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Garibaldi’s January 19, 2012

Garibaldi’s is a favorite among University of Memphis students.  It’s cheap and delicious food, which makes it a staple in many dormrooms and college students’ stomachs.  College was when I was first introduced to Garibaldi’s.  It is not the best pizza in the world, but it’s a solid pie for a very reasonable price.

 

This particular experience with Garibaldi’s was on New Year’s Day. It was a day of recovery, and this place was one of the few establishments actually open. Not only were they open, but they delivered! Hot food. Fast. Cheap. and I did not even have to change out of my PJs. It was perfect.

 

I was not in the mood for pizza, but to my luck, they also have sandwiches and select appetizers as well.  Scott and I ordered a feast.  He got the Italian Supreme Sandwich.  I got the Meatball Sub. We split an order of Toasted Ravioli and Italian Spinach.

 

Italian Supreme Sandwich

Italian Supreme Sandwich

Meatball Sub

Meatball Sub

Toasted Ravioli

Toasted Ravioli

 

I thought my sandwich was great.  It definitely hit the spot.  The meatballs were tender, and the bread was warm, toasted, and buttery. I would not give the marinara sauce five stars.  It was a little too sweet, but it was a great mix with the savory meatballs and buttery bread.  Scott said his sandwich was nothing special, but it was good.  The toasted ravioli was average.  it tasted like your standard toasted ravioli, with the same marinara that came on the meatball sub.  I love toasted ravioli, though, so I ate it all.

 

I ate the spinach before taking a picture of it, but I can assure you that it is a good size and also yummy.  We also each got a piece of cheesecake, which was also devoured before I had time to snap a photo.  Scott ate the New York Style Cheesecake and I had a piece of Turtle Cheesecake.  It tasted like your standard, store-bought cheesecake.  Nothing that knocked your socks off, but good enough to eat every bite.

 

The speed of delivery is spot on as well, and the delivery guys are very laid back and cool.

 

Overall, Garibaldi’s a solid restaurant.   They have good food at a good price.  The best part is that they deliver, so you do not even have to leave your house to get it.  This is perfect for a lazy day.

 

Here is a description of Garibaldi’s from Go Memphis:

This eatery has three locations — on Walker near the University of Memphis, in Germantown at the Market Square Business Center and on Yates Road in the heart of East Memphis. The Walker and Germantown locations offer dine-in, carry-out and home/office delivery, while the Yates location offers carry-out and delivery only. The menu features fresh pizzas, including its popular pulled pork barbecue pizza, sandwiches and pastas.

 

For more information on Garibaldi’s, visit their website or Facebook page.  You can also find their menu on All Menus.  Check out more reviews at Yelp, Urbanspoon, or Trip Advisor.

 

Garibaldi's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Garibaldi's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Garibaldi's Pizza on Urbanspoon

 

 

Felicia Suzanne’s November 30, 2011

Filed under: Downtown — Shannon R Little @ 4:00 pm
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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 
OR

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 
OR

Pepper Crusted WIld Salmon, Sweet Corn Ettoufee, spoonful of Tomato Jam

CHOICE OF DESSERT:
Chocolate Fried Pies, warm Prichards Dark Rum Sauce, Ice Cream 
OR

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.

 
Felicia Suzanne's on Urbanspoon

 

 

Paulette’s November 28, 2011

Filed under: Downtown — Shannon R Little @ 4:00 pm
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The second stop on my Downtown Dining Week adventure was Paulette’s with my friend Greer.  Paulette’s is one of those restaurants I grew up hearing about, and I always wanted to try it out.  However, when they moved to Harbor Town from Overton Square, I knew it would be even longer until I tried it out.  Overton Square is right around the corner, whereas Harbor Town seems a million miles away.

This week was a great excuse to truck on down there and try it out though.  Paulette’s had a nice romantic atmosphere, which seemed calm and relaxed despite the hustle and bustle of a completely packed house around us.

