Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hyde Away Grill, Southaven, MS

Hyde Away Grill


Hyde Away Grill is a small restaurant on Stateline Road, about a block west of Airways Boulevard, on the north side of the road a little east of the Firestone.

I went there tonight for dinner and it was really good. I met the owner, who was a really nice guy and I will definitely be back, especially since it's near my house.

I got a cheeseburger and fries and my friend that went with me got buffalo wings. My friend said the wings were really good but I don't know how much they were. My cheeseburger, including a drink and tax was a little under $14.00, which seems to be an average prices for similar places. It's cheaper than Wimpy's or Five Guys. The fries were thin cut steak fries, which I really liked.

I've also been told the catfish is really good so I plan on trying that next time.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Elwood's Shack, Memphis, TN



Elwood's is a small, literally in a shack, restaurant that's in the north side of the Lowe's parking lot that is at Summer Avenue and Perkins Road in Memphis. I went there today for lunch.

In an effort to be openly honest, what I got today was decent, but nothing spectacular. I ordered a club sandwich and it was ok, and frankly, a little expensive. I got a sandwich, one side item, and a drink and it was almost $18.00.

The side item was blue cheese and jalapeno coleslaw, and it was really good. There was nothing wrong with the sandwich, it just wasn't great.

However, to be fair to Elwood's, I've been there a few other times and everything else I've had was great. The last time, I got a Cuban sandwich which was fantastic, and I've had their barbecue nachos which were great. I will definitely be back! Don't let this mediocre review scare you off!

There is no actual parking for Elwood's. You have to park along the curb or in the parking lot for Lowe's and the location is small, not a lot of seating, and they tend to be busy, but the food comes out quick. Definitely give them a try!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rio Lindo, Senatobia, MS

Rio Lindo


Rio Lindo is a Mexican restaurant on Main Street in Senatobia, MS about a block west of Interstate 55. I had to go to Batesville this past Monday and on the way back, I stopped here for lunch. It was very good. I ordered mixed fajitas, chicken and steak, from the lunch menu. I was surprised at the portion, and it was really good.

Prices were average. I don't remember the exact total, but it was around $17 or $18 including a drink and a queso. I was the first one there that day, I went in just after they opened.

I was pleased and will be back when I'm in the area.

Margarita's, Oakland, TN



Margarita's is a Mexican restaurant in Oakland on Highway 64 just east of Highway 194. I go to church not far from Oakland (that's a story for another day) and this past Sunday I had a couple of hours to kill and rode out there to eat. I was going to try El Nopal, but the parking lot was full and I wound up here instead.

I ordered Pollo Margarita and it was fantastic. It's a grilled chicken breast with shrimp and chorizo and I honestly think it was the best Mexican dish I've ever had. The prices were average. Including a small queso and a drink, and tax, the total bill was around $17.00.

I will definitely be back when I'm out that way.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Belmont Grill, Memphis, TN

Belmont Grill


Belmont is a bar and grill located on the northwest corner of Poplar Avenue and South Mendehall Road. It's been there for years and I used to meet some friends there most every Monday night after a rehearsal in the area, but since I no longer live in Memphis, I don't make it as often. I went there tonight and ordered the club sandwich.

Belmont's club is one of the best I've had and it's one of the only places I order it. It's standard and comes with ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, mayo, and cheese. It's served with a side of chips I normally get cheese dip to go with them.

It's average price I think, about the same as most other places. All together including the sandwich, cheese dip, and a drink, it was about $13.00 before tip.

I've had many of their other items also, and everything has always been great there. They used to be open pretty late every night, but in the last few years, they have started closing at either 10:00 or 11:00 PM during the week and midnight on the weekends I think.

I definitely recommend it. I used to go there regularly until I moved a few years ago.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Proud Larry's, Oxford, MS

Proud Larry's


Proud Larry's is a bar, restaurant, and concert venue in Oxford, MS on Lamar Boulevard, on the southeast side of the old downtown Square. I went there this past Wednesday to hear of the the Ole' Miss jazz ensembles, which I really enjoyed, and the food and atmosphere at the restaurant was very nice also.

