Monday, June 27, 2016

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 106

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 11:34 AM

This place has lots of regulars ... 
The first person to ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize. To enter submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 105 is the Pad Thai at Mosa, and the winner is ... Anita Lotz! 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Al Kapone to Promote Hustle Vodka, Memphis Heat Cinnamon Whiskey

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 8:51 AM


Bill Brooks has been in the liquor business out of St. Charles, Illinois, near Chicago, for nearly 40 years. Most of that time, he says, has been dealing in the Al Capone of the Roaring Twenties, specifically Tommy Guns vodka. And this is how he got hooked up with local rapper Al Kapone about five years ago. He enlisted Kapone to help promote Tommy Guns, which comes in a tommy gun-shaped bottle.

Their latest collaboration is Hustle Vodka and Memphis Heat Cinnamon Whiskey, produced by Dehner Distillery.

Actually, there are three products being launched: the vodka, the whiskey, and the rum-based Sassy Girl C.R.E.A.M.

Brooks tells me that C.R.E.A.M. is known to mean "Cash Rules Everything Around Me." On the label of Sassy Girl C.R.E.A.M. is a white woman on one side, a black woman on the other. Brooks reasons that liquor stores can turn the bottle any way it suits them. "It's the only product that goes after the urban woman demographic," he says. "And, if not, fine, it's cream." 

It's with the same savvy that Brooks has approached the Kapone-related brands. (Brooks says that Kapone told him to find a woman to promote Sassy Girl.)

"He was instrumental on the design," says Brooks of Kapone. The Hustle Vodka label has diamonds spelling out "hustle" against a gold nugget background. An earlier incarnation of the label was more ornate, with Kapone suggesting they make it simpler. Some versions has the rapper on the label.  

The label for Memphis Heat show a skyline of the city, including the "M" bridge, and flames. Brooks says that denotes the heat in Memphis and the "heat" in Memphis — all the cool things like Kapone's favs the Memphis Grizzlies. 

 "Al is our promoter," says Brooks. "We're using Memphis as a hub. From there, we go to Atlanta, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Florida." 

Hustle Vodka and Memphis Heat should be in the stores sometime around mid-July. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Update on LBOE, and Other News

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 3:38 PM

  • Justin Fox Burks

• Quick update on LBOE, which shut down in April after a fire. 

Tyler Adams of LBOE writes in a email, "Construction has started. The roof should be done in a couple weeks then interior work can start. Hopefully September for opening. We will be at Burger Fest on August 28th."


• Congrats to Babalu which won "Best Margarita" at last weekend's Margarita Festival, put on by the Flyer

A good time was had by all. Check out the photos on our Facebook page

• More fun from the Flyer: Burger Week is coming up July 13th-19th. 

Restaurants across the city will be offering a $5 burger special during the week. 

More info to come ... 


• First, there were beerings, and coming soon ... brewcelets! 

• MasterChef Junior winner Logan Guleff is participating in the James Bear Foundations's Blended Burger Project, which has a goal of serving healthier burgers. 

Chefs from across the country create burgers that incorporate mushrooms and then put them up for a vote. The top vote-getters win a trip to New York to cook at the James Beard House.

Guleff's burger is the Mushroom Monster. Vote here.  

Krystal is offering a limited time "Fired-Up" menu. Featured items  — burgers, corndogs, and chicken sandwiches — can be topped with a cheese sauce made with Tabasco sauce. There's also a Fired Up combo. 

Through August 7th. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 105

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:59 AM

I could eat this most days of the week ... 
The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize. 

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 104 is Dyer's Double Double, and the winner is Will Irvine!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Lettuce Eat Name Change, Plus More News

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 2:28 PM


• Lettuce Eat, the salad-riffic restaurant in Germantown, is now The Wild Beet Salad Co.

According to owner Kelcie Hamm, it was a trademark issue, and Lettuce Entertain You, which owns some 60-plus restaurants from Santa Monica to Chicago, has "dibs" on the word lettuce. She said it was okay with one restaurant, but since there were plans for a second Lettuce Eat ... 

