Food has always been pretty good, but over the last few years the service has been abysmal.
Who wants to walk to West Memphis?
I think it's probably best to keep Taterhead out of the school system.
Is Thaddeus a bigot? I think so...
Janis, does your heartless attitude come from smoking all those dog turds?
A small business or large mall is representative of the community in which it resides. I'm afraid Raleigh Springs Mall is history. It will never come back. There is not a strong enough economic base for it to survive. It will go the way of similar malls--it will contain government satellite offices, bling shops, and empty spaces until it is eventually torn down. Too bad.
There was a time when Pete & Sam's was really good, but it's gone downhill rapidly in the last 5-7 years. The food quality is dicey at best. The service is abominable. I was a customer beginning back in the 60s. The last time I ate there, about 2 years ago, is the LAST time I will ever eat there. I was with a party of 5, and each entree came about 15 minutes apart--that is when we could chase down the waiter. By the time the last person was served, half of us were ready to leave. When Sam turned over the actual management to his sons instead of to his nephew, Paul, (who really ran things for years), that was the death knell for Pete & Sam's.
Pete & Sam's went by the wayside a few years ago when Sam's sons took over. The food arrives irregularly and is usually cold. The only thing colder than the food is the service--its atrocious, but their pizzas are still to die for. Went to Sharkey's last week--nothing to write home about. Flemmings is good, but overly expensive--just because. Went to the new Vietnamese restaurant on Gtown Pky in Cordova--stick to Pho Saigon. Don't understand the hubub about Gus's Chicken--no big deal to me. Memphis is screaming for good restaurants, but we don't get them because most Memphians don't know what fine dining is, so they don't know what to demand. Memphis service? Fuggidaboudit. Memphis service is the worst in the country--it is embarrassing when I have friends from out of town and I have to take them to a restaurant--I'm apologizing before we walk in. If you want good food you still have to go to NY, Chicago, New Orleans, or San Francisco. Fortunately I make it to those cities each year, then I come home and am reminded what I'm missing in Memphis. Maybe one day... nah.
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