One day I was working near East Parkway and I realized I was close to “Best Wings of Memphis.” I’ve read the review on Dining with Monkeys and I’ve also read Best Memphis Burger’s review. They were pretty much split. I, as always, decided I wanted to check it out myself and form my own opinion.
I heard the lines get really long around lunch time but I was only the 7th person in line when I went. (sarcasm) Anyway the line went very efficiently and quickly. Before I knew it I was at the front of the line placing my order. I ordered the 6 whole wing combo with fries. I took my seat and in less than 10 minutes they told me my order was ready. When I first opened up the box I was blown away by how great it smelled.
The wings looked pretty darn sexy if I do say so myself. I know there has been a little criticism from a fellow blogger about their sauce. I, on the other hand, found it pleasantly surprising. It does have some sort of tomato based sauce to it, but………I loved it. I thought it was messy and fantastic. It was literally finger licking good. It’s not quite as sweet as a honey hot or honey gold, but it does have some sweetness to it. The fries were also great.
I ate these pretty quickly and with my sleeves rolled up. Afterwards I made a quick trip to the restroom for a thorough hand cleaning. It was all worth it though. I am really looking forward to hitting up this spot again to try some other wing flavors or even some of their catfish I’ve been hearing about. The staff is nice and efficient due to the fact the lunch crowd is so large. There were plenty of seats though because most customers seemed to be getting take out orders. Please stop by here and see for yourself. Just remember…. you made need a waterhose or a shower once you are done, but the messiness is all part of the fun.
As you can probably tell from my previous posts I’m a big fan of Vietnamese food. It happens to be one of my favorite cuisines in the world. They often use fresh ingredients and the dishes are very flavorful. A lot of their dishes are influenced by French cuisines. (Google the French rule of Vietnam if you are curious)
It’s been a while since I’ve been to Saigon Le and I wanted a current experience before I wrote about it. Recently my son and I met my wife for lunch. She happens to work very close to some very great places to eat. We agreed that we wanted Vietnamese food and she suggested Saigon Le because they were fast. The lunch crowd is very busy. We walked in and got the last booth available. We happened to be starved to we started off with some great spring rolls with fish sauce. The spring rolls are best when you wrap them in lettuce and dip it in the fish sauce. Don’t be afraid of the smell. Vietnamese fish sauce really does taste great. You won’t be sorry.
For lunch we ordered beef lo mein, shrimp fried rice, and I got Pho Ga. (Chicken Pho). I have had their pho before but I wanted a fresh perspective. Pho is my favorite soup anywhere and I could eat it every day.
The beef lo mein was outstanding. The sauce was nice and flavorful. The shrimp fried rice was also great. It had some nice plump shrimp.
My pho was great! I added lots of fresh vegetables that they always give you. I usually take the white plastic spoon they give you and full it half way with sriracha and halfway with hoisin sauce. Plenty of cilantro, green onion, some bean sprouts, and chiles and I’m set. After some careful consideration I think it’s almost as good as Pho Vietnam. Somehow I think their broth is still a lot better.
All in all we had an awesome lunch. We’ve been back several times since then. They do have a small dining area so if you hit them up during lunch try to make it early because they are packed every single day during the week. They are great people and their food is even better. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Memphis!
My wife and I stopped by Central BBQ after doing the Gibson 5k run downtown. We were both famished. (remember that 5k hunger I was talking about?) We got here pretty late. (Around 9pm) The weather was perfect for patio eating, and there were plenty of people there. I’ve had Central BBQ before, but it wasn’t at any location. It was either catered or at an event. I have been really excited about visiting here for a long, long time. My friend Chris rubs it in my face everytime he goes to eat there. Now I’ve had my chance.
It didn’t take us long at all to pick out our order. I got the half order of pulled pork nachos, and a bag of their pork rinds. My wife got the half slab of ribs. (Half sauce and half dry rub.) We got our drinks and went out to the patio. Like I mentioned earlier the weather was perfect for this. The breeze was very nice and it contributed to the relaxing atmosphere. We snacked on the superb pork rinds while we waited for our food. These were by far the best I’ve ever eaten. (And I’ve tried a lot of chicharones believe me.)
My wife’s ribs looked outstanding. The sauce was nice and tangy while the dry rub was also excellent. You could taste the subtle smoke flavors throughout. These were great ribs.
My nachos were everything great nachos should be. Spicy, gooey, messy, cheesy, tangy, and awesome. For some reason I always find myself leaning towards nachos when I see them on the menu. I guess its the culmination of such great things all served with cheese and chips. The pulled pork was truly great. I could have simply eaten it alone it tasted so good.
