VOL. 126 | NO. 201 | Friday, October 14, 2011
A Tasteful List
By Dan Conaway
A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Seems like everybody has a list these days, so, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of The Daily News, here’s mine – 125 things that make Memphis easy to swallow – a sort of alphabetical soup to nuts of local flavor. Friends old and new, and a few long-gone, but I can taste them still.
So chew on this:
#164 Pork and Egg Roll Vermicelli, Saigon Le; #5 Scrambled Eggs, Brother Juniper’s; Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Café Ole, Molly’s, Saigon Le; Baguettes, La Baguette; Barbecue and Onion Pizza, Pete & Sam’s; Barbecue Pizza, Coletta’s; Barbecue Salad, Bar-B-Q Shop, Central BBQ; Barbecue Sandwich, Bar-B-Q Shop, Interstate, Neely’s, Payne’s, Tops; Barbecue Spaghetti, Bar-B-Q Shop, Neely’s; Beacon Salad, Pete & Sam’s; Beer, Bosco’s; Birthday Cake Sno Cone, Jerry’s Sno Cones; Biscuits and Gravy, Blue Plate, Brother Juniper’s, Cockadoos; Boston Cream Pie, Calvary Waffle Shop; Caramel Corn, Peanut Shoppe; Catfish, Soul Fish; Cheese Dip, Pancho’s; Cheeseburger, Belmont, Caritas Village, Ernestine & Hazel’s, Huey’s, Tops; Chicken Salad and Aspic, Calvary Waffle Shop; Chicken Salad, Bogie’s, La Baguette, Lenny’s; Chips, Las Delicias; Chocolate Malt, Wiles-Smith; Coffee, Republic Coffee; 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 Salad, Cheffie’s; Fish Pudding, Calvary Waffle Shop; Florentine Pizza, Fresh Slices; Fried Chicken, Gus’s; Fried Rice, Formosa, Saigon Le; Fries, Brass Door, Huey’s; Green Bean with (anything), Formosa; Grilled Cheese, Tomato and Bacon, Wiles-Smith; Guacamole, Las Delicias; Gumbo, Déjà Vu; Hoppin John, Little Tea Shop; Hot and Sour Soup, A-Tan’s; Italian Salad, Coletta’s, Fino’s, Pete & Sam’s; Italian Spinach, Pete & Sam’s; Knuckle Sandwich, Iris; Lyonnaise Salad, Café 1912; Miss Mary’s Salad, Frank Grisanti’s; New York Club, Fino’s; Omelet (any kind), Brother Juniper’s; Osso Buco, Sweet Grass; Peanuts, Peanut Shoppe; Pho, Saigon Le; Popcorn, Peanut Shoppe; Potato Chips, Central BBQ, Three Angels; Potato Leek Soup, Brass Door; Potato Soup, Huey’s; Pumpkin Seeds, Peanut Shoppe; Salad Bar, Cheffie’s, Jason’s, Kay Kafe at St. Jude; Salad Sampler, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop; Sausage and Cheese Plate, Rendezvous; Sea Bass, Tsunami; Self-Serve Yogurt Toppings, 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, Bogie’s; Souflima, Jim’s Place; Soup (any kind), Caritas Village; Stuffed Avocado, Little Tea Shop; Surf and Turf, Iris; Tamales, Fresh Slices (LaRosa); The Belt, Brass Door; Tuna Salad, Fino’s, Lenny’s; Turkey Burger, Huey’s; Turnip Greens, Elegant Farmer, Little Tea Shop; Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Saigon Le; Wet Ribs, Bar B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Interstate, Neely’s; Wonton Soup, Saigon Le.
And in memoriam:
Barbecue Sandwich, Brady & Lil’s, Little Pigs, Pitchfork; Biscuits and Gravy, Ferguson’s; 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; Veal Cutlets, George & David’s.
I’m a Memphian, and I’m hungry.
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.