Saturday, August 18, 2018

Neely's Barbecue, Southaven, MS


Neely's is a local family owned barbecue chain that has several locations. The one in Southaven is closest to me, although I've been to all the locations at one time or another in my life, but hadn't been to one in a long time until today.

I met a friend there for lunch today and I was impressed. I don't know how much it was because my friend picked up the tab, but the menu prices appeared to be about average.

I got a barbecue sandwich and fries but didn't take a picture of the fries. Both items were really good and I especially thought the fries were good.

The only negative thing I have to say is one of the workers was "sagging" his pants and I personally don't think that's appropriate in a retail setting, but other than that, the experience was great.

Shelby Forest General Store, Millington, TN

Shelby Forest General Store


Shelby Forest General Store is exactly what it sounds like, a general store in Shelby Forest, at the corner of Benjestown Road and Bluff Road. I had heard several times that their food was really good so I decided to give it a try. I went there this past Monday 8/13 for lunch and got a cheeseburger and fries and it was very good. They have a number of other things on the menu, plus they are a general store so they have many other items for sale. I definitely plan on going back to try some of their other selections.

I have no idea what the "table of honor" is. I should have asked!

I also went and sat in the park for a little while, which was a really nice experience. It was Monday afternoon so there wasn't much going on. It's worth mentioning that their park restrooms are climate controlled, so it was hot and uncomfortable.

Brickhouse Buffet, Bartlett, TN

Brickhouse Buffet


Brickhouse is a new buffet on Bartlett Boulevard, just south of Stage Road, in the shopping center where the Bartlett Cinema theater is.

I went there last Saturday 8/11 with a friend on his suggestion. Most everything I got was pretty good. They had one item, barbecued pork, that I didn't care for much, but everything else I got was good.

I don't remember exactly how much it was, but it was average for a buffet. It seems like it was around $13 or $14. I definitely recommend trying it if you're in the area.

On a side note, I ran into two different people that I hadn't seen a while, a friend from high school and her husband and a friend from church and his wife.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lotaburger, Memphis, TN



Lotaburger is a small burger shack on Third Street in Memphis just south of Mallory Avenue, directly across the street from Jim Neely's Barbecue. I've heard about it many times but never been there before today. They don't have a dining room; it's all to go orders only.

I had heard that it was the "best burger in the mid-south" so I wanted to try it. I'll be honest, it was good, but definitely what I'd rank as the best. Also, it was kind of pricey. I got a double cheeseburger combo and I'm pretty sure the menu said $8.99 including a drink, but apparently that doesn't include cheese, which cost almost a dollar for 2 slices, or 57 cents for seasoned fries (the menu did say there was an upcharge for seasoned fries), or an unspecified $1.50 charge for something, plus 50 cents because I used a credit card. All together, for just a double cheeseburger combo, it was almost $14.00.

All in all, that's not that bad considering I went to Wimpy's not long ago and spent almost the same amount for a mediorce burger and fries.

Anyway, I never like giving a bad review, and the food wasn't bad, it just wasn't as great as I had heard. The lady at the window, who I think was the owner was very friendly and I will definitely go back for the "experience."

Logan's Roadhouse, Southaven, MS



Logan's is a steakhouse chain with a location in Southaven on Airways Boulevard south of Goodman, just north of Marathon Way. I've been there before, but not recently. I had a coupon and went there this past Wednesday for dinner.

It was decent but isn't one of my first choices for a good steak. I got the Onion Brewski Sirloin and it there was nothing wrong it, it just wasn't great. With the coupon, my total was around $14.00 (split between two people using the coupon) plus tip.

I was going to get the country fried steak but they were out of it that particular evening.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ichiban Buffet, Collierville, TN

Ichiban Buffet


Ichiban is a Chinese buffet in Collerville on Poplar Avenue just west of Byhalia Road, in the same parking lot as Home Depot. I went there yesterday because I had I had a couple for a buy one get one free buffet. I got sushi and a few other items. I forgot to take a picture of the other items, but it was standard buffet fare. It was good, nothing spectacular, but definitely worth going to if you're in the area.

The bill was $16.77 with the coupon and they did the typical thing many restaurants do, they took the price of a buffet before tax off the total with tax. That's not a big deal, but it means you wind up paying a little over a dollar more than you should have. They're supposed to take the price off before tax is added to the bill so you don't pay tax on the free part. It's not that big of a deal, but some places do it "right."

The buffet price before a drink was $13.99, so it's average price for that type of restaurant. I will definitely go back if I'm in the area, but there are similar buffets closer to me, but if you're in the Collierville area, it's worth a trip.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Blue and White Cafe, Tunica, MS

The Blue and White


The Blue and White Cafe is a small cafe on Highway 61 in the city of Tunica right at the corner of 61 and River Road. It's been there since the 1920s and even though I had heard about it for many years, I first saw it in the 1990s when the first casinos opened in Tunica County. Back then, you had to drive past it to go get to where the casinos were. I tried to get there several times over the years, but I was always riding with someone else and we were also normally passing by late at night when they were closed.

I went there for the first time a little over a year ago before I had this blog and I made it there again today. I don't remember what I got last year, it seems like I got a sandwich for lunch, but today it was breakfast time so I tried the country fried steak and eggs. To be honest, I wasn't all that impressed. The food wasn't bad, but the breading on the steak was different than I've ever had. It was ok, just not great. The service was good and the waitress was friendly.

The prices weren't bad for what I got though. Before tip, including the drink, the total was a little over $13.00, but for that, I got the steak and eggs, hash browns, and toast. I will be back to try other items.

I'm not really a breakfast food person, so I want to go back during lunch or dinner. The time I visited last year, I don't remember there being any issues and the food was good, it's just been long ago enough that I don't really remember what I got. If you're down that way, give them a try.