We also ordered a large pulled pork sandwich to go with some fries. The staff was very quick, and very nice. They suggested putting the slaw and sauce on the side so we could build out own. They gave us plenty of meat, and it made one hell of a sandwich. Piled high with pulled pork, great slaw, and their nice tangy bbq sauce it was the perfect representation of a perfect Memphis BBQ sandwich.
If you couldn’t tell by my excessive use of positive adjectives I absolutely love this place. I also want to try their other location on Summer Ave. very soon. If have friends or family from out of town please take them here so they can truly experience what great Memphis BBQ is.
I’ve been hearing about Brother Juniper’s for years. I’ve even seen that famous Rachael Ray episode twice. So why has it taken me so long to go there?? Timing I suppose. Recently my wife and I ran a 5k for the Junior League of Memphis. It was just right down the road and it was early. I had secretly planned on going there the minute we signed up for the 5k. After we finished she asked where we were going to eat. Without pause I told her about this great little place that has the best breakfast in Memphis. She was down.
We got there around 9:30am, and this was a Saturday morning. It was packed, of course, and we saw several people outside waiting and drinking coffee. We went inside and the hostess entered out info on her iPad and asked if I would like a text message when out table was ready. (This actually impressed me….a lot.) She said it would be about 45 minutes. This was no problem. We walked over to the Tiger Gift Shop on Highland and looked for some shirts.
About 20 minutes later we ventured back over and we noticed that literally everyone waiting had coffee. I asked an older gentleman and he said to just go to the coffee bar inside and they would give you a cup. We went strait in and got our coffee. He just told us to tell our waitress that we got coffee while we waited. This is actually a genius idea. The other cool thing is that no two coffee cups are alike. It’s like they raided a thousand different garage sales and bought a mug at each one. My cup said CNN, and my wife’s was from some random John Deere dealership in Iowa. (This, too, impressed me….a lot.)
Not long after we got our coffee we got our text saying our order was ready. I put down the jar of Brother Juniper hot sauce I was holding and we were seated. A quick glance at the menu and we both decided what we wanted. I ordered the black bean breakfast burrito with toast and home fries. My wife ordered the French toast with eggs and ham. I had a fairly serious internal struggle when deciding between the home fries and the grits. In the end potatoes won. Next time I shall have grits.
It wasn’t long at all before the food came out. My wife’s French toast looked and tasted spectacular. It was the best I’d ever tried. Her ham and eggs were also good. (She actually ordered 2 extra eggs afterwards. 5k hunger is serious stuff.)
My burrito was big and beautiful. It came with some salsa that I wish I had more of. I also gave it a few shots of the Brother Juniper’s habanero hot sauce I was eyeballing. It was phenomenal. The black beans made it really great. My toast was served with their own jelly which is awesome. Did I forget something……………
POTATOES!!!! These things are addictive. They had a nice crispiness to them. I’m not sure how they cook them, but it tasted like they came from a cast iron skillet. (I could be wrong.) After some ketchup they were perfect.
Our trip to Brother Juniper’s was very nice. It was well worth the measly 45 minute wait we had. The food, the atmosphere, and even the mismatched coffee mugs made this one of my favorite places in Memphis. I’ll be back soon!
On a recent lunch date with my wife and son my wife suggested we try Shang Hai. It is right across the street from my favorite Vietnamese joint. (Pho Vietnam) I had seen the place many times but had never had the pleasure of stopping in. She doesn’t work very far from there and she had been quite a few times. I’m not sure at all what the building used to be. It looks like the Starbucks on Poplar/White Station used to look before they remodeled. I’m sure someone out there could help me with that as it was most likely a chain location. Anyway, back to my story.
The sign out front says that they serve Thai and Vietnamese food. Personally, I’m down with both so I knew I couldn’t go wrong here. When we walked in and sat down I looked around and I immediately picked up on the family vibe. There were several people eating there for lunch. (Always a good sign) The owner came over and handed us some menus and took out drink orders. She was extremely nice. I could see that it is truly a family owned and oriented type business. They knew many of their regulars by name.
We saw many things on the menu that would like to try but we kept it fairly basic for my first trip. We ordered the house combo fried rice. My wife ordered the house combo noodles. I ordered the Moo Goo Beef which came with fried rice and an egg roll. While waiting on our food everyone in the restaurant was visited by a little girl, presumably a grand-daughter of the owner, named Madison. Of course everyone contributed “Awwww’s” and “How cute’s”. This was further testament to the family atmosphere of the restaurant.
