Dining Review: Neil's
Published 11/21/2013 at 3:14 p.m.
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 11/07/2013 at 11:11 a.m.
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: 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.
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.
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 10/03/2013 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 09/12/2013 at 7:06 p.m.
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: Tsunami rides a 15-year wave with fine food
Published 08/22/2013 at 6:20 p.m.
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 08/15/2013 at 5:05 p.m.
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: Elena's bring SoCal to the South
Published 08/01/2013 at 4 p.m.
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 07/18/2013 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 07/11/2013 at 6:22 p.m.
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 06/27/2013 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: Breakfast almost any time, pancake almost any way
Published 06/13/2013 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 ...
Dining Review: Spicy, delicious Ethiopian food in friendly atmosphere
Published 06/06/2013 at 6:34 p.m.
Mohammed Omer wanted to name his restaurant after Dire Dawa, a city in his native Ethiopia, but he knew better. No one wants their restaurant to be called "Dire."
Dining Review: Buckley's still delivers taste at fair price
Published 05/30/2013 at 6:04 p.m. 1 Comment
Among the late Don Pelts’ favorite restaurants was Buckley’s, both the steak house just a hop down Poplar from Corky’s, the barbecue restaurant Pelts founded, and the lunch-only spot a skip and a jump around the corner. Hearing this piqued ...
Restaurant Iris's English: Tony Parker wasn't 'turned away'
Updated 05/25/2013 at 7:01 p.m.
"Gotten way out of proprtion," says Memphis's award-winning chef.
Olive Branch team takes home grand prize in Memphis In May barbecue competition
Updated 05/18/2013 at 9:48 p.m.
Sweet Swine o’ Mine took home the grand prize trophy on Saturday at the 2013 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
Dining review: Central BBQ
Published 05/16/2013 at 12:04 p.m. 2 Comments
If a stranger to our town gathered the national television footage and press clippings from national publications about food in Memphis, he would likely think that all we eat is barbecue. Folks from other places sure do like to tell ...
Barbecue giant Don Pelts, founder of Corky's, dies
Updated 05/16/2013 at 9 p.m.
Corky’s Don Pelts was a barbecue giant in a barbecue town, but his friends and family remember him as a man with a great appetite for life and a generous and fun spirit.
Barbecue team names always good for a laugh
Published 05/15/2013 at midnight
It’s here. The Super Bowl of Swine. Smoke on the River. When your official name is the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, a nickname or two comes in handy.
Dining Review: Chiwawa is Memphis meets Mexico
Published 05/10/2013 at 3 a.m.
If you read early, crowd-sourced reviews of Chiwawa online, clear your mind and start fresh. Restaurants have opening pangs and the ones that are highly anticipated are also the ones that bear the brunt of dashed, though unrealistic, expectations.
Some like it hot, some like it spicy
Updated 05/03/2013 at 8:25 p.m.
Some culinary scents are unmistakable. Blindfolded, you’d know if you were led to a barbecue restaurant. Same for burgers on the grill, onions in a skillet, and just as certainly for Indian food. Bharat International Market & Restaurant is no ...
Dining Review: Pizza that's good, any way you slice 'em
Published 04/25/2013 at 3:09 p.m.
The food truck scene in Memphis continues to grow, and vendors out at lunch or events are usually blessed with customers standing in line for tacos, grilled cheese or, in Jeremy Denno’s case, pizza. His Rock ’n Dough Pizza food ...
Dining Review: Freaky for Taziki's
Published 03/14/2013 at 10:22 p.m.
When Pei Wei closed by the Kroger grocery store at Mendenhall and Sanderlin, a little mystery developed about what would go in the space.
Dining Review: Noodle Star offers nice mix of Asian dishes
Published 03/01/2013 at 3 a.m.
The menu at Noodle Star features several selections of pho, along with a few Vietnamese dishes, Thai food and, on the board at least, sushi.
Go Taste: Dining events
Published 02/21/2013 at 7:38 p.m.
Want something good to eat or drink this week? Consider the following:
Dining Review: Elwood's Shack shines on Summer
Published 02/14/2013 at 8:22 p.m.
With a big smoker going out front, you can find Elwood's, tucked away on the north side of the parking lot of Lowe's, by rolling your car window down.
Dining Review: Dark windows hide Mexican treasure
Published 01/31/2013 at 6:06 p.m. 2 Comments
You've always known not to judge a book by its cover. In this case, we'll say, "Don't judge a restaurant by its tinted windows."
Published 01/31/2013 at 4:54 p.m.
Want something good to eat or drink this week? Consider the following:
Dining Review: Ravioli, cannoli and collectibles
Published 01/18/2013 at 3 a.m.
Veteran Italian chef puts family favorites on antique mall wish lists
Dining Review: Local offers creative take on pub grub
Published 01/03/2013 at 7:12 p.m. 3 Comments
Local opened in October, smack dab on the northeast corner, after a lengthy renovation as part of the revitalization of Overton Square.