I got the "Pollo" which is baked chicken in pasta. For some reason, it wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting a chicken breast, but I probably just misread the menu. That said though, it was very good. It seemed about average for this type of venue. Before tip, the bill was around $18.00 including a drink and tax.

There were a few people around my age, but mostly, it seemed to be college aged folks, but everyone I had an interaction with was friendly. I hope to be back for more music soon.

Parking is sometimes a little bit of a hassle, as it's downtown venue. There is some close parking, but you have to get lucky. I had to park a couple of blocks away and walk, but that's not a criticism, just simply something to be aware of.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cafe Marie, Tunica, MS

Cafe Marie


Cafe Marie is a small cafe in the city of Tunica on Fox Island Road, a side street behind the Delta Mini Mall, in the downtown area of the city. I've passed it many times years ago. It is off Highway 4, which is how you used to have to go to the original casinos that were in Tunica County, but had never been there until last night.

I got an appetizer, Bang Bang Shrimp, at the suggestion of the waitress, and it was fantastic. It was shrimp in a sweet and sour type sauce. My main course was fried catfish with a salad as a side item. The salad was huge and really good, and the catfish was also very good.

I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. It is a cozy little setting with a few tables and a bar. The owner told me that they have a limited menu during the middle of the week. I definitely will be back to try other dishes.

It was very reasonably priced, considering everything I got. All together including a drink and tax, the total was about $25.00 before tip.

They also have an adjacent hotel and I had planned on staying the night just to get away since I am off this week, but my plans were thwarted by car problems. I plan on revisiting that idea in a few weeks.

Coleman's Barbecue, Hernando, MS



Coleman's is a small barbecue restaurant on Commerce Street in Hernando, just couple of blocks west of I-55. I've been there a number of times, but not recently. It is a local chain with several locations around the mid-south, including Memphis and north Mississippi.

As you've probably already guessed if you read my blog, I a big cheeseburger fan and I go to barbecue restaurants for the burgers since most of them have good burgers, and Coleman's is no exception.

I went there this past Monday morning early on my way back from an out of town trip. I got the cheeseburger of course, and it was really good. I always get ketchup, mayo, and lettuce on my burgers and for some reason, they put a really extraordinary amount of mayo on it. You can see it overflowing in the picture. I had to actually scrape some of it off. It's just an observation; if you like mayo but don't like a ton of it, mention that you want light mayo if you eat here. Their fries are really good also. Nothing special, just regular Ore-ida type fries, but I guess the way they season them makes them unique.

All that said, the burger was great and I definitely will be back. All together, a jumbo burger including fries and a drink, it was about $9.00.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Red Lobster, Southaven, MS

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is a national chain, with a location in Southaven, MS on Airways just north of Towne Square Boulevard, on the east side of the old mall.

In my opinion, the food is good but overpriced. Going to Red Lobster for seafood is like going to Olive Garden for Italian food. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just that it's a chain, and you can generally find equal or better quality at independent restaurants.

That said however, the food is good and what I got this past Wednesday was good. I got the Admiral's Feast, which is flounder, shrimp, scallops, and clam strips, and it comes with two side items. I chose a salad and a baked potato.

The food was good, but if I recall correctly, the price was over $20.00 (I was with a friend who had a gift certificate so I never saw the bill).

Regardless, as I said, it's good food, I just personally would rather support an independent restaurant, but that's just my personal preference. I've been to Red Lobster many times before and I'm sure I'll go again.

901 Wings, Southaven, MS

901 Wings


901 Wings is a small wing place on Stateline Road in Southaven, MS, a few blocks east of highway 51 before you get to where Dale's restaurant is. I've been there several times and I usually get a cheeseburger, but this past Tuesday night, I tried a cheeseburger and boneless wings combo.

The cheeseburger was really good as always, and the boneless wings bites were also very good. I chose honey gold flavor. I really recommend the place. I don't remember the exact total, but it was about the same as other wings places. It seems like it was around $12.00 or so with a drink.