A second Wild Beet is in the works at Knickerbocker Plaza in East Memphis. Hamm is expecting a late-August opening. 

• Tomorrow, June 18th, is International Sushi Day, and Kroger is celebrating with $2.99 California rolls. The event is designed to introduce newbies to sushi.

There will be sushi demos and samples from Hissho Sushi, which provides the sushi for Kroger, at the Farmington store from 11 a.m. to noon. (And did you know that on Wednesdays, select rolls are $5???

Doc's Wine, Spirits & More is celebrating its 1st anniversary on Saturday. There will be music from Chris Johnson, Charvey Mac, and the Story & the Song. Limited edition beers will be available at the growler station, and there will be samples from Porcellino's, Nikki's Hot A** Chips, Judy's Pound Cakes, and many more. 
Loflin Yard recently began serving lunch on Fridays. The menu features a charred romaine salad, shrimp po'boy, pimento cheese po'boy, and more. 

On Saturday, they are hosting a "Changing of the Yard" event, in which the Back Yard, behind the Coach House, is introduced to the public. There will be live music, plus corn hole and ring game tournaments. 

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What Type of Restaurant Does Memphis Need?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:39 AM


Stealing this idea from the Nashville Scene.
A writer was inspired to put up the post after a visit to Loflin Yard. (And, no, she decides, Nashville does not need a Loflin Yard.)

Is there one restaurant — cuisine, a chain, whatever — that Memphis needs? 

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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched to Bring Mrs. Winners to Memphis

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 9:09 AM


Back in February, Mrs. Winners president John Buttolph announced he was looking for franchisees to bring Mrs. Winners back to the Memphis market. The chain, which specializes in chicken and biscuits, went into bankruptcy in 2010, closing its Memphis locations. 

Rachel Pedersen, who is the social media director of Mrs. Winners, wants to be that franchisee. 

"I monitor all the social media channels, and one thing I noticed was that Memphis was not just asking but begging and pleading us to bring back Mrs. Winners," she says.

Pedersen, who is based in Minnesota, is currently in Memphis scouting locations with her husband and her father. Her father will relocate to Memphis to run the restaurant.

They've set up a crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo to the get the restaurant open. They're hoping to raise $30,000. Participants will receive rewards, with one getting free Mrs. Winners for life.

The long range goal is to have five Mrs. Winners opened in five years.

"We want to have a Mrs. Winners in every single corner of Memphis," says Pedersen.  

Learn more about the crowdfunding campaign via the Mrs. Winners Memphis website

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Replenish Juicery Now Open in Bartlett

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:05 PM

  • Replenish, Facebook
You know Replenish Cold-Pressed Juicery, Tea, and Kombucha from the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market. They opened a brick-and-mortar space in Bartlett in January. 

Replenish is two doors down from Gus's, something Jackson calls "symbiotic." "We need each other," she says. 

There are 9 juices, 19 smoothies, plus customers can customize their own juices and smoothies. Replenish makes kombucha, which is also sold at Curb Market and Miss Cordelia's. 

One popular juice is the Happy Day with kale, cilantro, pineapple, and green apple. Heart Beet has beets, cucumbers, apple, lemon, and ginger. 

Smoothies include the incredible hulk with bananas, kale, mango, hemp, and almond milk. There's also the cashew milk smoothie sweetened with dates. 

Jackson says she was raised around co-ops and health food stores. "Food is medicine," she says. 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meal Deals for Father's Day

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Who's your daddy? Does he like steak? Well, the man's gotta eat ...  

Here are some of the things going on for this Father's Day. 

• On Sunday, June 19th, eighty3 is having a Father's Day special with New York strip steak and grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes ($42)

• bleu is having a two-day Steak, Suds & Spuds special, Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Includes a number of different steak options (plus lamb and a pork chop!), beers, and potatoes prepared in a variety of ways. 

Owen Brennan's is having a special Sunday Father's Day Brunch, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with plenty of fresh seafood, Cajun options, and lots to drink, plus the usual buffet fare ($44, $18 for kids 6-10). 

