The Old Church on Collierville's Historic Town Square has recently reopened with an entirely new menu from the culinary repertoire of Stephen Watermeier. Watermeier, who has worked at Paulette's, River Oaks, and Justine's, says he wants to bridge the gap between the upscale Pasta Italia and the home-style Silver Caboose. "I believe in giving people quality food for a reasonable price," he says.
Specialties include a thick, square Tuscan-style pizza, which Watermeier calls a "knife and fork" pizza. The lunch menu also features a chicken Parmesan sandwich, steak sandwich, muffaletta, and extensive salad bar. The dinner menu tackles more elaborate fare, from boneless center-cut pork chop with caramelized apples to prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese, basil, and tomatoes.
Appetizers include fried portabella mushrooms with fennel dipping sauce, and the dessert menu features bread pudding with bourbon crème Anglaise. The most expensive item on the menu rings up at $19.99 for the 20-ounce rib eye served with sautéed vegetables and garlic mash potatoes.
Built in 1871, the Old Church is a beautiful place to share a meal. The restaurant only serves wine, but Watermeier hopes to have a gourmet beer license by November and to eventually serve Sunday brunch. For now, the restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Old Church, 111 Walnut, Collierville (854-9943)
Salty Dog introduces a new low-key dining option to Cordova. Located just off Germantown Parkway on Dexter Road, Salty Dog serves everything from plate lunches to late-night munchies. For a meat-and-two plate (about $6.50), choose from daily specials like chicken and dumplings or catfish and 15 vegetable sides. Country-fried steak and meatloaf are available every day as are other menu items like fried-green tomatoes and barbecue egg rolls.
Salty Dog also has a full bar and is open from 11 to 3 a.m. every day.
Salty Dog, 8050 Dexter, Cordova (758-8085)
Golden Coast, a seafood restaurant that specializes in dim sum and Cantonese cuisine, is now open in Cordova Town Center near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Macon Road. The restaurant offers upscale dining, dim sum every day from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and conventional Chinese favorites. Its Cantonese menu includes seafood-based dishes with lobster, crab, scallops, and clams.
Stop by and check out their live lobster and crab tank. Golden Coast is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Golden Coast, 1140 N. Germantown Pkwy. (754-8836)