We were greeted by our server, who was friendly throughout the whole night.  She has a great way of being attentive, but knowing we wanted to hang out and be left alone at the same time.  She first presented with a wine list.  Paulette’s has a nice wine list, so we had lots of choices.

She also brought us out a basket of bread, which reminded us of funnel cake.  It was crisp on the outside, with a little filling.  It was also dusted with powdered sugar.  It was okay, but too sweet for me to eat with my meal. It didn’t go well with the savory and hearty feel of the meal.

 

 

Our server returned with our wine, and we were then given our Downtown Dining Week menu:

CHOICE OF APPETIZER:
Field Greens Salad: Mixed field greens, iceberg romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots tossed in tarragon vinaigrette 
OR

Soup of the Day

CHOICE OF ENTREE:
Chicken Sicilian: Tender chicken breast breaded with fresh garlic, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings and sauteed, served with angel hair and today’s fresh vegetable 
OR

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with sun-dried cherry port sauce, whipped potatoes, and fresh green beans

DESSERT:
White Chocolate Bread Pudding: White chocolate and raspberries baked in an egg bread custard, topped with cream anglaise and Chambord syrup 
OR

Fresh Strawberry Crepe: Fresh strawberries sliced and tossed in brown sugar, folded in a fresh crepe with orange apricot sauce and whipped cream.

The soup of the day was cheese soup, which sounded interesting.  It was also freezing cold outside, so that is what we both got.  The soup was nice and creamy.  It was, however, lukewarm.  That was the main turnoff.  Had it been hot, I think it would have been a lot better.  Greer and I both said we would give it a B-.

 

For our entrees, Greer got the Chicken Sicilian and I got the Grilled Pork

Tenderloin.  Greer’s chicken was good.  I liked the crust on the outside.  It was also tender.  My pork was extremely tender, and it had a good, sweet glaze over it as well.  The potatoes were creamy, and the asparagus was cooked just right: not too mushy, but not too crunchy.

 

 

 

For dessert, we decided to get one of each and then share.  Greer got the crepe and I got the Bread Pudding.  The dessert was the only part of the meal that blew our socks off.  Both were packed with flavor that hit you with the first bite.  The Strawberry Crepe tasted fresh.  How they did that so well with out of season fruit, I have no idea.  The Bread Pudding was perfect for such a cold day.  It not only warmed me up, but forced me to eat the whole thing.

 

 

 

Overall, we both agreed that Paulette’s is a destination for dessert.  The food was good, but nothing worth raving over.  The desserts, however, were fantastic.  Whether I will be back any time soon, though, is another story.  Harbor Town just isn’t anywhere near any of my usual spots.  If you are around the area, though, I suggest stopping in and satisfying your sweet tooth.

For more information on Paulette’s, visit their website or Facebook page.  You can also find more reviews at Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Trip Advisor.  Also, check out their write-up from Memphis Daily News, view their menu at All Menus, or make a reservation at Open Table.

 

Paulette's on Urbanspoon

 

 

Itta Bena November 25, 2011

Oh, Downtown Dining Week.  This is the time of year where I get to go out to fancy restaurants and pretend I live a fancy lifestyle, all for a fraction of the cost.  I made several reservations this week, and my first stop was Itta Bena on Beale Street.

I would first like to start off by saying it took me a good minute to even find Itta Bena.  Most places on Beale are so obvious with their neon signs and loud music, that I get a headache resembling one my mother would complain about.  However, Itta Bena is the exact opposite.  In fact, if you are not looking for it, you would never know it existed.  Itta Bena is located on the third story of B.B. Kings, right at the corner of Beale and 2nd Street.  You almost feel like Alice in Wonderland as people point and direct you to it’s entrance (which they oh-so-nicely do to everyone wandering in with a confused look on their face).

