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Comment Archives: Stories: Food & Drink

Re: “Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 110

Bounty on Broad

Posted by Erin Ortosecco Hayes on 08/29/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Upsetting the Food Cart

1. No one said food carts are unsafe or that foods other than hotdogs are unsafe. The article indicated that the Memphis Health Dept is not staffed to regulate the food carts. Hot dogs are 'fully cooked'. I bet the food vendor can sell chips also, right? And bottled sodas. The point is that the Health Dept has MUCH more responsibility when checking out a place that actually handles and cooks raw food. Hot dogs are easy.

To afford additional inspectors we could raise taxes on everyone OR here's a novel idea, increase the permit/inspection fee so that the carts cover their own costs of inspection to certify their cart is sanitary.

2. Restuarants with fixed locations are investing in employees, rent, taxes (a lot more than just sales taxes) - investing in your community. We all benefit from this investment. So yes there should be somewhat of of a level playing field in terms of protecting them from a competitor setting up on their sidewalk - I bet an 'established' hot dog cart would get pretty angry if he arrived one day and two other hot dog carts were on 'his' corner even though he has no claim at all to a specific corner and has made no investment supporting that corner, only invested in himself.

Now don't take this comment to mean that I believe fixed location restaurants are the best and only option we need. I have eaten from food carts and trucks in the past and will in the future, I just see the commenters being pretty negative about the fixed locations and I think that is unfair.

38103 - on what basis do you claim 'not one thought about what was actually safe'? I bet you have none other than general snark. If any of us were in charge of writing regulations about safety for food carts, wouldn't it be smart to start with restaurant regulations and then take out what we don't need and then consider what needs to be added to account for the non-fixed location (not connected to city water/sewer, no electricity, ice is less reliable than ac powered refridgeration ....)

Bubbah/Jeff - if you feel employees at a restaurant are not washing their hands, video it and send to the Health Dept. In other words, do something about it rather than blindly paint all restaurants this way and blindly assume all food carts are washing their hands frequently with their non-running water.

Jeff yes moving food outside has an impact on the safety. Raw food must be kept properly refridgerated. A food cart generally has a limited amount of water available for washing, uses ice for refridgeration, is open to airborne contaminants such as dust, leaves, etc. Not that they cannot be safe, but be fair - there IS a difference and in Memphis the Health Dept had not made an investment in learning how to keep food carts safe.

Posted by Fred on 08/26/2016 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Korean BBQ To Open in Cooper-Young, etc.

Waiting for Greencork to reappear. Any news on that?

Posted by Clyde on 08/24/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Saturday With Champagne

Great Article

Posted by Jeremiahls1 on 08/22/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Now open: Cupcake Cutie, Donut Factory.

Glad their back...

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by LaToria Jackson on 08/17/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Now open: Cupcake Cutie, Donut Factory.

So glad for them. They were originally in Bartlett near me, but all of a sudden they were gone. So glad the business survived and is thriving.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Anwar Brooks on 08/17/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 109

That's the refreshing chopped Ceaser Salad at Wild Beet Salad Company that used to be Lettuce Eat. Their salads.. Fresh fresh & delicious!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by alexandriasweet on 08/16/2016 at 11:05 PM

Re: “The Peabody's Titanic Dinner (plus a shocking revelation from the hotel's past!!!)

Please post this years Historic Dinner series. Diane and Bill Rivenbark

Posted by Diane Rivenbark on 08/16/2016 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Sushi Jimmi To Open Restaurant, etc.

Excited to hear about the Sushi Jimmi location. I was hoping that location would not stay empty. And it's near me!

Posted by williamthewebb on 08/16/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 109

Looks like a wrap in a to go container from my fridge. My house?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by datGuy on 08/15/2016 at 6:10 PM

Re: “A Taste of the New Menu at Sweet Grass

Ate at Sweetgrass on Sat night Aug 13th, 2016. Ordered the brisket. Was full of fat and gristle. My wife had the crabcakes appetizer. She expected it to be slightly crispy on the outside and soft/chewy (like cake or muffin) but instead was mushy throughout. They brought our salad out well before we'd finished the appetizer, and on a 2 top table with a bottle of wine, it was kind of awkward to let it just sit there for 10-15 minutes, while we were enjoying our cocktails and munching on a very good aperitif. The positives were they do make good drinks, and the pear salad was excellent! Also, they switched the TV over to the Olympics when we requested. I wonder who would've gotten the piece of brisket if I didn't, the family canine?

Posted by Infrequent Diner on 08/15/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Heart & Soul

This will be a great addition for the downtown lunch crowd toward the north end and the courthouse. I look forward to dining there! Salmon...mmm...

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by MemphisTigers on 08/04/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Changes at Ghost River

That "Prime market wants a story" is some BS sold by the designer.

Ghost River is the classic Memphis beer brand, it should have that feel. Instead it feels like a graphic design student went overboard on their rebranding project.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by memphismemphis on 07/30/2016 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Changes at Ghost River

Hmmm... those coins look like pills to me. I don't think I like it. At least make the coins look like pieces of eight or something. And I agree with Clyde. The tree rocks.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by OakTree on 07/28/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Changes at Ghost River

That cypress tree logo was/is awesome. I hope we see it again.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Clyde on 07/28/2016 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 107

Yeah Gus's dark meat plate with mac and cheese and greens is what I sent in. Sure looks like it!!

Posted by LS Kelley on 07/27/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Relevant Roasters To Become French Truck Coffee

Not sure about switching names this early in the game, considering Relevant was still building its customer base. But I will say that finding quality coffee [something I was remiss about upon moving from New York] is becoming less and less of a problem in Memphis.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ian Hunter on 07/27/2016 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 107

Gus's Fried chicken-fried chicken, greens and mac n cheese.

Posted by Michelle Thames-williams on 07/20/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Music, Food, Fun at First Caribbean Jerk Festival

You'll find lil' stevie cohen here, with a spliff in hand. Represent.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Long Duck Dong on 07/20/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 107

Gotta be Dodges on 51. Dark w/2 sides

Posted by Dawn Biggs on 07/20/2016 at 7:22 AM

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