Photos by Jennifer Biggs

  • The Mempho sandwich at Patrick’s Steaks & Spirits is barbecue kicked up a few notches.
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  • Flan at VGM Market & Deli on Macon Road, just off Sycamore View.
  • Chef Jose Gutierrez at River Oaks Restaurant serves paella on Thursday nights.
  • A very hearty portion for one, the various lasagnas at I Luv Lasagnas are made from scratch in house.
  • I Luv Lasagna Etc. opened about two months ago, catering to a to-go clientele but also has a small area for dine-in customers.
  • A very hearty portion for one, the various lasagnas at I Luv Lasagnas are made from scratch in house.
  • Tamales Three Ways is a specialty at Dino's. The tamales are smothered in spaghetti and chili.
  • Chicken tamales with  salsa verde is a popular item at Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana.
  • Katie Wassmer's cinnamon cake with Cinnamon Toast Crunch streusel.
  • Deep-fried noodles add crunch to Saigon Le’s bird’s nest egg rolls.
  • Barakat Middle Eastern Market's <em>um sakan</em> features chicken and caramelized onions nestled in an oversize toasted pita.
  • Lemon, chocolate, carrot cake and vanilla cupcakes from Muddy's.
  • Gigi's cupcakes sport a distinctive heaping swirl of icing on the top.
  • Green beans are a new fried veggie appetizer at Fat Larry's.
  • The Fire roll (left) and deconstructed Crispy David roll (right) are two new offerings at Ryu Sushi Bar on Summer.
  • Those who don't mind a little heartburn might consider the 3-Way Tamales at Dino's.
  • The Memphis Zoo offers made-to-order sandwiches in its new café.
  • Pimiento cheese
  • Chilaquiles with salsa verde, eggs and steak make for an extraordinarily hearty breakfast at Taqueria Garibaldi.
  • The turkey leg at Carnival Food is huge — just huge. Here it’s nestled next to a foot-long hot dog for comparison.
  • The Appetizer Plancha at My Favorite Place combines crispy chorizo, cheese and pico de gallo.
  • Sushi
  • A selection of sushi rolls are $3 each and the house sake is two-for-one at A-Tan, Monday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m.
  • Lasagna from Uncle John's in Crawfordsville, Ark.
  • Isa's Pistachio Cake at Miss Cordelia's is a local product and a best bet for a bite of cake.

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