Directions to Itta Bena:

  1. Walk into B.B. Kings looking wildly confused.
  2. Walk up the narrow, windy staircase in front of you. (note: you will see a sign that tells you to go up to reach Itta Bena)
  3. When you reach the platform with a door, do not go in! Walk up one more flight of windy, narrows stairs.
  4. Make a 180 degree turn when reaching the top of the staircase, and enter through the door.
  5. Look relieved and succumb to amused giggling of the wait staff in the restaurant.

Once inside, you are taken to a place that does not even resemble Beale Street.  The atmosphere is romantic with dim lighting, white table cloths, and candles.  You cannot even hear the noise from the street below.  (They must have spent a fortune on amazing sound-proof walls.)

My friend Chris and I are taken to our table, where our server promptly greeted us.  She was great.  She was very friendly, personable, and genuine.

We were presented with a wine menu.  They were out of our favorite red wine (La Crema Pinot Noir…for any of you searching for the perfect Christmas gift for me), so we choose to split another great bottle.  Itta Bena doesn’t have a fabulous wine list, but it is good enough for us to pick something great.

We were then presented our bread basket, full of what seemed like Sister Shubert rolls. Yum!

 

 

Next we were presented with the Downtown Dining Week menu:

CHOICE OF APPETIZER:
Signature She-Crab Soup
OR
Traditional Salad Wedge

CHOICE OF ENTREE:
Newman Farms Bone-in Pork Chop
OR 
Shrimp & Grits

DESSERT:
Warm Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream

Chris and I both started with the apparently famous She-Crab Soup.  The soup was a great combination of the sweetness of the crab meat and the savory, creamy flavors of the soup.  It was my favorite part of the meal.

 

 

For our entrees, I got the Pork Chop and he got the Shrimp and Grits.  We both agreed that they were very average.  My pork chop came on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes.  The sweet potatoes had a good, creamy flavor.  However, my pork chop was pretty bland.  Chris also said said his shrimp had a great flavor, but the grits were really bland.

 

 

 

We both had a brownie for dessert, and it was pretty eh.  If I am going to waste my calories on dessert, it better be freaking fantastic.  The brownie was a little too dry and solid for my taste, as I prefer a richer and softer brownie.  I did like that they used french vanilla ice cream.  The extra flavor provided a creaminess to the dish.

 

 

Overall, we both agreed our meal was okay.  I was not disappointed, but I wasn’t impressed either.  For the cost of the meal, I would much rather take my fine dining dollars elsewhere.

For more information on Itta Bena, visit their website Facebook Page, or All Menus.  You can also find more reviews on Yelp, Urbanspoon, Trip Advisor, and Frommer’s.  There have also been many write-ups about them in print and online: East Memphis Moms, Commercial Appeal, Eat Local Memphis, I Love Memphis, Memphis Magazine, and even Southern Living!  Or make a reservation at Open Table.

 

Itta Bena on Urbanspoon

 

 

