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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

 

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Humdinger’s January 6, 2012

Filed under: Cordova,East Memphis — Shannon R Little @ 4:00 pm
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Several people on several occasions have told me about Humdinger’s and how I need to go check it out.  Well, I finally did one evening, for a much needed get-together with my friend Eula.

 

 

Humdinger’s is counter service, but they also have lovely staff member to come around and check on you as well.  Everyone is very nice!

 

They serve fresh fish and piri piri chicken in many different ways.  I was excited about this, as there are not many reasonably priced places around town where you can find many fresh fish options. If you want it, you basically have to pay upwards of $25.00 an entree, or you have to go with the frozen kind (which is not always terrible).  Your choice.

 

As their website explains:

A Memphian, a transplant from California, and a South African restaurateur, all with a love of great food, came together to pursue a common passion: They believed casual cuisine could be healthy, flavorful and affordable. They decided to explore the idea of creating flame grilled, mouth watering entrées using unique sauces. Knowing health and wellness was becoming important to a discerning clientele, they chose to build their entrées around freshly grilled gourmet fish, chicken and vegetables. They created unique recipes, many using the legendary Piri-Piri spice from the coastal regions of Southern Africa. As a result, at Humdingers you can enjoy a mouthwatering array of hot and healthy dishes straight off a fiery grill.

I was highly impressed with all of the options that this place had.  I had a hard time figuring out exactly what I wanted!

 

I did know that I needed a drink, after working several long days in a row.  I ordered wine, but they did not have any.  That was okay with me, as they also had Samuel Adams. Sold.

 

Their menu is decently extensive, but I chose one of the fish platters.  You choose your fish, choose your topping, and choose your side.  It also comes with rice.  I had never heard of either Amberjack or Triggerfish, so I googled both to see what they were like.  The Triggerfish got better results on Google, so that is what I went with.  I chose the pineapple salsa as my topper and grilled sweet potatoes as my side.  I also got a cup of New England Clam Chowder.

 

 

 

Eula got the Grilled Tilapia, covered in pineapple salsa, with a side Caesar salad.

 

 

 

Eula said her meal was really good.  I loved mine!  The fish was very flavorful and flaky, and the pineapple salsa was sweet, but not too sweet.  It also had a good kick to it as well.  The grilled sweet potatoes were fantastic.  They were cooked perfectly and had a great, spicy seasoning on them.  I do not prefer my sweet potatoes overly sweet, covered in sugar, butter, etc.  These were not that.  You could taste the natural sweetness of the potato, along with the spiciness of the seasoning.

 

The clam chowder wasn’t the best I have ever had.  It did not have as much flavor as the rest of the meal, but it was still good.  It was wonderfully creamy and full of clam and other yummies.  They didn’t skimp on ingredients.

 

Overall, I am only upset that I did not try Humdinger’s sooner.  It is the perfect place to find a healthy meal at a great price that still has a lot of flavor!  You just can’t find that in many places around town.  I will definitely be back again.  I just wish there was a location closer in town.

 

For more information on Humdinger’s, check out their website, Facebook, or Twitter.  You can also find more reviews on Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Trip Advisor.  You can also find out more about their history in the Memphis Business Journal write-up.

 

Humdingers on Urbanspoon

 

Humdingers on Urbanspoon

 

 

Gracie Bleu January 4, 2012

Filed under: Germantown,Southaven — Shannon R Little @ 1:25 pm
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I happened upon Gracie Bleu one night when out in the Germantown area and suddenly having one of those uncontrollable Dear-God-I-Need-Something-Sweet moments.  This magical place was within walking distance.

 

Gracie Bleu is another trendy build-your-own-yogurt concept spots, where you grab a bowl, fill your own yogurt, and choose your own toppings.  You then get charged by weight.

 

 
The atmosphere in the place was fun and relaxing.  They had fun writing on the walls and beanbag chairs, where you could sit and enjoy your concoctions. Obviously, this is where Scott and I made a beeline to.

 

 

The yogurt, we both agreed, was better than most of the frozen yogurt you find in the city.  Many times you get a treat that tastes too icy with not enough sweetness and creaminess.  Gracie Bleu was not that.

 
I chose to get a mixture of peanut butter and espresso yogurt.  The peanut butter tasted like a spoonful of Jif with a bit of extra sugar and the espresso was rich and flavorful.  I topped mine with whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate chips.  It was yummy! I put way to much into my cup, then proceeded to eat ALL of it.  I couldn’t stop.  Then came the tummy-aches.  Yet, it was totally worth it.

 

My experience at Gracie Bleu was great, except for the charming young ladies working the counter that evening.  Yes, okay, we were those people who came in 20 minutes before closing.  I did ask if it was still okay to come in, and the lady said yes.  Then there was a group of people coming in behind me.  They already had the whole place cleaned up, and yes we may have messed it up a teensy bit.  I felt bad, but how can you keep a place like that immaculate when you are pouring yogurt and toppings?

 
Despite all of our faux pas, that did not give these girls an excuse to complain to our faces about how messy and disrespectful people can be.  When everyone in the place had left, except for us (we still had 10 minutes), they started complaining about the rude people that just came in. Out loud. They obviously wanted us to hear that they were talking about us.

