Thursday, March 19, 2020

Best Bets: Hot and Sour Soup Takeout at Mosa Asian Bistro

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 1:26 PM

Hot and Sour soup at Mosa Asian Bistro - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Hot and Sour soup at Mosa Asian Bistro

Well, I’ve already used an old recipe for marinara sauce, which I poured over penne pasta, for my dinner at home the other night. And another night I made my own concoction, which consists of one can of tuna fish, a can of mushroom stems and pieces, and penne pasta mixed together. It’s a bastardized version of the Grisanti family’s “Elfo Special.”

Finally, I reached the point where I wanted somebody else’s cooking for a change. So, I ordered Mosa Asian Bistro’s hot and sour soup, which is my standard for the sweet, savory, delicious soup.

Mosa strictly is doing takeout, so I went by the restaurant and picked up my soup. They’ll also do curbside, by the way, and, for a minimum fee, will deliver. And they cater. The entire Mosa menu still is available for takeout.

I first wrote about owner Eddie Pao when I worked for the Memphis Press-Scimitar. It was a story about Pao, who opened his first restaurant - Formosa - in the late ‘70s on Summer at Holmes. He was a motion picture director in Taipei before he moved to Memphis. I remember one of the movies was titled Everlasting Love.

I asked his daughter, Michelle Pao-Levine, to tell me about the soup. She said it’s been a family recipe since Pao and his brother, Alfred Pao, opened the door to that first Formosa. “It’s a perfect balance of the sweet and the sour and the spicy,” she says.

Which is the way her dad cooks, she says. “To him, that’s what life is all about. Always. You have to be able to balance everything. If something has a really bold flavor, he wants to put a lighter, cleaner taste. Texture and flavor is always big in every dish he does.”

Here’s something I never knew because I think the flavor of their hot and sour soup always is the same. Levine says Pao stopped using meat in the soup after Mosa opened. “The stock of the soup was chicken. And now he’s taken out all the meat and the stock is water-based. There’s no meat. No pork.

“Back in the day, the stock was made with chicken. I remember dad making it every day. And he had little bits of pieces of pork in there. They took it out.”

Why? “More and more people were being health conscious. Stepping away from pork and eating more vegetarian. Eating more tofu.”

Mosa’s hot and sour consists of tofu, bamboo strips, Chinese “Tree Ear” mushrooms, and eggs. “And that’s it.”

Of course, you have your water, pepper flakes, sugar, and vinegar. But, Levine says, “It’s like with any other restaurant. It’s just about the technique. When they’re doing it, how they’re cooking it, boiling it, and how they’re thickening it.”

They make the soup every day, says Pao-Levine, who says it’s quite a sight to see someone add the eggs. “It’s the most beautiful thing to see them put the eggs in it. It really is. You have to know the perfect point as to when to thicken the soup. And know how thick the thickener is supposed to be.”

Pao-Levine knows how to make the soup because she watches her dad make it every morning. “The most beautiful thing in the world is to see fresh hot and sour soup made in the morning. Like a big wok of hot and sour soup. It’s just gorgeous. I like to garnish it with fresh scallions of cilantro. That’s how I grew up eating hot and sour soup.”

She eats a bowl every day. She also adds white rice. “That’s my version of chicken and dumplings. I feel more alive.”

Coronavirus: Craft Breweries Close Taprooms, Offer To-Go Items

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 12:51 PM

  • Justin Fox Burks
This damn virus is closing down all of our favorite spots. (It's for a good reason. I know, I know.) Slide on over to our How to Eat Now section of Hungry Memphis for the latest restaurant closings and to-go information.

The virus is hitting the city's craft breweries hard, too. Nearly all have closed their taprooms and are offering some kind of to-go options. Here's a round-up of the latest info from their Facebook pages.

  • High Cotton Brewing

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

New Craft Beer Alert: Beale Street Brewing Headed to Taps, Cans

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 3:14 PM

  • Beale Street Brewing Company

I've been hearing about some kind of Beale Street Brewing project for awhile now but could never nail anything down.

Beer and Beale Street go together like pork ribs and dry rub. So, I was stoked when this beer news flowed into my inbox this afternoon from Kelvin Kohleim with Beale Street Brewing Co.

Two of the new company's beers — Centsational IPA and Space Age Sippin’ Vol. 1 — are set to arrive soon. The company's Instagram says they "drop" this month. The news release from Kohlheim says they'll be available on taps around town and in 16-ounce four-packs.

Offering tallboys right out of the gate is the most Memphis thing you've heard today, right? Wrong. You know those little buttons you have to hit on some beer websites to somehow prove you're 21? This is the one from Beale Street Brewing.

  • Beale Street Brewing Company

So, here's how the company describes its Centsational India Pale Ale: "it is brewed with 100 percent centennial hops [Get it? "Cent"ational"? Beer pun, FTW!] a dual-purpose hop used for both bittering and aroma. This copper penny colored brew with soft piney notes, vibrant citrus, and a touch of honey malt is our homage to the Memphis hoops legend."

As for Space Age Sippin’ Vol. 1: it's "a juicy and fruity India Pale Ale made with a wonderful blend of Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic hops. An aroma filled with bits of peaches, papaya, mango, and passion fruit deliver a satisfying and smooth experience. This adventurous brew is dedicated to Memphis music legends, 8Ball & MJG."

Alright, that's actually the most Memphis thing I've heard today.

"As cliché as it sounds, BSB Co. was built with the love of Memphis, craft beer, and music in mind," reads the news release. "We plan to celebrate all three through the love of craft beer."

Did I mention the company make dog biscuits with its spent grain? Yep.

  • Beale Street Brewing Company

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Supporting Local Breweries When the Taps Get Turned Off

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 2:52 PM

“That’s so cool!” This was the most common response I got when people heard that I owned a small brewery. In reality, I didn’t own a brewery. I owned an LLC that contract brewed our own beer on a “real” brewery’s equipment (Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, Mississippi). This distinction was hard to explain. It required complicated descriptions of the business of beer and could veer dangerously close to my standard pitch to potential investors. Both instantly killed the cool vibe, so I often omitted the distinction, opting instead for some witty response like, “Yeah, it’s really cool!”

My brewery (or LLC masquerading as a brewery) ultimately failed, but even if it had survived, it would certainly be on the brink of destruction now — an eventual casualty of COVID-19. Our local Memphis breweries are on far better footing than my fly-by-night business ever was, but the pandemic is closing or limiting brewery tap rooms, and it is hard to overstate the impact this will have on them. For a small craft brewery, a tap room can provide a disproportionate amount of overall revenue.

