Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fino's Spinach Three Cheese Turnovers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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I’ve been a huge fan of Fino’s ever since I moved to Memphis. I’m a sucker for an Acquisto sandwich any day of the week. That being said, the one thing I always overlooked was the sides… until now!

When Fino’s opened up their East Memphis location this month I couldn’t be more excited. I ran there… and when I did I saw that they had spinach three cheese turnovers ($2.75) as one of their daily specials. I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad that I did. The turnover was delicious! The puff pastry was doughy and flakey. There’s a light hint of the three cheeses and it mixes well with the spinach. Overall, the turnover is airy and creamy. I wanted five more! The next time you stop into Fino’s don’t pass up this daily special. There were also spinach artichoke turnovers available.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Doc's Rare Whiskey & Chocolate Tasting

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 11:57 AM

On Monday at Doc's Wine, Spirits and More hosted a rare whiskey and chocolate tasting. Antique Collection Bourbons were paired with some of the finest chocolate in the world from Phillip Ashley Chocolates and To’ak. There was also live music, wine, and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Porcellino’s to kick everything off.

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If I had to pick, my two favorite bourbons from the flight were an 18-year-old rye Sazerac and a 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle. The Pappy Van Winkle was nice and smooth as it went down. I was surrounded by a group of people that are a part of a bourbon club and they showed me how to properly taste all the bourbon. It was a lot of fun!

As for the chocolate pairings, they were delicious and creative! It was a limited edition holiday collection, so there was a bit of everything — Gingerbread Man (gingersnap maple), Spiked (rum egg nog), Winter Kiss (peppermint marshmallow crème), The Patch (pumpkin spiced latte), Checkmate (chess square truffle), and Santa’s Sleighed (pecan liqueur). I liked them all but loved the Winter Kiss — so refreshing.

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Then I was fortunate enough to try To’ak. A single chocolate bar sells for $260 dollars. It was featured in Forbes as the "World's Most Expensive Chocolate.” You don't experience something like that every day, especially when Doc’s is only one of six places in the world that you can get it! It was what I was looking forward to all night.

There were 28 spots for this event and it sold out quickly. Join Doc’s newsletter at docsmemphis.com or sign up in their store to learn about more events like this in the future! Don’t miss the next one! 

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Sly’s South Main Burger at the Green Beetle

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:26 PM

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I just had the most amazing burger at The Green Beetle and I need to tell you about it. It’s called the Sly’s South Main Burger ($12), and it’s larger than your head! The burger has hash browns that are cooked inside the patty. Then on top of it there’s bacon, cheddar cheese, and an egg cooked to order — all on a sourdough bun. I got my eggs scrambled.

The patty itself is juicy and full of flavor. I loved the hearty consistency and feel of the hash browns mixed with the juiciness of the patty. The bacon is soft and sweet, not crunchy like you would expect it to be. I loved that the bacon was cooked this way, especially because it made it much easier to eat. The cheddar cheese was perfectly melted and the scrambled eggs were hot, creamy and smooth. It warmed my tummy! I didn’t see onions in the description but they were on my burger and they were crispy and almost seemed caramelized. The sourdough bun to top everything off was nicely toasted and sweet. This amazing burger was messy to eat but I didn’t care, I dug right in. The French fries were well seasoned and just as great.

I must warn you… the burger is huge. It will be a challenge to eat the entire thing in one sitting because it’s so filling. I couldn’t finish it. I’m not complaining though, because that just meant I had leftovers for the following day. Two meals for the price of one? I’m down.


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Muddy’s Santa Baby Cupcake

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM

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Christmas is here and they’re celebrating at Muddy’s Bake Shop by giving us the Santa Baby Cupcake ($2.25). It’s chocolate cake, pink peppermint buttercream, and peppermint candy sprinkles on top.

When you’re handed the cupcake you immediately smell the peppermint. On the first and second bite, I found myself repeating the word “interesting.” It’s like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. My friend who was visiting from out of town said the same thing and exclaimed, “I’ve never tried something quite like this before.”

The pink peppermint buttercream is the first thing you taste. It’s creamy, airy and has a strong peppermint taste. The peppermint candy sprinkles on top was fun to crunch on against the opposing textures of the cake and buttercream. The chocolate cupcake itself is just that, chocolaty, but only a hint of that peeks through.

If you love peppermint, the Santa Baby cupcake is for you! Only available for a limited time. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Grilled Cheese Festival at the Hi-Tone

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 9:43 AM

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The first annual Memphis Grilled Cheese Festival took place last Saturday at the Hi Tone, benefiting ALIVE Memphis Rescue. Teams competed in the categories of ...

Most Cheesiest; Most Ridiculous; Best Tomato Soup; Grand Champ; Fan Favorite

There was also a grilled cheese sandwich eating competition, with competitors vying to see who could eat the most sandwiches in 1 minute.

