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Arkansas along I-40 ?

I was traveling this route about 6 weeks ago, and we stopped in a great BBQ joint in Forrest City, AR (about an hour west of Memphis in between Memphis and Little Rock, just off of I-40). Hickory House BBQ, 918 North Washington St., Forrest City, AR.

The food was great, and very inexpensive. A down home BBQ place. Filled with local color, with pictures of their family in the back of the restaurant. I had BBQ; excellent.

Little Rock Fine and Low Dining?

Thanks for the suggestions. We had an absolutely amazing meal at Ashley's, the restaurant at the Capital Hotel. I was surprised that the amuse bouchee involved molecular gastronomy (in Little Rock!). We had sorghum roasted duck w/ bacon, pears, and kale; and prime rib with gnocchi, broccoli, and onions. The pairings of the food were great. The service was also spectacular, and they wished me 'happy birthday' printed at the top of our menu (my wife told them it was my birthday when making the reservation).

We also had lunch at 44, the Clinton prez. library lunch, and I would highly recommend that. The food was very good, and the view was nice too (full glass windows; can see the river). We enjoyed Brave New Restaurant for dinner another night. Not in the same league as Ashley's, but good. The BNR restaurant had a long menu with a lot going on, and I think some of the food was really creative; while other food nothing special. Really hard to find in an office park, as we were warned.

Thanks for all your tips!

Beauty Shop in Memphis - Hours?

I am interested in checking out the Beauty Shop in Memphis for dinner on Friday. Anyone know if they are open late? I won't be able till eat until 9:30 or 10:00pm.

Birmingham Restaurants -- Specific Meals

Two favorites I had last year when in Birmingham. Goat cheese-stuffed squash blossoms at Highlands. I can still taste them, so good! The charcuterie plate at Hot + Hot Fish club I enjoyed more than the entree. Very good as well.

Little Rock Fine and Low Dining?

Thank you! These suggestions sound great. Will definitely check out Ashley's, and will scope out the others suggested (we're there 3 nights).

Little Rock Dinner 2Nite..? open Late?

So I see you didn't get a response. I'm off to LIttle Rock later this month. Did you find anywhere good to eat? Anything uniquely Little Rock and/or fine dining appropriate for a romantic date?

Little Rock Fine and Low Dining?

Thanks, the recommendations could be more detailed. The suggestions were Bosocs, Ciao, and Ashley's. I live in Nashville, and we have a Boscos. Nothing wrong with the place, but not exactly special occassion. We are looking for somewhere special, good, and/or unusual. Sounds like Ashley's could work, but how good is it? Good hotel food -- or good food?

We are willing to spend over $50, and the TA recommendations were all for under $50. We're willing to spend $200.

Little Rock Fine and Low Dining?

Any suggestions? Will be in Little Rock for a birthday with spouse. Looking for special occassion restaurants, and also good country, un-fine dining too. Any suggestions?

Seeking Help for Thanksgiving Weekend in Savannah, Ga.

Yes, it was Alligator Soul. Glad the locals weighed in to remember it. It was quirky and good.

Sep 23, 2009
SometimesSouthern in Southeast

Seeking Help for Thanksgiving Weekend in Savannah, Ga.

Also, what I recall was that the place was quirky. There was a bar upstairs with people who all seemed to know each other. Maybe a Savannah local can weigh in and help me remember the name of this place? And correct me if I am wrong about it being quite different yet good.

Sep 21, 2009
SometimesSouthern in Southeast

Seeking Help for Thanksgiving Weekend in Savannah, Ga.

It has been awhile since I was in Savannah, but I found a very different kind of place whose name had alligator in the title. I do not recall the exact name of the restaurant, but it had some of the most unusual (and unusual in a good way) food. The ambience was nothing special (it was in the basement of a building somewhere in the center of the city, and wasn't fine dining; but it wasn't a dive either). The seafood there was excellent, and the foods the chef paired it with.

But be forewarned, this isn't your nice night out/white tablecloth place, but a mid-range establishment. It's definitely NOT NYC.

I think I also ate at Il Pasticcio and I enjoyed it, if I recall correctly.

Sep 21, 2009
SometimesSouthern in Southeast

Business Dinner in Nashville

Yes, I drove by there the other day and saw a guy with a smoker. Never ate it, so based on your recommendation I'll check him out.

Memphis, Friday after 9 pm?

Is this the same Bosco's that also has a location in Nashville? Thanks for the suggestion, but I live in Nashville and have been to that location, so I'll probably try something else. But thanks!

Arkansas along I-40 ?

I too will be driving near I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock and would love to find a good place. Willing to get away from the interstate, but don't want to drive 50 miles out or anything.

Do you remember the name of this place off exit #202?

Business Dinner in Nashville

Watermark and the Standard are both good places to get foodie food and for a business dinner.

Three Days in Nashville

Must try Margot and City House. Watermark also good, though I haven't been there in awhile. Watermark has best views of downtown skyline, though I rank it my 3rd favorite restaurant after Margot and City House.

Three Days in Nashville

Arnold's is great, but it is a meat and three. Great food, and the ambience you'd expect from a downhome southern meat and three. Also, I like Swett's as much as Arnold's for meat-and-three food too.

Zola is good, but I don't think it is the best place in town by any means. Maybe in top 10 of restaurants. It is close to Vanderbilt if you want to walk and not drive.

Best restaurant in Nashville is Margot, in East Nashville. Margot is arguably the best chef in town. It is a short drive (5-10 min.) from West End/Vanderbilt to Margot in East Nashville. Marche is also run by Margot and is great, but a little less expensive (and perhaps a little less adventurous). Though, I love both, as i just ate at Marche last night. But Margot is the best overall.

Best new restaurant: City House, in Germantown. A very short drive form Vandy area (but way too far to walk). It is just north of the state capitol, maybe 2-3 blocks north of Jefferson St. I was just there last weekend, and it was packed so word is getting out. There is not a large sign outside of the place (a bit of a secret feel to the place). Best Italian in Nashville, as it is adventurous. The pork belly pizza is spectacular, a mix of southern and italian.

Memphis, Friday after 9 pm?

I will be arriving in Memphis around 9:00 on Friday and only staying one night, and I have a very similar question. I was interested in Restaurant Iris or other restaurants in the same neighborhood just east of downtown Memphis?

While Iris and the other restaurants say they are open until 10pm, I likely won't be able to sit until 9:45pm. Is the 10:00pm closing REALLY we sit you until 10pm, or the place starts empyting out around 10:30?

And any suggestions for non-BBQ, good ambience and food places (non-touristy) where I could get a reservation at 9:30 or even 10:00 and not feel rushed out the door by the staff?

Bham area - Let's talk barbecue

Dreamland is good. I'd recommend it. And even if you only want BBQ, you should also consider the city's other great restaurants. Frank Stitt's restaurants are great (Highlands, etc.) and he may occasionally have a barbeque themed entree.

Trip across the south: Atlanta, Charleston, Memphis, MS Delta

I have not been to McCradys, but I love SNOB. It has been a few years, but I would say it is fairly innovative and very, very good. One of the best meals I have ever eaten. The shad roe was amazing!

Trip across the south: Atlanta, Charleston, Memphis, MS Delta

So true on Oxford. Excellent restaurants for the size of town it is. But don't try eating on Sundays!