When the weather allows it, I like to eat at the food trucks that line up in the Ridgeway Center office park. There are some big companies in that loop, with lots of employees. Some folks still don’t get it: every time I go some lady is asking for something that’s not on the day’s menu. “But y’all had it last time!” But I love that the trucks are reaching beyond the typical foodie/hipster scene. It’s the only way they’ll endure.
Shown here, fish tacos from Tamale Trolley and a steak kabob and fries from Stickem. You can follow both on Twitter: @TamaleTrolley and @StickemFood. I also maintain a list of Memphis Food trucks that I try to keep as current as possible.
Save the Sub Shop! OCCUPY HARD BREAD (Taken with Instagram)
There’s a little grassroots campaign under way to bring Whataburger to Memphis. When I heard about it, I thought, “Just one more place to drive past on my way to Tops.” Cheeseburger combo, mustard no mayo, root beer. Every single time.
Chicago Heat from Raffe’s Deli in Memphis. If you’re into sandwiches that make you sweat, you’ll love this one.
So I was meeting with my friend Kerry about a project we’re working on, when the topic of adventurous lunches came up. I’d mentioned that I’ve been on a mission to “make lunch count” on my rare days off, and she suggested I check out Chow Time. (You can read about her Chow TIme experience here.)
It’s a combination Chinese/soul food buffet close to the Tennessee/Mississippi state line. And it’s really, really cheap. So cheap that you don’t expect the food to be even edible.
But to my surprise, a lot of it was. Some, I’d even say, was “pretty good.”
I went alone. I was escorted to my table by some kind of security officer, and a server quickly arrived to take my drink order.
“I’ll have a Diet Coke,” I said, not because I was trying to be ironic but because it’s what I prefer.
Chow Time carries Pepsi products. I told her Diet Pepsi was fine and my drink was on the table when I returned from the ”Southern Home Cookin’” station.
The soul food station had more choices than the Chinese — like neckbones, pigs feet, and other stuff I steer clear of. The Chinese bar was pretty standard, with options similar to the New Hunan buffet by my house.
I ate a lot more of my first plate than my second. But I couldn’t figure out whether it was because I liked the soul food better, or because I was full.
So I went to check out the desserts. Honestly, this was my favorite part. I was NOT expecting mini napoleons! The carrot cake was tasty too. But to my disappointment I found no “I ate at Chow Time and lived to blog about it” T-shirts for sale.
4207 Hacks Cross Rd
Memphis, TN 38125
Catfish with seasoned fries and fried green tomatoes from Bosses in Memphis. The tomatoes are pickled so they’ve got a sweetness to them that makes them really unique.
5030 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117
Emerald Thai’s $6.99 lunch menu. Thirteen entrees, and all but one comes with a choice of soup or spring roll and a side of steamed rice. Shrimp costs $2.50 extra but totally worth it. The tom yum was awesome. And they serve beer!
#breakfastbrag #bacon (Taken with Instagram)
Italian Cheese-Smothered Bruschetta Dogs
The Politically Incorrect from Young Ave. Deli: ham, roast beef & turkey with cheddar, pepperjack, spicy mustard, lettuce & tomato on marbled rye.