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Zoo Rendezvous: A Memphis Foodie’s Dream! September 11, 2011

Filed under: Lists — Shannon R Little @ 8:19 pm
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Zoo Rendezvous is my favorite Memphis event. I look forward to it every year. All you can eat from hundreds of local Memphis restaurants and all you can drink from local bars. If you do not eat yourself sick, then you are doing something wrong. The point of the whole night is to eat so much that you cannot physically walk to your car. Let me tell you, I succeeded.

The Memphis Zoo describes this event as “Shake, Rattle & Roar! Memphis’ biggest party of the year is getting even bigger! Experience the excitement of four bands, a sports bar and Memphis’ finest restaurants and bars, all at the wildest venue in town.”

ALL of my local favorites were there, and some I even made it around to twice. For those who are curious, here is a list of everyone who had a booth:

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Amerigo
Athens Distributing Company
Automatic Slim’s
Bardog Tavern
Bayou Bar and Grill
B.B. King’s Blues Club
Bluefin
Bonefish Grill
Bon Ton
Boscos Squared
Budweiser of Memphis
Cafè Palladio
Cafè Society
Catering For U
CFY Catering
Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
Cheffie’s Cafe’
Ciao Bella Italian Grille
Circa
Coletta’s Italian Restaurant
Community Coffee
Corky’s Bar-B-Q
Fascinating Catering
Folk’s Folly Prime Steakhouse
Fratelli’s
Grill 83
The Grove Grill
Gus’s Catering – Collierville
Gus’s World Famous
Fried Chicken – Downtown
Harrah’s Entertainment – Paula Deen Buffet
Hog Wild & A Moveable Feast
Horseshoe  – Jack Binion’s Steakhouse
Horseshoe – Push Nightclub
Houston’s Restaurant
Humdingers
Huey’s
Interim Restaurant & Bar
Itta Bena
Kooky Canuck
La Baguette
Lancer Catering
Le Chardonay
Longhorn Steakhouse
Lynchburg Legends Bar & Grill
Me and My Tea Room
The Medallion at Holiday Inn
University of Memphis
The Melting Pot
Memphis Pizza Cafe
Muddy’s Bake Shop
Murphy’s Pub
A “Neu” Mystery Restaurant
Old Venice Pizza Co.
Owen Brennan’s Restaurant
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Panini Catering by Java Coast
Patrick’s Steak and Spirits
Pearl Oyster House
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Roadhouse Casino
The Range Steakhouse
Sekisui
Sharky’s Gulf Grill
Simply Delicious Caterings
South of Beale
Southwestern Distributing Company
Stix
Sunset Atop the Madison
The Superior Bar of Memphis
Swanky’s Taco Shop
Sweet Grass
TCBY
Texas de Brazil
Trolley Stop
Tsunami
Ugly Mug Coffee
United Liquor Corporation
Wade and Company
Wang’s Mandarin House
Westy’s
Yolo Frozen Yogurt

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You get served mini portions in order to taste everyone’s goodies. Even with the mini sizes, you fill up quickly from all of the food!

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Pizza from Memphis Pizza Cafe

I have to say, my favorite thing all night was the steak sandwich from Folk’s Folly Prime Steakhouse. It was a rare cut of prime rib on a soft roll. Oh my god. We may have gone back for seconds or thirds. My favorite dessert was the Fudge Pie from Westy’s. I look forward to this every year. Hot and fresh fudge brownie topped with french vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Yum!

The party was alive and packed from the get go. Everyone seemed to have a blast.

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My friends at Huey’s won Best in Show AGAIN this year for having such fun booth decor! They were all rocking the animal print and records.

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Kooky Canuck won an award as well for having so much fun at their booth!

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All in all the event was successful. The Memphis Zoo was able to raise a lot of money, and everyone partied hard. If you didn’t have a chance to make it this year, I highly suggest you mark next September in your planner. You don’t want to miss this.

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