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The only pastry that trumps the remarkable cinnamon roll at Bari Ristorante's Sunday brunch, pictured above, is the Nutella roll with bits of chocolate and a subtle hazelnut flavor.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

Five or six years ago, we finally went to Bari Ristorante because one of our co-workers had been nonstop singing the Italian restaurant’s praises. She just wouldn’t stop talking about the cheese with ... more

Dec 5, 2015 3:22 PM Dining Out

Many passed-down family recipes are a bit complicated for today’s busy kitchen cooks, which is one of the reasons I’m so charmed by Mima’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pie. Mima is Memphian Inez Thomas, th... more

Nov 25, 2015 3:29 PM Dining Out


Photos by Destiny Johnson

Café Eclectic reminds me of coffee shops from movies and television shows, but with a twist. Each location (there are three) has a slightly different menu, but I opted for the original restaurant on M... more

Nov 15, 2015 12:03 PM Dining Out

Collins Tuohy and Laurie Suriff sample a little Whimsy at their retail bakery on Poplar Avenue.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

Playing sous chef was simply a hobby for young Laurie Suriff. As a child in Dallas, she honed her culinary skills alongside her mother, baking cookies in their kitchen with a top-secret recipe – the s... more

Nov 11, 2015 11:06 AM Dining Out

When I heard the first frost warning on the news, I headed for my garden in the dark to pick my last two watermelons and an armful of cucumbers. All summer and into fall, my two volunteer cucumber pla... more

Nov 1, 2015 11:12 PM Dining Out

Don't throw away the paper wrapping for the Two Timer, a deep-fried double cheese burger. You will probably need it.

Photos by Darrin Devault

Ubee’s, an ubiquitous college hang near the University of Memphis, is a little hard to find. Only a sandwich sign on Highland Avenue announces delivery service until 3 a.m. and directs drivers into th... more

Oct 25, 2015 6:30 PM Dining Out

My father taught me a lot of lessons growing up. I actually paid attention to his lectures on mixology. Mixing a drink is an important skill, and he wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. As far... more

Oct 22, 2015 2:18 PM Dining Out


Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

Here’s an ironic but exciting food twist: Atlanta Chef Steven Satterfield, whose new cookbook celebrates seasonal cooking with southern vegetables, is coming to Memphis to party at a butcher shop.    ... more

Oct 4, 2015 11:55 PM Dining Out

Pang Xiong travels home to Tennessee during school breaks to help with her family's Yang Farm located near Bolivar.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

One Saturday morning at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market, we asked Caitlin Dupuigrenet, market manager, if there was a vendor she personally thought was amazing but under the radar. She lit u... more

Sep 29, 2015 11:39 PM Dining Out

Chef Derek Smith at the Capriccio Grill plates grilled shrimp garnished with micro-greens on a creamy mound of stoneground grits.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

The staff at The Peabody hotel is well-versed in the habits of visitors to Memphis, and their expertise steered the recent changes at Capriccio Grill, the more casual of two restaurants at the histori... more

Sep 27, 2015 2:36 PM Dining Out

Owner Ermyias Shiberou's son, Addis, tears into a lentil sandwich, a favorite on the lunch menu at Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

 After sharing plump kabobs, soulful stews, and a whole red snapper — fried crispy, head on, and wide-eyed on its plate —tiramisu, the only dessert on Blue Nile’s menu, may seem out of place. Order it... more

Sep 5, 2015 12:32 PM Dining Out


Photos by Justin Fox Burks

Stopping by the True Vine Farm booth at the Downtown Memphis Farmers Market on Saturdays and chatting with owners Frank and Lisa Hart is always a highlight. They’re the warm and personable folks with ... more

Jul 10, 2015 8:00 AM Dining Out


Photos by Justin Fox Burks

So, we were a bit miffed when one of our relatives decided to sneak off to Lakeland alone last month to see the first Sprouts Farmers Market in the area. The original plan was to take us along for the... more

Jul 8, 2015 11:04 AM Dining Out


Photos by Justin Fox Burks

Since we’re cookbook authors and bloggers, not restaurant owners, you just never know where we might pop up. You may find us presenting a three-course lunch at the James Beard House or contributing sm... more

Jul 6, 2015 9:43 PM Dining Out

Loma Pongmee, Micaela Watts, Brendan Larkin, and Jimmy Lewis are ready to bring pour overs, espresso drinks, and morning pastries to Tillman Avenue.

Photos by Pamela Denney

On a very hot Memphis day last week, about mid-morning, I stopped by Relevant Roasters on Tillman near Broad to meet Brendan Larkin, the new sales and marketing director for the specialty wholesale co... more

Jul 5, 2015 9:31 PM Dining Out

Eat and drink inside or outside at The Five Spot, where Chef Kelly English, pictured below, enlivens the menu with uptown bar food.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

A spontaneous Friday night dinner at The Five Spot, a restaurant and bar tucked behind downtown’s Earnestine and Hazel’s, was a magical Memphis moment from the start. A sidewalk table opened up as we ... more

Jul 1, 2015 7:14 PM Dining Out

The Tornado packs quite a punch: mango, pineapple, cucumber, lime, jicama, strawberries, and a straw coated in candy and hot chili powder.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

The words “ICE CREAM” are painted across the front windows of Los Jarochos, a paleteria y neveria (popsicle shop and ice cream parlor) located at 4900 Summer Avenue, and owner Carlos Pavon makes good ... more

Jun 26, 2015 7:31 PM Dining Out


Photos by Justin Fox Burks

“You had to come back! You just had to come back for those Ultimate Hash Browns,” the lively lady called out to us from behind the griddle. We immediately felt like regulars even though we had never b... more

Jun 8, 2015 10:14 AM Dining Out

Popular dishes include biscuit beignets dusted with powdered sugar, above, and an array of eggs and pancakes served in the photo below by Howard Boxley.

Photos by Justin Fox Burks

Memphians who vacation on the Gulf Coast likely know Another Broken Egg Cafe, a wildly popular brunch, lunch, and breakfast franchise that spread quickly into the Florida Panhandle from its original l... more

May 26, 2015 2:24 PM Dining Out

An aquatic theme, including the shapely mermaid above, informs the menu and decor at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill.

Photos by Pamela Denney

The wait for a table at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill was about 20 minutes for lunch last week. No one seemed to mind, except for the mother behind us with the fidgety kids, because the line fit seaml... more

May 17, 2015 5:57 PM Dining Out