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Buckley's, Memphis

Bill E. Burk | Apr 11, 200509:27 PM

Just in from Buckley's Fine Filet Grill, 5355 Poplar, in east Memphis, just west of the I-240 exit. Had gone there after seeing Earl Ferrell's restaurant show on Ch. 10, knowing full well that restaurants pay Ferrell $1500 to be featured -- thus, the show is an advertisement and not a critique.

That said, I found the 8 oz. filet to be so-so. A cut above an Appleby's or somesuch as that ... but way, way below Houston's, Folk's Folly and even Pete & Sam's, for that matter, which serves one of the finest filets in Memphis despite being known as an "Italian" restaurant.

Salad, so-so. A Cajun appetizer could have been better. What's billed as a "stuffed potato" is actually creamed potato with sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, etc. Different.

Highlight of the dinner was the Cow Chip pie -- ice cream over a warmed cookie.

Prices moderate. Service fairly good.

I've never been one big on ambience, but in Buckley's case, might be advisable to bring your own flashlight in order to read the menu.

I'll think twice before following Good Friend Earl's show.

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