Monday, March 31, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 23

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

I took last week off, so to break this blogging fast, a little breakfast ...


The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins his or her choice of a $50 gift certificate for Gould's or a $50 gift certificate for Interim.

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to the last contest is the Yankee Club at Young Avenue Deli, and the winner is ... Jonathan McCarver!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Taco Bell Breakfast Lands in Memphis

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM


Taco Bell launched breakfast service to locations across the country today, the occasion making a minor holiday for junk food fans who have longed for their greasy morning favorites to finally be delivered in a bag, from a window, and in taco form.

Despite the anticipation, the Memphis Taco Bell location at Third and Crump was quiet and its drive through lane was empty. I paid the $4.36 for the combo and sped away to the Memphis Flyer headquarters on Tennessee Street.

Taco Bell has been flashing photos like these in the weeks-long run-up to the breakfast launch.

  • Courtesy Taco Bell

Here's mine.


The thing was a little tough to get out of the box. I’m not sure the waffle taco is really driving food.

How was it? Well, the waffle was chewy and vaguely sweet. The rest was that same warm, salty goodness of fast-food egg and sausage that you can enjoy if you turn your brain off. Oh, and the hashbrown was fried, salty, and what you’d expect.

Nutrition stats on the Taco Bell breakfast are plainly available on the chain’s website. But that’s hardly the point. If you’re getting breakfast in a bag, from a window, with a soft drink, you’re in a hurry, hung over, a fast-food fanboy, or just plain curious.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Malco Ridgeway To Host Wine Tasting

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM


Tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a Spring Fling Wine Tasting at the Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill. The event coincides with the opening day of Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The wines for the tasting include 19 Crimes, Hob Nob Pinot Noir, Mersoleil unoaked Chardonney, Ca'Montini Pinot Grigio, Friexenet sparkling wine, and more.

According to Malco rep Karen Scott, the Malco Ridgeway and the Grand Budapest Hotel have one thing in common — a lobby with a "quirky feel."

"Plus," according to Scott, "mustaches play a prominent role in the film and attendees will likely see A LOT of them at the event."

Tickets to the Spring Fling Wine Tasting are $10. Admission to films and concessions not included. Attendees must be 21 and have ID.

FYI, Flyer film reviewer Greg Akers loved The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM


In April, Jack Daniel's will introduce its Tennessee Fire, a cinnamon whiskey, to three test markets, Tennessee (of course!), Pennsylvania, and Oregon.

Tennessee Fire is the latest to grab for a share of the FireBall market. Canadian Mist introduced a cinnamon whiskey last year.

The whiskey is 70 proof and will cost between $22 and $23, comparable to Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel's other flavored whiskey.

The company sent a sample bottle with the suggestion that it be served chilled. I'm no FireBall fan, but Tennessee Fire is quite good, and tastes just like Red Hots candy. Coworkers who tried it with me agreed that they liked it better than FireBall.

According to a rep, Pennsylvania and Oregon were chosen for the Tennessee Fire's market tests because they "successful control states." No timeframe was given for how long the market test will take place.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 22

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

For this week's contest, another one of our go-to spots ...


The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins his or her choice of a $50 gift certificate for Gould's or a $50 gift certificate for Folk's Folly.

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to last week's contest is The Peanut Shoppe, and the winner is ... Adam Shellabarger!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cold Snap Cosmo— the Glass Is Made Out of Ice!!!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM


Yes, indeed, it was one of those must-be-tough assignments that had us heading out to Collierville to investigate a cocktail. But this is no ordinary cocktail — it's the Cold Snap Cosmo, which is served in a glass made of ice. Mittens are involved!!!

The Cold Snap Cosmo was introduced last week at Bonefish Grill. The drink, created for restaurant chain by mixologist Charlotte Voisey, includes Reyka vodka, Solerno blood orange liquor, and blood orange juice and is served in a glass made of ice.

"I like it," says restaurant manager Allison Smith. "It's different, not too sweet."

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hog & Hominy's Holding Pen Opens Sunday, with New Theme and Menu

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Holding Pen
  • Hog & Hominy, Facebook
  • Holding Pen

The Holding Pen, the bar on the back porch of Hog & Hominy, kicks off its second season Sunday, March 16th, with a crawfish boil.

Sunday's event will unveil the Holding Pen's new theme. Last year's theme of dive bar is gone, and in its place is a raw bar theme.

And with the new theme comes a completely new menu. That means the beloved John T. Edge burger is no more. Gone, too, are the Frito pies and boiled peanuts.

According to Hog & Hominy's manager Matt Farmer, "The menu will feature a variety of different fresh seafood options including but not limited to razor clam ceviche, peel 'em & eat 'em shrimp, oysters, crudo, and multi-tier seafood towers."

As for Sunday's event, the fun begins at 2 p.m. and will last until 5 p.m. when the raw bar will be unveiled. There will be all-you-can-eat crawfish and all-you-can-drink local beer for $15 ($10 for service industry), plus cornhole and bocce ball tournaments. A Selection Sunday watch party follows.

Regular hours for the Holding Pen's raw bar are 5 p.m. to midnight, every day but Sunday.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Bar-B-Q Shop's Bar-B-Q Veggie Burger

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Of course, it was packed at the Bar-B-Q Shop when we got there at high-noon, so when a four-seater magically opened up we happily tucked our five bodies around the table.

... And then I happily tucked into the Bar-B-Q Veggie Burger ($6.99).


