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Crawfish Season in Memphis April 5, 2013

Filed under: Events — Shannon R Little @ 10:33 am
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Tis the season for crawfish here in Memphis! When Spring comes knocking, the mudbugs come out to play (or to be eaten). Now that we can finally see warm weather in our future, it’s time to find yourself a patio or picnic spot, grab a cold one, and chow down.

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Mudbugs in March 2013

Mudbugs in March was last month, and thankfully hit on the one beautiful day we had. It was a great time, and I ate a ridiculous amount of crawfish. If you didn’t get to check this one out, try one of these upcoming crawfish events:

Sunday Funday on Cheffie’s Patio: April 7 (1-5pm)

  • $15 All You Can Eat Crawfish, Kid’s 12 and Under Eat Free
  • Live Music

Crawfish Festival at The Green Beetle: April 7 (1-7pm)

  • Cost Unknown
  • Live Music

Overton Square Crawfish Festival: April 13 (noon-6pm)

  • Free admission, Crawfish available for purchase
  • Live music, featuring The Mighty Soul Brass Band, The Memphis Dawls, Dead Soldiers, and Lightnin Malcom and Stud
  • Artist’s Market

Crawfish Boil at Swanky’s: April 20 (1pm-til), Swanky’s East Memphis

  • $18 All You Can Eat Crawfish
  • Live Music, More info TBA

Heads n Tails Beer and Crawfish Festival: April 20 (Time TBA), Snowden Grove Amphitheatre

  • $40 for All You Can Eat Crawfish and 100 different types of beer samples

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival: April 21 (11:30am-6pm), Riverside Drive

  • Free admission, Crawfish available for purchase
  • Live music, featuring The Bayou Boys, Freeworld, and Marcella’s Lovers.
  • Kid’s Area

Crawfish Boil at Cajun Catfish Company: Every Tuesday (5pm-til)

  • Cost Unknown

Crawfish Boil at Newby’s: Every Wednesday (6pm-til)

  • $15 All You Can Eat Crawfish, or $7.50 per tray

Crawfish Boil at Half Shell: Every Wednesday (5pm-til)

  • Free All You Can Eat Crawfish (as long as you’re drinking)
  • Live Music

If you know of any more events, please leave them in the comments. I want to make this an ongoing list!

Mudbugs in March 2013

Mudbugs in March 2013

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Le Chardonnay October 24, 2011

Filed under: Midtown — Shannon R Little @ 5:01 pm
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Le Chardonnay has been a staple in Overton Square for many years. Despite The Square’s rough history, this restaurant has proven that they are here to stay.

As one of the only places in the area I had not tried, I decided to venture out last week.  Scott and I share a few tapas while we were there, including the oysters, baked brie, and fried green tomatoes. All of what we had was delectable, leaving me wanting more. It was the kind of food you savor and let sit in your mouth.

The oysters were tender and juicy. They popped right out of the shell. The fried green tomatoes were lightly fried, so you could taste all the tomato goodness. The sauce was a great compliment as well. The baked brie was warm, oozy, and perfect on the bread. The almond-honey glaze that came on top was wonderful.

Everything tasted a lot more expensive then what it was. It’s what the French are best at. This is what I enjoyed most. Fine dining food at a reasonable price.

They also have a great wine list. I had a hard time deciding exactly what I wanted!

The only aspect of my visit that I was confused about was the atmosphere. There was dim lighting, white table cloths, candles, and the whole romantic atmosphere. However, there were TVs in every corner of the restaurant and one large TV over the bar. It ruined the romantic atmosphere with the sports bar feel. To get rid of the TVs would do wonders for the decadent atmosphere.

I cannot believe it took me so long to try this place, but I am anxious to return. Next time I will go for full entrees and maybe even dessert. If their food is so rich, I can only imagine how great their desserts are.

For more information on Le Chardonnay, check out their website, where you can view their menu, or Facebook page. You can also find more reviews on Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Trip Advisor.

Le Chardonnay Wine Bar & Bistro on Urbanspoon

 

Blue Monkey October 3, 2011

A group of friends wound up at The Blue Monkey this past weekend, and we were all starving after a night of bartending the Bet Against Breast Cancer event at The Memphis Zoo.

We ordered a bunch of food to share, including the jumbo shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, mozzarella cheese sticks, and hot wing rolls and my Beef Eater sandwich.

I cannot say that these are among the best food items I have ever eaten. However, Blue Monkey does have some good greasy bar food. It is not winning awards any time soon, but there is a time and place for it. I would eat it again.

Blue Monkey continues to do what it does best, feature average live music and serve up good drinks. This is why they continue to be a midtown staple.

For more info on Blue Monkey, visit their Facebook page, Urbanspoon, Yelp, or Marks Menus page.

The Blue Monkey on Urbanspoon

 

Molly’s La Casita May 31, 2011

Molly’s La Casita is one of the surviving restaurants in the Overton Square area. I have heard wonderful things about them, yet I had never made it on over to try them out until recently. With my love for Mexican food, I was extremely excited.

Scott and I went in during the afternoon on his birthday to grab a drink and snack after leaving the Memphis Zoo. Since it was an odd hour, we were one of the only two tables in the place.

We both got margaritas, because it was happy hour. I got mine frozen, and he got his on the rocks. We shared a second one, because we had to try the half and half margarita. The combination of half frozen and half rocks packed all of the flavor, but none of the brain freeze.

To eat, we started with the queso. This is one of Scott’s favorite foods, and it WAS his birthday. It was pretty good, but nothing special.

We also split the hot wing and bacon wrapped shrimp combo. You may be questioning the validity of my opinion at this point for ordering hot wings at a mexican joint. However, their hot wings are SO GOOD. My boss, the self-proclaimed “hot win connisseuir” told me I had to get them, so obviously I had to. She was right. Totally worth it. The bacon-wrapped shrimp were also good, but nothing compared to Cafe Ole’s. I probably will not order them again.

Keep in mind when you go into Molly’s that it is not authentic Mexican food. It’s Tex Mex. I am normally not a big fan of Tex Mex, as I prefer the authentic stuff.

Overall, the margaritas were fabulous, and the hot wings as well. The server was also very nice and friendly. When I go back, which I will, I’ll order actual Mexican food. I hear they have wonderful homemade tamales. My fav! Let’s see if they can compare to some more of the authentic places.

I will let you all know how that goes.

For more information on Molly’s, visit their website for Facebook fan page. You can also find them on Urbanspoon, Yelp, Google Maps, or the Memphis Restaurant Association website.

Molly's La Casita on Urbanspoon