A to Z 

Dining by Neighborhood

Hungry? Sure, you could stay in and make something, but why should you when Memphis and its surrounding areas are filled with great restaurants serving up just the thing to sate your appetite?

This dining guide — organized by neighborhood, from A to Z — should point you in the right direction, whether you're hankering for hibachi in Hickory Hill, craving pizza in Cooper-Young, or dying for something sweet downtown. Making a decision at this fork in the road has never been easier.


ABUELO'S MEXICAN FOOD EMBASSY—Serves quesadillas, carne asada, and chili rellenos, along with beef tenderloin, jumbo shrimp, and several seafood entrées. 8274 U.S. 64. 672-0769. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

GRIDLEY'S—Offers barbecued ribs, pork plate, chicken, and smoked turkey; also lunch specials. Closed Tuesday. 6842 Stage Rd. 377-8055. L, D, #, $-$$, MRA

LA PLAYITA MEXICANA—Specializes in seafood, including red snapper and oysters; also offers steaks and a variety of Hispanic entrées. 6194 Macon. 377-0181. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

SAITO STEAKHOUSE—Japanese cuisine cooked at your table; sushi bar has 100 offerings. Closed for lunch Saturday. 6600 Stage, Ste. 101. 373-1957. L, D, FB, #, $$

SIDE PORCH STEAK HOUSE—In addition to steak, the menu includes chicken, pork chops, and fish entrées; homemade rolls are a specialty. Closed Sunday and Monday. 5689 Stage. 377-2484. D, FB, #, $-$$

WILLIE MOFFATT'S—Large menu includes everything from bacon-wrapped filet mignon and a rum-marinated chargrilled chicken sandwich to shrimp baskets and a Tequila lime salad. 2779 Old Whitten. 386-2710. L, D, FB, $



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EL PUERTO — Six months after the opening of El Puerto, customers' reactions are positive. "They love the food. They love the way our waiters treat them and serve them with a smile," says manager Alex Rojas. "Our customers say, 'Oh, we're going to tell our friends about this place and the food here.'" The Mexican restaurant offers lots of choices. "Our fajitas are the most popular item," Rojas says. "We also have steak, shrimp, and fish tacos. We have a big menu to choose from, and we have great margaritas." An additional bonus: live Spanish music from 8 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays. 775 S. Highland. 452-8019. L, D, $

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A-TAN—Mandarin entrées are a chicken-pork-beef-shrimp combo and a seafood-vegetable stir-fry; also features a sushi bar. 3445 Poplar, Ste. 17, University Center. 452-4477. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

ANNE'S BAKERY & CAFE—Serves sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts. Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. 320-6407. B, L, #, $, MRA

BROTHER JUNIPER'S—Offers salads, soups, sandwiches, and homemade breads, pastries, and desserts; also, breakfast on weekends. Closed Monday. 3519 Walker. 324-0144, B, L, #, $, MRA

CRUMPETS—British pub fare includes vegetable tarts, Cornish pasties, rosemary chicken salad, burgers, and Chef's Sampler. Tea served 2-3:30 p.m. Closed Sunday-Monday. 262 S. Highland. 324-2221. L, Wi, #, $

EL CHICO—This mainstay in University Center dishes out fajitas, chimichangas, fried ice cream, and other Tex-Mex fare. Enchilada specials on Wednesdays. 3491 Poplar. 323-9609. L, D, FB, #, $

ELFO'S—Changing luncheon menu features such specialties as pink-peppercorn salmon with orange sauce and eggplant Napoleon, along with soups, sandwiches, salads, and homemade desserts. Closed Sunday. 3092 Poplar. 888-0402. L, FB, #, $, MRA

LA BAGUETTE—Offering soups, quiche, sandwiches (including paninis), and pastries in a French-style setting. 3088 Poplar. 458-0900. B (bakery), L, #, $, MRA

MEDALLION— Offers steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrées; buffets at both lunch and dinner. 3700 Central, Holiday Inn (Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality). 678-8200. B, L, D (except Sunday), FB, #, $-$$, MRA

PETE & SAM'S—Serving Memphis for more than 50 years; offers steaks, seafood, and traditional Italian dishes. 3886 Park. 458-0694. D, Br, # (except bathrooms), $-$$

RONNIE GRISANTI AND SONS—Specializes in handmade Tuscan cuisine; menu items include ravioli and baked manicotti, along with seafood and steaks. Closed Sunday. 2855 Poplar. 323-0007. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

WOMAN'S EXCHANGE TEA ROOM—Chicken-salad plate, beef tenderloin, soups-and-sandwiches, and vegetable plates are specialties; adjacent shop features handmade items. Closed Saturday and Sunday. 88 Racine. 327-5681. L, #, $


ASIAN PALACE—Chinese fare is the specialty, including shrimp with walnuts and oysters, Peking-style pork and duck; also crab, lobster, and vegetarian items. 2920 Covington Pike. 388-3883; 4978 Park Ave. (mainly takeout). 761-7888. L, D, Br, Wi, $

BANGKOK ALLEY—Thai cuisine includes noodle and curry dishes, as well as duck, catfish, and seafood entrées. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday, Cordova location. 830 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 753-7250. 2150 W. Poplar at Houston Levee (Collierville). 854-8748. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA

BLUE COAST BURRITO—Build-your-own burritos with an array of steak, fish, chicken, and fresh veggies. Menu also includes fish tacos and made-to-order salads. 3546 Walker. 323-3730; The Avenue at Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 850-TACO. L, D, $

BOL A PASTA—Serves shrimp scampi, baked pastas, steaks, and fresh seafood. 2200 N. Germantown Parkway. 384-7988; 3160 Village Shops Dr. 757-5609. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

BONEFISH GRILL—Two specialties are pistachio-parmesan-crusted rainbow trout and tenderloin portobello piccata; steak and pork also served. 1250 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 753-2220; The Avenue at Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 854-5822. L (Saturday-Sunday, Collierville), D, FB, #, $-$$

BUCKLEY'S FINE FILET GRILL—Specializes in steaks such as eight-ounce center-cut filets but also offers grilled chicken, seafood, and pasta. 5355 Poplar. 683-4538; 714 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 756-1639. Buckley's Lunch Box, 919 S. Yates (lunch Monday-Friday and takeout only). 682-0570. L (Yates only), D (not Yates), FB (beer and wine only at Yates), #, $-$$, MRA