Our food came out fairly quickly to my relief. I was pretty hungry!! We all sampled each others dishes and I will say I was very impressed with it all. I had never had moo goo beef before (sheltered I know) and I must say it was great. The rock star of the lunch though was the fried egg roll. It was big, fried, and full of stuff. It had the clear noodles typically inside Vietnamese spring rolls. It also had lots of vegetables and plenty of ground pork. Looking back I might have just ordered a dozen or so of those bad boys and I would have been very content.
All in all I’m very glad my wife suggested Shang Hai. I’m glad to add it to my list of favorites for Memphis eateries. I’m also dying to go back and try the beef noodle soup for lunch. I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves great Asian food.
My Moo Goo Beef
Combo Fried Rice
House Noodles Combo
I’ve been to Pho Saigon exactly three times. I dont’ see my self going anymore. Why should I when there is a far superior Vietnamese restaurant right down Poplar (Pho Vietnam). I know that Pho Saigon is one of the most recognized Vietnamese restaurants in Memphis, and it has been for years. I just want to say that I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food. Their food is not bad. It’s…… ok.
The deal breaker for me is their service. The first time I went was with a large crowd. One of my wife’s friend’s daughters was playing with the chopsticks in the large cup. Every table has one of these cups. Out of nowhere the waitor comes over and takes away the chopsticks from the girl and removes the cup of chopsticks from the table. We were all shocked. Do you know what I had to eat that night? Neither do I. That experience vastly overshowed my meal.
The other two times were during lunch with my wife. We both got the fried pork chop with fries egg, rice, and pickled vegetables. We also got the fried quail and spring rolls. We both had soda’s to drink. They don’t have a fountain so they bring you a can every time you want a refill. Apparently I was thirsy because I actually needed a refill! Imagine that. The waiter seemed irritated that he had to walk all the way to the kitchen and get me another drink. He walked by the table very quickly and wordlessly slammed it down.
The third time we went we ordered water to drink instead. Same guy…….same attitude.
Basically their food is pretty decent, but I didn’t like my experiences there. I’m not saying to stay away. Please, go try for yourself. I wish you luck and I hope you have a better experience than I did.
If you live in Memphis and are a fan of barbeque (who isn’t) you have most likely eaten at the Bar-B-Q Shop. If not, it’s located on Madison Ave in Midtown. (Parking in the rear.) They have been among the barbeque royalty in Memphis in every review for the past few years.
I’d first read about them in the Memphis Flyer’s barbeque rankings a few years ago. They were actually voted the best barbeque sandwich that year. One of the things that stood out was that they use Texas toast rather than a bun. Pretty different for Memphis.
I finally got to eat there a little while back. I stopped by during a busy busy lunch hour and I got my food to go because I was a little pressed for time. I got the pulled pork sandwich (with slaw of course) with fries and beans. They smell inside was outrageous. Your stomach starts growling instantly when you walk in.
They Texas toast actually worked for me. Having a square sandwich somehow seems to hold more meat. Optical illusion? Could be. Anyway, the pulled pork was absolutely great. So were the beans and fries…. The sauce was the only thing I didn’t really care for. I actually would have preferred to go sans sauce. (Which I never do.) It tasted a little too vinegary to me. It reminded me of that yellow barbeque sauce from the Carolinas.
I am pretty anxious to get back there really really soon and try out some ribs. Then some nachos…..and then some chicken. Anyway, overall I really enjoyed my barbeque. Even though I am not a fan of their sauce I’m sure other’s will find me crazy for not liking it. Just my opinion. Anyway, Bar-B-Q Shop is no doubt a Memphis barbeque institution that will stay among the elite for some time. (And that says a lot in the TRUE Barbeque Capital of the World!!)
The story of Jack Pirtle’s is a fascinating one if you haven’t heard it. Long story short one of his employees was the nephew of Harlan Sanders. That’s Colonel Sanders to everyone else. When Jack first started selling chicken it was known as Jack Pirtle’s Kentucky Fried Chicken. When the Colonel got a bit more successful he started imposing rules on restaurant design and side items. Jack Pirtle parted ways and introduced his own fried chicken and menu items. I personally think it was a good choice. Jack Pirtle’s has been a Memphis staple for sometime now.