The winners were:

Most Cheesiest

1st Place- Cheezus; 2nd Place- Newby's; 3rd Place Tie- Grit, Grind & Cheese and Weekend at Pork's

Most Ridiculous

1st Place- Mulligians Kirby; 2nd Place-MS Hippie Cheese Grillers and Chillers; 3rd Place- Gruyere Disciples

Best Tomato Soup

1st Place- Peace, Love and Cheese; 2nd Place- Grit, Grind and Cheese; 3rd Place- Gruyere Disciples

Grand Champ

1st Place- Tamp & Tap; 2nd Place- Grit, Grind & Cheese; 3rd Place- Mulligan's Kirby

Fan Favorite

1st Place- Mulligan's Kirby; 2nd Place- Newby's; 3rd Place- Old School Cheese

Monday, December 14, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 87

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 11:16 AM

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Just what the morning calls for ...

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.

GWIE 86 proved to be a stumper, but one of GWIE's all-time champs figured it out. The top image is from Mortimer's, the bottom from Dino's, and the winner is ... Dabney Ring! 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bluefin Under New Ownership; Staff Walks Out

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 7:56 PM

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A crowd of staff members gathered outside Bluefin late Wednesday afternoon telling passersby not to go in, that the restaurant was closed, according to a witness. 

Three of Bluefin's staff confirmed the mass walk out, saying that Sekisui had sold the restaurant, with the new ownership taking over on Monday.

The new owner was identified as James Woo. 

The trouble began Monday, according to Lashundra Booker, who has worked as a hostess at Bluefin for three years. "He didn't know what to do," she says of Woo. "There was no food, which is a bad thing. The schedule was just for one day. We had to corner him for a meeting."  

By Wednesday, there was no chef or sushi chef, they say. 

Staff was asked to reapply for their jobs, which is not unusual in such a transition, says Nick Scott, former chef and general manager of Bluefin. He's under contract with Sekisui until the end of the year to help with the transition. 

The deal has been in the works for the past couple months. In that time, Sekisui offered jobs for most employees at their other restaurants, says Scott. 

Part of the issue, they feel, may have to do with a language barrier. Booker says that Woo did reach out to her for help with other staff members. 

On Wednesday, a sign on the door indicated that there was trouble with the plumbing, that the restaurant would be open the next day. 

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Scott says that he isn't sure what happened on Wednesday that prompted the walk out, only that it was the "breaking point." 

He also stresses that this is no reflection on Sekisui as they are no longer affiliated with Bluefin.

As for what happens next, Scott says he's not sure. "I'll be here tomorrow," he says.  

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Peppermint Devil’s Food Cake Donut at Gibson's

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 2:29 PM

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Proof: Gibson's donut of the month, The Peppermint Devil’s Food Cake Donut is here!

For just $1.14, you get a very creative donut made up of devil’s food cake with vanilla icing and pieces of peppermint on top.  

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On the first bite, the donut is crunchy and soft. Fun in my mouth! I love how the crunchiness of the peppermint mixes with the smooth texture of the vanilla icing. You immediately taste the peppermint and then you get hit with the actual donut. The devil’s food cake is airy, slightly chocolatey and I almost tasted a hint of gingerbread, though I’m not sure if there’s any in there. It’s very light and goes well with the flavor of the peppermint. I ate the donut nice and slow to make sure that I enjoyed every bite because, honestly, it tasted like Christmas. 

The Peppermint Devil’s Food Cake Donut is only going to be around for the month of December so if you want to try it you have to get to Gibson’s Donuts ASAP. Also, make sure that you go early. When I stopped by at 10 a.m., the donut was already sold out. The Peppermint Devil’s Food Cake Donut is worth waking up early for. 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 86

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 11:02 AM

A two-parter this week ... 

Do you know where this guy is hanging out? 

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What about these gentlemen? 

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The first person to correctly ID BOTH restaurants wins a fabulous prize. 

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at ellis@memphisflyer.com

The answer to GWIE 85 is the Chubby Vegetarian at the Second Line, and the winner is ... Anthony Trimboli!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hog & Hominy's Johnny Snack

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 9:55 AM

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Sunday Funday Brunch has been a staple at Hog & Hominy, and they’ve added some new items to the menu in the past few months. One of the newer dishes is the Johnny Snack ($15), a smoked pork chop with a fried egg, polenta, and bloody mary sugo.

Yes, this dish is as amazing as it sounds. The pork chop is sweet, juicy, and fatty. Normally I wouldn’t eat the fatty parts of my meat, but I LOVED the fatty parts on this pork chop! It all melted in my mouth. The ends of the pork chop were charred and I was expecting to not like it. Wrong! It created a great “smoked” type of taste to the meat. The fried egg was creamy and went down smoothly. The polenta was creamy as well and cheesy. It was delicious. The bloody mary sugo tasted like a light, airy version of Tabasco sauce. It was delightful. I didn’t think everything would go together well. Wrong again!

This dish is Southern comfort at it’s finest. I’ll be back for Sunday Funday, and for the Johnny Snack!

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