THE BUTCHER SHOP—Serves steaks ranging from 8-oz. filets to a 30-oz. porterhouse; also chicken, pork chops, fresh seafood. 101 S. Front. 521-0856; 107 S. Germantown Rd. 757-4244. L (Friday only, S. Germantown Rd.), D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL—Serves chicken marsala, calamari, various pastas, and other "old-world" Italian entrées. 5110 Poplar. 685-9900; The Avenue at Carriage Crossing. 854-0200. L (Saturday-Sunday, Collierville; Sunday, Poplar), D, FB, #, $-$$

CENTRAL B B Q—Dishing up ribs, sandwiches, hot wings, and more; also family packages. 2249 Central. 276-7573; 4375 Summer. 7676-4672. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA

CHINA INN—Serves Chinese, American, and down-home-style cuisine; daily buffet featured. 4430 Elvis Presley Blvd. 396-0287; 2829 Covington Pike. 383-8211. L, D, Br, #, $

COLETTA'S—Longtime eatery serves lasagna, ravioli, and pizza with barbecue or traditional topping. Closed for lunch Sunday, South Parkway location. 2850 Appling Rd. 383-1122; 1063 S. Parkway E. 948-7652. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

CORKY'S—Popular barbecue emporium offers both wet and dry ribs, plus a full menu of other barbecue entrées. 5259 Poplar. 685-9744; 1740 Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 737-1911; 743 W. Poplar (Collierville). 405-4999. L, D, Br,#, $-$$, MRA

CREPE MAKER—Specializes in hand-held crepes, including Philly steak, pesto, chicken, and vegetarian; also desserts. 175 Peabody Place. 522-1290; The Avenue at Carriage Crossing, Collierville. 861-1981. Closed for dinner Sunday, Collierville. B, L, D, Br, Wi (coolers), #, $

CRESCENT CITY—Entrées include red beans and rice, muffalettas, po' boys, crawfish, and catfish; also beignets. The Avenue at Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 850-8580; 1315 Ridgeway Rd. 763-7008; 6585 Towne Center Crossing (Southaven, MS). 662-536-4013; 2362 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 213-9077. B (some locations), L, D, FB, #, $, MRA

EL MEZCAL—Serves burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and other Mexican cuisine, as well as shrimp dinners and steak. 4688 Knight Arnold. 360-1838; 402 Perkins Extd. 761-7710; 694 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 755-1447; 1492 Union. 274-4264. L, D, FB, #, $

EL PORTON—Fajitas and steak ranchero are just a few of the menu items. 2095 Merchants Row (Germantown). 754-4268; 65 S. Highland, Poplar Plaza. 452-7330; 1805 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 624-9358; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-5770; 8361 U.S. Highway 64. 380-7877. L, D, FB, #, $

FIREBIRDS—Specialties are hand-cut steaks, prime rib, rotisserie chicken, and fresh seafood, 8470 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 379-1300; The Avenue at Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 850-1603. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

GUS'S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN—Serves chicken with signature spicy batter, along with homemade beans, slaw, and pies. 310 S. Front. 527-4877; 215 South St. (Collierville). 853-6005. (Original location: 505 Highway 70 W., Mason, TN. 901-294-2028). L, D, Br, #, $-$$, MRA

HALF SHELL—Specializes in seafood, such as King crab legs; also serves steaks, chicken, pastas, salads, and sandwiches; oyster bar at Winchester location. 688 S. Mendenhall. 682-3966; 7825 Winchester. 737-6755. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

HARRY'S DETOUR—Eclectic American menu includes pecan-smoked meats and daily seafood specials. Closed Sunday and Monday, Cooper location; closed Sunday and Monday and dinner Tuesday, G.E. Patterson location. 532 S. Cooper. 276-7623; 106 G.E. Patterson. 523-9070. L, D, Br, #, $-$$

HUNAN PALACE—Menu items include Peking duck, orange beef, and "flower basket" of fish, chicken and vegetables in a Mandarin sauce. 1140 N. Germantown Parkway, Ste. 101 (Cordova). 751-8863; 7140 Highway 64. 388-7848. L, D, Br, #, $

INTERSTATE BAR-B-Q—Specialties include chopped pork-shoulder sandwiches, ribs, hot wings, spaghetti, chicken, and turkey. Closed Sunday, Southaven location. 2265 S. Third. 775-2304; 150 W. Stateline Rd. (Southaven). 662-393-5699. L, D, Br (S. Third), #, $, MRA

JIM'S PLACE—Features American, Greek, and Continental cuisine with such entrées as souflima (pork tenderloin) and Grecian lamb; also steaks and seafood. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday. 5560 Shelby Oaks. 388-7200; 3660 Houston Levee (Collierville). 861-5000. L, D, FB, #, $$, MRA

LA HACIENDA—Among the specialties are carnitas, shrimp adobe, and Mexican lasagne. 746 W. Poplar (Collierville). 850-7698; 1760 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 624-2920; 175-B Goodman Rd. W. 662-349-4484; 7034 Highway 64 (Oakland). 465-1505. L, D, FB, #, $

MCALISTER'S DELI—Sandwiches galore, including the Orange Cranberry Club with turkey, ham, and bacon topped with orange cranberry sauce and the California Classic with provolone and mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Plus, there's a wide selection of salads, stuffed baked potatoes, wraps, and McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea. 3482 Plaza Avenue. 452-6009; 2857 Kirby Pkwy., Ste. 119. 756-2943; 580 S. Mendenhall. 763-2711; 3855 Hacks Cross. 881-6068; 1 Commerce Square, Ste. 150; 522-9123; 8385 Stage, Ste. 115. 388-7053; 6600 Stage, Ste. 120 (Bartlett). 213-3311; 7990 Trinity, Ste. 129 (Cordova). 737-7282; 7710 Poplar (Germantown). 753-1507; 336 Market Blvd. (Collierville). 853-1492; 8390 Hwy. 51N, Ste. 110 (Millington). 872-1983; 975 East Goodman, Ste. 21 (Southaven). 662-349-3354; 8120 Camp Creek, Ste. 110 (Olive Branch). 662-893-4120. L, D, $

DAN MCGUINNESS PUB—Serves fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and other Irish fare; also such entrées as herb-crusted salmon. 150 Peabody Place. 527-8500; 4698 Spottswood. 761-3711. B (Sat.-Sunday), L, D, FB, #, $-$$

MEMPHIS PIZZA CAFE—Homemade pizzas are specialties; also serves sandwiches, calzones, and salads. 2089 Madison. 726-5343; 5061 Park Ave. 684-1306; 7604 W. Farmington (Germantown). 753-2218; 5627 Getwell (Southaven, MS). 662-536-1364; 797 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-7800. L, D, Br, Wi (Madison only), #, $, MRA

MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE—The focus here is on steaks, including a prime filet, a 24-oz. porterhouse, and a bone-in tenderloin; also, some seafood options. 5960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-890-2467; 88 Union. 527-5337. D, FB, #, $$-$$$

NEELY'S BAR-B-QUE—Serves pork ribs, sandwiches, spaghetti, hot wings, nachos, and smoked turkey 670 Jefferson. 521-9798; 5700 Mt. Moriah. 795-4177. L, D, Br, #, $, MRA

ON THE BORDER—Dishes out such Tex-Mex specialties as fajitas and steak- and-shrimp combination. 8101 Giacosa Pl. (Cordova). 372-8883; 4552 Poplar. 763-0569; 7935 Winchester. 755-6404; 6572 Airways Blvd. 662-536-0901. L, D, FB, #, $

PANCHO'S—Serves up a variety of Mexican standards, including tacos, enchiladas, and mix-and-match platters. 3600 Broadway (West Memphis). 870-735-6466; 717 N. White Station. 685-5404. L, D, FB, % (West Memphis), #, $, MRA

PEI WEI ASIAN DINER—Serves Pan Asian cuisine (Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese) including General Tsao's chicken. 1680 Union Ave., #109. 722-3780; 2257 N. Germantown Pkwy. 382-1822. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $

PETRA DELI & CAFE—Serves Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern sandwiches and entrées. Closed Sunday. 2140 W. Poplar Ave. (Collierville). 853-3521; 6641 Poplar. 754-4440. L, D, Br, #, $

PIG-N-WHISTLE—Offers pork shoulder sandwiches, wet and dry ribs, catfish, spaghetti, and stuffed barbecue potatoes; also homemade pies. 2740 Bartlett Rd. 386-3300; 6084 Kerr-Rosemark Rd. 872-2455. L, D, Br, FB (Kerr-Rosemark), #, $-$$

RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS—Menu includes a large selection of gourmet burgers from the 5 Alarm with jalepeno peppers and salsa to the Monster Burger with two beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. 1231 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-5501; The Avenue at Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 854-7645. L, D, FB, $

ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL—Offers Northern Italian cuisine, including pasta Milano and penne rustica; also steaks, seafood, and salads. 6705 Poplar. 753-6588; 2859 N. Germantown Parkway. 266-4565. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

SEKISUI OF JAPAN/SEKISUI PACIFIC RIM & SUSHI BISTRO—Authentic Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi bar, grilled meats and seafood, California rolls, and vegetarian entrées. Pacific Rim cuisine at Poplar location. Closed for lunch Saturday-Sunday, at Belvedere, Union, Poplar, Collierville, and Goodman locations. Closed for lunch Saturday, and for dinner Sunday., Horn Lake. Humphreys Center, 50 Humphreys Blvd. Ste. 14. 747-0001; 25 Belvedere. 725-0005; Union at Second, Holiday Inn Select. 523-0001; 4724 Poplar (between Perkins & Colonial). 767-7770; 1884 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 309-8800; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville), Ste. 107. 854-0622; 1255 Goodman Rd. W. (Horn Lake, MS). 662-536-4404. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

TOPS BAR-B-Q—Specializing in pork barbecue sandwiches and sandwich plates with beans and slaw; also serves burgers and fries. 4183 Summer. 324-4325; 5391 Winchester. 794-7936; 6130 Macon. 371-0580. (See phone book/go online for more locations.) L, D, # (most locations), $, MRA



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ASHIYANA EXOTIC INDO PAK CUISINE — "Collierville is a very pretty town," says Eric Manjiyani, manager of Ashiyana Exotic Indo Pak Cuisine, which opened just over a month ago. "We thought that it would be a good place to begin an Indian restaurant." Ashiyana means "the house," Manjiyani says, and was chosen to signify the restaurant's dedication to an authentic Indian experience, from the menu's Indo Pak flavoring to the sense of home it gives customers. Diners, both Indian and otherwise, have responded, Manjiyani says. "We're having a lot of repeat customers. We're short of seats right now. We wish we had a bigger place." 835 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-5411. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $

CAFE GRILL—Asian/American entrées are chicken chow mein soup along with meatloaf, beef brisket, and certified Angus steaks; also a luncheon buffet. Closed Sunday. 120 W. Mulberry. 853-7511. L, D, #, $

CAFE PIAZZA BY PAT LUCCHESI—Specializes in gourmet pizzas, panini sandwiches, and pasta. Closed Sunday. 139 S. Rowlett St. 861-1999. L, D, Br, Wi, # (except bathrooms), $-$$

CAFFE ITALIA—Lasagne, cannelloni, and carpaccio are among dinner entrées; for lunch: panini sandwiches, salads. Closed Sunday-Monday. 102 Mulberry St. 850-8363. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER—A true-blue burger joint, including the Serious (10-ounces), the Delirious (14 ounces), and the Famous One-Pounder (20 ounces, to be more exact). All burgers and chicken sandwiches are made-to-order. Menu also includes a wide selection of shakes and malts. The Avenue at Carriage Crossing. 861-6776. L, D, $

FINO VILLA—Entrées include prime filet mignon, sea bass and lobster ravioli, and pollo Fino Villa. 875 W. Poplar. 861-2626. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

FUJI CAFE—Offers traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi bar; specialties are teriyaki and tempura dishes. 875 W. Poplar. 854-7758. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $$

JA JA'S THAI RESTAURANT—The menu offers some 40 traditional Thai entrées, including sweet and spicy pork; popular for its egg rolls. Closed Sunday and Monday. 192 Washington. 850-5222. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $

LEE KAN'S ASIAN GRILL—Offers Pan-Asian cuisine; pepper-orange steak and Hong Kong-style noodles are entrées; also sushi. 255 New Byhalia Rd, Ste. 111. 853-6686. L, D, FB, #, $$

MULAN—Hunan chicken, spicy tofu, and orange beef served here; sushi too. 2059 Houston Levee. 850-5288. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$

PASTA ITALIA—Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pastas; specialties include ravioli, canneloni, and seafood dishes. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday-Monday. 101 N. Center St. 861-0255. L, D, Wi, #, $$-$$$

SHANTI STEAK HOUSE—Serves steak, chicken, pork chops, and seafood, including shrimp. Closed Sunday. 336 New Byhalia. 861-7177. D, Br, #, $-$$

STIX—Hibachi steakhouse with Asian cuisine features steak, chicken, and a filet-and-lobster combination; also sushi. Closed for lunch Sunday. The Avenue at Carriage Crossing. 854-3399. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

THE TENNESSEAN—Set in an old train car on Collierville's town square. Changing seasonal menu of contemporary Southern cuisine includes steaks, fish, poultry, and pasta. Closed Sunday and Monday. 123 N. Rowlett. 853-9447. L, D, FB, #, $-$$$



