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Memphis dining experience

Adrian | Sep 7, 200404:37 PM

Memphis dining experience – not too long

A quick post about my Memphis dining and drinking experiences over a two-week visit late last month

Automatic Slims – third visit in recent months – first time was great, service got progressively worst on last visit…menu is now a little dull .

The waiter managed to forget the drinks order – two people in party, and then our entrée order, my entrée was overcooked and dry, to their credit they took it off the check but I won’t go back again any more

Butcher Shop on Front Street my first visit - a good quality old fashioned steakhouse, good friendly service, sparse salad bar , low light conditions though , hard to tell exactly if your meat was cooked the way you want it, although my NY strip was good.

BBQ Shop – first visit - on Madison it lives up to its plaudits – fabulous quick and attentive service and the meat was great too, the BBQ spaghetti was fine ,I am not a great spaghetti fan , but it was OK as a novelty

Blues City Café on Beale – yes –the ribs are surprisingly good there and the service has always been great, my third or fourth visit in recent months

Interstate – two visits - lunch only , good meat ,but will reiterate previous posts – they do tend to over-sauce the meat – again always full , but the service is still prompt and friendly

Cayenne Moon – Front Street – opposite the Butcher Shop - Excellent meal , great service – kept a fellow traveler , a genuine Cajun happy. A good selection of Cajun and Southern dishes – my crab cake was superb, large and flat, moist and flavorful , better than the small hockey puck style other places seem to serve.

Sleep Out Louies – OK , typical bar food , good service for Sunday brunch though , it was deserted

Sawaddi – three visits - Thai – good quality spicy pork appetizer – Nam Prod - , my entrée of roast duck with red curry sauce was excellent during my midweek visit, service and food quality diminished a bit during a weekend visit. – went again midweek and the service was up to the standard of the first visit

Flying Saucer pub - visited twice – a great selection of bottled and draught beers – including some good hefe-weizen and Belgian lambics. – I stayed 2 hours

Pat O’Briens – Beale Street - last visit - they must telephone the atmosphere in here from New Orleans – the beer selection unless you like ‘lite’ beer is pathetic – the barkeeps attitude was also obnoxious.- I stayed about 10 minutes

Do Sushi – Cooper Young first visit - again a so-so meal , I think I am spoiled in the NYC area, I don’t agree with posts and reviews about this place saying it has a broad range of dishes. It seemed pretty limited to me ,the rolls were too small and eclectic in flavor, they should stick to more straight Japanese styles. The unagi and salmon row nigiri were delicious. The sashimi menu was limited and they did not seem to have a lot of fish on hand.

I enjoyed the different décor,, service was OK, in common with a lot of these hot spots restaurants they seem to have a lot of staff milling around ,not so many looking after the diners.

Texas De Brazil – second visit - so-so, the salad bar is good , but there were no standout cuts of meat for me except the roast lamb – the service was very friendly and attentive though on the night I was there.

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