Monday, September 17, 2018

Cajun Seafood and Grill, Southaven, MS

Cajun Seafood and Grill


Cajun Seafood is a new restaurant on Main Street/Stateline Road in Southaven, just east of Millbranch, near the El Patron Mexican restaurant. We ordered dinner from there a few nights ago at work and I thought it was very good. I got a shrimp dinner and one of my coworkers got crab cakes.

I didn't get a picture of my shrimp dinner. My dinner was good and my coworker said the same thing about hers. It came with a bunch of fries and I couldn't eat them all and another coworker ate the rest of them and he said they were really good.

Apparently they don't have a website. The location has been several different restaurants in the last few years, and this current restaurant hasn't been open very long. I'll definitely try it again sometime.

Incredible Pizza, Cordova, TN

Incredible Pizza


Incredible Pizza is a chain with a location near me in Cordova in the shopping center that is at Germantown Road and Cordova Road. I went there yesterday on invitation from a friend, the preacher at the church I go to. At first, I thought it was a group outing just because of the location but once I got there, it was just me and him and his wife. It's a family play place similar to Chuck E. Cheese.

It turns out based on what I saw, lots of people go there because of the buffet, at least on Sunday after church. Yesterday, there were more older couples there than kids, although there were plenty of kids there too.

It's been there for a few years but I had never been there until yesterday, and I was actually pretty impressed. There is of course a large selection of pizzas, but there is also an Italian food station, a Mexican food station, a home cooking food station, a salad bar, and a dessert bar.

I got some ham, dressing, macaroni and cheese, a couple of pieces of pizza, and a salad, and it was all actually pretty good. I don't know how much it cost because my friend paid for me before I got there, but I assume it was probably about average.

I will definitely be back.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Cottage Restaurant, Memphis, TN

The Cottage


The Cottage is a small family diner on Summer Avenue just east of Graham, in the shopping center near Dollar General. It's a Memphis staple. It was at the corner of Summer and Holmes for many years but a few years back it moved to the new location and I had been there many times. I've been to the new location several times but had the breakfast buffet each time until yesterday.

Yesterday I got the chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. It was decent. It tasted fine but was a little tough. I wasn't unhappy with the meal, it was just a little chewy. Prices are reasonable. I believe the total was about $12.00 before tip including a drink.

It's currently owned by an Asian man and they have a Thai menu. I haven't tried any of the Thai food yet but I've heard it's good.

I recommend trying it and will be back.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mish-Mash time again

A  review of places I've been in the last few weeks that I had already posted about in the past.

Caminos Memphis - The Pachuga Suprema, Chicken with ham and cheese sauce

El Gallo Giro - Chicken quesadilla

Casa Mexicana (Southaven) - Chicken quesadilla

Friday's (Southaven) - Fish basket

IHoP (Millington) - Mushroom burger

La Guadalupana (Winchester Road) - Alambres con pollo

Riverview Buffet, Tunica at Fitzgerald's Casino - Fish, shrimp, spaghetti, mac & cheese

Tops BBQ (Southaven) - BBQ Fries

Mike's Timesaver - Breakfast burrito, sausage biscuit

Renee's Sandwich Shop - Cheeseburger and onion rings

Sakura (Germantown) - Chicken Teriyaki

Ruby Tuesday - Chicken Bella, salad with various choices

Salsarita's - Burrito with chicken

South of Beale - The Philly Cheese-steak Burger

Bonus comments: This was literally the best burger I've ever had anywhere

South of Beale - I don't remember which burger, but the sushi is seared Tuna and it's great, also this was a different day than the picture just above.

Marco's Pizza, Southaven, MS



Marco's is a pizza chain with numerous locations. I order from the one in Southaven from time to time, frankly because they are open later than most other places. Their pizza is good, but it's expensive and I only order when I can't go out for some reason. For instance, I've been off work sick for the last couple of days and haven't felt like leaving the house so I ordered pizza last night.

Using a coupon, I got two medium one-topping pizzas, cheesy bread, and a 2 liter soda, but the total before any tip was around $25.00. Maybe it's not too bad for what all I got but other places are cheaper and the food is just as good.

Anyway, like I said, their pizza is good and the deliver pretty quickly, but I don't order from them very often.

This is the sausage pizza. I also got a beef pizza.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Germantown Commissary, Germantown, TN

The Commissary


The Commissary is a small barbecue restaurant in Germantown on South Germantown Road (State Highway 177) just south of Southern Avenue, across the street from Germantown United Methodist Church.

It was originally a small grocery store until 1981 when the current owner bought it and turned it into a restaurant. I have been there a few times, but not recently until today. I got a tamale plate (based on the suggestion of a friend) and a cheese and sausage plate. Both were really good. My friend got a barbecue sandwich and he said it was really good also.

