Friday, October 30, 2015

Double J's BBQ Eggrolls

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 4:21 PM

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I’ve been hearing about Double J’s BBQ eggrolls ($7) for a while now, and I finally got to try them.

First of all, wow… they’re big! On the first bite I was instantly impressed by how well fried the eggrolls were. I know that sounds odd to say, but it’s true. The eggroll wasn’t too chewy or crunchy when I bit into it. The pulled pork was hearty and flavorful. The coleslaw was light and delicious.

I also need to point out Double J’s original BBQ sauce. It was recommended that I eat the eggroll with it and what a good tip. The sauce amazing. It’s mainly sweet with a hint of spiciness to it.


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lunch at South Main Sushi & Grill

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 4:13 PM

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I stopped by the newly open South Main Sushi & Grill to pick up lunch. The menu has pretty limited vegetarian options, so I opted for the Express Lunch deal featuring two sushi rolls and the house salad for $10.

Seen above are the avocado and veggie rolls. The ginger dressing for the side salad is terrific. 

Rice bowls and lunch boxes (with salad, sashimi, tempura and fried rice) are also included on the menu. 

Below are scans of the take-out menu. 

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Stop by Frutimania

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 3:08 PM

Look, everybody, it's a mangonada from Frutimania Raspados & Neveria ... 

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It's a mango slushie with chamoy sauce, chili pepper, and a tamarind candy straw. Interesting ... savory, sweet ... tangy ... 

If chili powder is not your thing, you can get it without. 

This beauty is a pina loca. 

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Frutimania serves sno cones and ice cream, as well as some snacks like elote and nachos. 


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Porktoberfest at Memphis Botanic Garden

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

A new event took place at the Memphis Botanic Garden this year, and it was all about the best pork and brews! Porktoberfest is the joining together of Oktoberfest (a celebration of beer) and a celebration of food that Memphis is well known for… pork!! Gates opened at 11 am and the event went till 6 pm.

Here’s a list of some of the Mid-South’s favorite restaurants that were on-site. Every sample had some type of pork dish.

1. Tart - Pork Rillette with Mango Salsa on Crustinis
2. BGR The Burger Joint - Onion Bacon Jam Sliders and Bacon Cheese Sliders
3. Ridgeway Country Club - Wild Boar Bolognese
4. Corky’s - BBQ Pork Nachos
5. Jim’s Place – Souflima
6. The Boiling Point – Chicken Sausage Gumbo & Seafood Gumbo
7. PIG OUT – Smoked Pork Lasagna
8. P.F. Chang’s – Jicama Pork Tacos
9. Fairbanks Steakhouse in Hollywood Casino – Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Herb Polenta
10. Double J Smokehouse – BBQ Egg Rolls & Pulled Pork Sliders
11. Ty & Maddy’s – Maple Bacon Popcorn
12. Miss Polly’s - BBQ Spaghetti
13. Agave Maria – Pork Carnitas Tostada
14. Fuel Café – Sweet Potato Bacon Phyllo Cup
15. The Brass Door - Bavarian Style Bacon and Cabbage with Pulled Pork McFadden Style

There was also a huge beer tent, bars, football games on a big screen, live music, and yard games. People brought their lawn chairs and blankets and just hung out! It was $10 to attend and food-wise that gave you access to two samples. For just $10 more, you got a card that gave you access to five more samples! It was the perfect way to have a relaxing Saturday.


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Look Inside The ASBEE 27th Annual World Kosher BBQ Championship & Festival

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 4:03 PM

If you haven’t made your way to the ASBEE World Kosher BBQ Championship & Festival, you’re missing out! For the past 27 years, teams have competed at Anshei Shpard Beth El Emeth Synagogue for the best beef ribs, beef brisket, beans and best both. This year a category for best BBQ chicken was added. The only category you won’t see is pork because it isn’t kosher, but there are very cute pigs at the petting zoo.

I’m all about beef brisket and have volunteered to judge for three years. Mmm, brisket!