Indeed, my brewery’s entire business model was based upon opening a tap room. When we started the brewery, tap rooms were not yet legal in Mississippi (where the brewery was based), but we were betting that would change. Contract brewing, basically paying another brewery to use its equipment to brew and package our beer, was merely a way to build our brand and woo investors while we waited for more enlightened state beer laws. It was a PR stunt to put our beer in bars and on retail shelves, not a sustainable business. The end goal was the tap room.

To understand our plan, you have to get into some of the complicated beer business details that I tried to avoid in casual conversation. Beer is a low-margin business. This is primarily true for two reasons. First, state laws make it this way. In Tennessee (and most states), with the exception of tap rooms, breweries can only sell their beer to a state-licensed distributor. These distributors then mark up the price and sell to retailers (restaurants, bars, grocery stores, package stores, etc.) who then mark up the price again and sell it to you. Even in the current craft-beer renaissance, there is only so much you or I will pay for a beer, so this three-tiered sales system pushes down a brewery’s profit margin. The profit is split three ways.

The second reason beer is a low-margin business comes from the way we consume beer. Unless it’s coming out of a tap, beer is a highly packaged product. There are cans or bottles. There are six-pack containers. There are boxes that all of this is shipped in. The owner of Lazy Magnolia once joked that I was really getting into the cardboard business, not the beer business, because the price of sourcing cardboard would likely determine my brewery’s profit margin. Even with kegs, the kegs themselves are expensive and hard to keep track of. And regardless of packaging form, all of it needs to be shipped to wherever we want to buy beer. This is expensive. When combined with the realities of the three-tiered sales system, it means that your local brewery makes very little on each pint you purchase in a bar, and even less on each can or bottle you enjoy, regardless of where you buy it.

Tap rooms, however, are magical places where breweries can either eliminate or limit these profit-minimizing realities. There is no three-tiered system in a tap room. The brewery sells directly to the public — the beer version of a farmer’s market. Transportation costs are also eliminated. You buy the beer from the source and transport it yourself (either by lifting a glass to your lips or carting your beer home). Even packaging costs are minimized. Kegs never leave the brewery and thus can never be lost or stolen. Carry-out beer still requires basic packaging (cans, bottles, six-pack carriers), but not additional shipping packaging. There is even the option of the growler fill, which holds packaging costs to a minimum. In short, tap rooms are vital revenue sources for many craft breweries, but the pandemic is literally and metaphorically turning off the tap.

So, what can we do to help? Obviously, the answer is not to go hang out in a crowded space and drink beer. As therapeutic as that would be right now, it would only make the underlying problem worse. If you plan on adding beer to your provisions list for this period of social distancing, however, consider what you buy and where you source it. Obviously, you should buy local beer. The Memphis breweries need your business now more than ever. But also consider buying directly from our local breweries. This can help to offset the lost tap room revenue that is so important to these businesses. A couple of Memphis breweries have already set up to-go protocols, despite closing their tap rooms for on-premises consumption. Wiseacre Brewing Company has created a to-go request form through its website (also included in its Instagram bio) that allows you to order beer from the safety of your home. After ordering, the brewery will follow up with link for payment and arrange a pickup time at the brewery. Wiseacre also has an optional gratuity option for to-go orders with all funds will go directly to its bartending staff. Crosstown Brewing Company also has curbside pickup for to-go orders. You can place an order by calling the brewery or messaging them through social media. Although for both breweries, staff will still need to card you before you head home with your beer, this is the same level of face-to-face contact you would have in a grocery or package store. No doubt, other breweries in the area will come up with similar plans.

When the crisis has ended and we are all free to go back to enjoying Memphis collectively, we will likely need a beer, and we will certainly need places to meet face-to-face (“social normalizing?” “social associating?” “social crowding?”). Our choices now can help ensure that all of our favorite places are still around when that day comes. So, go buy some Memphis beer, and after you do, you can tell people that you helped save a local brewery. It will be at least as true as my brewery ownership claims and infinitely cooler.

Cameron Fogle is a professor of legal writing and a one-time owner of Sweetgum Brewing Company, LLC in Starkville, Mississippi.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How to Eat Now: A Guide to Memphis Restaurants During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 2:39 PM

  • Justin Fox Burks
How to Eat Now is our running guide to how to still order from your Memphis favorite restaurant. To add your restaurant's information, please email and use this template:

Restaurant Name –
phone number
Street address, website address
Ordering Instructions
(see below)


The Cooper Young Business Association and its members are concerned for the safety and well-being of our patrons, staff and our community. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we as a group, are establishing some added services to help our community stay safe. Helping our community is our priority.

Effective immediately the following restaurants are implementing some new ways to get your favorite meals. These practices will help to ensure our patrons, staff and community remain healthy during this time. All restaurants are open at this time and will be providing sanitizers for public use, cleaning all tables, bars, seating areas with disinfectant. Plastic ware is available upon request.

(901) 726-4444
940 S. Cooper Street,
Menu items are available for takeout daily. Delivery is available through Togo Services, UberEats, GrubHub or phone.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies
(901) 725-7437
752 S. Cooper Street,
Menu items are available for delivery and takeout daily. Delivery range is all of Midtown and Crosstown. Aldo’s will deliver further out; please ask if it is available when you call.

Another Roadside Attraction Catering
(901) 569-5360
966 S. Cooper Street,
There are a number of ways we can help serve you – While you are looking to keep distance, stay home, or simply escape, we are here to offer you a memorable and healthy sustenance. We deliver.

Have a private chef prepare a date night or a small friendly gathering at your house. – We COOK and CLEAN.

We can drop off prepared meals for your household or serve a Meal family style at your house: Consider a theme such as Spanish, Italian, Caribbean, French, Southern, Texas or barbecue home cooked meals.

We also offer prepared meals for company events — let us prepare lunches for your employees in a safe and sanitary environment and drop off curbside or set up for your enjoyment. Single serving boxed lunches, breakfast, any corporate or private daytime event!

Let us take the stress out of the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays for you. We can create a meal you won’t forget within the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to have cooking classes in your home, we can focus around meal prep, International cuisines, appetizers or family meals for you and your friends.

Bluff City Coffee
(901) 249-3378
945 S. Cooper Street,
Menu items are available for takeout and curbside pickup daily. Custom group orders for business breakfast and lunch deliveries are available, please call 901-482-5714 to facilitate.

Café Ole Restaurant –
(901) 343-0103
959 S. Cooper Street,
Menu items are available for takeout and curbside pickup daily. Delivery is available through BiteSquad and DoorDash.

