New Restaurant Alert: Fuel Cafe on Madison
Yesterday, I stopped by midtown’s newest restaurant, Fuel Cafe, for lunch. I had the restaurant to myself, which was unsurprising, given that I was eating lunch at 4 p.m.
Fuel is in the old Petra space at Hadley’s Garage on Madison. The interior looks totally different than it did during the Petra days – it’s brighter, sunnier, and a bit more inviting. The patio isn’t finished yet, but when it is, I can see wanting to spend a lot of time there.
The lunch menu is fairly thorough – there are sandwiches, salads, appetizers (like a cheese plate) and some entrees, most of which are in the $8 – $10 range. I ordered salmon and whitefish cakes and a side of tomato soup.
The salmon cakes were kind of like crab cakes. They were lightly fried and filled with salmon, whitefish, capers and onions. They could have done with a bit more seasoning, but they were pretty delicious. The soup was really good. It was creamy and had a little bit of a kick to it.
Chef Carrie Mitchum told me that Fuel has only been open for about a week, but the response has been positive so far. All of the meat served at Fuel is humane, organic, and has no additives and the fish is all wild-caught. The restaurant is planning to go through Project Greenfork certification soon.
Fuel Cafe is open for lunch and dinner daily. Lunch prices range from $7-$15, and all dinner entrees are less than $20.
Memphis, TN 38104