Just a few months ago, scientists discovered that the surface of Mars is much colder than they had previously thought. And, just seconds ago, I discovered that the Tofu Pad Prik at Shang Hai Oriental Restaurant — a stir fry of tofu, green onions, peppers, and Thai spices — is much hotter than I had previously thought.
Memphis 'cue just got a meat-free facelift with this scrumptious personal pan-sized vegan pizza. Tender morsels of fried mock meat are coated in a tangy barbecue sauce and accompanied by sliced carrots, spinach, and vegan cheddar atop a homemade crust.
Bastet Ank Re, formerly of Deju Vu Creole & Vegetarian Restaurant, has launched Healthy Meals on Wheels, a new vegan lunch delivery division of her catering company, OC Vegan Foods. The BBQ pizza is just one of many delicious noontime options. Every Friday is vegan pizza day, but other days of the week have a rotating menu.
When Memphis-raised filmmaker Ira Sachs needed a desolate location to end his Sundance Film Festival-winning Forty Shades of Blue, he settled on an isolated stretch of blue-collar Broad Avenue in Midtown, just across from Broadway Pizza. Since the extension of Sam Cooper Boulevard closed off Broad to East Parkway a couple years ago, the few blocks of beer joints and industrial shops that surround the city's finest pie palace have felt hidden. But if that has added a few extra turns to my semiregular pizza runs, Broadway (which doesn't deliver) is well worth it.
I'm having a Mac attack, but I'm not headed to McDonald's. The folks at Casa Grill call their falafel sandwich the "Big Mac of the Middle East."
Some things you shouldn't do to barbecue.
Then there's the Bar-B-Q Spaghetti at the Bar-B-Q Shop.
Sometimes in life tough decisions must be made. Sometimes at dinner too. Combination platters can be a boon for the indecisive. But when there are more than 30 combination platters on the menu like there are at Los Compadres, ordering can be like a multiple-choice test. Quesadillas, tostadas, tamales, tacos, enchiladas, chapulas, and burritos are all options among what appear to be endless possibilities.
Taqueria Tarascos isn’t much to look at — just a taco stand (painted psychedelic green) that used to be something or other on Lamar (across from a U-Haul parking lot). Behind the property is a trailer park that’s seen better days. But you aren’t here for the ambience. You’re here for no-frills Mexican. What’s wrong with no-frills? Nothing.
Traditionally when I go to a Mexican restaurant, it’s all about the chips and dip, burritos, chips and dip, big beers, chips and dip, margaritas, and chips and dip. On my last visit to Rio Loco, however, my companion threw me for a loop