A Tasteful List 2015

September 17th, 2015

Another sweet and savory year has gone by since we last sat down together at table. Once again, I’ve made a list of my favorites – all good if not good for you – and I’m sharing it with you.

As homegrown temptations grow every year, it becomes increasingly difficult to eat responsibly, but, then, responsibility has never gone down well in Memphis.

As usual, no advice is offered beyond the list itself, no side dishes of pretension, but I do have one snarky question.

Who’s behind the design trend making restaurants noisier than rock concerts?

Enjoy, Memphis. This is home cooking.

As published in The Memphis Daily News, September 18, 2015, and in The Memphis News, September 19-25, 2015

(photo: Oshi’s Chop Shop Burger – Angus beef, tomato confit, Parmesan crisp, house steak sauce, truffle aioli, Dijon … stop … just stop it.)

Chop Shop Burger At Oshi


Presenting the fifth helping of the Tasteful List, updated for 2015 – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

Could I get another napkin over here?

A/M Breakfast, Andrew Michael; Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Café Society, Molly’s; Baguettes, La Baguette; Barbecue Pizza, Coletta’s, Elwood’s Shack, Pete & Sam’s; Barbecue Salad, Bar-B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Germantown Commissary; Barbecue Sandwich, Bar-B-Q Shop, Interstate, Payne’s, Tops; Barbecue Spaghetti, Bar-B-Q Shop; Beacon Salad, Pete & Sam’s; Beer, Cash Saver, anywhere serving Ghost River, High Cotton, Memphis Made or Wiseacre; Birthday Cake Sno Cone, Jerry’s; Breakfast (anything), Blue Plate, Brother Juniper’s; Boston Cream Pie, Calvary Waffle Shop; Brisket, Elwood’s Shack, Rendezvous; Catfish, Soul Fish; Cheese Dip, Pancho’s; Cheeseburger, Belly Acres, Belmont, Caritas Village, Earnestine & Hazel’s, Hog & Hominy, Huey’s, Mac’s Burgers, Oshi, Tops; Chicken Salad, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop, Ecco, La Baguette; Chile Rellenos, Los Compadres; Chips, Las Delicias; Chopped Steak, Mortimer’s; Coffee, Bluff City Coffee, Relevant Roasters, Republic Coffee; Collards, Hog & Hominy; Corn Sticks, Little Tea Shop; Cupcakes, Muddy’s; Dry Ribs, Rendezvous; Egg Drop Soup, A-Tan; Eggplant Casserole, Cupboard; Fish and Chips, Brass Door; Fish Pudding, Calvary Waffle Shop; Fried Chicken, Gus’s; Fried Green Tomatoes, Cupboard; Fried Rice, Bhan Thai, Saigon Le; Fries, Bounty, Brass Door, Huey’s, Oshi; Guacamole, Las Delicias; Gumbo, Déjà Vu, Second Line; Hoppin John, Little Tea Shop; Hot and Sour Soup, Shanghai; Hot Dogs, Elwood’s Shack, Hog & Hominy, Oshi; Italian Salad, Bogie’s, Fino’s, Pete & Sam’s; Italian Spinach, Pete & Sam’s; Knuckle Sandwich, Iris; Lyonnaise Salad, Café 1912; Mac & Cheese, Mac’s Burgers; Meatloaf, 3 Angels; Miss Mary’s Salad, Frank Grisanti’s; New York Club, Fino’s; Nuts, Peanut Shoppe; Patio Salad, Half Shell; Patty Melt, Huey’s, The Farmer; Pizza, Aldo’s, Ciao Bella, Memphis Pizza Cafe; Po Boys, Déjà Vu, Second Line; Popcorn, Peanut Shoppe; Potato Salad, Bogie’s, Fratelli’s, The Farmer; Potato Soup, Huey’s; Pot Roast, The Farmer; Salad Sampler, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop; Sausage and Cheese Plate, Rendezvous; Sea Bass, Tsunami; Shrimp and Grits, Sweet Grass; Shrimp Elfo, Frank Grisanti’s; Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce, Saigon Le; Shrimp Salad, Bogie’s; Sliders, Bardog, Brass Door, Slider Inn; Souflima, Jim’s Place; Steak, Folk’s Folly; Steak Sandwich, Half Shell, Huey’s; Stuffed Avocado, Little Tea Shop; Stuffed Quail, Bounty; Surf and Turf, Iris; Tomato Aspic, Calvary Waffle Shop; Turkey Burger, Booksellers Bistro, Huey’s; Turnip Greens, Little Tea Shop, The Farmer; Vegetable Plate, Cupboard, Little Tea Shop, The Farmer; Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Saigon Le; Wet Ribs, Bar B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Germantown Commissary, Interstate; Waffles, Calvary Waffle Shop; Wonton Soup, Saigon Le.

In memoriam:

Barbecue Sandwich, Brady & Lil’s, Little Pigs, Pitchfork; Biscuits and Gravy, Ferguson’s; Black Bottom Pie, Dobbs House, Toddle House; Chess Pie, Seessel’s; Chocolate Malt, Wiles-Smith; Club Steak, Bill and Jim’s; Coconut Ice Cream, Tropical Freeze; Crabmeat Justine, Justine’s; Fried Shrimp, Anderton’s; Green Pepper Beef, Joy Young; Horseradish Encrusted Grouper, Jarrett’s; Lady Fingers, Seessel’s; Mocha Cake, Carl’s Bakery; Onion Rings, Pig ‘n Whistle; Poo Poo Platter, Luau; Vanilla Soda, Normal Drug Store.

I’m a Memphian, and well fed.


I'm a Memphian by Dan Conaway

If you don’t read it, I’ll read it to you.

The book is available in print online and all over town and now in audio online at Amazon, Audible and iTunes, read by the author – columns, comments and character references for a city filled with it and often absolutely full of it. Take a look or a listen.



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