The Tasteful List 2019
August 30th, 2019
(published in the Daily Memphian)
(photo: One of the biscuits at Sunrise Memphis. Yes. Just one.)
Presenting the Tasteful List 2019 – my ninth alphabetical order of local favorites in one decidedly local man’s opinion. It should be noted that the following are not necessarily endorsed by my Daily Memphian colleague Jennifer Biggs, and definitely not by my physician or the American Heart Association, bless their hearts. By now, what I order comes with a side of several medications. The cliché comes to mind – if I’d known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. Nah, not here. Come on. The very first two choices come with bacon.
A/M Breakfast, Andrew Michael; Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Molly’s, Elwood’s Shells; Bagels, The Bagel; 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 Crosstown, Ghost River, High Cotton, Meddlesome, Memphis Made or Wiseacre; Bi Bim Bop, Kwik Chek, Sunrise; Birthday Cake Sno Cone, Jerry’s; Biscuits, Bryant’s, Sunrise; Breakfast (anything), Blue Plate, Brother Juniper’s, Stone Soup, Sunrise; Boston Cream Pie, Calvary Waffle Shop; Brisket, Elwood’s Shack, Rendezvous; Catfish, Soul Fish; Cheeseburger, Belmont, Earnestine & Hazel’s, Germantown Commissary, Huey’s, The Bluff, Tops; Cheese Dip, Pancho’s; Chicken Salad, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop, Deli On The Square; Chips, Las Delicias; Chopped Steak, Mortimer’s; Coffee, Bluff City Coffee, Otherlands; Corn Sticks, Little Tea Shop; Cornish Hens, Cozy Corner; Crab Cakes, Char, Napa Cafe; Cupcakes, Muddy’s; Deviled Eggs, Bogie’s, Deli On The Square; Donuts, Gibson’s Donuts; Dry Ribs, Rendezvous; Fish and Chips, Brass Door, Celtic Crossing; Fish Pudding, Calvary Waffle Shop; Fried Chicken, Gus’s, Joes’; Fried Green Tomatoes, Cupboard; Fries, Brass Door, Young Avenue Deli; Guacamole, Las Delicias; Gumbo, Elwood’s Shells, Second Line; Hoppin John, Little Tea Shop; Hot and Sour Soup, Mosa; Hot Dogs, 3rd & Court, Elwood’s Shack, Hog & Hominy; Italian Salad, Bogie’s, Deli On The Square, Fino’s, Pete & Sam’s; Italian Spinach, Pete & Sam’s; Meat and Two or Three, Cupboard, Four Way; Miss Mary’s Salad, Frank Grisanti’s; New York Club, Fino’s; Ninja, Kwik Chek; Nuts, Peanut Shoppe; Patio Salad, Half Shell; Patty Melt, Caritas Village; Pizza, Aldo’s, Ciao Bella, Memphis Pizza Café, Pete & Sam’s; Po Boys, Elwood’s Shells, Second Line; Popcorn, Peanut Shoppe; Potato Salad, Bogie’s, Deli On The Square, Fratelli’s, Second Line; Potato Soup, Huey’s; Red Beans and Rice, Half Shell; Salad Sampler, Bogie’s, Deli On The Square, Calvary Waffle Shop; Sausage and Cheese Plate, Rendezvous; Sea Bass, Tsunami; Shrimp Elfo, Frank Grisanti’s; Shrimp Salad, Bogie’s, Deli On The Square; Shrimp Toast, Bhan Thai; Sliders, Bardog, Brass Door, Huey’s, Slider Inn; Steak, Char, Folk’s Folly; Steak Sandwich, Belmont, Half Shell, Huey’s; String Bean (with anything), Formosa; Stuffed Avocado, Little Tea Shop; Tomato Aspic, Calvary Waffle Shop; Turnip Greens, Little Tea Shop; Veal Saltimbocca, Brooklyn Bridge; Vegetable Plate, Cupboard, Four Way, Little Tea Shop; Wet Ribs, Bar B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Germantown Commissary, Interstate; Waffles, Calvary Waffle Shop.
Barbecue Sandwich, Brady & Lil’s, Little Pigs, Pitchfork; 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; Di Niro, Republic Coffee; Fried Shrimp, Anderton’s; Green Pepper Beef, Joy Young; Gumbo, DeJavu; Horseradish Encrusted Grouper, Jarrett’s; Lady Fingers, Seessel’s; Mocha Cake, Carl’s Bakery; Onion Rings, Pig ‘n Whistle; Po Boys, DeJavu; Poo Poo Platter, Luau; Vanilla Soda, Normal Drug Store; Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Saigon Le.
I’m a Memphian, and I find it quite filling.
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