Friday, August 6, 2010
One benefit of living in a city is great restaurants and Memphis definitely has its fair share. I love supporting locally owned businesses and restaurants. Memphis has recently started a campaign called Project Green Fork and many restaurants have come on board with this. Project Green Fork contributes to a sustainable Mid-South by helping reduce environmental impacts, with a focus on strengthening homegrown restaurants. I also believe the campaign supports local farmers which is great to know that when you dine out, not only are you supporting a local business owner but a local farmer too!
A few of my local favorites:
Restaurant Iris: I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu here. They do occasionally change their menu but my recommendations are: "grilled cheese," sweet corn griddle cakes, raviolo, and the surf and turf. The entrees are pricey but the food and the atmosphere are worth every penny!
Spindini: This is my go to favorite for downtown. I love the layout of the restaurant and it's also a great place to people watch! Jason and I almost always get the Lobster Pizza and the Tuscan Butter=YUM, however I have changed it up on occasion and also love the Tuna Carpaccio, Caramelized Scallops, the Halibut and the Filet. On Monday nights they even have half price pizzas and half price bottles of wine!
Flight: I love the concept of getting to try 3 different small plates which they consider a Flight. They also have drink flights as well...so neat! If only one item on the menu sounds good, you can just get one big entree. I just recently found out that you can actually get one item off the seafood flight, one off the fish flight and so on. Check out their menu for all the details! I have only eaten here twice but you can't beat the food and service.
Itta Bena: Itta Bena is named after a small town in MS and is located above BB King's. When entering the restaurant, you almost feel like you are going to a private place because they do not even have a sign outside. This place has the coolest ambiance and the food is amazing. My favorites are the fried green tomatoes with shrimp and remoulade, scallops with grits, baby spinach salad, and the crawfish mac and cheese. So good and so fun!
You can't forget about dessert!!
My two favorite places are the Cheesecake Corner located downtown in the South Main district and Muddy's Bake Shop located in East Memphis.
The Cheesecake Corner has unbelievable cheesecake in almost any flavor you can imagine. I would recommend splitting one unless you are super hungry because they are very large!
At Muddy's Bake Shop, for only $1.50 you can enjoy a perfectly sized made from scratch cupcake. My favorite is the Strawberry Fields Forever but I have tried a few of the others and they are all delicious.