Before now, I had only had two experiences with Westy’s in my life. They both involved Zoo Rendezvous, and they both involved hot fudge pie. Every year I have attended Zoo Rendezvous, I make it a point to stop by the Westy’s booth to try this hot fudge pie at least once (this past year I may have gone back for seconds and thirds).
Since I have enjoyed their hot fudge pie so much, I thought it was time to take a trip down to the actual restaurant to see what they had to offer me in terms of real food.
Westy’s is a casual dining spot on North Main in Downtown Memphis. They Christmas lights, pictures on the walls, and booths so you can kick back and relax. This is exactly what we did that night as we prepared ourselves for the Death Cab for Cutie show at Mud Island after.
When sitting down, the first thing I noticed is that I am welcomed with reading material on the table. Just in case your company is dull, pick up one of these local magazines to read before and during your meal. Dining alone for lunch? Even better.
Erin started off with a side salad, and it was a very good size for a side salad. It also came with lots of yummy toppings. They don’t skimp on these.
Scott and I ordered some toasted ravioli and tamales to start off with. They came out very quickly, which excited me as I was starving. However, they tasted like the kinds you buy at Sam’s Club and make yourself. They are obviously just your no-name brand raviolis and tamales that are heated up to serve to guests.
For entrees, Scott ordered the Helluvaburger, which is “Pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, hot mustard, onions, and pickles with jalapenos and Tabasco on the side” and tater tots.
I ordered the Pulled Chicken Sandwich, which comes with lettuce and Gouda on an onion roll, and french fries.
Overall, we both agreed the sandwiches were very average. There was not much special about them, and I feel I could have made a better sandwich at home.
Erin got a wild rice dish with chicken and veggies. She said hers was really good. According to her references, the rice dishes are the best. Guess that is what we should have gotten.
For dessert, we obviously had to get the hot fudge pie, as this is how I was originally drawn to the restaurant.
The hot fudge pie was good, but not as good as I remember it to be at Zoo Rendezvous. I love that they use french vanilla ice cream instead of regular vanilla. It adds a nice, extra-creamy touch. However, this particular one seems like it sat in the window for a hot minute waiting on someone to bring it to me. The brownie was a little stale.
I will say that Westy’s has an overly extensive menu, with lots of options for whatever you are in the mood for. Some of the sandwiches make me want to come back to try out of curiousity, like the grilled strawberry melt with cream cheese and strawberries or the honey and ham melt. However, since this place is so far out of the way from most of what I do, I can honestly say I will not be back for a while. There are many other places I would rather eat.