Memphis Foodie Holiday Celebrations November 23, 2011

Filed under: Lists — Shannon R Little @ 10:37 am
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Yes, everyone the holidays are upon us.  If you are anything like me, you have made lists of everything you want to do this season, all the cookies you want to bake for people, all the presents you need to buy, etc.
Well, here is a list of all the fun foodie-related events going on around town this season.  I hope this guide helps you fill your holiday cheery spirit.
Also, I want to keep this a running list, so if you know of anything else going on around town that can be added, please let me know.  You can comment below, or let me know via Twitter or Facebook.
Happy Holidays everyone!
  1. Southern Living Holiday Cookbook ($10.00): This holiday season, Memphians can head to their local Dillard’s store to purchase the 2011 Southern Living Holiday Cookbook. The proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will go to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis.
    1. Dillard’s began supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities in 1994 and has since raised more than $7.6 million for the organization.
    2. For the fourth time, Dillard’s is offering a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit RMHC.
    3.  This exclusive, 288-page hardbound cookbook is filled with fabulous holiday recipes, color photos, menus, decorating tips and entertaining ideas.
  2. Thanksgiving Day Brunch
    1. The Peabody
      1. $50 per adult and $20 per child (ages 5-12), plus tax and gratuity.
      2. Reservations: 901-529-3668
    2. The Madison
      1. Served from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Meals range from $38 to $44, plus tax and gratuity. Children ages 6-12: $15.95, under 6 years of age: free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone at 901-333-1224 or online.
      2. Reservations: 901-333-1200
    3. Paulette’s
      1. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      2. For reservations, call 901-260-3300 or visit http://www.opentable.com.
  3. Kooky Canuck Celebrations
    1. Turkey Day Tip-Off: Wednesday Nov. 23rd, 99 cent Bud Light drafts.
    2. Christmas Bash: Thursday December 15th, starting at 8:00pm
    3. New Year’s Eve Party: all day Saturday, December 31st.
  4. Breakfast with Santa
    1. Memphis Botanical Garden: Rock Around The Christmas Tree at Breakfast with Santa!
      1. Saturday, December 3rd
      2. 9:00am-11:30am
      3. Call 636-4131 for reservations.  Reservations required.
      4. Carol Karaoke, Rockin’ Crafts, Live Animals, Fireside Story Time, Meet Mrs. Claus, Photos with Santa!
      5. Members $12, Nonmembers $15, Under 2 free
    2. Incredible Pizza Company
      1. Every Saturday From Dec 3, 2011 – Dec 17, 2011
      2. There will be arts and crafts, Christmas movies, games, and of course– photo opportunity with Santa himself!
      3. Kids (11 years and under): $10 admission includes buffet, drink, activities and $5 game card.
      4. Adults (12 years and up): $7 admission includes buffet and drink.
    3. Germantown Church of Christ
      1. 8723 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
      2. Breakfast $5, Games $5, Santa’s Workshop $5, and pictures with Santa $12.
      3. http://www.agapemeanslove.org
  5. Christmas Eve Dinner
    1. Paulette’s
      1. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
      2.  For reservations, call 901-260-3300 or visit http://www.opentable.com.
    2. Chez Philippe
      1. Cost is $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
      2. Tel: 901-529-3668
  6. Deliver food to those in need on Christmas: From 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, MIFA will deliver meals and gifts to homebound senior citizens.
  7. Christmas Day Meals
    1. Lunch at Paulette’s - 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Dinner at Capriccio Grill
      1.  Cost is $45 per person and $15 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity.
    3. Brunch at The Peabody
      1. A traditional Thanksgiving feast will be served in addition to regular Peabody Brunch favorites.
      2. Cost is $55 per person, $20 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity.
  8. New Year’s Dining
    1. New Year’s Eve Dinner at Chez Phillipe:
      1. The Peabody’s signature restaurant is offering a five-course meal for $125 per person.
      2. The price of dinner includes wristband admission to The Scene New Year’s Eve Party.
    2. New Year’s Eve Dinner at Paulette’s
      1. 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
      2. Call 901-260-3300 for more information, or visit opentable.com for reservations.
    3. New Year’s Day Brunch at Paulette’s
      1. Call 901-260-3300 for more information, or visit opentable.com for reservations.
 

Bluff City Coffee November 21, 2011

Filed under: Downtown — Shannon R Little @ 4:00 pm
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Bluff City Coffee is a fun little coffee shop in the heart of the South Main Arts District, and it is now heading its way into my list of favorite coffee shops.  In past experiences, things have not been just right.  However, my latest experience has turned my opinion around.

When I interned in South Main, I was at this coffee shop frequently.  My coffee shop fiend friend Rachel also thinks highly of this place.

It’s atmosphere is just as a coffee shop should be: quiet and relaxed.  It does not have the comfy chairs that many places seem to have, but I overheard the owner explain why.  He said that most of their customers are the grab-and-go type (like me) or are there to do business, and they wanted more of a place to fit these purposes.  Therefore, when he took the place over a couple years ago, he replaced the cozy chairs with tables.

