Category Archives: Tasty Memphis Eats

Casablanca

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I haven’t done a restaurant review on here in a long time because I’ve shared pretty much all of my favorite Memphis eats at some point or another already. However, Casablanca is a place we’ve discovered this year and really enjoy.

Casablanca

Hummus with pita is a favorite of ours. Casablanca’s is good, but I wouldn’t say it’s better than the hummus at other places we’ve eaten here in Memphis.

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Christopher loves their Super Sandwich which is a pita stuffed with lamb, beef, and chicken not to mention all the other goodness you see above.

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And chicken kabobs will always be my favorite. They are seasoned so well here! The “veggies” it comes with on the side are really more just a couple of starchy potato and sweet potato chunks, but the delicious kabob makes up for it.

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In general Christopher and I agree on all our favorite places to eat here in Memphis, but we are definitely split when it comes to our favorite Middle Eastern / Mediterranean place. I still prefer Zam Zamz. I love a good chicken kabob and the one at Zam Zamz is so great. And less expensive than Casablanca’s. And we love the hummus at both places equally. However, Christopher prefers the rich flavors of the other dishes at Casablanca. Plus we can both agree that the decor at Casablanca’s is more fun.

If you are looking for a quick and affordable lunch, Zam Zamz is your place. If you want a slightly nicer place where you will sit down and be there for a bit (and pay a bit more), then check out Casablanca. Or better yet, try them both and let me know which you prefer! 🙂

Love Rach

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The Best Mexican Food in Memphis {Las Delicias}

When people ask about the best steak or burger or BBQ in Memphis, I usually mention 2 or 3 favorites. But when it comes to the best Mexican food in Memphis, there is no question. Hands down it is Las Delicias.

las delicias

I mentioned this last week when I blogged about going to eat there with Christina and Robby. And I was kind of amazed that I’ve never blogged about this place before. Up until August I ate here every single week for two years with my teen girls. I have a lot of good memories from Wednesday nights at Las Delicias with my girls. 🙂 Well, now my girls are all graduated and in college so these days I eat here for lunch dates with Christopher or a friend.

las delicias chips

One thing you should know about Las Delicias… they have incredible chips. They are crispy and light without being greasy. And they are durable enough to handle queso, salsa, and guacamole without breaking (these are important things, you know. 😉 ).

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The salsa is my favorite ever. Seriously. I don’t know what their secret is, but it’s magic.

las delicias guacamole

And their guacamole… well, it’s just like a little taste of heaven here on Earth. No mushy stuff here thankyouverymuch. Big chunks of avocado and lots of goodness and BOOM. Deliciousness. I know you think I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not. It’s incredible.

las delicias chicken burrito

With starters like those, the rest of the food could be sub par and I’d still say it was my favorite Mexican spot. But the rest of the food does not disappoint. My favorite thing to order is the chicken burrito (I usually get it without cheese which is why there’s no melted cheesy goodness in the photo above). It’s still SO good without the cheese and my tummy thanks me. 😉

las delicias steak quesadilla

Christopher rotates between the steak quesadilla which is stuffed FULL and grilled perfectly (above) and the tacos. Their tacos come bursting with flavor and topped with fresh cilantro. So many flavors. So much goodness! Probably the most popular thing that my teen girls would always get would be the “cheesy chicken rice” which is literally a bed of rice topped with seasoned chicken and drenched in queso.

And if all of this weren’t enough… this place is cheap. My massive burrito that I get… it’s $4.50. I mean, really… that’s just ridiculous. In an awesome way.

Las Delicias Mexican Bar and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Park Location

Las Delicias Mexican Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Quince Location

Las Delicas has three locations in the city and I’ve been to two of them frequently and the food is excellent at both locations. The Quince location is newer, a little more updated, and tends to have better service. But the Park location has lots of character and is more central in the city. If I had to choose a location I’d pick the Quince location simply because it’s bigger and there’s almost never a wait for a table. Not to mention that the Quince location has a great little patio space and live music on a lot of evenings. 🙂

Do you have a favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex spot where you live?

