Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Cupboard, Memphis, TN

The Cupboard


The Cupboard has been around since 1943. They are currently located on Union Avenue just east of Cleveland Street, just down the street from the original location where they moved from 19 years ago. I had been to the old location several times but had only been to the new location once a few years ago.

I ordered the chicken fried steak, one of the Monday lunch specials, and it was ok. It wasn't great, but it was decent. I ordered pinto beans and mashed potatoes as my side items and they were both pretty good.

The chicken was fair, but it didn't seem to have much seasoning on it, so other than the breading, there's wasn't much taste. I'll be back again to try some of their other items and see how they are.

The price was about average. I think my total, including tip and drink was around $15.00.

They are a very popular restaurant so I imagine most of the other stuff is good, and in the past the food has always been good.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Brookhaven Pub and Grill, Memphis, TN

Brookhaven Pub


Brookhaven Pub is a bar and grill on Brookhaven Circle just North of Poplar Avenue, basically behind the Poplar-White Station Memphis Library. I went there this past Friday randomly. I intended to go to Fino's Deli but I didn't realize they had closed, and I wound up here, which is next door to where Fino's used to be.

The food was pretty good. I got a country fried steak and macaroni and cheese as a side. It wasn't great, but it was good and the prices were reasonable. All together including a drink and tax, it was about $13.00, which is cheaper than many other similar pubs. Even though it wasn't great, it was good and the service was really good and the food came out pretty quickly, and I'd still recommended it. I'll be back again to try some of their other items.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Lost Pizza, Southaven, MS

Lost Pizza


Lost Pizza is a regional chain with a location in Southaven on Getwell Road just south of Nail Road, in the shopping center on the southeast side. I had heard good stuff about it and I went there this past Sunday night. I ordered "The Otis" which is the meat lovers basically with several kinds of meat and it was really good.

I also ordered an appetizer to split with my friend that went with me. I got queso, and it was a little different than what most Mexican restaurants serve. It was actually Rotel dip, but I think Rotel is considered to be queso in some places. Either way, it was really good.

The prices were about average. I ordered a six inch pizza and all together including a drink and the appetizer (before my friend paid half and before tip) the total was just under $20.00

A friend of mine told me the other day that she was looking for somewhere with good tamales and they had them on the menu so I asked. One of the guys there told me he really liked their tamales, but they weren't "Mexican style.." He couldn't really explain what he meant so I'll try those next time and see.

Highly recommended!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Young Avenue Deli, Memphis, TN

Young Avenue Deli


Young Avenue Deli is a restaurant on Young Avenue, basically at the corner of Cooper and Young, just west of Cafe Ole. I had never been there before last night, but had heard about it for years.

I ordered the "Politically Incorrect" which is ham, roast beef, and turkey on rye bread with spicy mustard, lettuce, pepperjack cheese, and tomato. It was fantastic. As my side item I got chili cheese fries, and they may have been the best I've ever had. There were several items on the menu that sounded good and it took me a few minutes to decide, but what I got was great!

Prices were pretty good. All together, including the up-charge for the chili cheese fries, the total was $13.00 before tip.

In and effort to be completely honest, the service wasn't spectacular. It was adequate, just not great. I don't need to have my butt kissed when I'm at a restaurant, and to be fair, my order was correct and came out fairly quickly, and she didn't do a bad job, there just isn't anything in particularly positive to say. I chalk that up to "Oh well, it happens every now and then." Overall, I was very pleased, and I will definitely be back. In fact, I was going to go back again tonight, but I wound up meeting a friend at a Chinese buffet.

It's definitely worth a visit!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Milano's Pizza, Collierville, TN



Milano's is a smaller pizzeria in the Carriage Crossing shopping center, near Houston Levee and Bill Morris Parkway (385) across from Sunrise Buick. I went there this past Friday for lunch while I was in the area and it was great. I ordered two slices of sausage pizza, but didn't know they were going to be as large as they were or I would have just ordered one.

It had plenty of sausage on it and was reasonably priced. Two slices and a drink was around $10.00. It's legit New York style pizza. The owner (I assume) even has a Brooklyn accent.

Very highly recommended if you're in the area.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Half Shell, Memphis, TN

The Half Shell


The Half Shell is a Memphis staple, known for their seafood, but they have a good selection of other items also. They are are the corner of Mendenhall road and Southaven Avenue just south of Poplar and the railroad tracks. I went there tonight on the way to a rehearsal. I wasn't extremely hungry and I decided to get a sandwich instead of a full entree.

To my pleasant surprise, they have a Monte Cristo sandwich, and I've been trying for some years to find a good Monte in the Memphis area since Bennigan's closed a few years ago. I've found a few places that have one, but they aren't the traditional fried club sandwich style that I like.

I perused the menu just to see what types of dinners they had and of course, they had a good selection of seafood and steaks. I've been there before, but it had been many years ago. They are not a cheap place, but not badly overpriced either for what you get.

The sandwich I got tonight included a side and I chose steak fries. With a drink, the total was about $13.00 before tip. The sandwich was really good and I will definitely be back!

El Porton, Memphis, TN


El Porton is a Mexican restaurant in Memphis on Poplar Avenue just west of Highland, in the building where Buffalo Wild Wings used to be. I went there yesterday for dinner with some friends.

Apparently they don't have a website so I didn't list one. There are three El Porton restaurants in the Memphis/North Mississippi area and as far as I know, they are all owned or operated by the same family and not related to any of the other El Porton locations in other parts of the county.

I like their food but it isn't one of my favorite Mexican places. They have pretty standard selections just like other Mexican places and their prices are reasonable. That sounds like a mediocre review but it really isn't. Their food is good, they just don't happen to be a restaurant I go to much. For Mexican food, I prefer the small "hole in the wall" type places where most of the employees don't speak English, but El Porton is definitely worth going to if you're near one.

This time I got a chicken quesadilla. The price was about average. For the entree, a cheese dip, and a drink, the total was around $14.00 or $15.00 before tax, which is about the same as most places.