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The girl who made my coffee this chilly Monday morning has a great smile and was very nice.  She can also make a mean cup of joe.  I ordered a small skinny vanilla latte.  It wasn’t too sweet (*cough* Starbucks) and it wasn’t so scalding hot that I had to wait 30 minutes to start enjoying it.  I could sip its goodness immediately.

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If I lived Downtown, I would come here more often.  However, it is pretty out of the way of most of my days.  Whenever in the area though, I recommend stopping in to warm up.  We all know winters by the river are colder than in the rest of the city.  That’s where this place comes in.

For more information on Bluff City Coffee, check out their website, Facebook page, Twitter, Flickr, and Marks Menus.  You can also find a write-up about them from The Memphis Flyer.  More reviews are at Yelp and Urbanspoon.

Bluff City Coffee on Urbanspoon

 

Jack’s Food Store November 18, 2011

Filed under: Downtown — Shannon R Little @ 4:00 pm
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Jack’s Food Store is a small grocery Downtown on Main Street, which has a small deli in the back.  Scott and I were walking around one night, and we stopped in to get a couple of sandwiches.

To be completely honest, the place was a little sketch.  However, I feel bad saying that because they guys behind the counter were extremely nice.

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Overall, the food was nothing special.  Scott had a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato, on wheat.  I had chicken salad with lettuce and tomato on wheat.  I could have made an equally good or better sandwich at home.

The bonus about this place is the hours.  It is the only place you can find an in-and-out deli sandwich for dinner Downtown.  All of the Subway and Lenny’s like places are already closed, and everywhere else seems to be more upscale and sit down.  We were out walking a dog, so we needed a quick grab.

Therefore, due to nothing else like this being open, we were appreciative for our sandwiches under the circumstances. Had other places been open, we would have certainly gone somewhere else.

For information on Jack’s Food, go to their Yelp page. As of right now, I have the only review.

Jack's Food Store on Urbanspoon

 

Stuffy’s November 16, 2011

Filed under: East Memphis — Shannon R Little @ 3:43 pm
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There has been a lot of buzz about Stuffy’s lately, and Seth with BestMemphisBurger.com only had great things to say about it.  With my Groupon in my hand, I marched into the place filled with anticipation of a great meal of a burger stuffed with cheese.

The place was pretty empty when I arrived.  There was only one other table sitting down.  The restaurant is counter service, so Scott and I walked up to the menu to see what we had to choose from.  I was weighing my options, when I saw this poster below.

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I was immediately sold.  This burger sounded right up my alley.  Scott ordered the original Stuffy, and we decided to split an order of chili fries.

Stuffy’s does not season their burgers, as they want you to be able to taste the freshness of the ground beef.   They really emphasize the freshness and quality of all of their products.  Instead of seasoning, they add flavor with their choices on flavored mayonnaise.  I am never one to order a sandwich or burger with mayo.  I am not a fan, really.  However, this I had to try.  I ordered my Boolah Burger with Lemon Cilantro mayo, and Scott got hot wing and blue cheese.

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The burgers came to our table, and they looked absolutely huge. I had no idea how I was going to get this burger into my mouth.  I could not wait to try though.

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After finally strategizing on how to eat the burger and finally consuming it, I must say that I was very impressed!  That was a really good burger.  It was thick and juicy.  The flavors were wonderful together.  The bun was perfect. It had a lot of flavor.  The part that impressed me the most was that the burger did not fall apart.  This is a huge risk when compiling such a burger: you risk having contents spilling over the edges or the bun falling to pieces.  I experienced none of this at Stuffy’s.

They accidentally gave us fries on the side of our burgers along with the chili fries, so we did the best we could to eat as much as possible.  (Scott succeeded way more than I did.)  The fries were good also.  They had the skin on them, like I prefer.  To me, they are not my favorite in the world, but they were decent enough to order again.

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We went into Stuffy’s with no intention of ordering dessert.  However, after seeing these cupcakes, we could not resist.  Stuffy’s gets their sweets from All American Sweets, a local bakery in Memphis.  We were familiar with the place and love their pumpkin cake, so we had to give this a shot.  We ordered the Dulce De Leche Cupcake to split.  Since the cupcakes had been sitting out on the counter all day, the cake was a little dry and stale.  However, overall it was still good.