Love Rach

Zam Zamz Mediterranean Grill

My sister, Abby, spent a summer doing mission work in Israel back in 2010. She had some incredible adventures there and I remember sitting in rapt attention as she told me the details of her trip when she got back to the States.

lauren savvy abbyAbby with her two best friends who went along with her to Israel. Lauren in orange, and Savannah in brown – ps. these girls were most recently featured on the blog during Savannah’s wedding posts. {photo from Abby’s FB}

One of the things Abby came back talking about was the food. She had fallen in love with the Middle Eastern diet. Which is funny because in general, she can be a pretty picky eater. So I knew that these magical foods called “hummus” and “gyros” must be pretty great.Yup, I managed to make it until 2010 before I’d even heard of either of those things. As much as I love hummus now, I can’t believe I’ve only been enjoying it for the last four years. Anyway, Christopher fell in love with gyros so every now and then he’ll get a craving for them. Like this past week. 🙂

zamzamzSo Christopher found a Groupon for a local place called Zam Zamz. We went over lunch on Friday to satiate his gyro craving.

zamzamz2This was his gyro along with his side of hummus and pita chips

zamzamz3And my chicken kabob “rice plate” which came with two sides. I got falafel and hummus with pita chips.

You guys, all of this food was absolutely incredible. And there was SO much of it! I didn’t even finish half my food and I’m not a shy eater, haha! I brought it home and enjoyed it for two more days. 😉 Their pita chips and hummus were so delicious. I could just order that and be happy. SO good! Oh, and in case you are wondering, Christopher’s craving was definitely satisfied. 🙂

zam zamz mediterranean grill on Urbanspoon

Do you like Mediterranean / Middle Eastern food?
Have you had a great Groupon restaurant find?

Love Rach

Bayou Bar and Grill

There are a few things that Christopher and I love about New Orleans:

1. Beignets from Cafe du Monde

2. Surf and turf po’boy from Parkway Tavern and Bakery

3. The St. Louis Cathedral (it looks like a Disney princess castle!)

two year anniv{Renewing our vows outside the St Louis Cathedral in NOLA – August 16, 2010}

We went to NOLA for our two year anniversary and we fell in love with those three specific things. We’ve been back to New Orleans twice since then and every time we’re sure to hit each of these spots. So as you can imagine, we take authentic Cajun food pretty seriously. When we heard about Bayou Bar and Grill in midtown, we decided that we needed to pop in and check it out!

bayou bar and grillThis place is in Midtown on a stretch of trendy restaurants. I’ve blogged about Local and Young Ave Deli which are both within close walking distance. After eating here, we’ve discovered that in general, restaurants on this strip are pricey and the food just doesn’t meet our expectations (except for the Local Burger – that was amazing – pricey, but amazing).

bayou bar and grillMardi Gras beads decorated pretty much the entire inside of the restaurant which I thought was fun!

gumboWe started with the Gumbo. It was pretty salty. Okay, it was really salty. But other than that, it was okay. Christopher likes his food really salty so he actually really enjoyed this!

red beans and riceThe red beans and rice were up next! This is normally a favorite of mine, so I was pretty disappointed. It was over salted and the beans seemed mushy (over cooked). Granted, I still think my mom makes the best Red Beans and Rice (her recipe here) so that might be why I’m so picky about it. 😉

shrimp po'boyI was most looking forward to my Shrimp Po’Boy and I was sadly pretty let down by it. The tomatoes were mushy, the bread was soggy on the inside and the shrimp-to-sandwich ration was kind of pitiful. On the bright side, the shrimp itself was seasoned well and was tasty so I ended up just eating the shrimp off the sandwich. I still had an enjoyable lunch. 🙂

muffulettaChristopher got the muffuletta which is one of his favorite sandwiches EVER (in fact, if he were writing this blog post, he would’ve added that as thing #4 that he loved most in NOLA). So he has pretty high standards when it comes to a good muffuletta. This one unfortunately didn’t meet his expectations. He said “I didn’t care for it. The muffuletta left me wanting and disappointed.” Sad, right?

So does this place compare well to New Orleans? No, not so much. But I have yet to find GREAT Cajun food outside NOLA anyway. So with that in mind, this place isn’t the worst food ever. We just have high standards for Cajun food. There are a couple of other Cajun places here in Memphis that I need to try out. When I find a great one, I will definitely let you guys know! 🙂

Bayou Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

nolaUs in New Orleans in 2010 🙂

Have you been to New Orleans?
Do you have a good local Cajun place in your city?
Memphis friends, is there a better local Cajun place I should try?

