Walked by the other day to see it closed with this sign up on all the doors and windows. I'm surprised it's Oshi and not Agave Maria, I always thought that of the two of them, Oshi would make it.
Yeah yeah, it's not downtown, but I work in Whitehaven and there is a dire need for more food there. I noticed this truck in the parking lot of the BP at Brooks and Millbranch, and it is Taco Tuesday after all.
They have a pretty decent selection of different stuff.
This being my first visit, I decided to keep it simple and went with a few beef tacos. They were pretty damn solid. On the small side but they are $0.99 after all. I would honestly rather have small ones, because I am not known for my self control in the presence of tacos.
I didn't ask for anything special so I just got onion and cilantro, that's what I like anyway, so i was not at all offended. I'm sure you can get other toppings if you ask.
The tacos were pretty damn good overall. The meat was tender and flavorful and the onion and cilantro tasted nice and fresh. I'm gonna go back within the next day or two and try a random sampling of other stuff, but my initial impression was positive. Check it out if you're hungry and in the area.
Today is officially the first day of spring, though it currently does't feel like it. That means it's almost time for the farmer's market. Opening day is April 2, who else is planning on going opening weekend?
I eat here at least once a week, because their smoked salmon is made of absolute crack. I keep forgetting that since I'm an idiot who can't back up a website, everything old is new again, so I remembered to take pictures this time.
Majestic Grille is an upscale American restaurant located more or less at Main and Peabody Place. The building used to house a theater and that theme carries into the restaurant. They play silent movies on a big projection screen and have special menus prior to broadway shows at The Orpheum.
I've honestly never had anything bad there, but by far my favorite thing on the menu is the house smoked salmon appetizer.
It's a ridiculous amount of food for the price, it's not bad for you, and it's seriously amazingly delicious. It's a giant piece of smoked salmon, some crusty toasted bread, horseradish cream sauce, stone ground mustard, capers, and red onion. You build your own little salmon appetizer. Like so:
I'm literally at loss for words as to how good this is, just go get it. There's really no reason not to. At least once a week I just order the salmon and a cup of soup for dinner, usually for takeout when I'm filthy from working all day and not fit for human consumption. It's extra good on a super hot summer night, nice and light and cool. Just do it, ok?
Tonight, I split the salmon with a friend of mine and then decided to split the pork tenderloin entree as well, it's another favorite of mine. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, fried onions, and candied carrots. It's a huge amount of food, and IMO is enough for two even without the salmon appetizer. So either split it or come very hungry. Or just be a pig and eat it all, I've done it before and I regret NOTHING.
If you're a local who has somehow missed out on Majestic, or just passing through and looking for something a little fancier than BBQ within walking distance of Beale, give it a try, I've never been disappointed.
Maurice worked at the Tap Room on Beale for years and has since moved to Atlanta and started a hot sauce company. His "Lovestuff" five pepper sauce is starting to get some good reviews. As you might have guessed, I've tried it and it's some seriously good stuff. Do yourself a favor and order a bottle, then go to flying fish and get some fried catfish and drown in it the Love Stuff sauce. I went through my bottle in something like three weeks.
Follow them on Facebook to find out where to get their sauce if you don't want to just order some online. As a bonus, he'll usually post when he's coming back through Memphis, that way you get hot sauce with a side of Maurice.
Just as before they sent the recipe and everything required to make it (Aside from the oil for cooking the steaks).
As before, the recipe was easy to follow. Slice and toss the cabbage with sriracha and vinegar to make the Kimchi. Cook the rice. Rub and sear the steaks. Warm the rice and add tomato sauce, ginger, seasoning.
The steaks were good, if a little on a small side. They were already trimmed and all though, so that's a big plus for me. I'm honestly not sure what the cut was, maybe a top sirloin? The chile rub was flavorful without being overpowering.
One of the only things that sucks about downtown living is grocery shopping. While I love both City Market and Cordelia's, they can't always fill in for a supermarket. This leads to me eating restaurant food an average of 6.9 nights a week. When a friend of mine mentioned he was working for Blue Apron and could send me a free week of meals, I thought it sounded pretty promising.
If you're not familiar with the concept, Blue Apron and a dozen or so similar sites will send you recipes, along with all the stuff to prepare them on a regular basis. You basically get everything you need to put the meal together aside from super basic shit like salt and pepper and oil. Blue Apron will run you $60 a week for three meals for two people (So six meals). Considering I average more than that a night for dinner, I feel like it's a decent choice. Here's what my first meal consisted of.
Your delivery will show up in a box, unsurprisingly. The carrier for Memphis is FedEx, also super surprising. Not sure about carriers in other cities. The box contains a plastic bag kind of thing with food in it and some cold packs.
I went with the fish recipe first since I figured it would be the most time sensitive .
Looks pretty good, plus I had a pretty serious hangover at the time, so spicy soup with fried stuff sounded like a good idea.
True story. Little Italy on union. New York style, foldable thin crust pizza with a crispy bottom and chewy crust. The ingredients are fresh and the veggies are clearly cut by hand. They deliver downtown or you can pickup next door to Kimbrough liquor (buy some liquor, you're already there, fuck it!). The garlic knots are also fucking amazing, featuring actual finely diced garlic instead of some garbage powder.
If there is better pizza in Memphis, especially somewhere that will deliver to my door for free, I would love to know. Seriously, let me know if you have a suggestion, I need more excuses to eat pizza.
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.
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.