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  • Dining Review: Sekisui East Published 12/12/2013 at 6:43 p.m. 0 comments

    Just as 2012 came to a close, Jimmy Ishii closed his flagship Sekisui restaurant on Humphreys Boulevard, open more than 23 years, to make way for an expansion by Baptist Memorial Health Care. Two months ago, Sekisui East re-opened at ...

  • Dining Review: Monsieur Demarcus French Creperie Published 11/27/2013 at 2:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Stepping into the former Neely’s Barbecue Restaurant on Jefferson feels, for a moment, like entering a little place on the Left Bank of Paris. Soft French music plays, there is a cheerful “Bonjour!” greeting at the door, and the floor ...

  • Dining Review: Neil's Published 11/21/2013 at 3:14 p.m. 0 comments

    Neil’s was on Madison in Midtown for about 20 years when it burned in August 2011. In early 2012, it opened in the former Whole Hog Barbecue space on Quince in the Yorkshire Square Shopping Center.

  • Dining Review: High Point Pizza Published 11/7/2013 at 11:11 a.m. 0 comments

    High Point Pizza is one of those places I’ve planned to go to for a long time. It’s even one of those places I thought I’d already visited, but memory is fallible. What I know is that now that I’ve ...

  • Dining Review: Bar Louie Published 10/31/2013 at 3:58 p.m. 2 comments

    From salads to substantial meals, plenty of options at Bar Louie

  • Dining Review: The Half Shell Published 10/24/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 1 comment

    The menu has evolved over the years, and today it’s a big one, still heavy on seafood but punctuated with steaks, chicken, sandwiches, salads and so on. There’s a good selection of brunch items, and that seems a good place ...

  • 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, ...

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