• Dad who dine at Corky's Friday, Saturday, or Sunday can get a copy of the Cookin' with Corky's cookbook, with the purchase of two entrees. The offer must be claimed though Corky's Facebook page

• Also, Hickory Tavern is doing a "King of the Day" deal on Sunday with steak, baked potato, salad, and cheesecake for $25.50. And, at Shoney's, Dads get a free slice of pecan pie, and all dads love pie — that's a real-true fact. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

An Update from Jerry's Sno Cones

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 1:25 PM


Here's a heartbreaker if there ever was one. Jerry's Sno Cones owner David Acklin tells me he had his eye on the Easy Way on Cooper for a Jerry's Midtown location, but family matters kept him from pursuing it. 

It is those same family matters that have delayed the second Jerry's in Cordova. 

Acklin says they are currently working on the building design. He envisions it as a garage design with huge garage doors that can be pulled up during the warmer months and closed during the colder ones. 

He says he plans to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the new location.

As for that third window that was supposed to go in the original Jerry's to help move along the lines? Acklin says that the plans have changed. 

He's added on a room at the back that will allow for indoor seating. He's hoping to have it open in as little as two weeks, depending on air/heating work. 

A covered patio at the front of the original Jerry's is another new addition. 

BTW, Acklin says he's looking for 12-foot pink elephant for the new restaurant. If you have one, hook him up. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 104

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 11:23 AM

This burger is infamous, y'all ... 


The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize. 

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 103 is the avocado lime popsicle at MemPops, and the winner is ... Linda Nguyen!

*Thanks, Cristina

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The Kitchen Grand Opening Set

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The Kimbal Musk-led restaurant The Kitchen, in Shelby Farms, is having a grand opening on August 13th, 6-11 p.m. 


There will be food, of course, plus cocktails, live music, and an auction. The event will benefit the Kitchen Community, an ambitious program with the goal of establishing 100 learning gardens at area schools by 2018. 

Tickets are $125.

The Kitchen will serve "farm fresh" food and will include grab-and-go items for park-goers. Miles McMath, formerly of St. Jude, will lead the kitchen. 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cafe 1912 Tapas Wine Bar Now Open

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:30 PM


The Cafe 1912 Tapas Wine Bar had a soft opening last Thursday.

The new space occupies the south end of the building and seats about 40. Owner Glenn Hays says the goal is to serve authentic Spanish tapas. Dishes include a white bean salad, a caesar salad with apples, caprese salad, tortillas (one with tomatoes, anchovies, and olives, the other with chorizo), marinated olives, poached shrimp, pot de creme, spicy tuna, a ham plate, and more. 

Dishes are $6 each. Wine is $8 a glass, $30 for the bottle. 

Hays bought the space about a year ago, and decided to try tapas because he had enjoyed it during his trips to Spain. 

"I thought it would be interesting to try something different," he says. "Plus, I'm 75. If I'm going to it, I better do it now." 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuscany Italian Eatery Opening Downtown

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM


Tuscany Italian Eatery is opening in a couple weeks at 116 Front across the street from the AutoZone headquarters. 

The restaurant was originally in Olive Branch, but a fire shut it down in January. 

"Downtown is booming," says Jeremy Martin about the move. "It needs more places like this."

Martin co-owns the restaurant with Debbie Houck. 

The restaurant specializes in from-scratch Italian fare. Tuscany's lasagne, says Martin, is "out of this world" and includes four cheeses, meatballs, and sausage. And the Italian beef sandwich is "ridiculous" with tender shredded beef. 

The restaurant will serve paninis, wraps, pastas, desserts, soups, and more.

 The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Delivery will be available. 

A second restaurant will open in the Bankruptcy Building at 200 Jefferson in mid-July. This restaurant will serve breakfast and will be open 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Says Martin, "We say we have no customers. Everyone is family." 

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On the Scene at the Memphis Italian Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Frank Chin checked out this weekend's Memphis Italian Festival. 

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The FBI (Full Blooded Italians) and everybody else was at this weekend's Italian Festival. 

By Frank Chin

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