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LOU'S PIZZA PIE — Has there ever been a business more perfectly named than "Pie in the Sky"? The local parlors have dished out perfect pizza in various locations from South Main to the heart of Midtown. And one by one, every location has closed, leaving fans unable to gorge themselves on the garden-fresh "Sun Pie" or stuff themselves silly on the olive- and artichoke-laden "Moon." Fortunately for those who can't get enough of "Bluto's Revenge" (spinach, feta, roasted garlic, and roma tomatoes), Lou's Pizza Pie in Cooper-Young is now serving all the classics. 2158 Young. 722-4031. L, D, $

BEAUTY SHOP—American/Southwestern/Asian cuisine served in a former beauty shop. Closed for dinner Sunday. 966 S. Cooper. 272-7111. L, D, FB, #, $$, MRA

THE BLUE FISH—Seafood specialties include pecan-crusted grouper with crawfish-crab relish. Also organic meats, free-range chicken, and oyster bar. Closed Sunday. 2149 Young. 725-0230. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

CAFE OLE—Chimichangas, shrimp diablo, fish tacos, vegetarian dishes, and daily specials are featured. 959 S. Cooper. 274-1504. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

CASABLANCA CAFE—Rack of lamb, grilled salmon with mango sauce, moussaka, and vegetarian entrées are served at this Moroccan/Greek/Middle Eastern restaurant. 2156 Young. 725-8557. L, D, #, $-$$

CELTIC CROSSING—Irish fare — including shepherd's pie, fish & chips, and lamb stew — is featured here. 903 S. Cooper. 274-5151. L, D, FB, #, $, MRA

DISH—Specialties here range from deviled crab cakes to tempura prawns with spicy red pepper aioli; also tapas, i.e., "small plates"; choose from 45 items. 948 S. Cooper. 276-0002. D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

DO—This small Tokyo-style sushi bar features teriyaki, sushi rolls, grilled items, bento-box meals, salads, and more. Closed Sunday and Monday. 964 S. Cooper. 272-0830. D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

JASMINE THAI RESTAURANT—Entrées include panang green curry, masaman, and pad thai (noodles, shrimp, and peanuts); also seafood, vegetarian dishes. Closed Monday. 916 S. Cooper. 725-0223. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$

TSUNAMI—Features Pacific Rim cuisine (Asia, Australia, South Pacific, etc.); also a changing "small plate" menu. Closed Sunday. 928 S. Cooper. 274-2556. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA



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WASABI SUSHI AND SAKE BAR — Both food and restaurant are eye-pleasing at Cordova's Wasabi Sushi and Sake Bar, which opened August 8th. "We have unique décor, and everything is sectioned out," says owner Johnny Lum. "We have very comfortable sofas, bar seating, booths, and contemporary artwork. It's mix and match — casual but intimate and relaxing." As for the food, Wasabi focuses on "presentation, good flavors, and quality seafood fresh from our vendors," Lum says. 1134 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-0567. L, D, $

BAHAMA BREEZE—West Indies ribs, Jamaican-grilled chicken, and coconut shrimp are among the entrées at this Caribbean-themed restaurant. 2830 N. Germantown Parkway, Wolfchase Galleria. 385-8744. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

BOMBAY HOUSE—Indian fare includes lamb korma and chicken tikka; also, a daily luncheon buffet. 1727 N. Germantown Parkway. 755-4114. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$

HUNAN GOURMET—Serves authentic Asian cuisine and features a sushi bar, Hong Kong-style noodle bar, and Mongolian barbecue. 2965 N. Germantown Rd., Ste. 102. 371-9329. L, D, Br, #, $

JOE'S CRAB SHACK—Serves a variety of seafood, along with chicken, steak, and pasta. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 7990 Horizon Blvd. 384-7478. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

THE MELTING POT—Steak, seafood, and poultry entrées prepared fondue-style at your table; also package meals. 2828 Wolfcreek Parkway. 380-9500. D, FB, #, $$-$$$$, MRA

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT—Entrées include tempura, teriyaki, and sushi, as well as grilled fish and chicken entrées. Closed for lunch Saturday. 2324 N. Germantown Parkway. 384-4122. L, D, FB, #, $-$$




ITTA BENA — "I love to hear live music, and I love to eat good food, but I don't want to do them at the same time," says Wil Thompson, general manager of the new, casual, elegant, bistro-style restaurant Itta Bena. The reason he mentions it is Itta Bena's unique location: on the third floor of B.B. King's Blues Club on the corner of Second and Beale, an intersection much more famous for hot guitar licks than pan-seared Alaskan halibut. When constructing the floor of his oasis of "serenity" above the club, Thompson says he "put down a layer of plywood, a layer of soundboard, another layer of plywood, a layer of rubber, and a layer of oak." There's also an entrance directly to the club, just in case the call of the wild gets to you. 143 Beale. 578-3031. D, Br, Wi, FB, %, $$-$$$, MRA

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MY GREEK CAFE — 345 Madison has been many things in recent years: a stripped-down punk club, an overstuffed comedy club, and various bars. It was recently converted by John Gegumis into My Greek Cafe, a sprawling, dark, and comfortable cafe offering authentic Mediterranean delights. Gegumis previously managed O Kypos, a wonderful but tiny diner located in the downtown Comfort Inn. My Greek Cafe is a reasonably priced, full-service reincarnation of O Kypos, with a full bar and an occasional spot of live music. Gegumis spent eight years cooking in his family's restaurant on Kalamaki Beach in Zakynthos, Greece, and his simple takes on such Greek staples as souvlaki and spanakopita are steeped in family tradition. Gegumis has also brought back the succulent lamb ribs that made his little diner the talk of downtown foodies. Closed Sundays. 345 Madison. 507-2720. L, D, FB, $

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THE ARCADE—Offers American home-cooking, plus gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, and daily lunch specials. 540 S. Main. 526-5757. B, L, Br, #, $, MRA

AUTOMATIC SLIM'S TONGA CLUB—Specializes in American Southwestern/Asian/Jamaican cuisine, including coconut mango shrimp and whole red snapper. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 83 S. Second. 525-7948. L, D, FB, #, $$, MRA

BIG FOOT LODGE—Hefty portions of prime rib, lobster, deep-fried Cornish game hens, catfish, and burgers (including 4-lb. Sasquatch) are specialties. 97 S. Second. 578-9800. L, D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

BLUEFIN RESTAURANT & SUSHI LOUNGE—Serves fusion or "edge" cuisine featuring seafood and steaks; also, a sushi bar. 135 S. Main. 528-1010. L (Tues.-Thurs.), D, FB, #, $$, MRA