Café Palladio –
(901) 278-0129
2179 Central Avenue,
Menu items are available for takeout during normal business hours. Delivery is available through BiteSquad.

Celtic Crossing –
(901) 274-5151
903 S. Cooper Street,
As of today, March 18, Celtic Crossing will operate under the following hours until further notice:
4 p.m.-midnight, Monday through Friday
11 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Sunday
Those who wish to dine in will be seated at safe distances from others dining at the pub to adhere to social distancing recommendations. Celtic is also offering curbside to-go orders that can be placed by calling the pub at 901-274-5151.

Central BBQ –
(901) 272-9377
2249 Central Avenue,
Menu items are available for takeout daily. Catering is available for all types of events – large and small, please call to setup.

Central BBQ employees will be delivering regular takeout orders with a $25 minimum plus $5 delivery fee – credit only.

Curbside Pickup-Customers with call-in orders can now stay in their car. They must pay with valid cc# over the phone. Orders will be brought out to them once they arrive; we will be checking their ID and card to make sure they match before releasing their food.

Cooper Street 20/20 –
(901) 871-6879
800 S. Cooper Street,
All items are available for takeout during normal business hours. Curbside service is available. Limited delivery times are available.

DWJ #2 Midtown –
(901) 207-6204
2156 Young Avenue
Menu items are available for takeout daily. Delivery is available through DoorDash.

Hammer & Ale –

(901) 410-8223
921 S. Cooper Street,
Menu and Growlers are available for takeout and curbside pickup. We will continue to clean and sanitize all growlers before filling.

I Love Juice Bar –
(901) 612-2720
553 S. Cooper St.
Curbside Pickup is available via our I Love Juice Bar app. Or, call us at 901.612.2720, place your order, pay with a credit card, and let us know the make + color of your car. We will offer a time-frame for pickup and will meet you at the curb on Cooper St. with your order. Or you can have Juice Bar delivered with Uber Eats!

Imagine Vegan Café –

(901) 654-3455
2158 Young Avenue,
Menu items are available for takeout and curbside pickup. Call us for catering for larger groups. Delivery available through Postmates.

Java Cabana Coffeehouse –

(901) 272-7210
2170 Young Avenue,
Menu items are available for takeout.

Knifebird –

(901) 748-5425
2155 Central Avenue,
Knifebird is currently open but doesn’t offer takeout or curbside pickup.

Memphis Made Brewing –

(901) 207-5343
768 S. Cooper Street,
Check website and social media for daily offerings.

Mulan Bistro –

(901) 347-3965
2149 Young Avenue,
Menu items are available for takeout daily and curbside pickup. Delivery is available through GrubHub, BiteSquad, UberEats and DoorDash. Custom luncheon packages and catering are available.

Soul Fish Café –
(901) 725-0722
862 S. Cooper Street,
Menu items are available for takeout daily. Delivery available through GrubHub, FoodBoss, and BringMeThat.

Stone Soup Café –
(901) 922-5314
993 S. Cooper Street,
Menu items are available for takeout during normal business hours. Catering available.

Sweet Grass Next Door –
(901) 278-0278
937 S. Cooper Street,
Menu items are available for takeout. Special menu for more people i.e. meals for 2, 4 and 6 people. Delivery is available through GrubHub and curbside service will be available.

The Beauty Shop -
(901) 272-7111
966 S. Cooper Street,
"Staying in doesn't mean missing a Good Meal"- The Beauty Shop Restaurant has started Curbside Beauty!

Call us and place your order for Lunch, Dinner or Brunch and we can do Curbside Pickup or We can Deliver anywhere in the Memphis Area — " Beauty in a Bag" — Helping the Community and Keeping us together with healthy food at the family table is our priority.

Tsunami –
(901) 274-2556
928 S. Cooper Street –
Menu items are available for takeout and curbside pickup. Delivery will be available in Mid-town by our employees. Prepared meals that can be frozen and then later warmed will be available as well.

Young Avenue Deli –

(901) 278-0034
2119 Young Avenue,
Menu items are available for takeout daily. Delivery available through GrubHub, FoodBoss, and BringMeThat.


STIX Collierville

(901) 854-3399
4680 Merchants Park Cir #202, Collierville, TN 38017
Menu items are available for takeout, curbside pickup or delivery within a 5-mile radius. Order online, by phone or through Bite Squad, UberEats, Postmates, etc.

The Skybox Grill

(901) 854-0509
2140 West Poplar Ave
We are open 11 a.m.-10p.m. We are offering to-go with a curbside pickup option, dine-in, and offering a special grab and go/take and bake menu during this crazy time!


Farm Burger
(901) 800-1851
1350 Concourse Ave #175, Memphis, TN 38104,

Farm Burger will temporarily close its dining room beginning Wednesday, March 18. In addition, our operating hours will be reduced from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until further notice.

During this time, our team is offering curbside delivery for guests who order via phone, on the website or through the Farm Burger mobile app (app users will continue to earn discounts and rewards). Customers can simply call the restaurant upon arrival and a team member will bring the order to their vehicle. Guests also have the option to place a to-go order inside or pick up in-store.

Those who wish to have their Farm Burger order delivered directly to their doorstep can do so through UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash or Postmates. Grubhub and UberEats are currently offering free delivery; DoorDash is offering new users free delivery with a $15 minimum order; and Postmates is giving customers $3 off a $15 minimum order.


Check the Downtown Memphis Commission's website for a great list of dining options there. Or, check the PDF below:

Willie Moore’s Family Restaurant
(901)521-4674 109
North Main Inside the historic Claridge House Apartment Homes
Call in’s are welcomed, will offer curbside service (pay credit w/phone), come in and place order for take out, also available for group lunches for those not wanting to leave the office.

The Lifter Shuttle Service
101 S. Main St.
We offer food delivery and store runs for the downtown Memphis area. If you don't have the option to pay on the phone, we will pay upfront and bring you the receipt.

Evelyn & Olive
(901) 748-5422
630 Madison Ave.
For delivery:
Call us and we deliver with 15% gratuity or via our partners Grubhub, BiteSquad, DoorDash, Postmates. 
For curbside:
1. Call 901.748.5422 and pay over the phone
2. Bring credit card used to order
3. Upon arrival, park at front door and give us a call, we will bring it right out.
For pickup:
Call us at 901.748.5422 and place your order. You can come inside to pay and pickup. No dining in.
12-8 Tues-Thur
12-9 Fri & Sat
12-8 Sunday
Closed Monday


East Coast Wings + Grill
2946 Kate Hyde Blvd #101, Bartlett, TN 38133
(901) 381-9990
East Coast Wings + Grill is encouraging people to order online or over the phone for curbside pickup. Select locations offer delivery through DoorDash. Once the nearest ECW+G location is selected, people can order online and mark ‘curbside,’ in the special instructions section. Call the store when you arrive and the food will be brought to the car.