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In addition to great burgers, I want to add that the staff at Stuffy’s is so incredibly nice.  The guys behind the counter were extremely friendly and accommodating.  We chatted away a bit before our food came out.  They were awesome.  Even if the food was not spectacular, I would give them another change due to the great attitudes of the staff.

I only wish they were open later.  Stuffy’s closes after the main dinner rush, around 9pm.  It think this place would be great as a late night joint.  They have the perfect location, right smack in the middle of the campus area.

Overall, I had a great experience at Stuff’y’s.  Excellent burgers and excellent service make great for return business, and they will definitely have mine.

For more information on Stuffy’s, visit their website or Facebook page.  You can also find more reviews at Yelp and Urbanspoon.  There have also been some great write-ups about Stuffy’s by Memphis Magazine, The Memphis Flyer, and WMCTV5.

Stuffy's "One Serious Burger Joint" on Urbanspoon

 

Blue Plate Cafe November 14, 2011

Filed under: Downtown,East Memphis — Shannon R Little @ 4:00 pm
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I cannot believe that I have been to Blue Plate Cafe about three times this year, and I have yet to write about it.  I finally realized this when meeting my dad and sister for breakfast while they were in town this past week.

Blue Plate Cafe is one of my favorite places to grab breakfast.  The food is consistently some of the best down-home, Southern comfort goodness in Memphis.  You immediately realize this when first sitting down at your table.  The menus are newspapers.  The history of the restaurant is on the front, along with some motivational material.  On the inside is their complete menu.

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I always have a hard time deciding what to get when I eat here.  The omelets are great.  I have an obsession with pancakes, and they have a lot of choices.  Butter pecan waffles? Okay, maybe.  Guaranteed though, we always order biscuits and gravy to start.

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The biscuits at Blue Plate Cafe are soft, buttery, and perfect.  They always come out hot and fresh.  Most times, I don’t like to smother them in gravy because they are so good by themselves.  However, sometimes you just need that good, heart-clogging warmth of southern gravy.  With or without the gravy, the biscuits cannot be missed.

This particular time I came in, I chose to order the Eggs Florentine, which is “spinach and poached egg on an english muffin covered in rich mornay sauce” with a side of fruit.

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The Eggs Benedict was just as good as anything else I have ever eaten at Blue Plate.  The English muffin was toasted just perfectly, with the right combination of spinach, tomato, poached egg, and sauce.  My only wish is that Blue Plate offered fresh, cooked spinach instead of creamed spinach.  I think you would be able to taste the flavor of spinach better, and it would make the whole entree taste fresher.

I also love Blue Plate’s fruit cup, because it is more than just your ho-hum cantelope and honey dew melon.  In addition, they add strawberries and bananas.  I am also pretty sure it changes depending on the season.

The service at Blue Plate is pretty humorous if you are observant.  From my experiences, all of the older servers who are waiting tables because they are industry professionals, are always happy, friendly, polite, and glad to be there.  However the younger servers, who are in their teens or early twenties, always seem to be having a bad day.

Our server (I do not know her name. She never told us.) was one of the latter.  She looked about 18, and she acted as though I was ruining her day.  I watched her interact outside of our table, and she was mildly happy and laughing with her co-workers.  However, every time she walked up to a table, including ours, a giant scowl came over her face.  It seemed as though all of her customers were making her angry.  She was attentive and got us everything we needed, which was great, but she just did it with a terrible attitude.

Though you cannot help who you get as a server, I would suggest crossing your fingers and hoping for one of the ladies who has been waiting tables there for a while.

Overall, my experience at Blue Plate Cafe was great.  The food was amazing and comforting, as usual.  Ignoring our server, we had a great time.  Blue Plate is usually my go to spot for a Southern breakfast, so I am sure I will be back soon.

