Bahama Breeze - Wolfchase Memphis, TN
Who doesn’t love an island themed restaurant that surrounds you with bright colors, and even live musical entertainment. Even on a cold November day, you feel like you’ve taken a quick trip to paradise. Now, I will say that Bahama Breeze has decent food, but I’m most impressed by their drinks and the atmosphere. I call it a perfect destination for GNO (Girls Night Out), but you will see tons of couples boo’d up each time you go.
Perfect For: Date Night or Girls Night Out
Rating: 3.75/5 Flames
Tannoor Grill - Cordova, TN
As soon as you walk into the door, you smell the aroma of grilled…meat. For a carnivore, such as myself, that put a smile on my face as soon as I walked in the door. The price for lunch is close to half of the dinner price, so of course lunch was my time of choice to visit. Being that this is a Brazilian restaurant, the main courses were brought out to you on a large carving tray, for you to eat and enjoy as much as you want. During your time there you are greeted with a selection of Lamb, Steak, Chicken, Sausage, and to top it off for desert they have grilled pineapple ;-). As for sides, you have endless, roasted potatoes, salad, pita and hummus. If you can’t tell by my post, I really enjoyed this place, and felt excited that I didn’t have to travel to downtown Memphis for a great Brazilian Steakhouse experience.
Perfect For: Date Night
Rating: 4/5 Flames
Rudy's Bar-B-Q - Brownsville, TX
I feel like I should start chanting “Rudy, Rudy, Rudy”. During a business trip, I was told that Rudy’s has THE best BBQ, and coming from Memphis, I had to check it out for myself. When you pull up to the gas station, yes, gas station, there’s some skepticism that flows over you, and it stays with you as you walk into what looks like an old garage. Now…the line to place your order was so long, it made me feel a little bit better, as the place was packed with people lined up for Rudy’s BBQ. I was told to try the sampler, and I’m glad I did. ½ of a sausage, 1/3 of turkey, and 1/3 of brisket, along with my two sides of choice, baked beans, and creamed corn. Let me just say that after taking a picture of my food, I was a shamed to take an after picture, as nothing was left on my oversized tray. Can I say that it’s better than Memphis BBQ, I may not be the best judge, as I am not a fan of “Memphis BBQ”, now if Rudy’s is an indication of “Texas BBQ”, then I’m sold!
Perfect For: Family and Friends
Rating: 4/5 Flames
Elfo's - Germantown, TN
Back to back holiday parties kicked my butt for work on Friday, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Elfo’s is a cute little Tuscan restaurant in Germantown, like most upscale restaurants, there is not much to choose from on the menu, but each dish is delicious. From the calamari and stuffed ravioli appetizers, to the signature fish and steaks, on down to the deserts and drinks (the Long Island Tea was the best I’ve ever had…and I’ve had a lot of Long Island Teas ;-), this place is great if you are trying to impress someone on a first date, but just know that you can’t take someone to Elfo’s on a first date and then attempt to take them to Applebee’s on a second. Elfo’s sets the bar way too high. ;-)
Perfect For: Company Gathering or Date Night
Rating: 4.25/5 Flames
La Pampa - Brownsville, TX
Why does this make me think of the song “La Bamba”, LOL. Our company holiday dinner was on the way, and although the waiter didn’t speak much English, I’m elated that the menu was in Spanish and English, so a good “point to”, and an “I want this” worked wonders for me that night. My food was OK, but let me just say that the highlight of the night was the Sangrias and the fried ice cream! When it came to the Sangrias, our table started out with a glass at a time, but we drank so much, that the waiter just brought out the entire pitcher for us. Aside from that, the fired ice cream was the most delicious thing that I had the pleasure of eating on the entire trip. It was like they cooked vanilla ice cream inside of a funnel cake, then covered it in strawberry sauce and powdered sugar. Just typing this, I can almost taste it again.
Perfect for: Date night
Rating: 3.5/5 Flames
Babalu - Midtown Memphis, TN
This restaurant has been on my to-do list for months, and I finally went with my family and loved it. First, let me say that midtown is my favorite area in the city of Memphis, so every restaurant that I’ve gone to has been nothing but great in my book, and Babalu was no different. I went on a Saturday during lunch time and to my surprise they were offering brunch selections. How lucky was I to not only sample the 3 top tacos, but I also indulged in the French Toast. To be honest, I also took a bite out of my kids’ chicken tenders and fries, and yes, greedy me enjoyed every single thing that I put into my mouth. The sampler tacos consisted of a fried shrimp taco, a smoked pork belly taco, and a cornmeal fried redfish taco. I could not choose a favorite because they were all so darn good.
Perfect For: Lunch Date, Family Day Out
Rating: 4.5/5 Flames
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