Their chicken is absolutely outstanding. One of my favorite all time things to order of the Liver and Gizzard dinner box. Their dinner boxes comes with fries, biscuits, and gravy. The biscuits are far far far better than any you have ever gotten at KFC or Popeyes and the gravy…….wow the gravy. It many ways it’s a highlight. It’s great on your biscuit or for dipping your chicken. The chicken is always perfectly fried and juicy.
The next time you want some chicken, and there is a Jack Pirtle’s anywhere near you I implore you to ignore those silly coupons from KFC of Popeyes. Just go strait to Jack Pirtle’s and enjoy some great fried chicken. In 2011 they were voted second best chicken in Memphis behind Gus’s. Both are great in my opinion, but Gus’s doesn’t have a drive thru. Sometimes when you’re in a hurry this fact can make all the difference.
I’ve been hearing about Bhan Thai for sometime now. Literally everything I’ve heard or read has been positive so naturally it was on the top of my “to eat” list this year. This past Saturday seemed like a good night to try it out, so my wife and I decided to go. We arrived at 6pm just before their dinner rush. There was no wait, and we were directed to a table for two in the back corner of the restaurant. Like the other businesses on Peabody, Bhan Thai is in an old house. They have done an excellent job making it feel like a restaurant.
My wife and I had looked the menu up online so we needed no time to place our order. For an appetizer we selected the Appetizer Sampler so that we could sample several things. It comes with Crab Rangoon, Potstickers, Thai Toast, and Egg Rolls. By far, the highlight was the Thai Toast. The menu description describes it as “french toast topped with shrimp and chicken.” All I could say was “WOW.” It was fried to perfection with a perfect texture. It comes with a cucumber salad that is simply outstanding.
For our entrees my wife ordered the Eight Angels. It is a mild dish with sauteed shrimp, chicken, pork, and beef with lots of great vegetables. The sauce that it comes with is very good. Especially when spooned over the furnished white rice.
I chose the Drunken Seafood Combination. It is characterized as “hot” which I assume is hotter than “spicy.” Either way it was just plain dynamite…..and I mean that in the best way possible. It features sauteed shrimp, squid, salmon, and mussels with vegetables in their special hot sauce. I typically skip squid, but this was outstanding. It had a great texture and nowhere near being overdone. The sauce was so good I literally soaked up the residual with my rice and ate it.
Though we were pretty full we still decided we wanted to try their desserts. My wife ordered the Flan over sticky rice with coconut sauce. I ordered their chocolate lava cake with rasberry sauce. Mine was nice, warm, and perfect. I actually don’t eat coconut, but my wife loved her’s. I’ll take her word for it.
Overall we loved our experience at Bhan Thai. I’ve love to go back for lunch sometime soon. Actually, writing this review has made me hungry…. Anyway, please check this place out if you haven’t already. I’m sure you will agree with me, the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Flyer, and just about everybody else who has tried this great restaurant. Truly the best Thai in town.
I enjoy reading the local publications such as Memphis Flyer, Memphis Magazine, and Commercial Appeal’s GOMemphis section. I especially like reading when they do their annual “best of’s” for local restaurants. Like many other people probably do I instantly see if the winner in each category is somewhere I’ve been. More than once I’ve seen Tsunami in the “Best Seafood” category. My wife and I, both lovers of seafood, decided to try it out one Saturday evening.
We made reservations for 7:30 and got there a little earlier. Being a bustling Saturday night in the Cooper Young district parking spaces were scarce, but we got lucky and got a good one right next to the restaurant. I was pretty excited about that, and about eating at another fine restaurant in that area. They were pretty busy when we got there, but our table was ready and waiting for us. I was very impressed by the decor and the whole atmosphere. It’s very modern, but you feel like you can be relaxed here.
For an appetizer we ordered the Crispy Calamari. It was prepared beautiful, and tasted great. I’ve had it at a particular Italian chain restaurant and it was too rubbery. This was not…. It had a very nice texture, and it came with Chipotle Aioli.
For our entrees my wife chose their Roasted Sea Bass with Black Thai Rice. I ordered Lamb with sweet potato risotto. Both were fantastic and plated beautifully. The Sea Bass was cooked nicely and went wonderfully with the rice. My lamb was very tender and the risotto was outstanding.
For dessert we ordered Creme Brule. It was ridiculous…..ridiculously good. Not too sweet, and perfectly creamy. Overall we were really impressed with the place. We loved the cool atmosphere, and the food was great. They are a little on the pricey side, and the portions can be a little small. Overall I definitely recommend checking it out.