Bounty on Broad
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.
Waiting for Greencork to reappear. Any news on that?
Glad their back...
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.
That's the refreshing chopped Ceaser Salad at Wild Beet Salad Company that used to be Lettuce Eat. Their salads.. Fresh fresh & delicious!
Please post this years Historic Dinner series. Diane and Bill Rivenbark
Excited to hear about the Sushi Jimmi location. I was hoping that location would not stay empty. And it's near me!
Looks like a wrap in a to go container from my fridge. My house?
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?
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...
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.
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.
That cypress tree logo was/is awesome. I hope we see it again.
Yeah Gus's dark meat plate with mac and cheese and greens is what I sent in. Sure looks like it!!
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.
Gus's Fried chicken-fried chicken, greens and mac n cheese.
You'll find lil' stevie cohen here, with a spliff in hand. Represent.
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