I don't know exactly how much it was because my friend owed me some money so he picked up the check, but prices on the menu seemed about average, and all together before tip, I believe it was around $36.00.

I also recommend the Brunswick Stew, which is very good there. I've had it a couple of times in the past.

The only negative thing I will say is, there isn't much parking right at the location. You can park across the street at the church when there isn't anything going on at the church, and there is a small parking lot with a few spots directly across the street, but some of those spots are reserved for other businesses.

Otherwise, it's a great place to go for good food.

On a side note, I saw a good friend of mine right up the street who had been in a wreck. Luckily, no one was hurt.

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.

Grand Buffet, Horn Lake, MS

Grand Buffet


The Grand Buffet is a combination Japanese, Chinese, and American buffet in Horn Lake, west of I-55 just off Goodman Road, near the Target.

They have a good selection of sushi, as well as plenty of other choices. I go there every few weeks. They always have coupons in the local mailers. The bill last night including a $2.00 off coupon was a little over $13.00 including a drink and tax.

I normally get a variety of sushi and variety of chicken when I go there. There are also some sauteed mushrooms that are very good. It's one of my favorite buffets.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mish Mash time again

This is once again a few pictures from places I've been recently that I have already posted about previously.

The Dirty Crow Memphis - The "Dirty Crow Chicken Sandwich"

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

El Gallo Giro, Memphis - Alambres with chorizo 

El Patron Southaven - Chicken Quesadilla

The Neighborhood Grill Olive Branch - City Ham Sandwich and Country Fried Steak

Los Picosos Memphis - Pollo Alambres

Texas Roadhouse, Horn Lake, MS

Texas Roadhouse


Texas Roadhouse is a chain and as I've stated before, I don't really like going to chain restaurants, but this one is pretty good. I went there tonight because I had a coupon. The location closest to me is in Horn Lake, MS in Desoto Cove, which is west of I-55 off Goodman Road in the same parking lot as Target and Home Depot.

Tonight, I ordered the country fried sirloin, which most everyone else calls country fried steak, and it was very good. It's one of the best I've had. The coupon was for 10% off, which only wound up being a little over a dollar. The total before tip including a drink and tax was about $14.00.

For some reason, I was put in the very back and the table didn't seem to be ready for customers. There was no silverware or salt shaker and I had to ask for both, but overall, I was very pleased and will be back.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Olympic Steakhouse, Ripley, TN

Olympic Ripley

Olympic other locations


Olympic is a steakhouse with several locations. Saturday 7/21, I went to the location in Ripley, TN as part of a gig I played. We play there every year, and part of our payment is dinner at Olympic. I've been to most of the other locations too and they are all good.

Honestly, their steaks are not the best I've had, but definitely good, especially for the price. I'm not sure how much it was tonight because someone else paid, but I've been there before, and they are reasonably priced for what you get.

Tonight I got the buffet, which included fried fish, broiled fish, fried oysters, fried shrimp, crab meat, onion rings, french fries, hush puppies, and the salad bar. I think it runs around $13.00, which is about average for buffet. I definitely recommend it.

The location in Ripley is on Highway 51, a little north of Highway 19, across from the Walmart. They also have locations in Millington, Atoka, and Oakland.

Aldo's Pizza, Memphis, TN



Aldo's is a local pizzeria with two locations, one in downtown Memphis on the Mid America Mall, and one in Midtown on Cooper just south of Central Avenue. I have been to both and both locations are good. This last Monday 7/16, I went to the one in Midtown with a friend and we split a "Memphis" pizza, which is a pizza with barbecue meat, sauce, and slaw, and it's very good.

A large pizza and drink split between two of us was about $13.00 or so each, so it's about average for a sit down pizza parlor, and definitely better than most pizza delivery places.

I've been there several times and will definitely be back.

Casa Mexicana, Memphis, TN

Casa Mexicana


Casa Mexicana is a local chain with several locations. This past Sunday 7/15, I met a friend at the location on Perkins Road just south of Poplar Avenue for lunch. I got the Chicken Pachuga I believe it's called. I've had this same dish at several Mexican restaurants and it was very good here.

I don't remember how much it was but with a cheese dip and drink, it was about average, probably $15.00 or so, and the service was very good.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fat Larry's, Bartlett, TN

Fat Larry's


Fat Larry's is a small barbecue restaurant on Highway 70/79/Summer Avenue in Bartlett, a few blocks east of Highway 64. I've been there before but didn't get barbecue. I had a coupon for buy one get one free barbecue plate so that's what I got this time.