Blue Plate Cafe does not have a website or social media presence, but you can find more reviews at Yelp, Urbanspoon, Road Food, or Trip Advisor.  You can also find out how they ranked in I Love Memphis’ Breakfast Brackets.

Blue Plate Cafe on Urbanspoon

Blue Plate Cafe on Urbanspoon

 

Local Gastropub November 7, 2011

Filed under: Downtown — Shannon R Little @ 3:35 pm
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I found myself at Local Gastropub before my visit to Mud Island to see Paul Simon (!!) last week.  Scott and I wanted something casual, but delicious, and we had heard nothing but great things about Local’s food.  I had only been there for drinks before, so I was excited to try it out.

 

As always, the place was packed when we got there.  It was also 6:30pm on a Saturday, so what else should one expect?  While we waited on a table, we went to the bar to get a drink.  Ordering a beer from Local’s bar reminded me a bit of my experiences at Silky O’Sullivan’s or Young Avenue Deli.  You basically had to lie on top of the bar in order to get service.  I understand they are busy, but it seemed like the bartenders were purposefully not making eye contact with me.  When I tried to order a drink from guy who was doing dishes, he looked at me and said “I am not the bartender”, and then went back to doing his dishes.

 

After getting Scott, who is a bit more confrontational than I am, to get us a couple of Ghost River Octoberfests, we went to sit down in a couple of comfy sofa-like chairs to wait.  With the large TVs displayed all over the restaurant, we were happy to catch up on a couple of football games.

 

Despite the fact that they were crazy busy, they were able to seat us very quickly. We had only taken a few sips before they had a table ready.

 

Our server Britni greeted us very quickly.  In fact, I was impressed on how fast and attentive she was on such a crazy night.  She was great!

 

Scott ordered the Steak and Egg Sandwich, described as ” flat iron steak, melted provolone, baby greens, red onion marmalade” with french fries.

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This sandwich was awesome! The steak was cooked a perfect medium-rare, something that I find most restaurants cannot do. The egg was just runny enough to meld with the other flavors.  Also, guys, I think I may have found some of the best fries in Memphis.  First, they keep the skin on, which I love.  These fries had a mix of flavors that you cannot find at most places.  You had the great potato undertones, but an addition of unique flavors on top.  They were great.

 

I ordered the Grilled Portobella Muffaletta, described as “oasted red pepper, tomato, provolone, house made olive salad, herb aioli, on a New Orleans Gambino loaf” with Baked Crab Mac N Cheese Au Gratin.

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My sandwich was equally as delicious as the steak.  I do not usually care for olives or olive paste, but this blend was not overpowering.  You could taste a hint of it, but you could taste the other contents as well.  Like all Muffalettas, there was too much for me to consume in one meal. The mac-n-cheese was rich and creamy, just like mac-n-cheese should be.  I loved that it was baked in a souffle cup, so you get the crunchier outer edges and the gooey insides.  Like the olive paste, the crab was not overpowering, but just enough to add that additional layer of flavor.

 

Overall, I would say that our friends were right in telling us that Local has amazing food.  I cannot say that I will be eating here extremely frequently.  Because the food is so unique and hand-crafted, it also comes with a larger price tag.  Our two sandwiches and sides, plus tip, was $47.00.  That is not including the beer. The food is definitely worth the price, but my wallet cannot afford it all of the time.

 

However, the drinks are always worth it.  They have an awesome beer selection and great handmade mojitos.  They also have frequent drinks specials, including a beer bust during Memphis in May.

 

I highly suggest you check this place out.  It’s a nice, casual yet romantic atmosphere, exactly what a gastropub should be.  The service (for the most part) is great.  The food is great, and the drinks are great.  Therefore, you are guaranteed to have a great time.

 

For more information on Local Gastropub, visit their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.  You can also find more reviews on YelpUrbanspoon, and Trip Advisor.  There is also a nice write-up about them by The Memphis Flyer.

 

Local on Urbanspoon

 

 

 

 
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