The competition is no joke. Over 40 teams compete. BBQ, hamburgers and drinks are also available for sale. You don’t have to be Jewish or kosher to attend. What's more: the Grizzlies 3 on 3 basketball tournament; the pickle-eating contest; and free admission. 

Check out the photos in our gallery below and put it in your calendar for next year! Get all the information you need at ASBEEkosherBBQ.com.


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Monday, October 19, 2015

On the Scene at Cooking for a Cure

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 3:55 PM

The annual Cooking For A Cure fund-raiser took place on Friday night at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. It benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Camp Sunshine.

The Noyes Brain Tumor Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide funding to the brain tumor program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, organizes the event. The foundation also supports Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, a camp for families of children with cancer. The Noyes family started the foundation back in 2007 after their son, Matthew, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2002.

By raising funds for the St. Jude Brain Tumor Program, the Noyes Brain Tumor Foundation hopes to improve survival rates and decrease side effects for children who suffer from this illness.

The event featured a live auction and food was provided by Lafayette’s Music Room, A Taste Of Heaven Catering, Smokers Anonymous, Folk’s Folly, Bonefish Grill, Spaghetti Warehouse, Babul Tacos & Tapas, Itta Bena, Seasons 52, Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Changs, Nothing Bundt Cakes, DeJaVu, The Royal Panda, Boozy Bites Sweets, Bahama Breeze, More Than Coffee, and Ms. Shelbi L. Southern Belle. 


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Visit to Staks

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 2:07 PM

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Staks
, the new pancake-centric restaurant, opened in East Memphis a few weeks ago. Expect a line. 

It's fast casual: order at the register, take your number, and then grab a place to sit.

I started off with the toasted s’more latte ($3.95).

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It comes with graham crackers, chocolate sauce, and a giant toasted marshmallow in the center. You sort of have to sift around the drink because the marshmallow is gigantic. (Hey, at the end you get a big and soft marshmallow to eat. Bonus!) The immediate taste that you get is the graham crackers followed by the coffee. The coffee is sweet and light. What I love is that the drink doesn’t have that taste of artificial flavoring. It’s fueled by the real ingredients that were put into it.


Then it was onward and upward to one of the sophisticated staks! I went with the Birthday Cake Stak ($8.95).

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It’s their vanilla-glazed, rainbow-sprinkled "stak" topped with whipped cream. I didn’t know this when I ordered it, but the stak comes with a candle to help you celebrate any occasion. I loved that it was presented this way and couldn’t help but laugh out loud because it made me feel like I was the most special person in the world while I ate my breakfast. Talk about putting a smile on my face! 

There’s five light and fluffy pancakes. The vanilla sauce is delicious and sweet. I don’t think there’s any syrup on them but you don’t need it because of the vanilla icing. Overall, it’s absolutely delicious.

Lastly, I tried the gouda grits ($3.50), which are becoming a very popular menu item.

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They are fantastic — cheesy, creamy, and smooth. The green onions on top are a nice touch. It’s also a decent portion size. 

Want to get creative? You can make your own staks at some of the tables. Order a squeeze bottle of their signature buttermilk batter, then pour, grill, flip, and serve yourself.

Egg and side dishes feature local West Wind Farms eggs and Hanna Farms grits. Meats are from local places as well and include Porcellino’s house-cured bacon and Winchester Farms spicy sausage patties, chicken sausage links and smoked ham.

By the way, you don’t need to have a craving for pancakes to go to Staks. They serve other breakfast items along with lunch. There’s everything from soup to salad and sandwiches. Many of those items will be available in a case that you can take “to-go."

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Monday, October 5, 2015

A Look Inside the Judging Tent at Best Memphis Burger Fest

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 3:49 PM

The Best Memphis Burger Fest happened over the weekend at Tiger Lane. At just $10 a ticket, all the proceeds raised will benefit Memphis Paws, Inc. There was food and drinks available at the festival to buy, but everyone was excited to get their cooking on to claim bragging rights for best burger. Luckily for me, I got to judge the Best Memphis Burger category!