BLUES CITY PASTRY SHOP & COFFEE BAR—Pastry shop and coffee bar on South Main downtown, featuring coffee and espresso and sweet treats, including chocolate pyramids and Mississippi Mud Cake. 153 S. Main. 576-0010. B, $

BLUFF CITY BAYOU—Cajun specialties are gumbo, crawfish étouffée, and jambalaya, as well as po'boy sandwiches and muffalettas. Closed Saturday and Sunday. 694 Madison. 527-0860. L, #, $

CAFE 61—American eclectic/Asian/Cajun entrées include blackened grouper and crispy duck waffles; also Sunday brunch. 85 S. Second. 523-9351. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

CAPRICCIO GRILL ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE—Steaks, seafood, pasta, and several northern Italian specialties are entrées. 149 Union Ave., The Peabody. 529-4199. B, L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

CAYENNE MOON—Serves New Orleans-Southern cuisine, specializing in lump crabcakes and seafood gumbo. Closed Sunday-Monday. 94 S. Front. 522-1475. D, #, $-$$, MRA

CENTER FOR SOUTHERN FOLKLORE AND CAFE—Vegetarian greens, hot-water cornbread, and peach cobbler are menu items. Closed Sunday. Main at Peabody Place Trolley Stop. 525-3655. L, Br, #, $, MRA

CHEZ PHILIPPE—Three-to-five-course meals offered with emphasis on French food with Asian flair. Afternoon tea also served from 2 to 3 p.m. (reservations required). Closed Sunday and Monday. The Peabody, 149 Union. 529-4188. D, FB, #, $$$$, MRA

CIRCA—Regional French cuisine with such specialties as sorghum-cured rack of lamb; menu includes steaks, chops, seafood. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 119 S. Main, Pembroke Square. 522-1488. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

CONTE'S—Lasagna, baked ziti, chicken parmesan, and mussels in white wine sauce are menu items. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday and Monday. 149 Madison. 526-6837. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$

DAILY GRILL—Services classic American cuisine; dinner entrées include filet medallions, short ribs, steaks, and seafood, along with meatloaf and chicken pot pie. Westin Hotel, 170

Lt. George W. Lee. 334-5950. B, L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

ENCORE—Chef Jose Gutierrez offers French and Mediterranean entrées at this European-style bistro. Closed Monday. 150 Peabody Place, #111. 528-1415. D, FB, #,$$, MRA

E P DELTA KITCHEN & BAR—Serving a fusion of Cajun, Creole, and Southern cuisine in the former Elvis Presley's Memphis eatery. Specialties include lobster étouffée and smoked duck gumbo; also a late-night menu. 126 Beale at Second. 527-1444. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

FELICIA SUZANNE'S—Crispy oysters in New Orleans barbecue sauce and filet of beef tenderloin with applewood-smoked-bacon potato cakes are American-Southern specialties. Closed Sunday and Monday. Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe, Ste. L1. 523-0877. L (Fri. only), D, FB, #, $$$, MRA

THE FLYING FISH—Serves up fried and grilled versions of shrimp, crab legs, oysters, catfish, and more. 105 S. Second. 522-8228. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA

GRILL 83—European-style steakhouse serves prime steaks and fresh seafood, including a signature New Orleans-style seafood gumbo. 83 Madison Ave., Madison Hotel. 333-1224. B, L, D, FB, %, # (except bathrooms), $$-$$$, MRA

HAPPY MEXICAN—Fajitas, steak ranchero, and a shrimp cocktail are specialties. Closed Sunday. 385 S. Second St. 529-9991. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

HARD ROCK CAFÉ—Menu includes "Tupelo" chicken tenders, New York strip steak, grilled salmon, and more. 315 Beale. 529-0007. L, D, FB, $-$$

INN AT HUNT-PHELAN—Cuisine is American with a Southern emphasis; also French entrées; Sunday brunch. 533 Beale St. 525-8225. Closed for dinner Sunday and all day Monday and Tuesday. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

LOLO'S TABLE—Specialties are pan-seared scallops and sauteed lump crab cakes. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday. 128 Monroe. 522-9449. L, D, FB, #, $$, MRA

MCEWEN'S ON MONROE—Southern-American entrées include pepper-seared beef tenderloin with a Dijon cognac cream sauce;

and sweet-potato-crusted catfish with mac-and-cheese. Closed for lunch Saturday, all day Sunday. 122 Monroe. 527-7085. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

THE MAJESTIC—Offers American food, including pizza, shrimp, and pork tenderloin. 145 S. Main. 522-8555. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

MARMALADE—Southern homestyle entrées include catfish, fried chicken, pork chops, barbecued ribs, and chili. Closed Sunday and Monday. 153 G.E. Patterson. 522-8800. D, FB, #, $

MOLLY FONTAINE LOUNGE—This new eatery specializes in tapas (small plates) featuring global cuisine. 679 Adams. 524-1886. Closed Sunday-Tuesday. D, FB, #, $

MOVIE & PIZZA COMPANY—Offers a wide selection of pizzas as well as a wide selection of movies for rent. The menu includes meat and veggie pizzas as well as sandwiches. 110 Harbor Town Sq. 527-2233. L, D, Br, $

PEARL'S OYSTER HOUSE—Specializing in seafood, including oysters, crawfish, and stuffed butterfly shrimp. Closed Sunday. 299 S. Main. 522-9070. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

PEOPLE'S ON BEALE—Sports bar with plenty of pool tables to keep you occupied for hours, with a menu featuring traditional pub grub from hamburgers to chicken fingers. 323 Beale. 523-7627. L, D, FB, $

THE PIER—Specializes in steaks, prime rib, and seafood — including King crab and lobster tails; has excellent river views. 100 Wagner Place. 526-7381. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

RENDEZVOUS—Menu items include barbecued ribs, chicken, beef brisket, nachos; also cheese plates, skillet shrimp, Greek salads. Closed Sunday and Monday. 52 S. Second. 523-2746. L (Fri.-Sat. only), D, Br, Wi, #, $, MRA

RIO LOCO—Entrées include fajitas, burritos, and seafood selections. 117 Union Ave. 523-2142. L, D, FB, #, $

SAUCES—Specializes primarily in seafood — including grouper, mahi, and halibut — accompanied by diners' choice of complementary sauces, such as rosemary tomato basil and lobster cream. Closed Monday. 95 S. Main, Ste. 106. 473-9573. L, D, FB, #, $, MRA

