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, ...