H&H was named one of GQ's Most Outstanding Restaurants; chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman were among Food & Wine's Best New Chefs; and its staff was listed as the number one Plaid-wearingest staff in America by American Plaidwearers Magazine.
Okay, maybe the last bit isn't true either, but the Southern Living honor cements Hog & Hominy as the most important restaurant in Memphis, if not the world, and it won't be long before food nerds start writing fan fiction, while Poutine, and other delicious H&H menu items begin to emerge as popular baby names. Write it down.
The most interesting thing about this development, however, is the comment thread that seems to suggest that no bars on the list can be "real dive bars," by virtue of being included on the list. (How Heisenbergian!)
Although the days have long past since one might contract syphilis from the ice cubes (to borrow an image from John Kennedy Toole), perhaps some denizens of the South Main tavern can chime in, and assure CNN's viewers/readers that, for everything else it may or may not be, E&H is, without a doubt, a dive that reeks of heavenly burgers, and, though less literally, vintage copulation.
UPDATE: E&H is getting a lot of love this week. Thrillist.com just named the Soul Burger one of the nation's best. Hat tip to WPTY/WLMT's Cameron Harper (@NewsCam on your Twitter machine) for sharing.