It was really good and the service was really good, and really fast considering it was Saturday night and they were fairly busy.  The bill for two barbecue plates, two drinks, and a sausage and cheese appetizer was only about $16.00 including tax. Without the coupon, it would have been a few dollars more, so their prices are pretty reasonable.

Since this is the mid-south, there are plenty of good barbecue places, so I don't say it lightly when I say their food was good. There are places I like a little better, but I enjoyed the dinner last night.

Lboe, Memphis, TN



Lboe (pronounced "elbow") is a restaurant on Overton Square in Memphis, on Madison at the corner of Morrison (a little west of Cooper). I went there this past Thursday for lunch. I had been wanting to go there anyway and this week is the Memphis Flyer "burger week" and Lboe had a special for that.

The special was a Mac&Cheese burger, and it was great! I also split a sausage and cheese plate with a friend and it was really good also. The burger was $5.99 before tax for the burger week special, but normally I think it's around $9.00. I don't remember exactly how much the bill was, but it was average for a bar and grill.

I will definitely be back.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mike's Family Restaurant, Olive Branch, MS



Mike's is a family style diner in Olive Branch, not far north of Highway 78, just off Cockrum Road (Highway 305) behind the Pizza Hut.  I had been there once before when it was Sweet Pea's but as far as I know, Mike's is a completely new business unrelated to Sweet Pea's.

For some reason, they have very mediocre reviews with a lot complaints but I had a coupon and a friend of mine and I decided to try it today. We debated a little because of the bad reviews, but I was very pleased with the service and food. I got the daily special which was country fried steak and three side items, and I chose macaroni and cheese, black eyed peas, and mashed potatoes, and it was all very good. The serving sizes were fair too. I wasn't able to eat all of the food because it was plenty to fill me up. Before tip, not including the coupon, my total was around $13.00.

The restaurant hasn't been there long, maybe a year or two, so it's possible the bad reviews were from when they first opened, but regardless, as I said, what I got was very good. My friend got the daily special also, but got different sides and said his was very good too.

While I was there, a lady at the table behind us was very rude to the waitress, telling her that she needed to leave customers alone while they were eating and not to bother them by asking if they needed anything because it was "very, very annoying." Seriously what does she expect? The waitress to bring the food then never speak again? I didn't see the girl do anything that should have annoyed the old lady. Maybe it's crap like that causing a few bad reviews. I did notice that my friend and I were the youngest people in there by a number of years and maybe they've just been unlucky getting cranky old people.

I hope the bad reviews were just a fluke and I hope they do well. I will definitely be back.

Boomers, Horn Lake, MS



Boomer's is a small burger joint in Horn Lake, on Nail Road just west of Highway 51. I've been there a couple of times and went again today for lunch. I got a cheeseburger, fries, and drink and it was really good.

They are a small drive-in type place, limited seating inside but great service and great food! Prices are about average. My meal today including tax was around $10.00 if I remember correctly.

I definitely recommend it.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN

Lafayette's Music Room


Lafayette's is a bar and grill located on Madison Avenue in Overton Square, basically at the corner of Madison and Cooper. They have a stage and most nights have live music. I went there yesterday, 7/5 to hear a friend of mine play. He has a full big band and they played from 6 PM until about 9 PM.

I got a bacon cheeseburger and it was really good, but a little overpriced in my opinion. No complaints about the food. It wasn't the best burger I've ever had, but it was really good. The burger and fries, a soda, and tax was almost $18.00 before tip. They apparently charge for onion and any extras, so the price of the plain burger went from around $9.00 suddenly up to about $14.00, plus there was a $5.00 cover charge to get in. I was expecting the cover charge, but wasn't expecting to be charged for onion. Based on what several other people have said, the prices may be about average for Overton Square. Either way, as I said, the food was good.

I will definitely be back if there is a band I want to hear but personally would not go there just to eat.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Skybox Grill, Collierville, TN

The Skybox


The Skybox is a sports themed bar and grill in Collierville on Poplar Avenue just west of Houston Levee Road on the north side. I went there this past Wednesday night with a friend that I hadn't seen in several months.

I had been wanting to try this place for a few months but every time I tried to get out there, it was after they were closed. Someone told me they had a really good Monte Cristo sandwich, so that's what I wanted to try, but alas, they don't have that on the menu (that's not a critique of the restaurant. my friend was just wrong). I decided to try the club sandwich and it was really good. I chose a salad as my side item and it was really good also. The service was also very good as well. I'm not really sure how much it was because my friend got the check (thanks Bryant!) but it seemed like prices were average for a bar and grill.

My friend got a brisket sandwich which was the daily special and he said it was really good also. I'll definitely be back.