Kooky Canuck – a new Memphis icon. It sure took me long enough to get down there and try it out. I’ve read every review and blog post about it. I’ve seen the Man vs. Food episode a million times. Finally….. I went. I’m now happy to consider it among one of the places in Memphis you can’t miss. It is so unique and such an experience to eat here.
A few weeks ago my wife’s cousin and his friend came to our fair city to visit from San Diego. These guys are serious eaters and I wanted to show them around a little and brag a little about what Memphis has to offer. One night we were just chatting and Man vs. Food came up so I naturally guided the
conversation towards Kooky Canuck. One of the guys, David, asked if they had a veggie burger. (His niece, Rachel, is doing an internship at St. Jude and is a vegetarian.) I tweeted Shawn Danko @kookycanuck and within minutes he told me that they have a veggie burger as well as a potobello mushroom sandwich. I then informed Shawn that we would be hitting up his restaurant that weekend.
We were already downtown that Saturday because my wife, Diane, ran the Luvmud and we decided to go ahead and do lunch there. When we got there it was busy but they did have a few tables left. We were all seriously hungry from standing out in the sun and of course my wife from running the 5k. (5k hunger strikes again) We ordered an appetizer of 20 hot wings with fries. They also had a special on Bloody Mary’s and Bloody Caesar’s. I chose the Mary. (Sorry no pics. I downed it before I remembered to take a pic.)
After that we all placed our burger orders. (except my son who ordered the usual….mac & cheese.)
Between the burger orders we got the four cheese (2), the Canadian, and the mushroom and swiss burger. I personally had the four cheese, and let me say that it is quite fantastic. It was cooked so well and all of the toppings with the four melted cheeses made it perfect.
Somehow after all of that food we still had the audacity to look at the desserts. My son asked if he could have smores. I had no idea what he was talking about until I saw it for myself. A little chimney with graham crackers, hershey’s, and marshmallows. One of the coolest ideas I’ve ever seen. He really got a kick out of it. He is still talking about it.
My wife’s cousin Chris decided to go big time and order the peach cobber a la mode. This thing is cooked in a skillet and brought out to your table. It looked amazing but I was too full to even consider having some. He made his way through most of it and looked like a pretty happy camper.
We all loved eating there. (Even though I didn’t eat again for almost 24 hours.) We pigged out and had a blast with our out of town company. Shawn Danko’s Kooky Canuck lived up to his fabulous reputation and made some fans from San Diego. I know I’ll be going back soon to try the Kookamonga challenge………….maybe. To be continued…