I stopped by Lorenzo’s one day for lunch on recommendation from a friend. She loved the place and said they have great food. Anytime I heard about great soul food I’m usually up for it. I stopped by around 1pm on a weekday and there were two other people eating there. At first I looked around and I didn’t see any menus lying around. I also didn’t see any at the front. After glancing around for a second I finally saw it written in chalk on the wall.
After looking at it I was a little disappointed they were out of neckbones. Soon after I glanced the wall over and made my choices a nice gentleman emerged from the kitchen and took my order. I ordered the fried pork chop with green beans, spaghetti, and corn bread. I was told he would bring it to me, and it would be a few minutes. I sat down and took a look around the place. There is the main seating area when you walk in, and there is also a larger area to the side with a television. It happened to be playing a French film featuring a younger Girard Depardieu. I found it slightly strange but not distracting. After 7 or 8 minutes he brought out my food.
As you can see it looked great. I promptly asked for hot sauce for my porkchop and pepper sauce for my green beans. Then I proceeded to dig in. Everything was great. The corn bread was….. awesome. I hadn’t had good corn bread like that in years. It had no sweetness to it which is how I prefer my cornbread. It was so good, in fact, that I stood up and told the guy how much I liked it. He seemed pleased yet not surprised. He knew.
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal there and the next time I’m in the vicinity for lunch I will definitely make sure to stop by and hopefully they will have neckbones!
Exlines has been infamous for their pizzas in the Memphis area for some time. After thinking about it I realized that the location in Raleigh is the only one I’ve eaten at. I stopped by here a few times for lunch one week when I was working near the area. When I walked in it looked exactly as I remembered it forever ago. The last time I had been I wasn’t even a teenager and Mortal Kombat II was the hottest new arcade game out. (I remember playing it back then.)
Everything inside looked exactly the same. They still had the old pictures of Memphis dignitaries hanging on the walls. (Dick Hawley and Larry Finch for example.) They even had an old Penny Hardaway #25 jersey hanging on the wall from the old Memphis State days. They didn’t have a very large dine in crowd for lunch but they did have several people picking up to go orders. This made for a peaceful lunch. The Olympic basketball qualifier games were on so this made for a good lunch. I ate there three times that week and I tried something different each time I went. Somehow I didn’t order a pizza the whole time even though the smells coming from the kitchen told me I should.
The first day I went I decided on the meatball sub because honestly I was hungry and it sounded great.
It was great! The meatballs were outstanding and the sauce with cheese made it perfect. I definitely recommend trying this one!
The second time I went I wanted something a bit lighter. I had heard the salads were good, but big so I figured I could eat healthier and still get full. I was right. They absolutely put everything on this salad. I got it with chicken strips and it was a perfect salad.
The third day I went I ordered what I had seen lots of people order….. hot wings. I really wanted some that day and I figured why not. They were pretty good. Not as good as Don Don’s down the road but still not bad. I ordered 5 whole wings with fries and I left there a fairly happy camper. With so many excellent hot wing choices in Memphis it’s hard to really compete unless it’s your specialty. Pizza is obviously their’s, but I don’t blame them for trying.
If you every in the Raleigh area and want some great food with super friendly people please stop by. They have been around a long long while and we need places like this to stay around for a while longer. Next time I go I intend to try their pizza and see if they really are the best in town.
While this place doesn’t seem like much to look at; (It’s in a former Arby’s restaurant.) they do have some outstanding and authentic food. I’ve stopped by here for lunch a few times in the past few weeks and I’ve been pleased every time I’ve stopped by. The ladies there are extremely nice. I always order a water with lime and they already remember me by now. The salsa they bring you is fresh and very good.
I’m basically going to list a few things I’ve tried and share some pics. Did I mention they were authentic? On the menu you can order lengua (beef tongue), tripa (tripe or cow stomach), and also menudo. They do not, however, have ceviche. I am currently begging them to start carrying that.
This is the $5 chicken burrito. I’ve also ordered pulled pork and beef. It is huge and fantastic. This paired with some nice chips and salsa really hits the spot.
This is a fantastic ground beef taco salad. I love how they put fresh avacado slices on top.
This is their lengua taco. If you have never tried beef tongue I urge you to do so. If done correctly it tastes like the best beef roast you have ever had. This taco topped with cilantro and a squeeze of lime was perfect.
Of course I’ve gotta try the nachos! The avacado slices were very welcome on here as well as the wonderful cheeses. I’ve eaten this several times.
This is their menudo! I happened to order it on a very hot day. I added the cilantro, diced onions, and a squeeze of lime to make it an excellent soup. I was glad to see it on the menu as so many local Mexican restaurants aren’t authentic enough.
What this place lacks on overall decor and aesthetics they more than make up for in taste and authenticity. If you are every trekking down Austin Peay please stop by here. They are friendly and the food is great! You will not be sorry.
I have to thank my mother-in-law for recommending this fine eatery. She had been with some friends and really liked it. When she suggested it I remembered having read a few reviews about it so obviously I was interested. So my wife, son, mother in law, and I set off on a Saturday evening to eat there and try some of their Dim Sum.
