing special. It was warm, crispy on the outside, and doughy in the middle. However, it was just french bread.
Our server refilled our wine glasses, and presented us with our Downtown Dining Week Menu:
CHOICE OF APPETIZER:
BLFGT Salad: Crispy Newman Bacon layered with Greens tossed in a Creamy Remoulade Dressing over a Fried Green Tomato
Roasted Butternut and Apple Bisque, drizzled with Pecan Pesto
CHOICE OF ENTREE:
Roasted Tenderloin of Pork over a Pork Belly Hash, Green Tomato Chow Chow
Pepper Crusted WIld Salmon, Sweet Corn Ettoufee, spoonful of Tomato Jam
CHOICE OF DESSERT:
Chocolate Fried Pies, warm Prichards Dark Rum Sauce, Ice Cream
Apple Crisp, Oatmeal Crumb Topping, Brown Sugar Ice Cream
We both got the bisque to start with. Once again, it was cold outside. The soup was perfect. It was creamy, favorful, and everything complimented each other perfectly. You can taste Felicia’s influences of Memphis, New Orleans, and South Carolina all in this one bowl. Scott hates nuts, but thought the soup was great.
For our entrees, Scott got the Pork Tenderloin and I got the salmon. Scott raved over his meal. I am still thinking about this salmon, over a week later. The crust was perfect. The flavors were perfect. Everything about it was perfect.
For dessert, Scott got the fried chocolate pie and I got the Apple Crisp. Scott liked his. I thought it was okay, but I am not too big on fried pies. I did think the rum sauce was a good compliment. I loved my apple crisp. It tasted like grandma’s, maybe better (Sh! Don’t tell her!). It was perfect for such a cold night, and I could have eaten three more of them.
Overall, Felicia Suzanne’s was my favorite out of all of my Downtown Dining Week experiences. I am thankful I was able to squeeze in a reservation here. I do not do fine dining very frequently, but I am lucky to have been able to try this place out. From what I hear, they do lunch as well. Though my pocketbook may hate me for going back during dinner, I may be able to swing a nice lunch or two here.
For more information on Felicia Suzanne’s, visit their website or Facebook Page. You can also find more reviews at Yelp, Urbanspoon, or Trip Advisor. View their menu at Marks Menus or All Menus. They also have some great write-ups from The Memphis Flyer, Go Memphis, I Love Memphis, and Memphis Magazine.