What happens to your “food drawer” when you change jobs?

We’ve all got one. That desk drawer full of plastic utensils, ketchup packets, tea bags and takeout menus. Some of us may have a lil’ snack stash for “emergencies.”

So what do you do when you leave your job? Do you dump the contents of your drawer? Do you toss the edibles and leave the menus? Do you leave it all behind — after all, you worked hard to collect all those flavors of Taco Bell sauce?



Santorini lamb salad: Romaine lettuce, mixed baby greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans, red onions, roasted red peppers, feta cheese and lamb
Petra Café Sanderlin (4 other locations) 5101 Sanderlin (in Sanderlin Centre near Muddy’s Bake Shop and Cosmic Coconut)Memphis TN 38117

Santorini lamb salad: Romaine lettuce, mixed baby greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans, red onions, roasted red peppers, feta cheese and lamb

Petra Café Sanderlin (4 other locations) 
5101 Sanderlin (in Sanderlin Centre near Muddy’s Bake Shop and Cosmic Coconut)
Memphis TN 38117



Cubano with Brussels sprouts from a New Orleans lunchtime favorite. Recently they doubled the space and it’s still just as packed - for good reason.
Cochon Butcher930 Tchoupitoulas StNew Orleans LA 70130

Cubano with Brussels sprouts from a New Orleans lunchtime favorite. Recently they doubled the space and it’s still just as packed - for good reason.

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans LA 70130



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.



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.

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.



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.

Bosses
5030 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117 
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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!

Emerald Thai Restaurant
5699 Mt. Moriah
Memphis, TN 38115 
901.367.2827 
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The Politically Incorrect from Young Ave. Deli: ham, roast beef & turkey with cheddar, pepperjack, spicy mustard, lettuce & tomato on marbled rye.

The Politically Incorrect from Young Ave. Deli: ham, roast beef & turkey with cheddar, pepperjack, spicy mustard, lettuce & tomato on marbled rye.



Gulf shrimp tortuga and cantaloupe agua fresca from Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana in Germantown, TN. 

Everything is amazing at this place. 



This is “The Crowbar” from The Highlander in Hardy, AR. Deep-fried catfish with purple slaw and tartar sauce. A Facebook submission — thanks Dixie Ball Gordon! 

This is “The Crowbar” from The Highlander in Hardy, AR. Deep-fried catfish with purple slaw and tartar sauce. A Facebook submission — thanks Dixie Ball Gordon



First time trying Sweden Kream — I’d heard great things about their burgers, but I’m just never in that part of town. We got the cheeseburger, wings and two Hawaiian shave ices for about $11. The menu is big, but everything is made to order.

Wings had a smoky flavor and all the burger hype was totally warranted. Between here, Dixie Queen and Tops there’s no reason to get a burger from a fast-food chain. Next time I think I’ll try a shake.

Sweden Kream
1472 National 
Memphis, TN 38122

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Memphis Pizza Café wins “Best Pizza” in just about every “Best of Memphis” poll every year.
But my favorite thing on the menu? This here ham sandwich. Thin sliced ham on a toasted hoagie with lettuce, tomato, and melted provolone with mustard. Can’t beat it.

Memphis Pizza Café wins “Best Pizza” in just about every “Best of Memphis” poll every year.

But my favorite thing on the menu? This here ham sandwich. Thin sliced ham on a toasted hoagie with lettuce, tomato, and melted provolone with mustard. Can’t beat it.



Bacon cheeseburger, fries and a cherry freeze from Camellia Grill in New Orleans.

Bacon cheeseburger, fries and a cherry freeze from Camellia Grill in New Orleans.



I’d heard some raves about Tycoon: namely that their tom yum soup is the best in town. Craving noodles on a Saturday afternoon, I decided to check the place out. 

Tycoon’s in a shopping center pretty close to the intersection of Kirby and Mt. Moriah in Hickory Hill. I think there’s a nail place next door and a convenience store a couple bays over. As I approached the front door I was overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana, so I think someone was smoking in a parked car. (Not one of the ones in the photo.)

There were a few people waiting for to-go orders when I walked in, but not an employee in sight. Unsure of what to do, I grabbed a to-go menu and sat down at one of the several empty tables. The “world famous” menu claims the “best Asian food in town.” “According to whom?” I wondered.  

Several minutes passed before a young women walked up to the front counter and started changing the radio station. Finally she saw me and asked if I wanted to eat there or order to-go.

"Here," I said. A man then brought me a leatherbound menu and asked me what I wanted to drink.

My husband and I decided to go pescetarian for June after a month of horrible eating habits (it’s called Memphis in May) so the famous tom yum was out of the question. I opted for an order of cold spring rolls and seafood soup.

The menu only said the seafood soup had shrimp, scallops and crabmeat so I was pretty surprised when my bowl arrived full of squid, octopus, mussels and… “crabmeat.”

I spit out the first bite of “crabmeat” I had and picked out the rest. It was spongy like tofu and the purplish color looked painted-on. I know restaurants use imitation crab but I’m not sure what that stuff was other than “yuck.” 

Other than that, though, the soup was good. So were the spring rolls.

My bill came to $15 which I’d say is pretty reasonable for a drink, spring rolls and a huge bowl of noodle soup. Tycoon is open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. most days and they deliver to “most of East Memphis and Germantown.”

Tycoon Noodle Shop
3307 Kirby Pkwy
Memphis, TN 38115
901.362.8788 

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One-eyed Jack (with bacon) from Patrick’s, Memphis, TN.

One-eyed Jack (with bacon) from Patrick’s, Memphis, TN.