Monday, September 28, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 80

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 11:31 AM



The first person to correctly ID where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize. 

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 79 is the chargrilled oysters at Pearl's Oyster House, and the winner is ... Brittney Block! 

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Second Line's Natchitoches Meat Pies

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 11:28 AM


I was told that I had to try Second Line's Natchitoches meat pies ($10). The crust is crunchy, a bit salty. Inside, the meat is very flavorful and spicy. I was surprised to see that they looked similar to empanadas. I was expecting them to be circular or square-shaped like a knish. Overall the meat pies are very well put together. I loved that they weren’t messy to eat and held together nicely.

Intrigue set in once I saw that the pies were placed on top of some white sauce. I asked the waitress what it was and she explained that it was basically a creamy buttermilk sauce. To me it was like a ten times better version of ranch dressing. It was fantastic and I kept going back to it. The sauce gave the meat pies a very different taste and took some of the heat away from all the spices. I started imagining how even more amazing the meat pies would be if the sauce were cooked inside of each one! I would have loved to have one more on the plate!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

3 Angels Closing, Maximo's Opening

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

The owners of 3 Angels on Broad announced yesterday that they are closing the diner on Sunday, September 27th.

Amy and Julio Zuniga will open Maximo's on Broad on October 3rd or 7th. 

From the release: "Maximo's on Broad will feature a tapas menu and a more extensive wine list. The focus will be on gourmet, creative, fusion cuisine."

Amy Zuniga says they're aiming for a change in ambience.

The menu is still a work in progress. The tapas menu will probably have a Spanish influence. Zuniga has she's not sure which dishes, such as the Colossus, from 3 Angels menu will remain.

They've knocked out the ceiling to expose the beams. There is a new bar. 

Rebecca and Jason Severs of Bari opened 3 Angels in 2010. The angels are their sons. They wanted a place where kids and parents could eat happily together and where folks in the restaurant industry could get a bite to eat late-night. 

The Zunigas (Amy is Rebecca's sister) took over 3 Angels in 2014. 

Maximo's will offer lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. The dining room is getting a facelift, according to the release. 

A grand opening is tentatively set for Friday, October 9th.  

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 79

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Barely got a picture before the plate was cleaned off ... 

The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize. 

To enter submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 78 is the egg and cheese biscuit at Porcellino's and the winner is ... Huntley Hudgins!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Taste Test: Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy, etc.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 3:47 PM

So yesterday, we had a beer and cheese tasting because we're sophisticated like that. 

The good folks at the Traveler Beer Co. sent us samples of the its winter and pumpkin shandies. 


 I also picked up some Not Your Father's Root Beer I've been hearing so much about. 


And, finally, some cheese that was sent by Fromager d'Affinois.


We went straight for the root beer beer. "Whoa!" exclaimed one taster. We all agreed that this tastes exactly like root beer, which, ironically, became negative to many who couldn't see drinking more than one of these at time. Too sweet was another complaint. I liked it. 

As for the shandies, we had sampled the pumpkin shandy last year when did a pumpkin beer roundup. It was a favorite of the batch. 

The winter shandy does indeed bring about flavors of winter with its orange and lemon notes and spices. The beer also has pomegranate, but I couldn't really detect it. A good beer. 

The cheese was sent as a promotion for its new petit line, "a perfect addition to a child's lunch," according to the press release. 

For one thing, the cheese wasn't all that small, and I think a child may rather have a Twinkie in his or her lunchbox than a creamy, spreadable brie.

That said, I wouldn't mind at all having it in my lunchbox. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hudman, Ticer To Open Restaurant in Chisca

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 11:54 AM


A press release went out this morning announcing that Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer will open their fourth restaurant downtown in the Chisca building. 

The restaurant will be called Catherine & Mary's and will serve "traditional Italian cooking through the lens of the American South."

From the release: 

Catherine and Mary’s, named for chefs Hudman and Ticer’s grandmothers - Catherine Chiozza and Mary Spinosa - will feature pastas, open fire cooking, and an ambience inspired by The Chisca’s historic interior. The two plan to bring to the downtown market the same vision and service that have made their East Memphis eateries successful.

“A partnership with Chase and Chance Carlisle for our first downtown project perfectly fits our priority to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Memphis,” said Michael Hudman, co-executive chef and owner of Catherine & Mary’s. Andrew Ticer, co-executive chef and owner of Catherine & Mary’s continued, ”We felt kindred spirits in both the Carlisles, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be involved in The Chisca, particularly with it being so steeped in the story of Memphis and the city’s music.”

The entire EnjoyAM restaurant group will collaborate on Catherine & Mary’s. Hudman and Ticer have tapped Chef Ryan Jenniges, former Chef de Cuisine of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, to run the kitchen upon his return from serving as a month-long stagiaire in Bergamo, Italy. The front of house team, made up of Operations Director, Matt Farmer, Wine Director, Ryan Radish, and Beverage Director, Nick Talarico, will create the service, wine, beer, and cocktail lists to round out the experience.

Ever mindful of their community, Hudman and Ticer will continue to work with local farms, such as Hana Farm, Woodson Ridge Farms for their produce and Newman’s Farm and Claybrook Farms for their meats, sourced and cut through Porcellino’s Craft butcher.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

On the Scene at the Dixon's Art on Tap

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 3:32 PM

Friday night was “Art On Tap” at the Dixon. A ticket got you unlimited beer samplings from around the world and food from local restaurants. There was a wine tasting for an extra $10.


