There is really no atmosphere at Memphis. Red velvet material hangs in front of the doors. The upholstery is yellow and faded; the cushions are starting to fall apart
you get the picture.
Its a bar. A bar, as it turns out, with good food. I went for lunch, and it was about 75% full.
The menu is California soul food. I asked the waitress what was best, and she said the Soul Burger. So that was it.
She brought out some cornbread, which was not hot, and kind of hard. I was starving so I ate it, but it wasnt great.
Eventually the burger came out. I got it with a house salad. There was a lot of salad on the plate, and it was surprisingly good. There was a mixed assortment of greens with just the right amount of dressing. It was topped with avocado slices, spicy pecans and sliced jicama. The flavors were very complementary.
The burger was good, too. It was served on a nice grilled roll, and it had melted pepper jack cheese, thinly sliced lettuce and Thousand Island dressing. It was kind of spicy, which kept it interesting. It was cooked medium, as I ordered it, and was juicy and tasty. It was served with a small side bowl of barbecue sauce that tasted like a mix of BBQ and A-1 sauce. I liked it.
The whole thing, including an often-refilled iced tea was $11.05 after tax, before tip.
Memphis is not much to look at, but the food is good, and the servers are helpful and very nice.
Memphis Soul Café and Bar
2920 Bristol Street (just south of Baker)