Dining Review: Sweet Grass chef heads Southward
Published 10/17/2013 at 4:51 p.m. 0 comments
Ryan Trimm opened Sweet Grass in 2010 in Cooper-Young and introduced Memphians, already smitten with Cajun and Creole flavors, to Low Country cuisine, a similar yet distinct regional fare..
Dining Review: Italian Rebel still has a cause; good, hearty food in big portions
Published 10/10/2013 at 5:04 p.m. 0 comments
When a restaurant stays in business for more than 35 years, you can bet the owner is doing something right. At Valle’s Italian Rebel, Louie Valle gets credit.
Desserts are tres bien at long-time French bakery
Published 10/3/2013 at 5:11 p.m. 1 comment
It was raining — a true chats et chiens downpour — when we recently ate lunch at La Baguette French Bread & Pastry Shop inside Chickasaw Oaks Village. Is that what kept us inside, nibbling on dessert pastry after we ...
Dining Review: Edo makes a comeback under new owners
Published 9/12/2013 at 7:06 p.m. 0 comments
For many years, my extended family gathered at Edo Japanese Restaurant for birthday celebrations. The staff would remove the shoji screens between two booths, and we’d spill into other booths to the left and the right of the center two. ...
Dining review: Cafe Eclectic
Published 9/5/2013 at 5:14 p.m. 1 comment
Café Eclectic on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis is the third location of this cheery spot. The original location is on McLean, and a second is in Harbor Town.
Dining review: Brews, tasty sandwiches, salads at Tamp and Tap
Published 8/29/2013 at 6:34 p.m. 0 comments
Walking into Tamp and Tap is quite a surprise. Knowing it’s a coffee shop with a long beer list does not incline one to expect the bright, attractive place we found.
Dining Review: Tsunami rides a 15-year wave with fine food
Published 8/22/2013 at 6:20 p.m. 0 comments
For a chef, creating a signature dish is like an actor being typecast. Once you’re known as a comedian or a villain, that’s just how it is. Once you’ve played George Costanza, that’s who you are. For Ben Smith at ...
Dining Review: Lunch and dinner bell ring up good food at Belle Diner
Published 8/15/2013 at 5:05 p.m. 0 comments
Southern Belle was a hidden treasure when it operated for about two years on Madison. Owner David Johnson primarily catered from the Medical Center location, but on most days — as long as a catering gig didn’t get in the ...
Dining Review: Cafe offers a browse break at Palladio antique gallery
Published 8/9/2013 at 12:56 p.m. 0 comments
Café Palladio, inside the Palladio Antique Showroom, has gone through many changes for the dozen or so years it has been open. Several independent contractors for the café have come and gone. Six years ago, the owners of the spot, ...
Dining review: Elena's bring SoCal to the South
Published 8/1/2013 at 4:00 p.m. 0 comments
Elena’s Taco Shop has been known for most of its short life as the place with the french fry nachos, at least in my family. They’re actually called carne asada fries, but I know nachos when I see them.
Dining Review: Big flavor, hearty food at tiny Cuban restaurant
Published 7/18/2013 at 5:25 p.m. 1 comment
Several times a month, a reader asks, “Where can I get good Cuban food in town?” The answer is simple enough, as for many of the recent years it’s either been,“Sorry, the Cuban restaurants have closed” or “They’ve got a ...
Dining Review: The Tao is going; taste remains
Published 7/11/2013 at 6:22 p.m. 0 comments
I reviewed Tao Too in February 2010; since then, the restaurant has been purchased by a new owner and the name has changed to Tao Asian Eatery. Soon it will change again, this time to Asian Eatery.
Dining Review: Mister B's
Published 6/27/2013 at 4:23 p.m. 1 comment
Mister B’s opened in 1975 in a small strip center on Winchester at Perkins. It was dark inside, a bit gloomy even, but that didn’t stop folks from flocking from all over town to eat huge steaks, gumbo and redfish.
Dining Review: The real deal – true Neapolitan pizza from a wood-burning oven
Published 6/20/2013 at 6:38 p.m. 0 comments
Ashely and Adrian Arcuri came to Memphis several years ago on a work project team. They liked it so well that when the project was over they stayed. They chose Collierville as a good place to settle with their family.
Dining Review: Breakfast almost any time, pancake almost any way
Published 6/13/2013 at 6:47 p.m. 3 comments
I’m always surprised when I mention The Pancake Shop and someone says, “Where’s that?” And I always say the same thing, “On Summer, by Market Basket,” even though Market Basket has been closed for at least 10 years. The thing ...