One of the first beers that I tried was from Memphis Made Brewing. It was a light golden ale called Soulful Ginger. The beer was sweet but layered. There’s candied ginger and peppercorn in it and it was fruity with a tiny kick. Definitely worth trying!


I was excited to try 4Dumplings because I haven’t been there yet. The staff was on site rolling and making the dumplings by hand.

The dumpling was light and airy. The pork was well cooked and sweet. The sauce that was poured on top of the dumpling was refreshing and fantastic. I don’t know what it was, but it was definitely delicious!


The next thing that caught my eye was the Apple Ginger Hard Cider from Bluff City Brewers. If you’re expecting to taste the sweetness of an apple, this isn’t the cider for you! It mainly tastes like ginger and is more of a bitter cider.


My favorite thing by far at Art On Tap though was the “hops-icles” from CFY Catering. If you haven’t had them yet, you’re missing out! “Hops-icles” are pretty much adult popsicles that have alcohol in them. CFY Catering had two kinds this year.

The first one was chocolate pudding with Guinness. It was creamy, thick and yes, chocolaty. It tasted like a chocolate popsicle. I didn’t really taste the Guinness. It was refreshing to have during the night.


The second “hops-icle” was Blue Moon with Mike’s Hard Lemonade. It was lemony, sweet, and you definitely could taste the alcohol more in this one. It was my favorite thing. I knew I was enjoying it a bit too much when a guy passed me and said, “They’re stupid good, right?” Yes, sir, stupid good! The winner of the evening!


Here’s a list of some of this year's Art on Tap featured selections: Dogfish Head, Ghost River Brewing, Bernoulli Brew Werks, Blue Point Brewing, Bluff City Brewers, Boscos Squared, Buster’s Liquors & Wines, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Goose Island, High Cotton Brewing Company, Memphis Brewer’s Association, Memphis Made Brewery, Southern Prohibition Brewing, Straight to Ale, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Wiseacre Brewing Company, and Lagunitas.

As for the food that was available to try this year, there was Rock 'n' Dough Pizza, One and Only BBQ, 4Dumplings, Gus's Fried Chicken, Frost Bake Shop, CFY Catering, Celtic Crossing, CFY Catering and Boscos Squared. 

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Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 78

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Isn't she a beauty? 


The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize. 

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 77 is the cheese plate at Interim, and the winner is ... Catherine Edgerton!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Patrick's The Mempho

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 9:36 AM


When I first moved to Memphis, Patrick’s was the first place I was taken to for a meal. How I skipped The Mempho ($10.45) on the menu I’ll never know. Even the description exclaims, “Elvis would have loved this!” I was feeling lazy on a weeknight and I felt like this sandwich would hit the spot. So I decided to use Meals In Motion to get my food delivered. By the way, if you haven’t used this ordering service yet, do it. It’s worth it!

The Mempho is made up of Patrick’s rich and creamy mac n cheese on white Pullman bread with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and pulled pork with their house BBQ sauce on the side. I also noticed some pieces of jalapeno in the bread.

The Mempho is very cheesy, just how I like my food. The mac n cheese is creamy, the bread soft and buttery. As for the pulled pork, it’s very juicy and well cooked. Even though it’s not in the description, I felt as if the meat had some kind of au jus sauce on it. The caramelized onions are a yummy and sweet touch. The bits of jalapenos in the bread were a fun and spicy surprise that shook things up. The BBQ sauce is sweet and really good. It adds a lot of flavor the sandwich. Also, the sandwich is a nice size. I was full!

If The Mempho was this good for a takeout order, I can’t even begin to imagine how amazing it tastes straight out of the kitchen! Yes, Elvis definitely would have loved this one!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tamp & Tap's The Stanley

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 3:27 PM

I couldn’t be more excited that Tamp & Tap opened an East Memphis location because I’ve been dying to have a local coffee shop in the area. Also, people rave about their coffee and food. I specifically hear phenomenal things about The Stanley, which I’ve been told is the best turkey sandwich I’ll ever eat. So I decided to put that to the test.

The person on line in front of me, who was also a newcomer, asked the employee what their favorite thing on the menu was. They immediately said The Stanley ($10.50). The sandwich is made with smoked turkey, fontina cheese, candied bacon, pickled red onion, arugula and roasted artichoke aioli. It’s served on house made brioche and you get to pick your side of chips or salad.


The Stanley is nicely presented and it’s a great portion size. The brioche bread is thick but soft and fluffy. It’s nicely toasted and rich in taste. I would even say buttery. OMG to the candied bacon… it’s amazing! It’s nice and sweet and it hits you immediately. I personally think it’s what makes the sandwich stand out. The smoked turkey has a great flavor to it as well and there’s a good portion of meat. The pickled red onion gives the sandwich a nice crunch. Everything on it is fresh, all the way down to the lettuce. The fontina cheese is smooth and blends in well. As for the artichoke aioli, it’s light and refreshing. Forget the mayo, you don’t need it! But I keep going back to that candied bacon! I can see why The Stanley is a favorite around town. It’s also perfect for lunch!

For my drink, I went with the Panamerican ($5). It’s a white chocolate Irish cream latte. The Panamerican is light in taste. If you’re like me, you probably thought that white chocolate and Irish cream sounds heavy. It isn’t. The white chocolate taste is faint with the creamy feel of a latte being more present. It’s a great mixture between the two and it tastes more like well-brewed coffee. I loved that. If you want a latte that isn’t over-powered by strong syrups or flavors and will hit the spot, this is for you. It’s very enjoyable.


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