New Asia Restaurant

(901) 751-8889
2075 Exeter Road Suite 90, Germantown, TN 38138
Menu items are available for takeout - some exceptions may apply. Delivery available via DoorDash. 

Staks Pancake Kitchen

(901) 800-1951
7704 Poplar Avenue
Menu items and pre-made family platters are available for order by phone for takeout or curbside pickup. Additional precautions are being taken for those who choose to dine inside. Delivery is available through Postmates.

The Capital Grille
(901) 683-9291
6065 Poplar Ave
The Capital Grille takeout menu features popular a la carte offerings as well as family-style dinners that serve four. They are also offering a Butcher Shoppe selection of uncooked steaks, hand-carved by in-house butchers and packaged with house-made seasoning and steak butter to prepare at home.


Ono Poke
3145 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 618-2955
Take-out, curbside pickup, and dinner delivery (4:30-6:30 p.m.). $1 off bottled beer. 

RP Tracks Restaurant & Bar
3547 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 327-1471
Open for curbside pickup. Call 901-327-1471 Full menu is available to view online.  
$18 Growlers, $4 Shooters, $4 Bloody Marys.

Raffe's Imported Beer Market and Deli

3358 Poplar Avenue
We are open for business! Curbside pickup only. Call ahead or go online to, and place food orders and choose beer from our entire selection. Then drive up and call us, and we will bring it to you!

Seasons 52
(901) 682-9952
6085 Poplar Avenue
Let's take care of each other until we can all be together again. Check out our new to go menu with a few of our best sellers and a new family-style dinner for 4. After viewing the menu, give us a call to place your order. We have a vegan choice available daily. A manager will deliver curbside and provide a contactless process if you prefer. All of our food is being prepared and packaged by our Executive Chef/Sous Chef to ensure quality and food safety standards. Let us take care of the cooking. You simply take care.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

6245 Poplar Ave
Open from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
We are offering a limited menu that can be viewed on our website. We will offer curbside pickup. All orders over $100 will receive a $40 off promotion. We also have our Filet & Lobster special with a choice of Fleming’s or Caesar salad and choice or key lime pie or cheesecake for $60.

Ronnie Grisanti's Italian Restaurant
6150 Poplar Avenue (at Regalia) Memphis, TN 38119
We are serving our lunch, dinner and bulk menus to-go, with curbside pickup available. Additionally, we are offering free delivery within four miles

City Silo Table + Pantry
(901) 729-7687
5101 Sanderline Ave., Suite 104
Curbside Pickup is now available! Just visit to order online or simply call us at 901.729.7687, place your order, pay with a credit card, and let us know the make + color of your car. We will offer a time-frame for pickup and will meet you outside our door with your order. Customers can also order via DoorDash.

Staks Pancake Kitchen
(901) 509-2367
4615 Poplar Ave, Suite 102
Menu items and pre-made family platters are available for order by phone for takeout or curbside pickup. Additional precautions are being taken for those who choose to dine inside. Delivery is available through Postmates.

BABALU Memphis East
(901) 410-8909
6450 Poplar Ave #4882, Memphis, TN 38119
Menu items are available for takeout and curbside pickup daily. Call and place your order over the phone at (901) 410-8909

Zaka Bowl
(901) 509-3105
575 Erin Dr, Memphis, TN 38117
Menu items are available to go, for curbside pickup or delivery through UberEats, Postmates, GrubHub and EasyCater.

Amerigo Italian Restaurant
1239 Ridgeway Rd,
Menu items are available for carry out and curbside pickup. We have a new "Order for Now, Order for Later" family-style menu available for carry out and pick up as well:
Amerigo and Char restaurants will continue to provide food and alcohol take-out options, and beginning this week, delivery options, including hands-free door deliveries in each market. This will help keep our business alive.
Our deliveries will be made by our staff, so we ask you to consider this option that keeps your family fed, while keeping their families fed. Delivery services will be free within a 5-mile radius of each restaurant; for any deliveries over 5 miles, there will be an additional fee.
Take out and delivery service will run from 11am to 8pm each day with orders taken by phone from each restaurant. Further, our company is committed to providing employee health benefits.
Beginning this week, 100% of all our restaurant gift card purchases will go towards that effort. We ask you to please consider purchasing gift cards now to support our team, allowing their benefits to continue. We look forward to the near future when we can all dine together for lunch and dinner. To purchase a gift card from any of our restaurants, click here.

Char Restaurant
431 S. Highland St, #120
Menu items are available for carry out and curbside pickup. We have a new "Family Dinners for 4" menu available for carry out and pick up as well:
Amerigo and Char restaurants will continue to provide food and alcohol take-out options, and beginning this week, delivery options, including hands-free door deliveries in each market. This will help keep our business alive.
Our deliveries will be made by our staff, so we ask you to consider this option that keeps your family fed, while keeping their families fed. Delivery services will be free within a 5-mile radius of each restaurant; for any deliveries over 5 miles, there will be an additional fee.
Take out and delivery service will run from 11am to 8pm each day with orders taken by phone from each restaurant. Further, our company is committed to providing employee health benefits.
Beginning this week, 100% of all our restaurant gift card purchases will go towards that effort. We ask you to please consider purchasing gift cards now to support our team, allowing their benefits to continue. We look forward to the near future when we can all dine together for lunch and dinner. To purchase a gift card from any of our restaurants, click here.


Midtown Crossing Grill
(901) 443-0502 
394 N Watkins
Takeout and delivery from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Online orders through website, phone-in and/or delivery through DoorDash.

ECCO on Overton Park

901 410-8200
1585 Overton Park Memphis,TN 38112
We offer take out, curbside pick up and delivery in our neighborhood (hopefully farther soon). We offer a family dinner menu in addition to our regular menu. All menus are posted on our website.
Hours: 4:30-9 Tuesday-Saturday.

Two Broke Bartenders and a Truck
(901) 504-4749
Anything you need us to do. You know us! We have been the ones that have made your drinks and served your food. Just so happens that now, we are broke AF. And you can’t come to us, but we can come to you! The service industry serves! Let our bulletproof Millennial immune systems brave the COVID so you don’t have to.
We will:
-Pick up your groceries (and beer)
-Shop for you
-Cook for you
-Make your drinks
-Unclog your toilet
-Fix your doorknob
-Move your stuff
-Anything else you can think of!
We are bartenders, and now we have a truck.

