I posted about their food not long ago. Now they will actually bring it straight to your door. You have been warned.
So I decided on a big ass plate of carbs for dinner tonight, the chicken penne a la vodka from Bardog. I order this at least a couple of times a month and it never disappoints. It's like $20 but it's realistically enough food for like three people. Oh carbs, how I'll miss you.
I've eaten there once before with the illustrious Michael Gross, but I haven't been in a while and I was in the mood for Creole. Mikey B from LovingMyMemphis joined me. I just showed up with no reservations and was told there a ~25 minute wait. We were actually seated in more like 15, despite them being super fucking slammed.
I love the decor of this place, it's a collision of Memphis and New Orleans.
They had a three course menu for $20.15 for dining week, but I had been craving their smothered pork chops since I looked at the menu a week or so ago, so I went with that. Butler had the special, so you'll have to check LovingMyMemphis for his take on it. Here's the special menu:
I started with some Abita beer, because duh.
And like I said before, smothered pork chops with brown gravy over rice.
They were pretty damn good. Not crazy tender, but we did go on a super busy night. Seasoning was spot on and I ate like every fucking grain of rice on my plate despite complaining about how full I was. I would say that's a win. For a side I got the garlic roasted potatoes.
They were pretty solid but had a weird flavor that was kinda overwhelming. Maybe some kind of horseradish or something going on. It wasn't really bad, just kinda weird. I'm still not sure if I liked it or not, to be totally honest. On the other hand, I'm totally sure I liked the bread pudding.
Texture was nice, not too dense, the glaze was amazing, with a bit of cinnamon and sugar without being cloying. I ate way too much of it, again constantly complaining about how full I was. Butler says the bread pudding at Blind Bear is even better, so I clearly must go test this claim very soon.
Overall, Deja Vu is pretty damn solid. I've yet to try anything there I just straight up didn't like and a lot of the things I've tried have been clear winners. The service was also admirable, especially considering how busy they were and the quality of the food they were putting out. Also, this picture is mostly unrelated but how fucking awesome is the camera on the iPhone 6S Plus?
51 S. Main
I no longer look homeless, thanks to Epiphany. If you live downtown and have hair that occasionally needs cutting, you should check them out. Also, someone email me and remind me to make an appointment to get my hair cut around this time next month, so I don't end up looking homeless.
I just stopped at Cordelia's to get some stuff to make lasagna. As I walked in I was instantly confused. The produce and the chips that used to reside in the first little portion of the store are no more. I don't know where the chips moved, to be honest, because I didn't look, but the produce has moved over to the veggie section just inside the main building. I'm ok with this though, because the space they used to occupy has been replaced with a growler station.
Pretty decent setup from the looks of it. They sell growlers empty for $6, and they look pretty decent.
64oz refills are $10. Draft pints are $4. They also do a 7oz draft that you can walk around the store with for $2, which seems like a fucking amazing deal after a long day of work.
I'm not going to lie, this is going to be a BIG factor in deciding where I grocery shop. Cordelia's is a bit overpriced (Expected for downtown of course), doesn't have a ton of stuff, and their selection is pretty limited on a lot of things, but if I can drink a beer while I shop I don't give a fuck about any of that shit. There's also some seating, if you want to grab some food from their deli and kick it with a beer.
So basically this is now my favorite grocery store on the planet.
P.S. My lasagna was godly.
Their website has a comprehensive list of menus and participating restaurants. I'm definitely going to make it to Deju Vu and Rizzo's at the very minimum. I'd also like to check out Havan's Pilón since I still haven't eaten there. I anticipate gaining a minimum of 10 pounds next week. Any menus looking particularly awesome to you?
I'm fairly certain I nearly wet my pants when I stumbled across a Facebook post about this place. By "this place" I mean Maciel's Tortas and Tacos. It took the place of the little pizza shop between Flight and Family Dollar, near Main and Monroe. I saw the post about this place at roughly 4pm. I left work, near the airport, at 6:30pm. I placed a take-out order at 6:42pm. I do not fuck around when it comes to tacos, and I've REALLY been missing having a walkable mexican place downtown.
Rio Loco used to fill that void, but they tragically and unexpectedly just closed one day, never to return. The location is now Belle Diner.
When Agave Maria opened I was ecstatic. Until I went there. The food was ok but not amazing, and the place is drastically overpriced, at least in my opinion. Unless your name is Rick Bayless, I'm not going to pay you $15 for three 2" diameter tacos, thanks.
At long last though, it appears as if my own personal winter of discontent has ended. As I was saying before I started rambling, I ordered some food from Maciel's. The menu is pretty simple, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salad, tortas. Add in some standard sides and a few deserts, and that's about it. The place is tiny, maybe 10 tables, and the kitchen is exposed. My order was ready when I arrived maybe 10 minutes after phoning in my order.
Wanting to try as much as possible, I got the spicy pork nachos, the tinga tacos, and the asada quesadilla. No I did not all finish it all, though I wanted to. I also received a couple of different kinds of sauce, a red sauce and a green sauce. This ran me a total of about $19. I left the change and $3 for a tip. Not bad at all!
I dove into the nachos first, lest they become soggy.
I'm gonna be totally honest here. I was absolutely starving, so for the first half of the nachos the only thing my brain registered was "OM NOM NOM NOM NOM". I wasn't paying attention to the sauce, or the cheese, or the chips, or really anything other than the fact that it was tasty. I guess that's not really a bad thing to say about a dish. Once I slowed down a bit I started to actually pay attention to the elements. The pork was a very nice level of spice for me. You could certainly taste it, but it wasn't overpowering. By the time I got my wits about me the sauce and cheese were mixed together. I guess I'll just have to order them again to suss out the different elements. Oh the horror! Oh, and I didn't ask, but I'm fairly certain the chips are made in house, you get some odd ones like a few that stuck together during frying.
Even if they aren't made in house, they're certainly fresh made somewhere near by, and they're pretty damn tasty.
I went with the taco next. I got a Tinga (spicy chicken) taco. It was pretty stellar. Spicy flavorful chicken with nice texture, double corn tortilla, onion, cilantro, and a couple of limes. Simple and tasty. I will be consuming these in very large numbers while hungover. (Except they aren't open on Sunday, my most likely hangover day, grrrr)
Last came the quesadilla. I was really impressed with the quality of the steak. A lot of the cheaper Mexican places seem to serve canner quality steak that's like 90% gristle. The steak in the quesadilla was very tender and flavorful. It also came with beans and rice, which was a surprise. It shouldn't have been, since it says on the menu "served with beans and rice", but I guess I can't read, so it did.
I used the one piece of quesadilla I ate to test the sauces.
The green is super tasty. Vegetal, very mild heat, lots of flavor. The red will creep up on you. It doesn't really seem hot but after a few bites you find your mouth on fire. I LOVE it.
I fully intend to explore their menu (I need tres leches in my life very soon, and I mean it's my journalistic duty to at least try a torta, right?), but my first impressions are very positive. The food is quality, the service is very friendly, the prices are reasonable. Start opening on Sunday and delivering and I'll be looking for a treadmill.
And also with not having my site compromised, then taken down. Without a backup. For the last decade or so. I mean, I've done backups, but not like, you know, backed them up. So it goes. I guess this is a really good excuse to go eat at every downtown restaurant and drink at every downtown bar, right?