 
Gracie Bleu had great yogurt, but I will not be back because of the rudeness of the staff.  No bad day is a good enough excuse for that kind of behavior.  We were very polite and apologetic.

 
You can find me at YoLo, where the yogurt is good and the staff is super awesome.

 
For more information on Gracie Bleu, visit their website, Facebook or Twitter.  You can also find more reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon.

 
Gracie Bleu Yogurt on Urbanspoon

 

 

 

Memphis Pizza Cafe December 2, 2011

Memphis Pizza Cafe has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember.  When I was really young, and living in East Memphis, my parents and I frequented the location on Park Avenue.  When we moved to the suburbs, the one in Germantown became our home.  Then, we moved to Arlington, and the location that made a brief appearance in Wolfchase was our spot.  Now that I am living back in the city, I go back and forth between the Midtown location and East Memphis location.  When visiting family in Collierville, I check out that location as well. I have, at some point in my life, settled into every Memphis Pizza Cafe location (with the exception of Southaven), just like I have settled into every home.

 

This time I ate Memphis Pizza Cafe, it was take-out, so I cannot comment on service.  However, from my past experiences, the service seems to always be pretty solid (taking into consideration how long it takes to cook a pizza). I also love the laid back atmosphere of the restaurants. It’s very homey and comfortable.

 

I usually order the exact same thing every time I go: a side salad with Ranch dressing (they have great Ranch), and one or two slices (depending on how hungry I am) on Ultimate Cheese pizza, add spinach, tomato, and cajun chicken. This is the ultimate slice of pizza.  With years of experience and trial-and-error under my belt, I finally found the perfect slice of pizza at Pizza Cafe.  This is it.

 

However, this time I was sharing with the masses, so I did not get to order what I want.  We ordered a Meat Lovers and a BBQ Chicken pizza.  I prefer either no meat or only chicken on my pizza, so I opted to eat the latter.  The BBQ Chicken pizza was great.  It wasn’t my typical order, but I have never had anything bad at Memphis Pizza Cafe.  Partially,  I believe, is because I love their thin crusts.  If I had to compromise again, I would opt for this.

 

 

They are always perfectly crispy, with the right amount of sauce, cheese, and toppings.  Memphis Pizza Cafe, in my opinion, is the best pizza joint in Memphis.  I know many that agree with me.  In fact, I have only ever talked to one person who didn’t care for this place.  I also discredit her opinion, as she is a New York-er with a pretentious taste in pizza.  Nothing can satisfy her anyway.  Personally, I have never had a bad experience at any location. Ever.

 

If you ever have a craving for pizza, I highly recommend trying this place out.

 

For more information, visit their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.  Check out their menu on All Menus.  For more reviews, visit Urbanspoon or Yelp.

 

Memphis Pizza Cafe (Midtown) on Urbanspoon

 

 

 

City East Bagel November 9, 2011

Filed under: Germantown — Shannon R Little @ 3:54 pm
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My chance upon City East Bagel is a bit of a funny story. Last week, as I was sorting through all of the Groupons I have bought.  (I swear those things were designed for me: a sucker for good food and a good deal.)  I found mine for City East Bagel, that I completely forgot I had.  I immediately checked the expiration date, since obviously I have had it for so long that I forgot about it.  It turns out that the Groupon expired the very next day, aka the day I worked a full 8am-6pm day…and the place is only open from 7am-2pm.  After freaking out over losing a $40 Groupon, I gave it to Scott.  I instructed him to buy himself breakfast, get something To-Go for me for dinner, and spend the rest on whatever he felt like we could use.

I always knew he had good instinct.  He met me the next night, and told me that he had both the French Toast AND an omelet for breakfast.  He got me The Californian Sandwich, which is “Thin slices of turkey, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, swiss, and lite Italian dressing on toasted wheat bread,” with pasta salad. He then also presented me with a dozen bagels and four different kinds of cream cheese (plain, cinnamon, strawberry, and chive).  Wow, what an amount of food you can get from this place for 40 bucks!

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As a disclaimer, I cannot give this place a complete review, as I did not dine in.  I can only report back about my food quality, but not service.

Scott said his breakfast was good, but nothing special.  My sandwich I thought was delicious.  It also has many of my favorite ingredients on it.  The pasta salad tasted fresh.  My only qualm with it was that there was sliced pickles in it.  I have never had pickles in pasta salad, and I was not really a fan.  The strong pickle taste overpowered the rest of the ingredients.

The bagels were also average.  I love bagels, and I have eaten most of the ones from this place.  However, they are nothing to brag about.  The plain and cinnamon cream cheeses were good, however the others I wasn’t to excited about.  The strawberry was too liquidy and the chive was too overpowering.

Also, I would not suggest buying this food unless you have the intention of eating it all that same day.  My food did not keep well.  I saved half of my sandwich for the next day, but it was spoiled when I went to eat it.  Also, the bagels turned stale in less than 24 hours.

All in all, this place gets an average rating.  If I am in the area, I might stop by and try something else off the menu.  However, the location and the hours are not convenient for me, and the food is not worth the drive.

For more information on City East Bagel, visit their website and Facebook.  You can also find more reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon.  There have also been some handy write-ups about them by Go Memphis and Wendy Eats.

City East Bagel & Grille on Urbanspoon