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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Memphis is All Kinds of Scary

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

BOO!
  • BOO!

You've probably heard about the new report based on statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that, thanks to a nice big boost from Memphis, ranks Tennessee as the number one violent crime capital in America. Pretty scary, right?

But did you notice that Fox News has ranked Memphis’ Orpheum as one of the world’s top 10 haunted theaters alongside the Paris Opera House and Theatre Royal Drury Lane?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hog & Hominy to Become the First Restaurant Honored with a Nobel Peace Prize

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

These peanuts will change you... And the world.
  • These peanuts will change you... And the world.
Okay, that headline was completely false and misleading, but last week Hog & Hominy was named among the "5 Best New Restaurants in the South" by Southern Living. This is the latest list, and perhaps even the last list that the year-old restaurant can possibly be placed on.

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.

Friday, July 5, 2013

CNN Names Earnestine & Hazel's one of 9 Classic "Dive Bars"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

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CNN thinks Memphis' Earnestine & Hazel's is one of America's best dive bars. And while most of us who live in the Bluff City can probably imagine sets of criteria that might place the ambiance-laden joint somewhat lower in the rankings even on a list of Memphis dives, it's still a well-deserved honor.

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.

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