Our favorite Memphis area restaurants of 2012
Published 12/27/2012 at 5:51 p.m. 2 Comments
It was a year of anniversaries and celebrations for the Memphis restaurant community in 2012. Food writer Jennifer Biggs honors the most memorable establishments.
Dining Review: Good Crepes? Oui! Vin? Non!
Published 12/20/2012 at 6:40 p.m. 1 Comment
Go now. If you want wine, take your own. The crepes at Le Crepe du Vin are great and worth the drive.
Cafe Fon-tastic: Great Italian food in Cordova
Published 12/06/2012 at 6:34 p.m.
Cafe Fontana, a charming Cordova spot, serves up Italian favorites with spirit and verve.
Go Taste: Dining events
Published 12/06/2012 at 4:46 p.m.
Want something good to eat or drink this week? Consider the following.
Dining Review: Food, music and happy hour at Theo's
Published 11/23/2012 at midnight 1 Comment
Theo's, which opened in August under the name Superior Café and is related to the Superior Bar & Grill on Beale through some ownership, is more than just a place to eat.
Go Taste: Thanksgiving dinner
Published 11/15/2012 at 6:19 p.m.
Want someone else to do the cooking on Thanksgiving? Here's a list of restaurants that will be serving meals on Thursday:
Dining Review: Good Middle Eastern food served generously on Summer
Published 11/08/2012 at 6:15 p.m. 2 Comments
You'll never buy pita bread in a grocery store after you've tasted it fresh-baked from a place like Jerusalem Market on Summer Avenue.
Dining Review: Venezuela comes to The Edge
Published 10/25/2012 at 5:34 p.m.
While Cuban restaurants have come and gone and we've dabbled with Colombian and El Salvadoran food, I believe this is the first Venezuelan restaurant to enter our market.
Dining Review: Pizza, poutine and bocce in East Memphis
Published 10/11/2012 at 8:24 p.m. 1 Comment
There are two things that puzzle folks about Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman's new restaurant on Brookhaven Circle — but they can explain both.
Dining Review: Vietnamese food fresh, full of flavor
Published 09/27/2012 at 1:53 p.m. 1 Comment
It was a drizzly, dreary day when we first visited Green Bamboo, a Vietnamese restaurant on Germantown Parkway. It was one of the first of the cool days we've recently experienced, and I had the sniffles. It was a good ...
Dining Review: Flavorful Italian and more in Evergreen District
Published 09/13/2012 at 6:03 p.m.
Few neighborhoods in Memphis are fortunate enough to have a restaurant just down the street or on the next block. Most of us live in houses or apartments surrounded by more of the same, not in strolling distance of a ...
Best Bets: Filipino flan
Published 09/06/2012 at 11:56 a.m.
Memphis is full of great food finds in unexpected places; we have gas station sushi, after all. One of these treasures is VGM Market & Deli on Macon Road, just off Sycamore View. It's where — I think it's safe ...
Dining Review: Tasty updated Southern fare and more at McEwen's
Published 08/30/2012 at 5:51 p.m.
If you're Downtown looking for a lawyer around noon, you might as well have lunch at McEwen's on Monroe. There's a good chance you'll find your lawyer, and so what if you don't? You're sure to have a nice lunch.
Dining Review: Italian choices abound at family-friendly Cordova restaurant
Published 08/16/2012 at 5:38 p.m.
Villa Castrioti in Cordova is one of those restaurants you might drive by weekly or even daily. It's on busy Germantown Parkway, in a strip center with a large Kroger, Panera Bread, a golf store and plenty of small shops ...
Dining Review: Sweet Grass crowded? Go Next Door
Published 08/02/2012 at 5:31 p.m.
In 2010, Ryan Trimm partnered with Glenn Hays and opened Sweet Grass in Cooper-Young. The Low Country cuisine resonated with Memphis diners, who quickly learned to make reservations well in advance of a craving for shrimp and grits.
Dining Review: Good variety, fun food names at Foozi
Published 07/26/2012 at 5:59 p.m.
A new acquaintance, who lives in Memphis but is from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and was born to parents from New Orleans, made his point with a slow shake of his head, the kind that means mmm, mmm, mmm: "You ...
Go Taste: Dining events
Published 07/26/2012 at 4:38 p.m.
Memphis Botanic Garden hosts a wine tasting 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, featuring wines presented by Athens Distributing and food from Automatic Slim's. $25 for members, $35 nonmembers. Call 901-636-4131 for reservations; 750 Cherry Road.
Dining Review: Familiar fare done right in neighborly atmosphere
Published 07/19/2012 at 4:37 p.m. 2 Comments
Around 1979 or 1980, the building at 590 N. Perkins housed a bar and restaurant known as A Touch of Nostalgia. Eddie Harrison and the Shortcuts frequently played there, and a server — I don't recall her name, but I'll ...