Maximos on Broad
2617 Broad Ave. Memphis, TN 38112
(901) 452-1111
We here at Maximo's on Broad are offering Curbside Takeout and Free Delivery to Hein Park & Midtown, Tuesday-Saturday 4:30pm-8:30pm. Our dinner menu is on our website:
We have special items, too. We are working on getting online ordering enabled, but currently, people can just call us at 901-452-1111 to order.

Joe's Liquor
(901) 725-4252
We are all consumed by this pandemic. This is the cut-and-dry of how Joe's Wines will be serving you for the foreseeable future. Please take this email and this virus 100% seriously.
Everything is as clean as we can get it. We have always tried to achieve this, but we are now sanitizing all areas constantly.
Everyone will have gloves. We will be providing free gloves to every customer. We will also be wearing gloves. This isn't weird anymore. Grab some gloves. Only touch products you intend to buy.
We will offer Curb-Side Pick-up. The order form is below and can filled out via email, Facebook, or by phone. This starts Tuesday at 10am.
Keep your distance. Know that we respect each and every one of you, and we look forward to shaking hands and hugging you so much, but Social distancing is a huge factor in Flattening the Curve.
Do NOT have a Quarantine Party. These counteract the entire practice of social distancing.
Limit groups to 1-2 people. Preferably 1 person would be greatly appreciated.
We have shortened store hours. We will be open from 8am-9pm, Monday-Saturday, and 10am-6pm Sunday. All subject to change.
Think about our spiritual restaurant brethren. There are many of us who came from restaurants reading this email. Show them some love by ordering take-out, delivery, or buying a gift card. They need our support, and they deserve it for all the amazing experiences they have given us.
We will try to brighten your day! We know how hard this is for everyone, but still expect us to greet you with a big smile every day. Even though it feels weird, we will still post fun wine, beer, and liquor to drink, and we will try to help take your mind off things, even for 5 minutes. Just know that we're here for you.  We're all in this together.
Curb-Side Ordering
We will be offering curbside pickup starting Tuesday the 17th at 10am. Placing a bulk order is a great idea, because it will limit your exposure, and often qualify you for discounts. We will do this through phone orders, Facebook orders, and email orders. Email:
Phone: (901) 725-4252
Place an order by providing the following information-
Customer Name: Customer
Phone Number:
Credit Card on File through Wine/Beer/Dinner Profile?: Yes/No If No, Payment Method (Card Preferred, ):
Car Make, Model, & Color:
Expected Arrival Time:
Items you would like to order: Please specify sizes and brands and quantities. We will call or message you if your item is not in stock to find a replacement.
Call when you have arrived. If we do not answer, we are on the phone with someone else placing an order. Try back shortly or send us a message to let us know you have arrived. If you have a card on file or have already paid, we will bring your order to you, and send you on your way. If you still need to pay, we will get payment from you, process the payment, and return to the car with your card/change and your order.
Please order 30 minutes ahead of time, and please be patient with our staff. We are new to this, and we are doing our part to keep Memphis and the surrounding areas as safe as we can.
Every Day Discounts: Any Six 750ml bottles of wine gets 15% off. Any full case equivalent of wine, beer or liquor gets 10% off. 1.75L's never discount. Wine Club: any Six 750ml bottles of wine gets 20% off. Beer Club: any 6-pack get 15% off. A case get 20% off.

Tamboli's Pasta & Pizza
(901) 410-8866
1761 Madison Ave.
Now operating as Tamboli's Mobile Deli. Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-9 p.m. We will be offering hot food (from our regular menu), take & bake items (such as pastas, soups, salads, frozen pizzas, & lasagna pans: ready made meals that can be kept frozen and stocked up on), and lastly we are working with our local farmers to provide grocery essentials (such as produce, meats, eggs, milk, coffee, deli meats, bagels, breads, cheeses, rice, spices, oils, granola, honey, etc.)
We will be offering all of this as curbside pickup or delivery. We will deliver to any location within 20-30 minutes of our location in Midtown. To order, call us at our location in Midtown (901) 410-8866 or they can head to


The Crazy Noodle
2012 Central Ave Memphis Tennessee 38104 
We are currently offering take-out and UberEats only. Feel free to place a to-go order. To get food delivered, use the UberEats app to order.

Boscos Squared
(901) 432-2222
2120 Madison Ave.,
Curbside pickup available.
(901) 432-2222,

Local (on the Square)
(901) 725-1845
2126 Madison Ave.
We will offer our menu To go (curbside pickup available) and thru our delivery partnerships with UberEats, Grub Hub, Bite Squad and Door Dash.
In addition to our daily menu we will offer family meals for four for $50. Please see our Instagram and Facebook pages for the daily specials. Growlers of Beer and Bottles of wine available for pickup as well!

BABALU Overton Square

(901) 274-0100
2115 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Menu items are available for takeout and curbside pickup daily. Call and place your order over the phone at (901) 274-0100


South of Beale
(901) 526-0388
361 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103
Menu items are available to go, for curbside pickup or delivery through UberEats, Postmates, GrubHub and EasyCater.


Mellow Mushroom
-Eastgate Shopping Center: 5138 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117; (901) 562-1211
-Germantown: 9155 Poplar Ave Suite 26, Germantown, TN 38138; (901) 907-0243
In accordance with a new Tennessee order, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now offering beer, wine, and spirits** for curbside pick-up and take-out orders. Sales are offered to those 21-years and older.
Mellow Mushroom offers a selection of bottled and canned beers, red and white wines, and premium spirits that can be added to any pizza order. Guests should call their local restaurant for a complete list of available options. *Offered only at the Germantown location.
Mellow Mushroom is also offering 10 percent off pick-up through April 30, 2020 and free delivery where applicable. 
To make it easier for guests to order a complete family-ready meal to go, Mellow Mushroom has also created a selection of fan favorite meal packages.
Options include:
Movie Night: Two medium cheese or pepperoni pizzas, plus 10 oven-roasted wings for $29.99
Friends and Family: Two large cheese or pepperoni pizzas, plus 20 oven-roasted wings for $39.99
Mellow Your Way: Large Greek salad and a large Mighty Meaty or large Veg Out pizza for $29.99
Veg Heads: Hummus, regular Enlightened salad, large Great White pizza, and chocolate chip cookie for $39.99
For more information about Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers and to view the full menu of munchies, salads, pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more, go to, follow on Instagram @MellowMushroom, like on Facebook at, or follow on Twitter @MellowMushroom.

