The Non-Permeable Membrane was the best light show I ever saw at the old Fillmore West.
For my meat-eating (and sausage loving) family and friends, I pre-soak for 30 minutes in Old Milwaukee and sliced onions, grill until browned and then post-soak in warm stout for 10-15 minutes. Serve with deli mustard on a hard roll.
The sausage casing is supposed to be a non-permeable membrane, so pre-soakiing should be pointless, flavor-wise (and this has been my experience as well). I thought it was just another one of those Food Network things.
However, after cooking, the membrane should be damaged enough to allow beer inside. I have never tried it that way.
This is the best story I have ever read in the Memphis Flyer.
Can't wait till she has another dinner like that. It was so good and fun to see her again.
Dinner was delicious and a huge success. The family raised over $3,000 for the repairs to the fire damaged monastery.
Pizzas are pretty great there, get the fried olive appetizer, ravioli of the day has been always been great as well. Also, they'll bring out bread with different types of high quality olive oil to dip in. If you haven't had REAL olive oil, it can be wonderful experience.
The only con about this place is the price point. I know Italian food is traditionally on the pricey side (even though it's historically peasant food), but a drop of $2-5 in places would go a long long way to bring me back more often. I know everything is fresh and made by hand but this isn't Andrew Micheal... yet.
Calvin at Rendezvous is terrific. All 14 members of our party (ages 8 to 80) were happy and timely fed, and our drink glasses were never empty. Great personality too!
That's Paul Edelstein, Lisa Dattel and Polly Rose Edelstein on top of the table when she was about 5 months old.
I love the fish tacos at Swanky's! They aren't fishy at all and they come with two sides, grilled vegetables and rice and it is all fabulous and I highly recommend them!
How come price is not mentioned in these reviews? My experience is that burger prices range from $6 to $13 in various Memphis restaurants. How much is the Babalu burger......?
We did not have great luck with the new BABALU... We went at 6 on Friday 6/20 and we were expecting a wait. Signed in and hostess said 25-35 minutes. Waited outside, enjoying the weather...for about 40 minutes. Went to check on status and were told (with no apologies) that there were still 14 tables in front of us and that it would be another 45 min - 1 hour. Prepared to wait a little while longer, until the family of 3 (same as us) who arrived about 15 minutes after we did got their table. We finally gave up the wait and went to one of our other Square restaurants. Hoping this was a Grand Opening Glitch... We will try again some other time.
I have a mix feeling. Several articles complimented the meatballs & came highly recommended. Let's just say, they weren't anything to write home about. I prefer my meatballs to be a bit firmer & not fall apart when you cut into them. But, this is just my taste. We have angle hair pasta & thought it was tasty. Will definitely be going back to try another dish.
I'm also not a huge fan of the fish tacos at Elwood's Shack. Tasted decidedly fishy to me. Disappointing, given all the hype the dish has received in The CA and now here.
I've only had the fish tacos at Elwoods once and they weren't fishy then.
I didn't like them though. Apparently I'm the only person that doesn't like them. I just don't like fish and cheese together - unless it's a Filet o' Fish.
The Elwoods trout fish tacos are not at all fishy? WHAT?
On one of their radio commercials its specifically mentioned they have an extra stout "fishy" flavor. Its like old salmon that's sat in the sun all day - way overbearing. I had them twice and both times they were the same.
I will say the ingredients and construction are top notch! I just wish they made the same tacos with shrimp or a less "fishy" fish
There's lots of good stuff on the menu at Elwood's Shack.
Well, unlike the person above who I VERY STRONGLY disagree with; me and my husband loved the place. Even after only walking through the front door, we loved it. We don't exactly consider ourselves "foodies", but we do like to see what Memphis has to offer in cuisine. Strano was another new restaurant that we read about in the memphis flyer that we felt showed potential for not closing up just as we started to dine there regularly. The quality is top notch without the snobby attitude we've frequently run into with places like this. If you thought it was average, then you were not allowing yourself to enjoy the entire experience like the critic's here. By all means necessary, talk bad about the sub par establishment's, but give credit where its due.
We went after thinking we gave them enough time to work out the kinks and everyone in our party thought the place was so very average...
By John Klyce Minervini
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