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Comment Archives: Stories: Food & Drink

Re: “Beer Bracket Challenge Launches Wednesday

Dwayne Butcher, I second your comment! ESB at High Cotton has "long" been one of our personal favorites. I had been trying to find beers that remind of me of what I was able to drink in Germany (when my hubby was deployed after 09/11) and High Cotton Brewery does it for me!

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Posted by Belinda Johnson Henry on 02/22/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Beer Bracket Challenge Launches Wednesday

This is going to be amazing. Toby needs to post a video of him filling out his selections, like Obama and the NCAA bracket!

Oh, and the ESB at High Cotton is the best beer in the city right now.

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Posted by Dwayne Butcher on 02/21/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “A Visit to Dirty Crow Inn

All the food is damn delicious. Nothing is an afterthought down to the bread on sandwiches. I agree with Clyde about the wings, as well. Also, get after that chicken debris.

Posted by Josh on 02/21/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Loflin Yard opens Thursday

I remember the old days, running the carriages out of "the barn", all the souls and folks, met from out-of-the-cracks. Gosh, if I could really relay all the history, before this area got gentrified and socialized. Yeah, it was in a state of decay, and I admire the vision that created this very artistic and creative Lofflin's Yard. But I remember it when hobos would jump off the train, and come asking David for work. I remember it when it was a thriving carriage business (Carriage Rides of River City), running some x13 horses out-of-it, including the creation of my own business, Carter's Carriage. I remember the sometimes eccentric character of David Sydnor, staying-up all night, to create the ultimate Cinderella's carriage, replete with lights and disco ball; and all the unique folks that the sight attracted. There's so much history at that very corner. It wasn't a few years ago, when I would see a mama fox scurry to her den, across the street. Now, people pay thousands of dollars to reside in condos there.

If I could relay the history that I experienced on this very property, from 2003-2013, you wouldn't believe. It would seem too story-book, out-of-this-world, fanciful and not real. God-Bless all you souls I had the pleasure to meet. God-bless the horses, David and his resolve to keep the place viable. God-Bless "the Mayor", who lived-down the street, Mr. Watts (RIP) that is, and his son Chris, who called on the barn often in those days. So, so much history, that period of decay, before it got rediscovered. I'm sure there's an equal, even more profound history, when it was a train-depot for the train to Jackson, TN), in the 1900's (there was still that signage laying against the wall, simply stating: "Jackson"; or when it was the old Police horse stables, or going-back further, a mule-trading yard, the largest in the country. I just happened-in-on-it it is final form, before it became the "happening little hot-spot it is now". There was a great life there, many lessons learned, from so many people I came to know, often "salt-of-the-earth folks" off the streets and trains, and so opposite of the folks who now reside in-and-about the place. David always knew it was coming, and indeed, it got "SoHo'd", he was right. Kudos to your ability to hang-on David, and pass-it-on as you did. There were some hard-times, when it looked-like "viability was too far off" and it may be too much to hand-hold, for an eventual and profitable hand-off. But you did, and kodos to you! Thanks for all the life-lessons too, the evolution, the love and care, and ideals we lived. Forever in my heart!

Good Luck with Lofflin's Yard, and the future. Some day I'm going to come-down there and have a beer, and muse of "how it used to be".

Posted by Carter Wynn on 02/21/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Hair of the Dog? Yes, Please.

10 mg desipramine once a day may not work for everybody.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 02/20/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “A Visit to Dirty Crow Inn

Great new place. And the wings "might" be the best in the city. Siracha honey is my favorite.

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Posted by Clyde on 02/20/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Hair of the Dog? Yes, Please.

The science in this article is kinda iffy... but...

Ya hafta remember that ethanol is an organic solvent, like ether, or gasoline, and no organic solvents are really good for you. All of them are toxic. Some more, some less.

Because of the citric acid cycle though (yeah, I went there, don't freak out) we just happen to have enzymes that can metabolize two carbon alcohols (ethanol). Heck, our own residential gut flora produces a bunch of it every day, even if we don't drink any of the stuff at all. But it's toxic. So we have evolved a certain capacity to get rid of the stuff, and those enzymes do it.

Yay for us!

Problem is, you can overwhelm that poison handling mechanism if you drink too much, or if you drink too often. This leads to buildup of toxic metabolites (mostly acetaldehyde) and vitamin deficiencies (mostly B vitamins, vitamin C, and folate) and a general nutritional imbalance leading to abnormalities of protein metabolism and accumulation of fat in the liver.