Walking in I was completely impressed by the size of the place. They have plenty of seating with very high ceilings making it seem very spacious. The have some beautiful artwork on the walls. Once seated I glanced over and saw a picture featuring a woman (I assume an owner) with Emeril Lagasse. I’m not sure why but this made me pretty excited. I will tell you now that I really enjoyed my experience there so bear with me because this post will contain plenty of pictures.
The dim sum menu (pictured above) was full of some great food. We were pretty hungry and knew ahead of time we would have some leftovers so we ordered a lot. We ordered the following from the dim sum menu: Steamed Pork Bun, Chicken Feet, Shrimp & Chive Dumpling, Hong Kong Style Egg Roll, and Fried Eggplant stuff with Shrimp. For entree menus they have two. They have their usual Americanized Chinese menu. (Don’t even bother) They also have the Authentic Chinese Cuisine menu. (Please ask for this one if they don’t give it to you.) From this menu we ordered the Crispy Prawn with Spicy Salt, Salted Fish Fried Rice, and the House Combo Noodles.
(Fried eggplant stuffed with shrimp)
(Steamed pork buns)
(Dumplings with shrimp and chive)
Everything, I mean everything, was exceptional. The one thing I failed to get a decent pic of was the Hongkong Style Egg Roll. I truly regret this because it is by far the best egg roll I have ever eaten. I mean it. It was stuffed with shrimp and I admit I hogged it and ate three. It was phenomenal.
Here are the pics from our entrees. Each was exceptional. The prawns come with the heads on. (if that’s your thing) I also would encourage you to get a bite of jalepeno with the shrimp. (Makes it even better in my opinion.)
The house noodles came with large egg noodles. It had beautiful pieces of bok choi, and other vegatables. It had beef, pork, shrimp, and chicken. Just completely delicious.
The salted fish fried rice is not for beginners. It does have a faint fishy smell, but please believe me it is worth it. I have had this at New Asia in Germantown. I thought it was just as good, if not better, than New Asia. It had nice salty pieces of fish and it’s superb.
I told you there would be lots of pics! As you could probably tell I loved this place. All this food with a tip was just over $70. Not bad at all if you ask me. Although I’m not in that area very often I will definately make sure I find an excuse to head over there soon. Did I mention they have Bubble Tea???!!!??? If you haven’t ever tried bubble tea then nothing I can say will do it justice. The “bubbles” area actually tapioca pearls. It can be made in a combination of my fruilt flavors or even red bean….if that’s your thing. Unfortunately they were out of tapioca pearls when we went and trust me it just isn’t the same without it. Asian Palace has just made it to the top of my list for Authentic Asian restaurants anywhere!
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.
My wife and I decided to try out Red Fish last night. We had heard several good things about their sushi from my brother in law ( who happens to be a sushi chef). The location was formerly Hunan Pacifica if I recall and I hadn’t been there since Red Fish moved into the spot.
They were pretty busy but not too packed. They have some nice seating arrangements inside. In the middle they have this large elevated boat you can sit in. They had two tv’s mounted on the wall but it would have been nice to have a few more.
My wife and I both made our way through the menu pretty quickly because we were pretty hungry. She ordered the Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura Dinner, and I ordered the Sushi Deluxe Dinner. We also ordered their Red Snapper Sashimi.
Both of our dinners came with the standard house salad with ginger sesame dressing and a choice of clear or miso soup. Both were pretty average, but I was really happy when the Snapper Sashimi came out. It was done beautifully and tasted great.
When our entrees arrived I was pretty impressed with the portions. My wife’s plate was stacked high was nice tempura battered shrimp and vegetables. It came with a nice sized bowl of (great tasting) fried rice and some dipping sauce.
Mine came with a California Roll and 8 pieces of “Chef’s choice Nigiri.” The fish was so nice and tasty. As you can see below the presentation was great as well. ( It didn’t stay that way for long.) I tore into it pretty quick.
The total bill wasn’t too bad. I put it on par with Sekisui or Mikado and the atmosphere was better in my opinion. It’s at the corner of Hwy 64 and Houston Levee in Lakeland. If you are out that way, I suggest you check it out!
I’ve always been a huge fan of Italia Pizza Cafe. I actually used to work near here and “Lonnie’s” as we called it got a lot of business from us. During my usual lunch stops I tried quite a few items from his menu. One of my favorite’s being the bruschetta. It, honestly, is the best I’ve ever had. I often am tempted to take the 30 minute drive across the state line to indulge.
There are a few other items I want to mention. If you order any of their great pasta dishes, I would recomment adding a side of their garlic knots. They are outstanding. They are the perfect compliment to their awesome lasagna.
Don’t forget about their pizza! I’ve tried several and my personal fave is a bit of an oxymoron. I like their veggie pizza, but I add sausage. The first time i ordered this I got a strange look, but they got used to it. They literally add tons of vegetatbles. Far more than if you get another pizza.
If you ever get to meet Lonnie Tant himself, he is such a nice guy. I once had a company party at his Southaven location and his staff was outstanding and very accommodating. I understand they have added a second location in Olive Branch. I urge you to stop in the next time you’re in Desoto County and want some great Italian.