Garibaldi's Pizza
- 3530 Walker Ave, (901) 327-6111
- 764 Mt Moriah Rd, (901) 763-4111
- 7521 Queens Ct, Germantown, TN 38138, (901) 756-4444
Offers delivery and curbside pickup.

- Take out at all locations
- Offering curbside at all locations
- Now offering online ordering at all 9 locations. Go to 
- DoorDash delivery coming soon
- Selling beer, wine and liquor at our Tennessee locations (Midtown, Downtown, Poplar, Millington, Cordova, Collierville, Southwind, Germantown)
- Selling beer and wine at Southaven

Panera Bread
1961 Union Ave 
4530 Poplar Ave Suite 101 
5865 Poplar Avenue, US-72 Suite 116 
714 N Germantown Pkwy Suite 39 
7850 Poplar Ave - 8340 Highway #64, Suite 101
7501 Goodman Rd
We are grateful for the guests and communities we serve. That’s why we are now offering FREE DELIVERY now through 3/31/20. Because you deserve good, clean food during these unprecedented times. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay well. Order now.

Wendy’s is open for business and ready to serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our restaurant teams are making sure every customer gets their favorite Wendy’s items via drive-thru, carry out or delivery, and doing so while maintaining high standards of service, quality and cleanliness.
Since 1969, Wendy’s continues to be a familiar place for friends, families, and colleagues to enjoy only the highest quality food and service. No matter where you enjoy your Wendy’s meal, it is our unwavering priority to maintain that mission while we serve our communities across the globe.
And to help you get your favorite menu items delivered to you at home, we’ve partnered with Grubhub and Postmates to offer FREE* delivery fees on Wendy’s orders through April 6, 2020.
We also regularly drop offers into our mobile app to give you sweet deals on items you crave.
Thank you for your loyalty. We look forward to seeing you soon!

East Memphis (901) 421-9185
Crosstown: (901)425-2724
Collierville: (901)316-5405 for current menu and shop addresses
Grab & go, free delivery in the metro area for orders of 20 pops or more. For delivery, call Chris (901)596-6293

Corky's Ribs & BBQ

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ continues operations with drive-thru, takeout, shipping

MEMPHIS, TN - Corky’s Ribs & BBQ—a family-owned Memphis tradition since 1984—will continue to operate its Memphis-area drive-thru and takeout business with our full menu available. This includes our third-party delivery partners, Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub. Additionally, Corky’s will continue its mail order operation, which sends frozen food throughout the country. Orders can be placed online for both restaurant takeout and mail order at

Changing hours of operation:


Sun-Thu – 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fri-Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Sun-Thu – 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Coronavirus: Want to Help Local Restaurants? Try Buying 'Dining Bonds' or Gift Cards

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 1:54 PM

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  • Remember the good, old days of social closeness-ning?

If you are looking for ways to help support Memphis restaurants and bars and all of the folks here who make your going-out dreams come true, consider buying a gift card.

This notion is taking hold in other parts of the country as the restaurant industry braces for the full impact of social distancing that will leave tables and barstools empty for who knows how long.

As we reported yesterday, Railgarten will be selling deeply discounted gift cards at the bar and online beginning today at 2 p.m. For example, $100 will get you a $200 Railgarten gift card right at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., you can get a $200 card for $125. Card prices increase every hour. Every in-person purchase will get you a free roll of toilet paper.
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The biggest coordinated push across the country so far is the Dining Bond Initiative over at There, restaurants ranging from Long Island’s upscale Preston House & Hotel to the fun, kitschy Bigfoot Lodge in Los Angeles (and even the Sysco Corp.) have signed up to sell Dining Bonds.

”A Dining Bond works like a savings bond, where you can purchase a ‘bond’ at a value rate to be redeemed for face value (for example, a $100 bond for $75) at a future date,” according to the Dining Bond website. “For restaurants, many of whom are small businesses and are in serious risk of shutting their doors permanently due to this crisis, the bonds can bring in much needed revenue.

”And for us, the public, they're a chance to show love and support, ensuring the future of some of their favorite restaurants, not to mention the many people who may be forced out of work.”

Visit the organization’s website to find out more about Dining Bonds and how to get started with the program.


Eater, the online newsmagazine, published a list of several different such pushes happening across the country. It mentions the Dining Bond Initiative but also the Grubhub Community Relief Fund, the Southern Smoke Foundation (to aid those affected by the cancellation of SXSW), Giving Kitchen in Georgia, and more.

Over in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington D.C., organizers there are asking locals to buy “Restaurant Bonds —similar to ’war bonds’ during WWI and II.” The organizers explained the gift cards can "act as a micro-loan to restaurants to provide much-needed immediate cash.” Also, these can be purchased online so customers can show support without having to leave home.
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“There has never been a more important time to support our neighborhood’s culinary scene,” reads a news release from the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District. “Restaurants are emptying out and small business owners are seeing up to an 80 percent drop-off in customers.

“Restaurants already work off razor-thin profit margins, but the COVID-19 pandemic is a test like no other. We have heard that restaurants in Adams Morgan and across D.C. are scrambling to cover expenses and to make payroll with no idea what new changes tomorrow will bring.

For now, the best thing our friends and neighbors in the community can do to help is to order takeout or buy gift cards to ensure at least some income during this difficult time.

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Coronavirus: Irish Pubs Respond for St. Patrick's Day

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 11:26 AM

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Memphis' Irish pubs have responded in many different ways to the coronavirus and the social distancing advice from government officials that would dampen their St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Brass Door said it was wide open:

Murphy's cancelled its event. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Murphy's said, "St. Patrick's Day celebration event at Murphy's has been cancelled. Thank you for understanding."

Celtic Crossing took a middle road, offering up a scaled-back version of its usual blowout event.

The annual Memphis Irish Society St. Patrick's Day parade was cancelled after Memphis Mayor Strickland revoked all public events permits on Sunday.

Of course, last week the Beale Street Merchants Association postponed its annual parade, scheduled for for this past Saturday, March 14th.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Restaurants Shift to Delivery, Curbside Pickup in Coronavirus Wake

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 3:49 PM

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  • Remember the good, old days of social closeness-ning?

Coronavirus (and the social distancing that has come with it) has put huge strains on local restaurants but many in Memphis are fighting back with curbside service, food delivery, and some help from the city.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said Monday “we strongly encourage you to continue to-go orders and support our local restaurants and their staffs.”

“To help with this, we have decided to provide on-street parking relief exclusively for food delivery vehicles at various restaurant locations Downtown and Midtown where parking meters are installed,” Strickland said in a coronavirus update Monday. “Until further notice, we are relaxing enforcement at metered parking spaces, allowing on-street parking at no charge in front of restaurants. Please note that all restricted parking areas will remain in effect during this time to ensure public safety.”

