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#1 Post by George Hejna » July 17th, 2015, 8:37 am

Did a search and did not see anything.

Looking for recommendations (not BBQ).

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#2 Post by J a y H a c k » July 17th, 2015, 9:20 am

My Memphis friend says he likes the following in order, not BBQ:

www.feliciasuzanne.com

www.ejensen.com

www.restaurantiris.com
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#3 Post by peyton everett » July 17th, 2015, 11:54 am

Highly recommend Restaurant Iris. I've only been once but it was top notch, and everybody else that I know has had a similar experience. Wine list was nothing to write home about when I was there, but corkage was only $15 IIRC.
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#4 Post by Will F » July 17th, 2015, 12:05 pm

Hog + Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, almost next door to each other are both great.
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#5 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » July 17th, 2015, 6:15 pm

From a chef bud in Memphis: Felicia Suzanne, Restaurant Iris, Andrew Michael's Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, Porccolino's, Tsunami & Interim.
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#6 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » July 18th, 2015, 10:00 am

My buddy also said you do have to enjoy one BBQ place while in Memphis: Payne's.
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#7 Post by George Hejna » July 18th, 2015, 12:20 pm

Been to Iris, going to try Felicia Suzanne this time. Thanks for all the help!

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#8 Post by peyton everett » July 21st, 2015, 8:55 am

George, how was your dinner at Felicia Suzanne? Might give this one a shot next time I'm in Memphis.
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#9 Post by George Hejna » July 21st, 2015, 9:04 am

It's tomorrow night. I will let you know.

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#10 Post by Jason Crawford » July 21st, 2015, 7:15 pm

Skip Felicia Suzanne and go to Restaurant Iris. Try Fino's for lunch as it has the best Italian sandwiches I've ever tried. Check out Buster's and Kimbrough for single barrel bourbon selections. BBQ from Central or Germantown Commissary.

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#11 Post by Joel W » July 23rd, 2015, 12:56 pm

Jason Crawford wrote:Germantown Commissary.
I know you didn't ask for BBQ.... But this is an answer to one of your meals.

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#12 Post by George Hejna » July 24th, 2015, 12:57 pm

Felicia Suzanne was OK. Nothing special. Wine list was tiny. Food was OK. Wouldn't go back. Iris was much better.

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#13 Post by Jim Brennan » June 1st, 2018, 6:58 pm

Went to Iris, Bari, and Hog & Hominy... enjoyed them all. Oh, and after Bari or Iris, make sure to head over to Lafayette's for music after dinner.

My son decided to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, so this will probably become a regular thing for me. :)

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#14 Post by Todd Hamina » August 21st, 2020, 4:10 pm

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Went to Iris, Bari, and Hog & Hominy... enjoyed them all. Oh, and after Bari or Iris, make sure to head over to Lafayette's for music after dinner.

My son decided to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, so this will probably become a regular thing for me. :)
Anything new in Memphis that could be reco'd, and Jim- does your son enjoy Rhodes? We will be there in a couple weeks to check it out. Thanks.
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#15 Post by Jim Brennan » August 22nd, 2020, 5:35 am

Todd Hamina wrote:
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Went to Iris, Bari, and Hog & Hominy... enjoyed them all. Oh, and after Bari or Iris, make sure to head over to Lafayette's for music after dinner.

My son decided to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, so this will probably become a regular thing for me. :)
Anything new in Memphis that could be reco'd, and Jim- does your son enjoy Rhodes? We will be there in a couple weeks to check it out. Thanks.
Todd, yes, he enjoys Rhodes. There are some profs who he was very complementary regarding from his freshman year seminar. He also started a club at Rhodes, and it wasn't ridiculously difficult to do. Biggest downside was probably the food... they've been a bit challenged with the food service for the main cafe. Personally it didn't bother me when we visited (i mean, hey, it's college cafeteria food), but it's a bone of contention. The school has been trying to improve, but they're in the midst of a contract, so the food service probably has them by the short hairs a bit. Other things... The President is very proactive with her communication, and the school is quite reasonable with it's approach to difficult decisions... as an example, they decided about a month or two ago to go remote for Fall. They gave students the option to attend remote, defer fall, or defer the year. If they choose to defer, Rhodes will hold their scholarships. I know that someone else here mentioned their kid was going to UMass-Amherst and essentially the school was threatening kids scholarships if they didn't attend. Quite the contrast... and Rhodes was very proactive with this offer.

Memphis as a town is obviously big enough to provide plenty of things to do. Overton Square just south of the college past the zoo is pretty close and nice to go to with some restaurants, bars, etc. There ARE areas to be careful in (as you can imagine with any urban area), but the college is in a strip down the middle of the memphis area that's pretty nice with relatively few exceptions. They also have a pretty cool music festival downtown on the riverfront in early May (canceled this year, of course): https://www.memphisinmay.org/events/bea ... -festival/. Oh, and the National Civil Rights Museum downtown (built around the Lorraine Hotel where MLK was assassinated) is a must (assuming it's open). Give it some time (we spent 3-4 hours and probably could have easily spent more).