SAWADDII—Among the Thai entrées are grilled sea bass with curry sauce and mahi-mahi with spicy chili sauce. 121 Union Ave. 529-1818. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

SPINDINI—Judd Grisanti offers regional Mediterranean fare, featuring steaks, seafood, and chicken dishes, cooked in a wood-burning oven. 383 S. Main. 578-2767. D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

STELLA—"Southern/global" fine-dining cuisine features steaks, fresh seafood, lamb, and more. Closed Sunday. 39 S. Main (at Monroe). 526-4950. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

TEXAS DE BRAZIL—Serves beef, pork, lamb, and chicken dishes and Brazilian sausage; 60-item gourmet salad area; weekend brunch. 150 Peabody Place, Ste. 103. 526-7600. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

ZANZIBAR—Specializes in "new world" cuisine; entrées include Thai-glazed chicken wings, peanut soup, and various sandwiches and salads. Closed Sunday (except for brunch), Monday and Tuesday. 412 S. Main. 543-9646. L, D, FB, #, $-$$


BRONTE—Full-service restaurant in a bookstore setting serves seafood, steaks, pastas, quiches, sandwiches, and salads. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Extd. 374-0881. B, L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA

CAFE TOSCANA—Serves contemporary Italian specialties, including parmesan talapia, along with other pasta and seafood. Closed Sunday. 5007 Black Rd., Ste. 150. 761-9522. D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

CAL'S STEAKHOUSE—University of Memphis basketball coach John Calipari lends his name and sports memorabilia to this restaurant serving steaks, pasta, and seafood. Double Tree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin. 322-6666. B, L, D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

CASPIAN PERSIAN CUISINE—Fesenjon — i.e., pomegranate sauce with walnuts poured over chicken breasts — is a specialty; also grilled fillets, chicken, and Cornish hens. 715 W. Brookhaven Cl. 767-3134. L, D, FB, #, $-$$$

ERLING JENSEN, THE RESTAURANT—Presents "globally inspired" cuisine; specialties are rack of lamb, fresh fish, and wild game. 1044 S. Yates. 763-3700. D, FB, #, $$$, MRA

FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE—Serves steaks, prime beef, and chops, as well as chicken and fresh fish,. 6245 Poplar. 761-6200. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

FOLK'S FOLLY ORIGINAL PRIME STEAK HOUSE—Specializes in prime steaks, as well as lobster, grilled Scottish salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb, and weekly specials. 551 S. Mendenhall. 762-8200. D, FB, #, $$$-$$$$, MRA

FRATELLI'S—Serves hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and soups, Closed Sunday and Monday. Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd. 576-4118. L, #, $

THE GROVE GRILL—Offers steaks, chops, seafood, and other American cuisine with a Southern flair; entrées include shrimp and grits and sweet potato and turnip green hash; also Sunday brunch. 4550 Poplar. 818-9951. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

HIGH POINT PIZZA—Serves salads, sandwiches, and pizzas, including Margherita, barbecue pork, veggie, four-meat, and more. Pizza-by-the slice is available during lunch. 477 High Point Terrace. 452-3339. Closed Monday. L, D, $

INTERIM—Offers American-seasonal cuisine. A specialty is Memphis barbecued pork chop with goat-cheese grits, bacon-wilted greens, and smoked tomato sauce; also a Gulf seafood of the day. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday. 5040 Sanderlin, Ste. 105. 818-0821. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

JARRETT'S—Changing menu of American bistro cuisine includes horseradish-encrusted grouper and smoked trout ravioli with Arkansas caviar. Closed Sunday. 5689 Quince. 763-2264. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

LULU GRILLE—Offers fresh seafood, steaks, chops, wild game, pasta, several sandwiches and homemade desserts. Closed Sunday except for brunch. 565 Erin, Erinway Shopping Center. 763-3677. L, D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

MANTIA'S—A Mediterranean cafe, deli, and market serving soups, sandwiches, salads, steaks, pasta, and seafood. Closed Sunday. 4856 Poplar. 762-8560. L, D, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA

MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE—Serves tandoori chicken, tikka masala, as well as lamb and shrimp entrées; also a lunch buffet, weekend dinner buffet. 6524 Quince Rd. 753-8755. L, D, Br, #, $

MORTIMER'S—Trout almondine, hand-cut steaks, and seafood pasta are among the offerings. Closed for lunch Saturday. 590 N. Perkins. 761-9321. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

NAPA CAFE—American eclectic specialties are prime dry-aged beef with red wine shallot demi-glace, rack of lamb, and potato-encrusted halibut. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday. 5101 Sanderlin, Ste. 122. 683-0441. L, D, FB, #, $$, MRA

NEW HUNAN—Chinese eatery with more than 80 entrées; also lunch/dinner buffets and a sushi bar. 5052 Park. 766-1622. L, D, #, $

OLD VENICE—Lasagna, pizzas, paninis, and various pastas are among the specialties here, including the "Pasta Maria" and the "John Wayne Pizza." 368 S. Perkins Ext. 767-6872. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

THE TOWER ROOM AMERICAN GRILL—Offers steaks, seafood, pasta, lamb, and chicken dishes; also, vegetarian upon request. Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar, Ste. 3300. 767-8776. L (Monday-Fri.), D (Wed.-Sat.), FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

WANG'S CHINA BISTRO—Among the specialties here are crisp duck, shrimp, and scallops in garlic sauce, and grilled chicken with cucumber. 4002 Park. 327-4089. L, D, FB, $, MRA

WILD OATS—Offers "all-natural foods" and vegetarian menu, with pizza, hot-food bar, sushi bar, salad bar, deli, bakery, and more. 5022 Poplar. 685-2293. L, D, #, $


ASIAN GRILL—Specializes in Pan-Asian cuisine (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian) as well as fusion entrées. 2072 West St. (Germantown). 737-3988. L, D, Br, #, $

BITTERSWEET RESTAURANT—Lobster pie and filet Oscar are specialties at this steak/seafood place with a New England flair. Closed Monday and for lunch Tuesday. 7685 Farmington Blvd. (Germantown). 624-9499. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$

EQUESTRIA—Serves American-global fusion cuisine with Southwestern accents. Closed Sunday and Monday. 3165 Forest Hill-Irene Rd. 869-2663. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

GERMANTOWN COMMISSARY—Barbecue sandwiches, ribs, nachos, and shrimp in a rustic atmosphere. 2290 S. Germantown. 754-5540. L, D, Br, # (except bathrooms), $, MRA

NEW ASIA—Specializing in authentic Chinese food. 2075 Exeter (Germantown). 758-8388. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$