Chef Kelly English said on Instagram post Monday he’d close the dining rooms of Restaurant Iris, Second Line, and Fino’s from the Hill.

“We have made the decision to shut our dining rooms down,” he said. “We can’t wait to get them back open. We are available for delivery and take out. @finosmemphis will be at the very least available for lunch take out and @secondlinememphis will be available for dinner take out starting tomorrow.

”We are taking tonight to regroup and get a plan. To all of our team: I love you so much, and we will figure this out.”

Napa Cafe announced Monday it would offer family dinner meals for pickup including the choice of soup or salad, an entrée, and choice of one family-style side item and fresh vegetable for $40 per person.


“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide our guests a sense of ease by providing family dinner meals to-go including salads, soups, entrees, family-style sides, and vegetables so that they can enjoy a Napa Café meal in the comfort of their home,” said Glenda Hastings, owner Napa Café.

Railgarten said it will offer food delivery and discounted gift cards because “we want you to have everything you need before you hunker down.”

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitality businesses are being hit hard. We know that as our customers start practicing social distancing, our businesses will suffer. We know the main way consumers can continue to support us is through food delivery and buying gift cards.

“We also know that in this time of economic uncertainty, not everyone wants to purchase gift cards. That is why the Party Memphis group, including Railgarten, wants to make it an easy decision to support our team.

“On Tuesday, March 17th, which is also St. Patrick's Day, our venues will open at 2 p.m. for those who want to grab a family meal and gift card before you settle in at home. At that time, we will begin our gift card sale.”

The sale will begin at 2 p.m. with $200 cards offered at $100. Cards increase in price every hour. Gift cards can be purchased online. Each purchase made in person, though, comes with a free roll of toilet paper.

“This is our way of thanking you for your support and to remind you that even though things can look bleak, we are going to make it through this thing together,” Railgarten said.

Let It Fly said Monday it will offer family meals (that can feed four to five people) for pickup for $39.99. Each meal comes with a gallon of tea or lemonade. Individual adult meals come with a free kid’s meal.

The Majestic Grill said Monday it will offer curbside pickup starting on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Soulful Food Truck Festival to Close Out Black Restaurant Week

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Following this year’s Memphis Black Restaurant Week (March 8th through 14th), the Soulful Food Truck Festival will be held Sunday, March 15th, at Tiger Lane. The event, hosted by MBRW founder Cynthia Daniels, will feature minority-owned food trucks, entertainment, and a family-friendly environment.

Daniels is a full-service event planner. Although originally from Georgia, she has been planning events in the Mid-South since 2012. “I didn’t see a family festival that celebrates minorities,” Daniels says. “If you don’t see it, then create it.”

Twenty-five food trucks will be participating in the festival. Among them are Mr. Frazier’s Fish Fry, Firecracker Food Truck, Robinson Smokehouse, Fresh Gulf Shrimp, Crumpy’s on the Go, and more. See the full list below.

Live entertainment at the event will include Gerald Richardson, Courtney Little, Angie P. Holmes, and DJ Zoom. Local beer and wine will be available to purchase.

The festival will be held at Tiger Lane, 450 Early Maxwell, on Sunday, March 15th, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $8 at the gate. Admission is free for children under 5. Tickets for children older than of 5 are $5.

Participating food trucks include:

Smurfey’s Smokehouse
Mr. Frazier’s Fish Fry
Firecracker Food Truck
Robinson Smokehouse
Fresh Gulf Shrimp
Crumpy’s on the Go
Characters Food Truck
StaMar’s Concessions & Catering
Smokey Baby Eatery
Three Women & A Truck
Fantasy Food Truck
Chef TNT
Owls Nest
Lil Miracles
Busy Bees
Louisiana Hot Boil
Fabulous Flavors
Cousins Maine Lobster
The BBQ Lady
Chef 4 A Day

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Best Bets: Ameripolitan Burger at Hernando's Hide-A-Way

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 3:51 PM

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  • Michael Donahue
  • Ameripolitan burger at Hernando's Hide-A-Way

Whole lotta hamburger going on at Hernando's Hide-A-Way.

I'm talking about the Ameripolitan burger. You get a lot of meat with this burger.

It's named after Hide-A-Way owner Dale Watson's Ameripolitan style of music, which is a mixture of rockabilly, Western swing, outlaw, and honky-tonk.

This burger is a culinary mix of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle, and onion.

“I just thought it was a nice way to pay a little respect to have that on the menu,” says Hernando’s chef/owner Patrick Travato. “It’s my rendition of a McDonald’s Big Mac.”

Travato’s original hamburger is the “Big Smack,” which still is on the menu at his restaurant, Inferno, in Suffolk County, Long Island. Watson wanted to use Memphis-oriented names on the menu. So, in Memphis, the Big Smack is the Ameripolitan burger.

The Ameripolitan burger “rings of a more nostalgic time - in my time,” says Travato, who ordered Big Mac’s back in the 1970s. “It’s redolent to nostalgia from my childhood .A time when I was in love with Elvis and I listened to my dad’s country records. That burger seemed to make sense.”

I told Travato the Ameripolitan reminded me of the hamburgers I ate at the old dairy bars, where you got hamburgers along with vanilla custard cones back in the 1950s and ‘60s. Which makes sense in regards to Hernando’s Hide-A-Way burgers. “Everything is done on an old style flat-top," Travato says. "It’s done on a grill. That’s how I cook everything. I don’t use a char broiler.”

Along with the Ameripolitan, diners can try other Hernando’s Hide-A-Way burgers, including the Bluff City Slaw Burger. And the menu includes a lot more than burgers. “That entire menu is my concept solely. I’ve been producing it for 11 years.”

That giant Ameripolitan burger, as Patsy Cline might say, “falls to pieces” as you dig into it. It’s so big, you have to remember: “Don’t be cruel.” There’s enough to share a bite or two with a friend.

Note: If you’ve never been there, Hernando’s Hide-A-Way is in Memphis, not in Hernando, Miss. It’s very easy to get to. You can see it if you look West on Brooks Road if you’re driving South on Elvis Presley Blvd. Plenty of parking. 

Hernando’s Hide-A-Way is at 3210 Old Hernando Road, (917) 982-1829

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Mesquite Chop House Closes Germantown Location

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:23 PM

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Mesquite Chop House has closed its Germantown location at the corner of Poplar Pike and Forest Hill Irene. Other locations –– Downtown and in Mississippi –– will remain open. Germantown employees will be transferred to the other locations.

