Sekisui's Tempura a-la-Carte menu offers 13 options — two pieces per order — including mushrooms, crab stick, onions, calamari, and shrimp.
A more reasonable person would have stopped at two, but let's just call my order too much of a good thing: sweet potatoes ($1), asparagus ($1.75), and broccoli ($1).
The first thing that struck me as I entered Green Bamboo, the Vietnamese restaurant on Germantown Parkway, is that whatever was cooking smelled good. Really good.
So, with the appetite fully primed, I set about studying the menu. The Pea Pod Stem ($11.95) intrigued — pea pod stems "gently kissed in a hot wok" and served with tofu and dipping sauce. The Canh Chua Chay ($11.95) was also interesting — a sweet and sour soup with pineapples, tofu, sprouts, tomatoes, and chayote (a vegetable related to melons and squash) served in a tamarind broth.
Ultimately, I went the traditional route with the Curry Tofu and mixed vegetables ($11.95) — a spot-on combo of vegetables (onions, carrots, mushrooms, etc.) in a mild lemongrass curry served on top of rice. An excellent dish all the way around.
For lunch yesterday, it was Evergreen Grill, the cozy new restaurant located in the old Pizze Stone space on Overton Park in Midtown.
The menu is wide-ranging and includes a selection of soups (Minestrone and Wedding Soup) and salads (California with spinach, feta, and nuts and berries and Grilled Chicken, etc.) as well as a number of sandwiches (burgers, meatball, grilled vegetable) and mostly Italian entrees (lasagna, beef ravioli) and pasta dishes (Tomato Cream Shrimp, Sausage Arrabiata).
I opted for the Cappelini with angel hair pasta, tomatoes, basil, and marinara ($7 lunch, $10 dinner).
With fresh tomatoes and chunks of fresh garlic, this is a nice, light pasta, perfect for lunch as it's not so heavy as to put the brakes on the rest of your afternoon. Comes with a garlic bread stick and side salad.
This trio started with the Bruschetta Trio ($6.50).
The birthday boy wanted India Palace for lunch. The rule was he gets to choose AND everything he said that day was true.
The second part of the bargain was by far the toughest to swallow.
So ... I was eating my egg & olive sandwich from Just for Lunch while flipping through 4 Memphis magazine, when an EZ version of "Tea for Two" started to play over the PA.
The scene was totally Squaresville, but that sandwich was good, as good as any egg & olive I've had, and I liked the slightly savory poppy-seed vinaigrette on the fruit salad.
Alannah's Breakfast Kafe on N. Main offers a number of options for lunch — vegetable plates, catfish & grits, and even Interstate BBQ. Seeing as this is a "Breakfast Kafe" — motto: We serve the most important meal of the day ... ALL DAY. — I went for the pancakes.
Finally made it to eighty3 in the Madison Hotel for lunch, and the first temptation? The Devil's Fire Fries, of course ($5).
New Que Huong is just one of the restaurants mentioned in this week's Food News column that is selling its house-made pickles.
When I was there about week ago, I had expressed interest in buying a jar, but they were out. I was, however, given a few of the pickled vegetables to sample.
So very good, and a tasty if sharp ending to lunch.
I started with the Vietnamese crepe ($7.25).
Alcenia's might be known just as much for the hug and kiss that owner B.J. Chester-Tamayo gives each customer as it is for its wonderful home cooking.
Normally, this hug-and-kiss thing would be torture for me as I am quite uptight, but here it's not a big deal.
What is a big deal are these fried-green tomatoes ($5.50), make that chicken-fried green tomatoes.
Last week, I stopped by the Cottage for a late lunch. While I was more than a little tempted to get breakfast (served all day!), I went for the vegetable plate ($8.50 with drink).
As I was enjoying my lunch of Eggplant with Black Pepper Sauce ($8.75) at New Asia, I daydreamed about recreating this perfectly spicy dish at home.
I've had just so-so results when cooking with eggplant; something about the texture is never quite right. This dish's eggplant melts in your mouth. I'm thinking it's steamed. As for the sauce, I have no clue ...
And who am I kidding anyway? Nothing I would make would be as good as New Asia's, so I might as well leave it to the experts.
On Sunday, Imagine Vegan Cafe celebrated its one-year anniversary with a buffet spread and a SRO crowd, but it was only last Thursday that I made it to the Cooper-Young restaurant myself.
Thursday's visit was prompted by Imagine's participation in Dining Out for Life -- they generously donated 50% of the day's proceeds to the Friends for Life event.
Now that I've been, I can't wait to go back.
The email read:
if anyone wants to take lunch at the redbirds game today there are 2 tics at the front desk - game started at 11
I have travel anxiety. A simple weekend trip to Atlanta to visit family will have me fretting over the correct number of socks and underwear (as if they don't sell socks and underwear in Atlanta). At the airport, I check to see if I have my ID, I check to see if I have my ID, I check to see if I have my ID.
A little bit of this mania extends to whenever I go out to Collierville. I must try somewhere new (at least to me) to eat. I plan. I ask around.
On my last Collierville trek a few days ago, I chose BooYa's.