ROYAL PANDA—Hunan fish, Peking duck, Szechuan chicken, and a seafood combo are among the specialties. 3120 Village Shops Dr. (Germantown). 756-9697. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$

SAKURA—Sushi, tempura, and teriyaki are Japanese specialties. Closed Sunday. 2060 West St. 758-8181. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

THREE OAKS GRILL—Rack of lamb, filet Paulette, prime New York strip T-bones, and crab-stuffed halibut are among the entrées. Closed for lunch Saturday. 2285 S. Germantown Rd. 757-8225. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

YIA YIA'S EUROCAFE—Wood-roasted salmon, and pork chops with smoked mushroom sauce are among the entrées; also steaks, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads; also, Sunday brunch. 7615 West Farmington at Poplar, Shops of Saddle Creek. 756-4004. L, D, FB, #, $$


ABYSSINIA RESTAURANT—Ethiopian cuisine is featured, with beef, chicken, lamb, fish entrées and vegetarian dishes; also, a daily buffet. Closed Sunday. 2600 Poplar. 321-0082. L, D, Br, #, $

THE BAR-B-Q SHOP—Dishes up barbecued ribs, bologna, chicken, pork shoulder sandwiches, and spaghetti, along with beef brisket, sandwiches, and salads. Closed Sunday. 1782 Madison. 272-1277. L, D, Br, #, $, MRA

BARI—Authentic Southeastern Italian cuisine emphasizes lighter entrées and fresh seafood, such as roasted striped bass, spaghetti carbonara, and fresh grilled sardines. 22 S. Cooper. 722-2244. D, FB, #, $$, MRA

BAYOU BAR & GRILL—Cajun fare includes jambalaya, gumbo, catfish acadian, Cajun shrimp, red beans and rice, and muffalettas. 2105 Overton Square Lane. 278-8626. L, D, FB, #, $, MRA

BHAN THAI—Serves curries, pad Thai noodles, and vegetarian dishes, as well as seafood, pork, and duck entrées. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday and all day Monday. 1324 Peabody. 272-1538. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

BOSCOS SQUARED—Serves pasta, seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven; also a variety of freshly brewed beers; also Sunday brunch. 2120 Madison. 432-2222. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

THE BRUSHMARK—Serves sandwiches, salads, and crepes; a signature item is African peanut soup. Closed Monday. Brooks Museum, Overton Park, 1934 Poplar. 544-6225. L, D, FB, #, $, MRA

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CAFE 1912—Serves French/American/Creole cuisine, with Italian influences; seafood entrées include steamed mussels; also crepes and salads; offers Sunday brunch. 243 S. Cooper. 722-2700. D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA

CAFE SOCIETY—With Belgian and classic French influences, serves Angus beef, veal, chicken, and seafood dishes, along with weekly specials. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 212 N. Evergreen. 722-2177. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

DRAGON CHINA—Specializes in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Szechuan cuisine, all-day buffet, and a 140-item menu. 1680 Madison. 278-8838. L, D, #, $

GOLDEN INDIA—Northern Indian specialties include tandoori chicken as well as lamb, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian dishes; also, a luncheon buffet. 2097 Madison. 728-5111. L, D, Br, Wi, $

INDIA PALACE—Tandoori chicken, lamb boti kabobs, and chicken tikka masala are among the entrées; also, vegetarian options and a daily lunch buffet. 1720 Poplar. 278-1199. L, D, Br, #, $

LE CHARDONNAY—Seafood, steak, and chicken entrées include Stilton-stuffed tenderloin and citrus-glazed grouper; also wood-fired pizzas. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 2100-5 Overton Square Lane. 725-1375. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

LOBSTER KING—Specializes in Cantonese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, including crab, clams, and lobster. 32 N. Cleveland. 725-5990. L, D, #, $-$$, MRA

LOS COMPADRES—Entrées are enchiladas, burritos, tamales, tacos, and vegetarian dishes. 2617 Poplar. 458-5731. L, D, FB, #, $

MOLLY'S LA CASITA—Fajitas, chiles rellenos, a vegetarian combo, and bacon-wrapped shrimp are a few of the specialties. 2006 Madison. 726-1873. L, D, FB, #, $-$$ MRA

PAULETTE'S—Presents fine dining with a Continental flavor, including such entrées as crepes Florentine; also grilled steaks, chicken, salads, and rich desserts; offers weekend brunch. 2110 Madison. 726-5128. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

PETRA RESTAURANT—Offers primarily Greek cuisine, with some Middle Eastern and Korean dishes. Closed Sunday and Monday. 1761 Madison. 726-6700. L, D, Br, #, $$

PHO VIETNAM—Offers traditional Vietnamese cuisine, including stir-fry, spring rolls, and egg rolls. 1411 Poplar. 728-4711. L, D, Br, #, $

SAIGON LE—Vietnamese/Chinese specialties include pork chops with mushrooms and shrimp in black-bean sauce; vegetarian options too. Closed Sunday. 51 N. Cleveland. 276-5326. L, D, Br, # (except bathrooms), $

SHANG HAI—Offers Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine; one specialty is shrimp wrapped in bacon and noodles. Closed Sunday. 1400 Poplar. 722-8692. L, D, Br, # (except bathrooms), $

SIDE STREET GRILL—This martini and cigar bar also offers steaks, pasta dishes, and more. 35 S. Florence. 274-8955. D, FB, $-$$

TUSCANY—Formerly La Tourelle, serves Italian cuisine in a casual setting. Specialties include grilled sea bass and crawfish/tomato/lemon basil pasta; also Sunday brunch. 2146 Monroe. 726-5771. D, FB, #, $$

UMAI—Japanese-French fusion specialties include spinach gyozas stuffed with wild mushroom duxelles, and 48-hour-marinated duck breast; also, Sunday brunch. Closed Monday-Tuesday. 2015 Madison. 405-4241. D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA


BOILING POINT SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR—Louisiana-style seafood includes crawfish, shrimp & grits, catfish, pasta dishes, seafood platters, and more. 4975 Pepperchase Dr. Southaven. 662-280-7555. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

BONNE TERRE CAFE—Offers American/French/Continental cuisine, including roast rack of lamb, chicken Florentine. Closed Sunday and Monday. 4715 Church Rd. W., Nesbit, MS. 662-781-5100. D, FB, #, $$$, MRA

CITY GROCERY—Southern eclectic menu of steaks and seafood changes seasonally; shrimp and grits is a specialty. Closed Sunday. 152 Courthouse Square, Oxford, Mississippi. 662-232-8080. L, D, FB, # (downstairs), $$-$$$