The decision comes as River City Management Group, which owns Mesquite Chop House and other restaurants in and around Memphis, decided not to renew the Germantown lease.

Other Mesquite Chop House locations are thriving, though, and the Southaven location was recently expanded to include a new private dining room.

It is still unclear who will move into their former Germantown space.

The Downtown location is still open at 88 Union.

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Grind City Coffee Xpo Returns

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 11:38 AM

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Grind City Coffee Xpo is back for its second year and promises to be even “bigger and more caffeinated” than last year. All proceeds will benefit Protect Our Aquifer.

The first Grind City Coffee Xpo was held in 2019 and hosted eight Memphis-based coffee shops and roasters and four coffee-centric food vendors. It drew more than 500 attendees.

“A huge difference between this year and 2019 is the inclusion of coffee professionals from outside of Memphis,” says Daniel Lynn, co-founder of Grind City Coffee Xpo along with Rachel Williams.

“We wanted to expand our community to others outside our wonderful city and have been amazed at the incredible response we have had from them,” he says.

“We have people coming from Nashville, Chattanooga, and Milwaukee to participate in this year’s expo. We can’t wait to share with them what Memphis has to offer and to introduce Memphians to some truly amazing people from elsewhere in the coffee community. That’s what it’s about. Growing our community.”
The expo will have three tiers for entry: 10 a.m. for $35, 11:30 a.m. for $25; or 12:30 p.m. for $20, and it’s happening on Saturday, March 14th, at the Pipkin Building at the fairgrounds. This year they will host more than 20 vendors and feature coffee and cocktail demonstrations from four pairs of baristas and bartenders, live music, three panel discussions led by industry professionals, and so much more.

Grind City Coffee’s mission is to celebrate the culture in and around coffee by providing an inclusive environment for everyone who fosters community over competition through educational, social, and craft events.

The Grind City Coffee Xpo will be held March 14th at the fairgrounds' Pipkin Building (940 Early Maxwell) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Learn more and get your tickets here:

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Fam Opens Second Location on Highland

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 2:15 PM

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Asian restaurant Fam opened a second location this month on the Highland strip.

Fam, a fast-casual restaurant Downtown that focuses mostly on Japanese cuisine, is expanding and introducing new menu items –– such as Maine lobster bao buns. Fam is known primarily for hibachi-style rice bowls and sushi, but they also offer a number of sides and appetizers, like tuna salmon poke and octopus dumplings.

The first location opened Downtown at 149 Madison in late 2018 with a slightly smaller menu and has been evolving ever since. Owner Ian Vo says the name “Fam” is short for “family.”

Fam is also available for delivery via Uber Eats, BiteSquad, and DoorDash, as well as curbside pick-up and catering.

The new location is open at 521 S. Highland, and both locations are open for lunch and dinner daily.

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New Cajun Restaurant Opening Soon Downtown in Former DejaVu Space

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 10:17 AM

The restaurant, called Ben-Yay’s, will serve po’boys and other classic Creole dishes, include a coffee bar, and also offer homemade beignets. Additionally, they’re planning to offer a “scoop and serve” lunch special that will include a half po’boy and a cup of soup, such as gumbo, turtle soup, or jambalaya.

Ben-Yay’s will be operated by Tandem Restaurant Partners, which is run by partners Tony Westmoreland, Stephanie Westmoreland and Cullen Kent. They’re known for their work with restaurants like Interim, Growlers, Zinnies, and Mardi Gras.

Ben-Yay’s will open in mid-March at 51 S. Main.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Best Bets: Sushi Jimmi's Sushi Burger at Saltwater Crab

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 3:58 PM

Jimmy "Sushi Jimmi" Sinh and his "Sushi Burger" at Saltwater Crab. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Jimmy "Sushi Jimmi" Sinh and his "Sushi Burger" at Saltwater Crab.

Thanks to the Memphis Sandwich Clique and Jimmy "Sushi Jimmi" Sinh, I think I’ve now tried everything when it comes to sandwiches.

I ate my first-ever Sushi Burger at Saltwater Crab.

Conrad Phillips, who is with Memphis Sandwich Clique, asked Sinh, who is Saltwater Crab executive chef/kitchen manager, if he could make a sushi sandwich for Memphis Sandwich Clique, which is an online local foodie group specializing in local, fresh, handmade sandwiches.

“They asked me and I told them, ‘Yeah. I could make it happen,’” Sinh says.

I was invited by Memphis Sandwich Clique founders Ryan Hopgood and Reuben Skahill to join them at Saltwater Crab. Phillips and his daughter, Brooke, and La Hacienda owner Dino Sarwar, rounded out the group.

On Fat Tuesday I ate the fattest piece of sushi I’ve ever eaten.

We loved the Sushi Burger, which is about the size of a jumbo hamburger. It resembles the old Hostess Snowball, but it sure doesn’t taste like one. It’s a savory, delicious concoction.

Like any good sandwich, you can hold it while you take a bite out of it.

“The buns are made of sushi rice,” Sinh says. “On top of the bun is furikake. That’s the seasoning that gives it the flavor. It’s a really good rice seasoning. You could eat the seasoning by itself."

The seasoning is made of dried bonito fish, a little bit of sugar, sesame, and seaweed. “It just gives the perfect flavor to the sushi. If you were just to eat sushi rice by itself and put that on there, it’s perfect.”

As to why someone can hold the burger without it falling apart, Sinh says, “The rice is already sticky. I put a sheet of seaweed to hold it together.”

And now the patty. “The patty is made out of spicy tuna. The greens: I put seaweed salad and some microgreens inside. I also put avocado slices inside. Four slices of avocado, which gives it more a texture. Creamier flavor.”

The filling also includes dried chili. “That's just more flavor. It doesn’t bite you in a spicy way.”

The Sushi Burger dates to Sinh’s old restaurant, Sushi Jimmi. “I actually made that when I had my restaurant. A customer requested it and I made it. It was never on the menu.”

It’s not on the Saltwater Crab menu, either. “Just ask Chef Jimmy to make one and I can make one any time of day. I have the ingredients in the house and I can make one.”

Sinh doesn’t end with Sushi Burgers. “Next time, I’ll make you guys sushi pizza,” he says.

Saltwater Crab is at 2509 Madison, (901) 922-5202

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  • Michael Donahue
  • The Sushi Burger at Saltwater Crab.
Jimmy Sinh with Reuben Skahill and Ryan Hopgood of Memphis Sandwich Clique.
  • Jimmy Sinh with Reuben Skahill and Ryan Hopgood of Memphis Sandwich Clique.

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