The food is good, but it takes a while for them to prepare it, but apparently this is pretty typical of most wings places. It's not a criticism, just an observation. It's not "fast" food, but it's good food.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Southaven Pizza, Southaven, MS

Southaven Pizza


Southaven Pizza is a relatively new pizza joint in Southaven on Stateline Road, basically at the corner of Stateline and Hamilton, the the small strip center that used to be Tops Barbecue. It's been there a little over a year and I had heard good things about it but had not tried it until tonight.

I ordered a burger tonight to eat at work as I had heard their burgers were pretty good and nobody else at work needed to order anything. I am planning on trying the pizza also since I've heard their pizza is pretty good.

The burger was really good. It wasn't the best I've had, but it was definitely really good. A single burger was plenty of food. It comes with plain potato chips which were really good also, and I also ordered a side order of fried cheese sticks with mozzarella and those were really good also.

The burger price is really reasonable. $5.31 for a cheeseburger (I don't know why it's a specific amount like that) and all together, including tax my bill was just over $10.00.

I will definitely be back again soon!

Friday, October 12, 2018

New Asia, Germantown, TN

New Asia


New Asia is a Chinese restaurant in Germantown on Exeter Road in the shopping center at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Exeter. I went there with a friend on his suggestion. I was very pleased. I got General Tsao's Chicken, and it was very good. I thought it was interesting, they spelled the dish name with the a and the o. Normally it's Tao or Tso, but I've never seen it Tsao.

The prices were about average for a non-buffet. All together including drink and a side order of egg drop soup, it was about $15.00 before tip.

I don't make it out to Germantown too often, but I will have this place on my list of places to go.

Yang's Deli, Memphis, TN

Yang's Deli


Yang's is a small deli located on Summer Avenue a few blocks east of Mendenhall Road. I used to go there regularly when I lived in the area, but I hadn't been there in several years. I stopped by there this past Monday on the way to a rehearsal and I must say, it's as good as it ever was.

I got a tuna sandwich and it was probably the best deli tuna I've had in years. The prices are reasonable. The total for the sandwich, chips, and a drink was about $10.00. I didn't see Mr. Yang so I don't know if he still works there every day, but the staff was friendly and the food came out pretty quickly.

They also sell Chinese food but I haven't tried it yet. They don't sell pizza any more (which I knew) but they used to make an incredible steak pizza.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis, TN



Lafayette's is a restaurant and music venue at the corner of Cooper and Madison in midtown Memphis. They also have a location in Orlando, FL but I've never been there.

I've posted about Lafayette's before, so I'll keep it short. I also don't normally post an individual entry for somewhere I've already posted about, but I thought this dish deserved it's own page.

I went there tonight to hear a local big band, the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, a group I've sat in with a few times. I got the Midtown Mac and Cheese, which is macaroni and cheese with white cheese sauce, with grilled, seasoned chicken on top, and it was fantastic!

It's a little pricey, but as I understand it, about the same as other locations in Overton Square. It was just under $20.00 for the entree and a drink including tax, but it was worth every penny. There was also a $3.00 cover charge, and it cost $3.00 to park. There is some free parking in the area, but you have to get lucky to get a place so it's just as easy to pay the $3.00 and park in a covered garage which is right across the back alley from the location.

Mister P's Buffalo Wings, Southaven, MS

Mr. Ps


Mr. P's is a wing place at Goodman Road and Elmore Road in Southaven, next to the Guns and Ammo store. They also have a location in Cordova but I haven't been to that one. I went to the location in Southaven for the first time a couple of weeks ago and went back again a few days ago on 9/18 for the burger. I had heard their burgers were really good, and what I heard what right.

I got a regular burger and fries and was really impressed. It wasn't the best burger I've ever had, but it was one of the best. The prices are about average for this type of restaurant. All together for a cheeseburger, fries, and drink, before tip it was a little under $13.00

They are open until 10 PM during the week, 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 9 PM on Sunday. Another nice perk is that it's really close to my house.

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. Unfortunately it isn't a regular item. It was the special that day.

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.