As sad as I was when I found out that Do was closing, two things have made it ok: 1) the Beauty Shop selling Do's curry noodle soup; and 2) DKDC (the bar that opened its place) is great.
DKDC stands stands (at least, as far as I know) for "Don't Know, Don't Care".
One of the things I like so much about Karen Carrier's restaurants is that no matter how different they are, they all have her unmistakable, funky stamp on them. The DKDC space is tiny, but she's filled it with antique couches, low tables and stools, mis-matched tables and chairs and a photo booth.
At first, I was skeptical of DKDC's food plan, mostly because I had heard it referred to as "like a New Orleans bar, with tacos." That's only partially true, in that there are tacos (at least right now). Carrier's plan is to change the menu every few weeks to highlight the street food of a different city or country. All of the items are inexpensive (none are more than $12) and they're all good for sharing.
Right now, the food menu is Spanish.
I tried the smoky, seasoned almonds ($3) which were served in a little bowl like an elevated bar snack.
The fish tacos ($3) came in corn tortillas topped with cucumbers, a little spicy salsa and some lettuce, and the empanadas ($3) were fried and stuffed with pork.
The mussels ($6) were my favorite, though. They were served in a little boat, and they're smoky and juicy and just absolutely perfect.
To drink, I ordered the Moonshine Heaven ($9), which is served (like most everything at DKDC) In a mason jar. It's the kind of drink that's perfect for hot summer porch drinking – Popcorn Sutton's white whiskey, grapefruit juice, ginger beer, mint and luxardo, over ice.
DKDC is open Wednesday through Sundays, from 5 p.m. until they feel like closing. They don't accept reservations, and since it's more of a lounge than a restaurant, tables are first come, first served. If you're serious about eating, I recommend going early in the evening when it's not as packed.
964 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104