Last night, in an effort to forget about an epic craving for a pizza that I couldn’t have, I went to Cafe 1912. I figured if anything could distract me, it would be food of a totally different genre.
It totally worked. One bite into my plate of scallops with roasted vegetables and lemon polenta and I was all “Pizza? What pizza? I never wanted a pizza.” The seared scallops were covered in a dill-based sauce, and the polenta tasted like the cornbread dressing at the Thanksgiving dinner of my dreams. It was so good that it almost prompted me to burst out in song.
Cafe 1912 is one of Midtown’s more charming cafes. The atmosphere is classy, but not overly formal. It’s the sort of place where you can get away with jeans and a t-shirt or a suit and tie. It’s a total date night sort of place.
The food is mostly French – the seasonal menu’s got crepes, salads, salmon nicoise, creme brulee, cheeses and all sorts of delicious roasted meat. They’ve also got an excellent burger (it comes covered in Maytag blue cheese with a ton of shoestring fries).
Cafe 1912 is open for dinner seven days a week, and for brunch on Sunday. Reservations aren’t required, but I recommend making them on weekend nights.
243 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104