I appreciate any barbecue place that offers vegetarians an option, and this burger is particularly smartly done. The veggie party is coated in barbecue sauce and then cooked in a way that caramelizes the sugars in the sauce, giving the burger a rich taste and a nice crunch.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 21

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

A little window dressing for this week's contest ...


The first person to guess where I'm eating wins his or her choice of a $50 gift certificate to Gould's or a $50 gift certificate to Interim.

To enter, submit your answer to me via email,

For last week's contest, you had to get two out of the four desserts pictured. They are the Beauregard pie, peanut butter pie, chocolate pie, and gelato at Hog & Hominy, and the winner is ... John Scruggs.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Lost Pizza To Open March 21

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The first Memphis location of Lost Pizza Co. will open on Friday, March 21st at 11 a.m.

The original Lost Pizza was launched in Indianola, MS, by Brooks Roberts and Preston Lott in 2007. There are now six locations in Mississippi. Franchise rights for the Memphis store were bought by Will McPherson and Jones McPherson of JJ Brothers.

Among Lost's signature pies are the Lucille with grilled chicken, bacon, and ranch, and the Happy Hippie with spinach, artichoke hearts, black olive, and onions. Lost's menu also features chicken wings, sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes.

The Memphis restaurant takes over the old Ronnie Grisanti's space in Chickasaw Crossing. According to Jim Hunter Walsh, director of operations for JJ Brothers, extensive work has been done to the interior. The bar has been moved and the kitchen updated. The floors are new, as are the finishes.

The restaurant will seat about 140 inside. An outdoor patio, seating 25 to 35, has been created from two parking spaces and the sidewalk along the west side of the building.

Prior to the March 21st opening, Lost Memphis will be having "invite-only" seatings on March 18th, 19th, and 20th at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the days' sales up to $10,000 will go to the Junior League of Memphis.

As to the "invite-only" of the March 18-20th preview, Walsh says if you show up at the seating times sans invite, you in most likelihood won't be turned away.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Memphis Mojo Cafe's Fruity Pebbles-crusted Chicken Tenders

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Memphis Mojo Cafe opened in Bartlett in January, a Midtown sort of place, says owner/chef Steph Cook, for people who don't want to drive all the way to Midtown.

Memphis Mojo's menu was designed for a food truck, and so while the menu isn't particularly extensive, it does have a creative bent.

Like, say, those Fruity Pebbles-crusted Tiger Tenders, which Chef Steph created as something fun for the kids.


Cook says you can definitely taste the Fruity Pebbles. They come served with complementary sauces, including a blueberry barbecue.

The next move for Mojo is putting its drive-thru window to use. Cook says the window won't be operated in the traditional drive-thru sense. Instead, customers can call in orders ahead of time and pick up their orders at the window. It should be ready to go in the next couple weeks.

Image courtesy Steph Cook

Ben & Jerry's Founder To Speak at Rhodes (and ... Free Ice Cream!!!)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM


Rhodes College announced this morning that Jerry Greenfield, who co-founded of Ben & Jerry’s with Ben Cohen in 1978, will speak at the college on Thursday, March 20th. Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream will be served.

According to the press release, Greenfield "will offer a 'behind the scenes of Ben & Jerry’s' as well touch on entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility and radical business philosophy."

Press release below.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wiseacre Announces Taste the Rarity Beer Festival

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM


Wiseacre Brewing Company issued a press release this morning announcing the Taste the Rarity Invitational Beer Festival, set for May 10th at the brewery on Broad.

From the release:

WISEACRE will host breweries from across the country as they showcase rare brews, many of which have never before been available in the Mid-South. Participating breweries include Half Acre, Haymarket, Off Color, Goose Island, and Solemn Oath (all from Chicago); New Belgium (Ft. Collins, Colo.); Oakshire (Eugene, Ore.); Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis); Rivertowne (Pittsburgh); Rhinegeist (Cincinnati); Sierra Nevada (Chico, Calif.); Single Cut (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Stone (San Diego); Three Floyds (Munster, Ind.) and Union (Baltimore), as well as Nashville’s Yazoo and Memphis’ own Boscos, Ghost River, High Cotton and Memphis Made.

Tickets are $50. More information here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 20

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

What you see here is the aftermath of straight-up dessert murder. The occasion was a going-away/birthday lunch.


The first person to correctly identify two of the dishes and where I'm eating wins his or her choice of a $50 gift certificate for Gould's or a $50 gift certificate for Jim's Place.

To enter, submit you answer to me via email at

The answer to last week's contest is the Project Green Fork roll at Sekisui, and the winner is ... Sarah Pate!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

On the Scene at Opera Memphis' “50 Shades of Game” Gala

Posted By on Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM


Mid-South chefs and caterers displayed their culinary prowess this past weekend in competition for the Golden Duck award at the “50 Shades of Game” gala benefitting Opera Memphis.

Bison, boar, duck, elk, quail, and venison provided by local hunters comprised Saturday’s menu at the Clark Opera Memphis Center. Guests had free-range to graze at the seven different food stations.

Tierney Bamrick, the marketing coordinator for Opera Memphis, said the event is the Opera’s biggest annual fundraiser, “so we try to throw a lot at it.”

Shelby county mayor Mark Luttrell briefly addressed the crowd and encouraged the continued support of the Opera.

“Let’s leave here tonight more committed than ever,” he said.

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