Bounty on Broad Farm-To-Table Restaurant Is Now Open
Bounty is the latest addition to the Broad Avenue Arts District, a casual fine dining restaurant with a focus on fresh, farm-to-table dishes for dinner and Sunday brunch. I went with a friend on opening day and the experience was so positive I decided to go ahead and write about it.
Bounty is at the corner of Broad and Merton in the Broad Avenue Arts District, in the restored Hanover Building (which used to be a pharmacy back in the day).
Downstairs, you can sit at tables or at a small counter right next to the kitchen. Upstairs, you can choose from the bar or tables. There’s also a small private room. The atmosphere has that refurbished-but-still-authentic feel, complete with exposed bricks and lots of wood. It feels like a place you’d go on a nice date.
Bounty’s chef, Jackson Kramer, has put together a menu with three sections: vegetables, fish, and meats. My friend and I planned to share everything, so we ordered the forest mushroom salad and the pommes frites aka french fries (both $9) to start.
I’m not a mushroom person, but my friend gave full approval of the salad. I’m a fan of Bounty’s fries, and an even bigger fan of the way that the goat cheese turned into a soft gooey cheese blanket for the fries. There should be more goat cheese fry blankets in the world.
Next we chose the stuffed mountain trout ($22) and the beef bavette ($17). I had no idea what a bavette was, but the menu said “blue cheese butter” so we were pretty much going to order it no matter what.
The bavette refers the cut of meat, similar to the flank steak, and this particular bavette had spent some time in a marinade straight from heaven. It won’t be like a velvety tender filet mignon, but this one (we ordered it cooked medium) had a rich, satisfying flavor, and I’ll order it again. If you’re a meat lover, you should order this dish.
The stuffed trout, too, was tasty. It was perfectly cooked, and the stuffing and carrots gave the whole dish a slighty sweet flavor. The carrots were dark in color, which made me wonder if there is such a thing as heirloom carrots. I’d recommend it, but curiosity will probably push me to order the salmon or seared tuna next time.
Despite being totally stuffed, we ordered dessert. We had the tapioca-pineapple pudding and the banana bread with ice cream because life is too short to share one dessert.
Maybe I’m weird, but the idea of banana bread as dessert is just…wrong. Banana bread is for breakfast. But we ordered it anyways and it was delicious, almost decadent, and perfectly dessert enough especially with the ice cream and cherry garnish. I really can’t decide which was better, that or the tapioca, though, because the latter was sweet and creamy and just an all around nice thing to eat.
The craziest thing about Bounty, and especially that banana bread, is something I’m purposefully sticking here at the bottom of this post: everything is totally gluten-free. Even though I had heard for months that this was the case, I kind of forgot about that while eating. I just didn’t miss the gluten, and with the exception of that fabulous banana bread, there wasn’t a coconut-flour-rice-dust brick-textured bun substitute in sight. The only gluten they’ll have in the place is in the beer.
I need to point out, too, that we had a ton of questions for our server, and he didn’t miss a beat. He hit that perfect note of being full of information without seeming to be a know-it-all. While this can’t be an every week place for most people (due to price), service like that makes it really worth while on occasion. Maybe that guy is just a prodigy, but if the servers are that well-trained and experienced on the first day, that bodes well for Bounty.
Bounty is open for dinner on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bounty serves a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
As of October 14, 2014 they serve beer, but are BYOB (no corkage fee) for other alcohol until they get their liquor license. As for the market/butcher shop part of Bounty, that is still several months away.
The downstairs is ADA accessible, everything in the restaurant is gluten free (except for the beer they serve) and there are plenty of options for vegetarians. Bounty’s Facebook page invites folks to wear jeans and bring the kids, though I’d check the menu to be sure there’s something for your little one before you go. Important: Bounty is credit card only.
2519 Broad Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38112