You can visit their website here http://www.italiapizzacafe.com
Memphis, TN – The barbeque capital of the world. If you are going to open up a barbeque restaurant here you had better have either a few trophies or some damn good barbeque. Allow me to tell you about Morris Grocery. It’s not a place you may have heard of. It’s a big of a local secret. It’s been around a while, and if you read the annual Commercial Appeal’s barbeque best section you will have heard of this place. That’s because in 2010 they were voted best barbeque sandwich in Memphis. Yes, you read that right. In the city with the best pulled pork anywhere they pulled the top rank. Allow me to show you a couple pics of this beautiful sandwich.
If that doesn’t get your motor going, I don’t know what will. I have known about Morris’s Grocery for quite some time. Long before their status was upgraded by the CA. It’s a pretty rundown looking spot that sits on the top of a hill at the crossroads of Macon Road and Mt. Pisgah. Their address is Eads but I always thought it was part of Cordova. As far as I know they are only open during the day. Even though the name says “grocery,” I haven’t seen much inside that would qualify that name. If you are looking for an outstanding barbeque sandwich and perhaps a nice 40 then this is your place. (There always seem to be a guy sitting under the tree outside drinking one of these 40′s. Pretty nice fellow)
Anyway, when you walk in it is pure bliss. They know why you walked in, and it ain’t the few loaves of bread or chips they sell. It’s the barbeque. Please please please if you go here say YES to slaw on your sandwich. It’s great!. Also prepare for a nice hose down after you’re done, or at minimum a dozen wet naps. It’s a messy sandwich, but the best ones always are. The meat is the highlight of the sandwich, and as you pull in you can see the smokehouse out back where it’s made. The sauce is probably made out back too.
That’s all part of the charm. A legendarily good sandwich that’s super messy. It’s a bit of a dive, but with BBQ this good…. who cares? Really? I know it’s a bit out of the way, so I’m not going to say “if you’re out this way” because not many people are. I want to end this post by suggesting you google this place, pick an afternoon, and go there. (The smell of the smokiness from the meat tends to linger on your fingers all day.)
I have to give my dad full credit for finding this gem. He had been raving about this place since it opened, but we never got the chance to get out there and try it out. Finally, one Sunday morning my wife, son, and I headed out to visit my dad and step-mom in Mason. He quickly suggested we eat at Braden Station because it was the Sunday that they were open that month. (Apparently they have really confusing hours of operation and they rotate Sundays.)
I wasn’t sure what to expect besides good food. I will say that I was completely impressed once we got inside. They had tons of interesting decorations all over the place. Ranging from antiques to a stop sign. They turned this old train station into something magnificent.
This particular Sunday they had seafood on their buffet. I was glad to see they had a wide variety of things available, and a few things I didn’t expect at all. I’ve been to quite a few buffet’s in my day and I will say this one was by far one of the best. Most, if not all, of the items were very fresh, and as busy as they were there was always someone bringing out fresh batches of fried catfish, hush puppies, and my favorite… fried oysters. I don’t know about you but until I walked in this place I had not ever, ever eaten fried oysters from a buffet. They were done perfectly. I was afraid that they would end up half cold and chewy. Thankfully not. They were great. One of the best things on the buffet was pickled green tomatoes. This was another first for me. I must have gone back 3 or 4 times for this stuff. It was just…. perfect. Between the lot of us we probably managed to sample the entire spread, and we all walked away stuffed and thoroughly satisfied.
I thanked my dad for recommending this place. We all plan to go back very soon. If you are ever out that way and they happen to be open, (i.e. The third crescent moon that lands on a Tuesday following a solar eclipse), you should most definitely stop by as you will not be sorry.
Ok, so if you are from Memphis you’ve likely tasted some of the best barbeque in the world. Another fun factoid is that if you ask ten Memphians what their favorite BBQ joint is you could possibly get ten different answers. Also, if you are not from Memphis and are visiting you probably have heard of a few places around town.
I recently had some family visiting from Indiana and they said they wanted to eat some good barbeque. I told them to take your pick, and they asked about Interstate Barbeque. It’s been featured with Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray, and Alton Brown to name a few. Between that and the fact that the Neely’s have their own show now it’s had plenty of positive exposure. Since I had been there before and liked it I told them I would be happy to take them there.
Interstate Barbeque is literally located off the interstate on Third Street. It’s not the fanciest of places, but in my experiences the less fancy a BBQ place looks the better the BBQ. It was a Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t too busy. We got seated right away, and as we made our way through to our table the wonderful smells took us over.
I told them they must have the BBQ spaghetti and the bologna if they had nothing else. We ended up ordering a huge sampler type platter. It had all their greatest hits. It had their famous BBQ spaghetti, sausage, bologna, ribs, and wonderful pulled pork. I’ve read several reviews from people who didn’t like their sauce. This is always a pretty sensitive subject in Memphis. I happen to love their sauce. It is what good Memphis barbeque sauce should taste like. My out of town visitors were very impressed as was I.
I’m glad Interstate Barbeque lived up to their reputation. It was a great experience, and I’m sure I’ll be back soon!