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Grill 901, a new restaurant in Collierville, is all about steak and seafood.

"You don't find many steak and seafood places [in the Memphis area] that don't belong to a restaurant chain," says Dino Sawar, one of 901's owners. He and his family also own and operate four La Hacienda Mexican restaurants in the Memphis area, Soprano's Italian Restaurant in Southaven, and Fino Villa, another Italian restaurant, which opened in Collierville last fall.

Grill 901's kitchen is led by chef Spence McMillin. The restaurant offers a casual dining atmosphere, moderate prices, and 16 cuts of meat -- rib-eye, porterhouse, hanger, Wellington, and bone-in cowboy rib-eye, to name a few. The menu also features changing seafood options that can be ordered broiled, blackened, or fried as well as a large selection of appetizers.

Grill 901 is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Grill 901, 929 Poplar in Collierville (488-8445)

Good news for two restaurants at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica: Binion's Steakhouse and Cafe Sonoma have recently been honored with a 2006 Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine.

The award is given to restaurants that show a remarkable commitment to wine. The two Horseshoe restaurants met the Wine Spectator's strict standards with wine lists that offer an extensive selection for every budget. In addition, the restaurants will now be featured in the Wine Spectator's Annual Dining Guide.

Binion's Steakhouse and Café Sonoma at Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi


The Whole Hog Café, the Arkansas-based barbecue joint, now has a location in Memphis.

The original restaurant was opened in 1999 by Ron Blasingame, Mike "Sarge" Davis, and Mike Blasingame, members of the Southern Gentlemen's Culinary Society. They've been competing in barbecue cooking contests for 25 years. In 2002, the Southern Gentlemen won first place in the whole-hog category at the Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Currently, there are Whole Hogs in Little Rock and Bentonville, Arkansas, Sante Fe, New Mexico, and now Memphis. Brian McCarty, who opened the Memphis location, has the license agreement for Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and plans to establish three to four Whole Hog Cafés in the Memphis area.

Whole Hog Café is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Whole Hog Café, Yorkshire Square,

5727 Quince (682-8882)


Capriccio Grill will be hosting a Ruffino-wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14th. Ruffino covers 5,000 acres of some of the finest wine-growing estates in Tuscany and is slowly making its way on lists of the world's most-loved Italian wines. The three-course menu will emphasize the rich flavors of Italian cuisine that complement the wines. The cost for the dinner is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Capriccio Grill, 149 Union (529-4188)

Guava, the Healthy Gourmet is a locally owned health-food store that opened in Cordova in November 2003 and moved into town at the beginning of this year.

Inside the store is a small coffee and smoothie bar, and customers will find essential items for a health-conscious lifestyle -- bulk foods and pantry items but no produce, cheeses, milk, etc. There are also vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and homeopathic options. Puni Nagalapadi, the store's manager, sees Guava's mission as educating customers so they can make healthy choices. Guava's team also tries to offer educational lectures every month. Go to their Web site, www.guavaonline.com, for more information.

Guava is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guava, the Healthy Gourmet,

2867 Poplar (458-2535)

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