You can battle this somewhat by sweating a lot with regular, strenuous exercise, increasing your dietary intake of vitamins, and drinking enough water to flush some of those poisons out. That will materially increase your ability to process the stuff.

But there is no real 'morning after' relief that is helpful, unless you are so far into drinking, that you need some alcohol in your system just to avoid frank withdrawal symptoms. In that case, a nice Bloody Mary is just the thing, you alcoholic you.

So. Science.

And if you want to know more about the subject, this is a good start:…

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Posted by OakTree on 02/20/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The Vault Going in Double J Space

Almost one TV for every four patrons. It will be magical when 26 different channels pipe out their mix. BTW, what's wrong w/ oysters from the Gulf Coast?

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Posted by Orion's Cracker on 02/11/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The Vault Going in Double J Space

26 TV's: sounds like a place for a cocktail and an intellectual conversation. Perhaps it's time to do the Archimania shuffle and leave South Main to the suburban bros.

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Posted by BP45 on 02/10/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Yep, Hattie B's Coming to Midtown

Folks in Nashville thinking putting hot sauce on chicken is a new idea is doubly embarrassing when you consider they've been doing it in Buffalo NY since 1964.

Of course there's never been a time when people in Memphis didn't put hot sauce on anything, which is why Gus's didn't need to add "hot" to their brand. Nice to see Nashville's only 50 years or so behind the Yankees.

I don't know how safe I can feel buying spicy fried chicken in a place without bars on the windows, though. If people aren't trying to break in a 3am to get the food when the shop is closed, it's probably not that good.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 02/10/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Yep, Hattie B's Coming to Midtown

this is about a mile from my house, I am going to be so fat/fatter

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Posted by Dwayne Butcher on 02/10/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Yep, Hattie B's Coming to Midtown

I'm excited for this. I just hope it won't be overflowing with Nashville-types. You know what I mean. ;-)

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Posted by nobody on 02/10/2017 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Fresh Bagels in Midtown from Dave's Bagels


If you think Costco and Einstein Bagels are good, you simply haven't tasted a good Bagel, let alone a great Bagel. Incidentally, Costco Bagels are Einstein Bagels.

Posted by Donkey+ on 02/08/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Oshi to Rebrand

moving out east would be such a bad idea that takes away the idea of different types of atmosphere to offer in downtown, looking at other major cities most of the attraction that makes their cities amazing is the downtown life. Tourist come to memphis to see the downtown life is about, they have no knowledge of anything outside of downtown this will be bad to move out to east

Posted by davidburns28 on 02/08/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Front Street Deli for Sale

Lisa's Lunchbox going in here,,,,,

Posted by kpygout on 02/07/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “At Izakaya, steak and sushi in a swank setting.

Great place!!!!! Stopped by after a Grizz win and was very impressed!!! Happy all over again for the city of Memphis.

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Posted by TrūAgeMan on 02/07/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “At Izakaya, steak and sushi in a swank setting.

Can't wait to make a reservation...

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Posted by OakTree on 02/04/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “At Izakaya, steak and sushi in a swank setting.

Yes, Thank You, Shon and Dana! We try to come there for drinks and dinner as often as possible and are spreading the word about your fantastic new restaurant.

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Posted by SaveOvertonSquare on 02/04/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “At Izakaya, steak and sushi in a swank setting.

Very glad they saved the building and developed what sounds like a true jewel in this city. Thank you to the Lins!

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Posted by Carolyn Clements on 02/03/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Cafe Brooks Debuts, etc.

A $7.00 caesar salad is hardly patrician in price, and the chai latte is more expensive at Starbucks, I think. One's reaction to art is subjective of course, but I find the Brooks collection to be contemplative, rather than self-referential. Not challenging? Hmmm...

The impulse to devalue the artifacts of one's place of origin, and instead idealize a larger and richer otherness to be found elsewhere, seems demonstrably provincial to me.

Personally, I find certain works in the collection function something like old friends, in that I like to go visit them, and think about other times we shared together. As once upon a time, a friend and I discovered perhaps a shadow on this canvas here, while punctuating our walk in the Old Forest, to avoid a summer shower.

Yes. That.

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Posted by OakTree on 01/25/2017 at 7:51 PM

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