Love Rach

Central BBQ

We have some incredible BBQ in the city of Memphis. And I can’t tell you how many locals I know love Central. So much so that I’ve always felt like I’m supposed to like it if I’m really a Memphian. But here’s the thing… it’s good and all, but it’s not Corky’s. Or Showboat. Or Three Little Pigs. When most all the BBQ in your city is good, you end up having to choose between many good options. And for me, Central just isn’t the top of my list. But again, it’s a huge favorite with many of my friends.

central bbqWe went to the downtown location this past weekend. It’s across from the Lorraine Motel which is where Dr. Martin Luther King, JR was assassinated almost exactly 46 years ago (April 4, 1968). Today it is the National Civil Rights Museum. You can see the hotel sign on the right side of this photo.

chips central bbqThey have these homemade chips that Christopher really liked, but I definitely did not. They taste almost burnt to me, but Christopher loves all things crispy and smokey. So again, you can see how so many things come down to personal preference.

central bbqPulled pork sandwiches. The pork was a little dry (something I’ve noticed several times when I’ve been to Central) and their sauce just isn’t my favorite. Again, this doesn’t mean that it’s “bad”… it’s just that we have other BBQ places here in Memphis that I think are better.

central bbq sidesTheir coleslaw and beans were both pretty non descript. Tasty, but not overwhelmingly great. Again, not overwhelmingly bad either, haha!

central cupBut as a fun bonus, you get a cup to bring home with you 🙂

So the moral of this story… Central BBQ is good. But in my personal opinion, Memphis has even better BBQ to offer. 🙂

Central BBQ on Urbanspoon

Also, I just got my hands on the group photo from our Choose 901 event this past weekend.

group shot choose 901Can you spot me? If you look at the Washington Monument look-a-like in the background, Courtney is just to the left of it and I am beside her (in my aviators naturally).  {photo credit: George W.}

Love Rach

 

Java Cafe

Java Cafe is a cute little spot in Germantown that I went to with one of the teen girls I mentor.

DSC_0890 copyMe and Elise from the Princess Party last year. Isn’t she precious?

java cafe germantownJava Cafe is Elise’s favorite spot. Over the summer she went at least once a week for a quick lunch. She raved about it so much that we decided that we should go together.

java cafe germantownThe menu

java cafe germantownThey had so many options for treats and desserts

java cafe germantownThey have cowboy coffee… how cute is that? 🙂 All their menu items had cute names!

boss of the mossI got the Boss of the Moss which is turkey, bacon, swiss, honey mustard, tomato, and lettuce. It was delightful! A great ratio of meat to veggie to bread. Mmm… so good! At $7.99 it’s not the cheapest sandwich I’ve had, but worth every penny.

Java Cafe on Urbanspoon

Love Rach

Pete and Sam’s

Like I mentioned yesterday, we went to a local Italian place for dinner on Saturday night. Pete & Sam’s is a Memphis classic. We actually ate there a couple of years ago and were super disappointed. We had terrible service and the food was just so-so. We definitely did not plan to go back, but so many Memphians rave about Pete & Sam’s that we thought we should give it a second chance. And I am SO glad we did!

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This time we went in expecting slow service so we were pleasantly surprised with excellent service. Based on Urbanspoon reviews it sounds like service varies  pretty greatly here, but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that this place is so laid back. In true Italian style, they expect you to want to sit at your table for a couple of hours to chat. After being in Italy, we appreciated that vibe. 🙂 And again, this time we had wonderful and prompt service!

pete and sam'sThey start you off with bread on the house and Christopher got a salad with his meal. Both were pretty standard. Not outstanding in anyway, but tasty.

pete and sam'sRavioli on the left (came with Christopher’s meal – yes, you can get a side of pasta with your dinner, haha!) and my spaghetti on the right. Both of these were okay. The ravioli seemed a little overcooked and the pasta sauce isn’t the most amazing thing in the world. Just a bit bland. But again, nothing tasted outright bad. Just not necessarily something I would order again. This explains why we thought the food was just so-so the last time we were here. This is the same sort of thing we ordered last time (I can’t help myself – I love spaghetti, I had to try it again and just make sure, haha).

pete and sam'sHOWEVER! This time we took reviews from Urbanspoon to help us decide what else to order. People rave about the pizza here so we asked our waitress what the most popular pizza was and she brought out this BBQ pizza (it’s small because we got the child’s size – they have normal sized pizzas too). You guys, it was ah-mazing! Crispy crust, sweet bbq sauce, cheesy goodness… ah,  it was amazing. I would go back just to eat this pizza again!

pete and sam'sOkay, so this is an Italian restaurant so it might not be the first place you’d think of to order a steak, but Urbanspoon reviews convinced me that we needed to try the ribeye. Our waitress confirmed that as well. You guys, it was delicious. It was cooked perfectly and just outright wonderful. I’d say it’s the best steak I’ve had here in Memphis. So so good!

So here’s my theory for why we didn’t like Pete & Sam’s the first time we went a couple of years ago. I think it’s because we only ordered the pasta back then and strangely enough, it seems that pasta is not their strong point. Their pizza and steak however are both unbelievably good! So yes, I’d recommend going. Just be sure to try either the pizza or steak (or both!). 🙂

Pete & Sam's on Urbanspoon
Love Rach