A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Hello, my name is Dan and I’ll be your server.
Presenting the third edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2013 – second and third helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.
Look at this way; this is the one thing I write every year that’s easy to swallow:
A/M Breakfast, Andrew Michael; Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Molly’s, Saigon Le; Baguettes, La Baguette; Barbecue Pizza, Coletta’s, Elwood’s Shack, Pete & Sam’s; Barbecue Salad, Bar-B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Germantown Commissary; Barbecue Sandwich, Bar-B-Q Shop, Interstate, Payne’s, Tops; Barbecue Spaghetti, Bar-B-Q Shop; Beacon Salad, Pete & Sam’s; Beer, Boscos; Birthday Cake Sno Cone, Jerry’s; Biscuits and Gravy, Blue Plate, Brother Juniper’s, Stone Soup; Boston Cream Pie, Calvary Waffle Shop; Brisket, Elwood’s Shack, The Rendezvous; Catfish, Soul Fish; Cheese Dip, Pancho’s; Cheeseburger, Belmont, Caritas Village, Elegant Farmer, Earnestine & Hazel’s, Hog & Hominy, Huey’s, Tops; Chicken Salad, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop, La Baguette; Chile Rellenos, Los Compadres; Chips, Las Delicias; Chocolate Malt, Wiles-Smith; Chopped Steak, Mortimer’s; Coffee, Republic Coffee; Collards, Hog & Hominy; Corn Sticks, Little Tea Shop; Cuban Sandwich, Soul Fish; Cupcakes, Muddy’s; DeNiro, Republic Coffee; Dry Ribs, Rendezvous; Egg Drop Soup, A-Tan’s, Formosa; Eggplant Casserole, Cupboard; Egg Roll & Pork Vermicelli, Saigon Le; Fish Pudding, Calvary Waffle Shop; Fried Chicken, Gus’s; Fried Green Tomatoes, Cupboard; Fried Rice, Formosa, Saigon Le; Fries, Brass Door, Huey’s; Guacamole, Las Delicias; Gumbo, Déjà Vu; Hoppin John, Little Tea Shop; Hot and Sour Soup, A-Tan’s; Hot Dogs, Elwood’s Shack, Hog & Hominy; Italian Salad, Coletta’s, Fino’s, Pete & Sam’s; Italian Spinach, Pete & Sam’s; Knuckle Sandwich, Iris; Lyonnaise Salad, Café 1912; Meatloaf, 3 Angels, Lunchbox; Miss Mary’s Salad, Frank Grisanti’s; New York Club, Fino’s; Osso Buco, Sweet Grass; Peanuts, Peanut Shoppe; Pizza Supreme, Memphis Pizza Cafe; Popcorn, Peanut Shoppe; Potato Soup, Huey’s; Pot Roast, Elegant Farmer; Salad Sampler, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop; Sausage and Cheese Plate, Rendezvous; Sea Bass, Tsunami; Self-Serve Yogurt, YoLo; Shrimp and Grits, Sweet Grass; Shrimp Elfo, Frank Grisanti’s; Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce, Saigon Le; Shrimp Po Boy, Déjà Vu; Shrimp Salad, Bogey’s; Sliders, Bardog, Brass Door, Slider Inn; Souflima, Jim’s Place; Soup (any kind), Caritas Village, Stone Soup; Steak, Folk’s Folly; Stuffed Avocado, Little Tea Shop; Surf and Turf, Iris; The Belt, Brass Door; Turkey Burger, Huey’s; Thai Toast, Bhan Thai; Tomato Aspic, Calvary Waffle Shop; Turnip Greens, Elegant Farmer, Little Tea Shop; Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Saigon Le; Wet Ribs, Bar B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Germantown Commissary, Interstate; Waffles, Calvary Waffle Shop; Wonton Soup, Saigon Le.
In memoriam: Barbecue Sandwich, Brady & Lil’s, Little Pigs, Pitchfork; Biscuits and Gravy, Ferguson’s; Black Bottom Pie, Dobbs House, Toddle House; Chess Pie, Seessel’s; Club Steak, Bill and Jim’s; Coconut Ice Cream, Tropical Freeze; Crabmeat Justine, Justine’s; Fried Shrimp, Anderton’s; Green Pepper Beef, Joy Young; Horseradish Encrusted Grouper, Jarrett’s; Lady Fingers, Seessel’s; Mocha Cake, Carl’s Bakery; Onion Rings, Pig ‘n Whistle; Poo Poo Platter, Luau; Vanilla Soda, Normal Drug Store.
I’m a Memphian, and I’m well-fed.
Dan Conaway is a lifelong Memphian, longtime adman and aspiring local character in a city known for them. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.