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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

 

 
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