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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Alannah's Breakfast Kafe

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Alannah's Breakfast Kafe on N. Main offers a number of options for lunch — vegetable plates, catfish & grits, and even Interstate BBQ. Seeing as this is a "Breakfast Kafe" — motto: We serve the most important meal of the day ... ALL DAY. — I went for the pancakes.


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Finally made it to eighty3 in the Madison Hotel for lunch, and the first temptation? The Devil's Fire Fries, of course ($5).


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Friday, June 29, 2012

New Que Huong

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

New Que Huong is just one of the restaurants mentioned in this week's Food News column that is selling its house-made pickles.

When I was there about week ago, I had expressed interest in buying a jar, but they were out. I was, however, given a few of the pickled vegetables to sample.

So very good, and a tasty if sharp ending to lunch.

I started with the Vietnamese crepe ($7.25).


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Friday, June 8, 2012


Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Alcenia's might be known just as much for the hug and kiss that owner B.J. Chester-Tamayo gives each customer as it is for its wonderful home cooking.

Normally, this hug-and-kiss thing would be torture for me as I am quite uptight, but here it's not a big deal.

What is a big deal are these fried-green tomatoes ($5.50), make that chicken-fried green tomatoes.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Cottage

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Last week, I stopped by the Cottage for a late lunch. While I was more than a little tempted to get breakfast (served all day!), I went for the vegetable plate ($8.50 with drink).


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Monday, May 14, 2012

New Asia

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM


As I was enjoying my lunch of Eggplant with Black Pepper Sauce ($8.75) at New Asia, I daydreamed about recreating this perfectly spicy dish at home.

I've had just so-so results when cooking with eggplant; something about the texture is never quite right. This dish's eggplant melts in your mouth. I'm thinking it's steamed. As for the sauce, I have no clue ...

And who am I kidding anyway? Nothing I would make would be as good as New Asia's, so I might as well leave it to the experts.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Imagine Vegan Cafe

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 7:52 AM

On Sunday, Imagine Vegan Cafe celebrated its one-year anniversary with a buffet spread and a SRO crowd, but it was only last Thursday that I made it to the Cooper-Young restaurant myself.

Thursday's visit was prompted by Imagine's participation in Dining Out for Life -- they generously donated 50% of the day's proceeds to the Friends for Life event.


Now that I've been, I can't wait to go back.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lunch with the Redbirds

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The email read:

if anyone wants to take lunch at the redbirds game today there are 2 tics at the front desk - game started at 11

just sayin...

Enough said.


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Friday, March 23, 2012


Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I have travel anxiety. A simple weekend trip to Atlanta to visit family will have me fretting over the correct number of socks and underwear (as if they don't sell socks and underwear in Atlanta). At the airport, I check to see if I have my ID, I check to see if I have my ID, I check to see if I have my ID.

A little bit of this mania extends to whenever I go out to Collierville. I must try somewhere new (at least to me) to eat. I plan. I ask around.

On my last Collierville trek a few days ago, I chose BooYa's.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blind Bear's Bear Balls

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The Blind Bear downtown recently began offering lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays. More details to come in Hannah Sayle's Food News column in the issue hitting the stands tomorrow, but here's a sneak peek.

We'll start with the Bear Balls ($6).


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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My bleu Sandwich

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Some coworkers and I took advantage of the build-your-own sandwich option at bleu.


Here's what I came up with: fried egg, avocado, arugula, and Jarlsberg cheese with a chipotle mayo on a po'boy bun ($7.99). (It also came with portobello mushrooms, which I did not ask for.)

Great sandwich. Enough for two servings.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Front St. Deli

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Last Monday at lunchtime, I lucked into a parking place just a block away from Front St. Deli and I was thinking about that egg salad sandwich ($3.95) I was going to order.


My reverie was interrupted briefly when I thought to myself, They don't take cards, do they? And then I assured myself that, Of course, everybody takes a credit or debit card.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Crazy Noodle

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I had heard reports that service at the newly opened Crazy Noodle was erratic. Five or so weeks in, it seems those issues have been worked out. In fact, our waitress was attentive and more than willing to accommodate requests.

The waitress even brought out a stack of extra napkins in case I spilled my Vegetable Noodle Soup ($8.99), which came in this pretty pot.


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Evelyn & Olive

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I was mad mad mad when my colleagues went to lunch at the newly opened Jamaican/Southern restaurant Evelyn & Olive without me.

I'm sure I'll get over it someday. In any case, they enjoyed it enough to want to go back.


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Revival Southern Food Truck

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Finally got lunch from the Revival Southern Food Company Truck


The day was too chilly to be ideal for a food truck visit. That said, I can't wait to go back.

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