THE HOLLYWOOD CAFE—Serves steaks and seafood in a casual setting; also fried green tomatoes, dill pickles, and frog legs. Closed Sunday. 1130 Old Commerce Rd. Robinsonville, MS. 662-363-1126. L (Monday-Fri.), D (Fri.-Sat.), FB, #, $$

LEELAVADEE THAI CUISINE—Green curry with shrimp (or beef, pork, chicken, tofu, or vegetables) is a specialty here; also tom-yum soup. Closed Monday. 775 Goodman Rd., Ste. 11, Southaven. 662-536-4699. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

MADIDI—Owned in part by actor Morgan Freeman, Madidi serves French cuisine with a Southern flair. Closed Sunday and Monday. 164 Delta Ave., Clarksdale, MS. 662-627-7770/7724. D, FB, # (downstairs), $$-$$$

OLIVE BRANCH CATFISH COMPANY—Serves its catfish fried or grilled and blackened. Other menu items include steak, marinated chicken, and fried shrimp. 9659 Old Highway 78, Olive Branch, Mississippi. 662-895-9494. L, D, Br, #, $, MRA

TIMBEAUX'S—Creole/French specialties include fish stew in a tomato saffron broth, steak bordelaise, crawfish pizza, and jumbo shrimp and grits. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday. 333 Losher St. Hernando, MS. 662-429-0500. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$


AMERIGO—Specializes in pasta and wood-fired pizzas; also serves steaks and cedarwood-roasted fish. 1239 Ridgeway, Park Place Mall. 761-4000. L, D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

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BENIHANA OF TOKYO—Japanese steakhouse with sushi bar offers beef, chicken, and seafood items grilled at your table. 912 Ridge Lake Boulevard. 683-7390. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$

BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT—Specializing in such homemade entrées as pasta in a vodka-tomato-cream sauce. Closed Sunday. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 755-7413. D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

CHAO PRAYA—Thai dishes are panang seafood, gang koa duck, and green papaya salad. Closed for dinner Monday. 3588 Ridgeway. 366-7827. L, D, Br, Wi, #, $-$$, MRA

COZYMEL'S—Serves coastal Mexican entrées — from the Yucatan Especial to Chicken Flameado to sizzling fajitas; seafood entrées as well. 6450 Poplar. 763-1202. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

FRANK GRISANTI'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—Northern Italian favorites include pasta with jumbo shrimp and mushrooms; also seafood, filet mignon, and daily lunch specials. Closed for lunch Sunday. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1022 Shady Grove. 761-9462. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

MIKASA JAPAN—Seafood and traditional Japanese dishes include sukiyaki, shrimp tempura, and chicken teriyaki; sushi buffet also featured. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 6150 Poplar. 683-0000. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

MISTER B's—Features New Orleans-style seafood and steaks. Closed for lunch Saturday and all day Sunday. 6655 Poplar, Ste. 107. 751-5262. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

MOSA ASIAN BISTRO—Specialties include sesame chicken, pad Thai, and other Pan Asian entrées. Closed Sunday. 1825 Kirby Parkway. 755-6755. L, D, Br, #, $

OWEN BRENNAN'S—New Orleans-style menu of beef, chicken, pasta, and seafood; jambalaya and crawfish étouffée are specialties; also Sunday brunch. Closed for dinner Sunday. The Regalia, 6150 Poplar. 761-0990. L, D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

PARADISE CAFE—Offers soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and several vegetarian dishes. Closed Sunday. 6150 Poplar, Ste. 120. 821-9600. L, #, $

P.F. CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO—Specialties are Mongolian beef and chicken in lettuce wraps; also vegetarian dishes, including spicy eggplant. Park at Ridgeway, Park Place Centre. 818-3889. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

RIVER OAKS—Crabcakes are among the specialties at this restaurant serving French-American classics; also free-range/organic meats. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 5871 Poplar. 683-9305. L, D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

ROOKS CORNER—American bistro serving steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and salads. Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridgelake Blvd., 762-7477. B, L, D, FB, #, $-$$$, MRA

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Offers prime steaks cut and aged in-house, as well as lamb, chicken, and fresh seafood, including lobster. 6120 Poplar. 761-0055. D, FB, #, $$-$$$, MRA

SALSA—Specialties include carnitas, chiles rellenos, and fajitas; also Southwestern seafood dishes such as tilapia with fresh pico de gallo. Closed Sunday. Regalia Shopping Center, 6150 Poplar. 683-6325. L, D, FB, #, $-$$, MRA

WANG'S MANDARIN HOUSE—Offers Mandarin, Canton

ese, Szechuan, and spicy Hunan entrées, as well as vegetarian and weight-watcher specials. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 6065 Park Ave., Park Place Mall. 763-0676; 113 S. Main. 523-2065. L, D, FB, #, $, MRA


HONG KONG—Cantonese and Mandarin standards are sweet-and-sour chicken and pepper beef. 3966 Elvis Presley. 396-0801. L, D, Br, #, $

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EDO—Known for its seafood dishes and sushi. Entrées include shrimp tempura and chicken teriyaki. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday, and all day Monday. 4792 Summer. 767-7096. L, D, Br, #, $-$$

LOTUS—Serves Vietnamese-Asian fare, including whole boneless duck, lemon-grass chicken and shrimp, egg rolls, and spicy Vietnamese vermicelli. 4970 Summer. 682-1151. D, Br, #, $

NAGASAKI INN—Grilled chicken, steak, and lobster are among the main courses; meal is cooked at your table. 3951 Summer. 454-0320. D, FB, # (except bathrooms), $-$$

PANDA GARDEN—Sesame chicken and broccoli beef are among the Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan entrées at this popular eatery. 3735 Summer. 323-4819. L, D, BR, $-$$


FORMOSA—Offers Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan cuisine, including sesame chicken, Mongolian and broccoli beef, and hot-and-sour soup. Closed Monday. 6685 Quince. 753-9898. L, D, FB, #, $-$$

HELLO RESTAURANT—Lemon-grass chicken, vegetarian dishes, noodle soup, and stir-fry combos are among the Chinese/Vietnamese/American entrées. Closed Sunday. 5910 Mt. Moriah (just west of Ridgeway), Ste. 103. 362-8875. L, D, Br, #, $-$$

HIBACHI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI BAR—In addition to Japanese-style grilled steaks and seafood, Hibachi serves salads, soups, and hand rolls. Closed for lunch Saturday and Sunday. 2809 Kirby Parkway, Ste. 109. 737-2124. L, D, FB, #, $$

TYCOON—Among the Chinese,Vietnamese, and Thai entrées are spicy garlic shrimp and coconut-curry chicken. 3307 Kirby Parkway. 362-8788. L, D, Br, #, $

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