VOL. 127 | NO. 175 | Friday, September 7, 2012
A Tasteful List 2012
By Dan Conaway
A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. So many of you seemed to salivate over last year’s Tasteful List, I’ve updated it for 2012. While reduced some, make no mistake, there’s nothing dietary about it.
Some are last year’s refried beans, some are this year’s nouvelle cuisine, some are just delicious memories. An alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion. After reading this, don’t step on a scale or check your blood sugar.
So chew on this: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Café Ole, Molly’s, Saigon Le; Baguettes, La Baguette; Barbecue Pizza, Coletta’s, Pete & Sam’s; Barbecue Salad, Bar-B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Germantown Commissary; 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; Biscuits and Gravy, Blue Plate, Brother Juniper’s; Boston Cream Pie, Calvary Waffle Shop; Catfish, Soul Fish; Cheese Dip, Pancho’s; Cheeseburger, Belmont, Caritas Village, Ernestine & Hazel’s, Huey’s, Tops; Chicken Salad, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop, La Baguette; Chips, Las Delicias; Chocolate Malt, Wiles-Smith; Chopped Steak, Mortimer’s; 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 Roll & Pork Vermicelli, Saigon Le; Egg Salad, Cheffie’s; Fish Pudding, Calvary Waffle Shop; Flank Steak Salad, S.O.B.; 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; Osso Buco, Sweet Grass; Peanuts, Peanut Shoppe; Pizza Supreme, Memphis Pizza Cafe; Popcorn, Peanut Shoppe; Potato Soup, Huey’s; Salad Bar, Jason’s, Kay Kafe at St. Jude; Salad Sampler, Bogie’s, Calvary Waffle Shop; Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Evelyn & Olive; 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, Mortimer’s; Souflima, Jim’s Place; Soup (any kind), Caritas Village, Parsonage in Marion; Stuffed Avocado, Little Tea Shop; Surf and Turf, Iris; The Belt, Brass Door; Turkey Burger, Huey’s; Turnip Greens, Elegant Farmer, Little Tea Shop; Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Saigon Le; Vodka Pie, Aldo’s Pizza; Wet Ribs, Bar B-Q Shop, Central BBQ, Interstate, Neely’s; Waffles, Calvary Waffle Shop; Wonton Soup, Saigon Le.
And 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.
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 email@example.com.