Monday, December 17, 2018

Katie's Kitchen, Germantown, TN

Katie's Kitchen


Katie's Kitchen is a small restaurant in Germantown, on Poplar Pike, just west of Forest-Hill Irene Road across the tracks from where the Equestrian Restaurant used to be. I've been there once before a couple of years ago and went there Saturday for lunch after a rehearsal that near there.

They have a small daily menu, and serve ready to cook meals and a few desserts. Saturday I got a tuna salad sandwich on whole wheat bread and it was really good. The prices are really reasonable. A sandwich, chips, and a drink was only a little over $7.00. I also got a pimento and cheese sandwich to go for later and it was around $5.00 including chips and it was really good also.

There is only one table for indoor dining and one table just outside the doorway for outdoor dining. They are open limited hours, so check their website for that before you head over there. I definitely recommend it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

West Coast Burrito, Horn Lake, MS

West Coast Burrito


West Coast Burrito is a Mexican restaurant at Bullfrog Corner in Horn Lake, in the southeast corner of the shopping center that is at Highway 51 and Goodman Road. I've been there once before on the suggestion of a friend and I ordered dinner from there this past Sunday night.

I got a Cubano Sandwich and a mixed meat chimichanga, both of which were very good. I ordered it at work and at the chimichanga for "lunch" and the sandwich for "dinner." I work a 12 hour night shift and don't eat during the day (I'm usually at home asleep) so sometimes we eat twice in a night.

The chimichanga was huge and really good. I ate half of the sandwich later during the night and the remaining half for lunch the next day. I highly recommend either item. The cost was around $20.00 for both, but that including the Uber Eats fee, so it would a little cheaper if you go to the restaurant.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Casablanca, Memphis, TN



Casablanca is a Mediterranean restaurant with several locations in the Memphis area. Today for lunch I went the east Memphis location on Poplar Avenue just east of Mendenhall, on the north side in front of Whole Foods.

It's a cozy atmosphere and they weren't very busy, but I was there around 3:00 or 3:30 PM, so I was well after the lunch rush.

Randomly, I'll mention that the entrance is on the east side of the building. When I pulled up, the entrance looked like an employee entrance or something. The "open" sign is above a door that is blocked off with tables, and I went to the wrong door at first even though I parked right in front of the entrance. While I was there, several other people came in and they all did exactly the same thing, so apparently the entrance actually doesn't look like the entrance to anyone else either. Not a criticism, just something I noticed.

I know nothing about Mediterranean food, so it was a new experience for me. I tried the "Super Sandwich" which is lamb, beef, and chicken in pita style bread, and it was great. It came with two types of sauce, a hot mustard, and another one I would say was similar to honey mustard. Both of the sauces were good too. I also got a salad as the side item with house dressing which was also good.

The menu listed their tea as the "best in Memphis" and I have to say, that might be correct. According to the menu it's made with ginger, sage, mint, and honey, and it was great.

The total was $17.00 before tip, including the drink and tax, so it wasn't cheap, but definitely worth it for what I got. I will definitely be back and will also try the other locations.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Local on the Square, Overton Square, Memphis, TN



Local is a gastro pub on Overton Square, at the corner of Madison and Cooper, in the building that used to be Yosemite Sam's years ago. They also have a location in downtown Memphis but I've never been to that one.  I've been to the midtown location several times and always had good food. I went there today for lunch and got a burger and a sausage plate, both of which were very good.

Prices are about average for an Overton Square restaurant. The sausage plate was around $12.00 and the burger was around $7.00 I believe. A friend of mine went with me and he owed me some money so he paid and I didn't see the final bill.

I've also had their duck sandwich which is really good, especially since I don't really like duck meat. It's worth a trip if you're in the area.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Casey Jones Buffet, Jackson, TN

Casey Jones


Casey Jones is a buffet (as well as a small shopping plaza and train museum) similar to Cracker Barrel. It's been a Jackson staple for many years. We used to stop there and eat when I was a kid, and it had been there for some time then. It's off of Highway 45, just south of I-55.

This past Thursday I went to Nashville and I stopped there for breakfast on the way. The food is good, but a little over priced in my opinion. The total was somewhere around $16 or $17 per person, which seems to be a little high for a breakfast buffet, but, having said there, this is a pretty good selection of food.

I got some eggs, pancakes, a biscuit with gravy, fried bologna, a breakfast casserole, and polish sausage with sour kraut. It's worth trying if you're in the area. Many people say it's the best buffet around, but I personally don't agree with that, but as I said, what I got was all pretty good.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Mish Mash Time again (in no particular order)

As in the past, this is a list of places I've been recently but I already have full listings for them previously in my blog.

Belmont Grill, Memphis - club sandwich. In my opinion, one of the best in the city.

Cajun Seafood and Grill, Southaven (No web site) - Catfish and fries, pretty good

Caminos de Michoacan, Memphis - Taco and Cheese quesadilla combo, very good

Caminos again - Chicken Pachuga, grilled chicken with a slice of ham and cheese sauce, very good

Dale's, Southaven - Chicken fried steak and my friend and I split a spinach dip appetizer, very good

Fat Larry's, Bartlett - Cheeseburger (western burger I think), very good

Fitzgerald Casino Buffet, :Tunica - A variety of items and a salad, pretty good for a buffet

The Kooky Canuck, Downtown Memphis location - pork chop and it was fabulous

Kublai Khan, Southaven - A Las Vegas Roll and a Crazy Grill Roll, always good

La Playita, Memphis - Chicken quesadilla, pretty good

Neely's BBQ, Southaven location - Barbecue sandwich, very good

Salsarita's, Southaven - Chicken quesadilla, good

South of Beale - Carne Asada Nachos, pretty good

South of Beale, Memphis - Different night, club sandwich, good

South of Beale, Memphis - Yet, a different night, wood fired salmon, fantastic!

Southaven Pizza, Southaven - Small Pizza and cheeseburger, always good

Yang's Deli, Memphis - Finally tried the Chinese food. It was really good, Sweet and Sour Chicken

The Choo, Memphis, TN

The Choo


The Choo is a small family style diner on Southern Avenue at the corner of Semmes Street, in the building where the Buntyn Restaurant used to be. I don't remember where I heard about them but I saw it somewhere and went there today and I can't say enough about this place!

The food was fantastic and the price was great. I ordered baked chicken with pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread, and everything was really good. I got lemonade as a drink and it was really good too. The drink machine wasn't working so I don't know if they normally have soft drinks, but what they had today was sweet tea, lemonade, and water. The menu was written on a chalk board and had several main items, several sides, and two types of desserts, so I assume it changes a little each day.

I got two pieces of chicken, a breast and a leg, and a huge helping of beans and macaroni. They weren't busy; I was the only one in there, but I was there after lunch time and they are only open until 4 PM so I assume they mostly have a lunch crowd. I met who I assume was the owner (I forgot to ask) and he was very friendly. Prices were great. My total including a drink and tax was only $10.87.

One small note, there didn't seem to be any actual parking for the location. I parked in an alley behind the building on Old Southern Avenue, and didn't see any other parking. It didn't appear that you could park on Semmes Street as it's a two lane street. As I left, there was traffic on Semmes and I don't think there was room for street parking.

Regardless, even if you have to park and walk a block, it's definitely worth it. The food was fantastic! Give them a try.

This is the type of place I love to go to. Small independent business with great food and great service.