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Now I can’t reveal to you my scores or the teams behind the burgers I tasted, but I sure can share with you the judging experience and the amazingness that I got to taste! The burgers were all brought out in a large cake box for the table of judges. Then, they were revealed one by one. Here’s a look at the four burgers that I got to judge.

Burger #1:
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You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, I think this picture says it all. From the bacon to the sauce to the beef patty, everything was big and fantastic!


Burger #2:

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Spotted: Fried onions on a burger! How about cheese crumbles? Don’t forget the thinly sliced pickle! Sign me up!

Burger #3:

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What a different way to present a burger! There were chips served on the side but one chip was actually inside the burger. Pretty cool! This burger even had what appeared to be some kind of fried cheesy potato pancake on it.

Burger #4:
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You know it’s got to be good when the buns are glistening! Served with fries, this bad boy let your mouth water at the sight of multiple types of cheese, a thick and juicy beef patty and a mystery sauce!

I tried my hardest not to go overboard! Thankfully, I controlled myself and my roommates got the leftovers!

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Here are the top three winners for the Best Memphis Burger Category:
1. Kemmon’s Wilson
2. Mac’s Burger
3. Pirates of the Grillibean

The Best Memphis Burger Fest Grand Champion:
High Lonesome Smokers (Based on the cumulative total of all three burger categories)

Below are the rest of the winners for the other categories:

Bloody Mary
1. Meet in the Middle
2. Babalu Tacos & Tapas
3. Cowboyardee

Veggie Burger
1. High Lonesome Smokers
2. Burgers Elevan
3. Fabulous Burger Boys

Margarita
1. TJ Mulligan's
2. Prime Grind
3. Burger Deacons

Anything But Beef
1. High Lonesome Smokers
2. Slider Inn/ Bar Dog
3. Southland Park



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Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 81

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 10:57 AM

The hand model insists that contest participants, in order to win, must identify to whom this thumb belongs. That seems cruel. 

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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 ellis@memphisflyer.com

The answer to GWIE 80 is Aldo's Pizza Pies downtown, and the winner is Brad Parrish! 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Belly Acres' Southern Gentleman

Posted By on Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 1:33 PM

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I’ve been dying to try a burger from Belly Acres in Overton Square and I finally got there this week. The Southern Gentleman ($10) signature burger stood out to me on the menu. It’s a grass-fed beef patty with bacon, roasted sweet potato, shredded lettuce, pickled greens, and maple ketchup on a wheat bun.

OMG to the grass-fed beef patty! It was juicy, well-seasoned and filled with flavor. The bacon was cooked to perfection and gave the burger a bit of crunch and sweetness. As for the roasted sweet potato, it was smooth and hearty. It was the first thing I tasted when I bit into the burger. I would have never thought to put bacon and sweet potato together on a burger but my goodness… it works so well! The shredded lettuce and pickled greens are a nice finishing touch, but the real winner on the whole burger is the maple ketchup. It was ketchup on steroids! Run to Belly Acres to get the Southern Gentleman. Your belly and taste buds will thank you. 

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Side note: the beer cheddar fries ($6.75) that you can get for the table are a winner as well. It’s not your normal cheese fries. They’re almost gourmet. The fries aren’t salty and I LOVED that. The focus is more on the potatoes and there’s a hint of seasoning. The cheese sauce is light, creamy and smooth. It’s a mild cheese sauce. Sit back and enjoy.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

BreakFest Set To Return Next Year

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM

FRANK CHIN
  • Frank Chin


There are good ideas like sliced bread and dog sweaters, and then there are great ideas. BreakFest, the breakfast-centric festival, ranks among the great ideas. 

More than 500 tickets were sold to Saturday's event, and the organizers donated $2,000 to the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry.

Among the food competitions: Breakfast sweets, bloody mary, bacon lovers, omelet, anything goes, and breakfast sandwich. 

"We're absolutely doing it again next year," says organizer Christin Yates. 


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