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DFW went to Memphis - Report

KKAK | Apr 22, 200411:50 AM

Returning from Memphis today, but wanted to take time to post my report. Thank you to everyone for the suggestions, it was very, very helpful! All in all it was pretty good. However, there was one outstanding meal!! But, I'll save that for the end.

Monday: Arrive in town check-in at the Peabody Hotel. Lovely lobby with absolutely filthy rooms. One word for management - regrout! Sorry got off topic.
Dinner was at Automatic Slims. Didn't feel much like walking around and figured it was easy. Had the wedge salad w/ blue cheese dressing - good. For dinner I had a special with cheese ravioli and grilled shrimp - bad. The shrimp was small and painfully over cooked. The dish was so saturated with chopped cilantro that it was the only flavor captured in the dish. Had two bites and couldn’t tolerate any more. Sad, hungry and defeated I went back to the hotel and stopped at Carpaccio and figured I could handle some linguine with shrimp to take back to my room(usually a safe option) - wrong again. Two maybe three bites and I was so overcome with sodium I swear I saw my ankles swell! So far not doing well with food.

Tuesday: Lunch at the Beauty Shop - YUM! Love the entire concept. You truly feel like you are in an old salon back in the 50's. I even sat in one of the old hair dryer chairs. For lunch I had a tomato, coconut milk, shitake soup that was just heavenly, and a Duck Salad that was quite nice for just a light lunch.
Diner that night was at McEwens on Monroe - Very good. Appetizers consisted of fried green tomatoes and oysters. All good. I had a dinner guest who had steak and I had the shrimp with tomato waffles...definitely a good pairing and an overall enjoyable meal.

Wednesday: This day was just a homerun!! For lunch we dined at the Glass Onion. I love the converted house and the dark purple paint on the walls. It is a very laid back bar & grill environment with fantastic food. Lunch consisted of bruschetta, onion phillo squares and salad. The bruschetta here need to get notable attention. It wasn't your typical bruschetta with just tomato and garlic mash...this was different and spectacular! The toasted baguettes had a large wedge of fresh mozzarella, a quarter of a half of a garlic roasted roma tomato, fresh dried basil and then sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese. I literally could eat this everyday! The onion phillo was just as noteworthy, as the onions were caramelized perfectly and the residue of the oil in the bowl was perfect dipping for the crunchier fried phillo...YUM! I had a Greek salad with grilled shrimp...Automatic slims should take note here. The shrimp was plum, juicy and just perfectly coated with herbs. A really great lunch!!

Dinner: Okay, this is the granddaddy of them all! STELLA! I see where many heard good things, but had not been. All I can say is, go, go and go! Everything I had was excellent and this restaurant is they type that should become a mainstay in the area. First the decor is just simple elegance, clean lines in the decor and nothing foofoo or fluffy. Just classic. The service was amazing and not too attentive. Wines were spectacular with a very diverse not typical list. Food was great...did I mention that?
I had a crawfish bisque with coconut milk (a reoccurring theme I noticed) and it was heavenly...Not heavy, not fishy, just full of flavor. Next I had the Lobster was okay not great, but still good as I think the lobster had been marinated in the lemon ginger dressing, so you missed the true lobster flavor. For dinner I had the special, which was seared scallops, and soft-shell crab...I'll be craving this for weeks. Everything was done perfectly the crab had an amazing flavor and light batter, the scallops were perfectly tender...oh, did I mention the andouille mashed potatoes under the crab? Or the incredible butter sauce that surrounded the plate? The baby asparagus? I finished the evening with a great cup of coffee, as dessert was not going to be an option…too full.

That pretty much sums the trip up. Once again, thanks to everyone for all the suggestions!

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