So what i can't tell you is if there are new restaurants worth checking out. My son decided he wanted to go overseas for his Sophomore year, and so he studied in Salzburg Austria. Well, since Covid has pretty much made a mess of the US (and not Austria), and because the college offered to let them defer a year, he enjoyed Austria so much that he deferred the coming year at Rhodes and actually enrolled in the University of Salzburg. So he's staying there for the next year. Which means that we haven't been to Memphis since May/June 2019. There are two places that look like interesting hangouts for a beer (Railgarten and Casual Pint) but I haven't been to either per above. Oh, and not mentioned on my list (but definitely mentioned by others) is the Commissary BBQ in Germantown. Not sure about during Covid, but traditionally this place is tough to get into (people line up). We hit it during lunch on a weekday. :)

If you're son is interested, I'm sure Conor will be willing to correspond and give him his two cents on Rhodes directly. Fwiw, Conor also applied and was accepted into to some places out in your neck of the woods (Reed and Whitman). Ultimately he chose Rhodes over those because it provided much better scholarship offers. Reed plays soak the upper middle class and really only offers need based scholarships, and Whitman offered about $10-12K less based on what I recall (in general, midwest liberal arts colleges provide quite a bit more scholarship money than east or west coast). Conor also looked at a number of other liberal arts colleges in the midwest... aside from Rhodes (and Reed, which he really liked, but simply wasn't practical at $70K/year all up with no scholarship $$) his other favorites were St Olaf (MN), Kalamazoo College (MI), and Lawrence University (WI). At the end, he basically found it nearly impossible to choose because liberal arts colleges feel like... liberal arts colleges. He thought seeing more would help, but it actually made it more difficult. :) He finally selected Rhodes on June 1 (which was the drop dead date). My point being, if you're looking more generally at the midwest/upper south for school, these are all excellent colleges.

Feel free to ping me directly via the message system if you are interested in more info about these or others (we looked at probably 15 private liberal arts colleges, mostly in the midwest). :)

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#16 Post by Todd Hamina » August 22nd, 2020, 6:46 am

Thank you Jim! Your detail is a wonderful surprise.
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#17 Post by Jim Brennan » August 22nd, 2020, 8:23 am

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Thank you Jim! Your detail is a wonderful surprise.
No worries Todd... happy to help / provide insight in whatever way I can. It's doubly challenging this year looking at schools (I know, my daughter is a Senior). :)

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#18 Post by Todd Hamina » August 23rd, 2020, 7:52 am

We are driving my daughter back to her college in Savannah and my son is coming along to check out Tulane and Rhodes. He did freshman year at Quest U. In BC, Canada but will be transferring somewhere this Spring. Tough time to be a student too.

Curious to see how it all unfolds.
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#19 Post by Todd Hamina » August 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am

Oh, and for sure eating at Cozy Corner again! (ThanksJR)
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#20 Post by Jim Marmion » August 23rd, 2020, 11:58 am

Todd, I've been based in Memphis for the last ten years. The city was always a little odd in that it had a dearth of the type of flagship restaurants normally found in other towns but we've seen a few changes lately. Restaurant Iris generally pulls the most plaudits. We've also seen a raft of new places opened by Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman: their original Andrew Michael in East Memphis, the Southern pizza joint Hog n Hominy (currently being renovated after a fire) and a trio in the downtown area, Catherine and Mary's urban chic, seafood restaurant the Gray Canary and French brasserie Bishop.

Having said this I favor a couple of different spots when going out myself. The Beauty Shop in midtown Cooper Young is entertaining and quirky (it's at the salon where Priscilla Presley would get her hair done and they've retained the old school dryers above some of the seats). Decent brunch. I also like a small neighborhood place Ecco on Overton Park in leafy backstreets a couple of minutes drive from Rhodes College. Nothing too fancy but it's convivial. Also there's Bounty on Broad, family-style dining on renewed Broad Street just east of Overton Park. May also be worth looking in - if you're after a quick bite - at one of the places in the newly renovated Sears building (an unmissable giant structure just off the parkway two or three minutes west of Rhodes). Note of course that all of these places are currently "COVID-ing" and so I cant vouch for how seamless your experiences are likely to be.

You didn't say what your son was thinking of studying but it could be worth mentioning that I know one of the chemistry profs at Rhodes pretty well. She is also a huge fan of Oregon pinots - so potentially some common ground there!

Final thought: local wine shop Joe's Liquors hosts a large tasting event at the end of every February "A Taste of Oregon" with a good many growers coming down to join in. An excuse to visit again should you all decide you're taken with the place. Happy hunting!

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#21 Post by Todd Hamina » August 23rd, 2020, 7:04 pm

Thank you too Jim!

He's considering Political Economy, but does enjoy Chemistry. I study up your reco's. Cheers.
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#22 Post by Robert Dentice » August 26th, 2020, 7:14 am

We dined at Catherine and Mary's last night. Thought it was excellent. The same team has another restaurant called Gray Canary that looks good and based on our meal at C&M I would think it would be great.

And don't miss Hustle and Dough for coffee, light breakfast or lunch. The hotel it is in also looks nice, I wish we would have stayed there.
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#23 Post by Nick Gangas » October 5th, 2020, 6:42 pm

So I guess we are going to Memphis later this month. Looking for a Bbq place or 2. I've already read above so I see those reccos. Also a cool southern restaurant.

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#24 Post by Jim Marmion » October 5th, 2020, 9:39 pm

I'm not much of a one for BBQ but the Mrs tells me either the Cozy Corner (referenced above) or the Bar-B-Q Shop on Madison.

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#25 Post by Todd Hamina » October 5th, 2020, 10:05 pm

Cozy Corner is a reason I want to go back to Memphis.
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#26 Post by F.Daner » October 12th, 2020, 12:42 pm

Nick- for southern restaurant I highly recommend Chef Kelly English 2 restaurants

Restaurant Iris and Second Line. They are more New Orleans influence than true southern influence but they are terrific.

I also 2nd the reco from Robert on CM. I'll ask around for some bbq reco's.
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So I guess we are going to Memphis later this month. Looking for a Bbq place or 2. I've already read above so I see those reccos. Also a cool southern restaurant.
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#27 Post by Jason Crawford » October 13th, 2020, 5:54 pm

We rolled into Acre on Saturday night a few years ago. Wally Joe was in the kitchen and he did a tasting menu for us. Truly one of the best meals we ever experienced.

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