5000 Poplar Avenue At Mendenhall Memphis, TN 38117
This always-popular restaurant has a lot to offer-pleasant atmosphere, good service and plenty of old favorites on the menu. Popular items include the hot artichoke dip and the baby back ribs. The grilled fish with rice or baked potato and salad is a well-executed standard. The hamburgers are large and luscious, and the homemade soups and salads make great lunches or starters. Houston's demonstrates what fern bar decor should be-comfortable, attractive tables and banquets, good lighting, and enough plants to add life and soften the edges. The atmosphere and the fast, pleasant service are just right for office workers out for lunch and friends meeting for dinner before the movie.
West Indies-style ribs, jerk chicken and Jamaican grilled chicken wings are intensely flavorful at this island-themed restaurant, Bahama Breeze. The paella and the Jerk Chicken Pizza are less authentic but just as well done. One of the best and most popular dishes is the Yucatan-Style Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi in a sour cream sauce. There is a little Asian fusion influence, too, in the seared tuna with soy-sesame dressing. The décor has a Caribbean theme-palm trees and all. You are likely to have a 30-45 minute wait for your table, but you can spend that time listening to reggae music and sipping a frozen drink at the lovely outside bar.
Amerigo caters to sophisticated customers, ones who may have visited Florence, Italy, and who yearn for the simple, flavorful foods and classic interiors of that region. Dark wood paneling adds to the centuries-old European building effect. The wood-fired pizza oven makes this a great place to come on a chilly winter night. The dinner crowd is affluent East Memphis. As for the food, the mussels in broth make an outstanding appetizer or whole meal. Pasta portions are huge, so you can take the leftovers home for lunch the next day. Order the planked fish of the day to share-it comes with wonderful wood-smoked mashed potatoes and vegetables. Desserts include tiramisu and a credible key lime pie!
The food here tends to have a Mediterranean base, with risottos, pastas and salmon appearing in many variations, but infused with delicious Asian touchees. The Salmon with Wasabi Glaze and Tomato Basil Risotto is a perfect example. Local favorites are incorporated, too, as in the grilled shrimp with grits. Feta cheese, tapenade sauce, pancetta and gazpacho offer southern European elements, while Memphis' proximity to New Orleans is recognized in the Barbecued Catfish with Remoulade Sauce. Buttermilk pie with brown sugar sauce is among the best of the lush desserts. Occupying a small space, this restaurant is cozy with dark wood paneling. The atmosphere is casual and relaxing.
The menu at the Grove Grill continually varies, as the chef rotates dishes with the seasons. Oysters, for example, may appear in an oyster-and-artichoke soup or in a fried oysters Rockefeller. The pasta dishes here are fresh and imaginative; the beef, lamb, and pork are tender and delicious; and the desserts are understated but delighful.The restaurant's interior is charming, revealing no hint of the shopping center outside. With its high ceiling and wood-paneled walls, the decor combines elegance with a cozy casualness. The bar, set off from the restaurant, is a great place to have a huge martini before dinner. Diners often include well-known local figures, executives entertaining clients and couples celebrating anniversaries. Call ahead for details.
Located in the heart of the busy downtown district, the Local Gastropub is a delightful bar ad restaurant. Enjoy delicious seafood platter while sipping on to some nice brew. The pub offers four large screens for sports viewing and the comfortable decor elevates the whole experience. Local Gastropub can also be hired for private events for up to 100 people. Check website for further details.
The interestingly named 'Escape Alley Sundry' is christened after the General Washburn's Escape Alley behind the restaurant, which is named so to commemorate the Second Battle of Memphis. Keeping close to the local flavor, the eatery has a very southern feel, accentuated by the hospitality and the items on the menu. The decor of the Escape Alley is also unique, with several paintings hanging on the walls and some bric-a-brac strewn across the place, and, what's more, they are all for sale! So, drop by the Escape Alley Sundry for a quick bite, or, perhaps, buy a painting or two, or just to enjoy the live music that is organized here regularly. Call for more information.
Located in downtown, Bar None is a trendy resto-bar that serves contemporary cuisine in a well-furnished setting. The joint venture of Chef John Bragg and Chef Antony Field, known for places like Circa, Bar None is an ideal place to go for a quiet dinner for two, or maybe even a memorable dinner with friends. On the menu, there are excellent sliders of crab cake, beef tenderloin, and jerk chicken, as well as dinner items like filet mignon or pork porterhouse that may suffice equally well. Of course, Bar None is also known for the drinks on offer, ranging from stimulating cocktails, to draught beer, ales and bottled beer. See the website for more information
Located at one of the city's prime locations, Wendell's World Beat Grill is the place to go for fresh and interesting seafood. Popular Chef Wendell Price has incorporated a little of the Caribbean and Southern flavors in his recipes. Try the Mango Grilled Halibut, Steamed Mussels or the favorite Jerk Catfish on Cinnamon Kabob. If you aren't that fond of seafood, you could try Wendell's Jerky Lamb Chops or the Rib Eye. Enjoy a fabulous glass of wine in an elegant setting, while you savor recipes enjoyed by many celebrities and locals.
For the best dining experience in downtown Memphis, visit Grill 83. Located next to the Madison Hotel, Grill 83 offers an impressive wine selection, martinis and sumptuous meals. From omelets to steaks to fresh seafood, renowned executive Chef Burk Wolf creates the most delectable recipes, which leave you craving for more. The place is well-suited for any occasion; be it a business meeting or for just dinner with your friends.
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