Memphis Food News: Crosstown Concourse, RIP Los Compadres, Maciel’s Returns
What Memphis restaurants have opened lately? Where will the new Jerry’s Sno Cone be? Is Hattie B’s hot chicken ever going to open in Memphis? These are the questions we will answer – and much more – in today’s Memphis Food News.
First off, let’s talk about what’s opened lately in Memphis.
Crosstown Concourse has had a few openings recently:
– Area 51 Ice Cream: read more about their original Hernando location here.
– Curb Market: This is the one that used to be on Cooper in Midtown, and they’ve been open in Crosstown for a while. They have prepared food for grab ‘n’ go and also now do charcuterie plates.
– Farm Burger: I’ve heard nothing but great things about this chain serving fancy burgers ($8-$10, sides are about $4) which has ten locations around the country.
– French Truck Coffee: They’ve been open for a while, but now have food in addition to pastries and coffee.
– Next Door Crosstown: I’m adding the word “Crosstown” to this because it’s too easy to confuse this with The Original Memphis Next Door aka Sweet Grass Next Door. Next Door Crosstown is from the same people who (Kimbal Musk and Co.) do “The Kitchen” out at Shelby Farms. They have bowls, sandwiches, burgers, snacks, and daily specials ($11.95 – $15.95). Lots of options for gluten free/vegan/vegetarian. The food pictured at the top of this post is from there.
These are in addition to MEMPops and I Love Juice Bar, which have been open for a while inside Crosstown.
More recent restaurant openings and closings…
Ballet Memphis’ new midtown headquarters in Overton Square is open, and so is the second area location of Mama Gaia. Mama Gaia serves organic vegetarian food, smoothies, and juices.
Novel bookstore in Laurelwood opened several weeks ago, and their new cafe “Libro” – helmed by the same folks at ECCO on Overton Park is now open, too. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Oshi has reopened downtown as “Oshi Asian Kitchen”. The former burger spot is now a more traditional Asian fusion restaurant, with sushi, gyoza, korean BBQ, ramen and more. Check out their new menu here.
Rest In Peace, Los Compadres. You were one of my favorites and you were gone so quickly. We’ll never forget your super cheap Tex Mex and Cuban food.
Tennessee Taco Company opened in the former Los Compadres location. It is Torchy’s Taco-esque, the kind of place that also serves loaded tater tots in a big pot (they were tasty) and donut holes, plans to have a large draft beer selection, and offers a fried chicken taco called “Gus’ Favorite” and a bunch of other tacos with puns for names. It is not the same thing as tacos from a taco truck on Summer, it’s a whole different animal. There’s room in my stomach for both types of food, but just so y’all know what to expect.
It’s been a while, but ICYMI: The Edge Alley, Margaritas downtown, and Chef Tams’s Underground soul food (see the muddy mac ‘n’ cheese above) are all relatively recent restaurant openings.
Here are some places that are opening soon/next year/allegedly in the future.
Slider Inn will open a location downtown next year some time, that – contrary to some reports – will not officially be called Slider Out. Knowing Memphis, though, this nickname may be hard to shake. I have more exciting information on Slider Inn Downtown coming to the blog very soon.
The Memphis Flyer reports that Maciel’s downtown will reopen later this week after a fire collapsed their roof in July. Praise be!
Hattie’s B’s Hot Chicken is still planning to open a Memphis location at 596 Cooper Street (previously Curb Market, previously Easy Way) even though it looks like they have a long way to go. In a recent Instagram comment, they said they’re “waiting on some permits and have been doing some renovations. Stay tuned!”
Bluff City Coffee’s midtown location is going through inspections and hopes to open within days.
Two Girls and A Whip is a new cakery downtown that’s also going through inspections and hopes to open within a week or so at the latest. Read more.
Sunrise Memphis, a new breakfast place from the masterminds behind Sweet Grass and Central BBQ, is in the process of hiring staff and testing out food. Hopefully they’ll be open in the next month or so.
Dream Bar pop-up bar concepts will host some Hocus Pocus themed nights at Old Dominick Distillery October 12 -15.
Jerry’s Sno Cones broke ground on their Bonnie Lane Cordova location back on July 31st, which is one step closer to opening, right?
Work on Hopdoddy burger place in Overton Square continues.
Work on Indian Pass Raw Bar in the former Chiwawa location continues.
And even more food news…
Front Street Deli is finally serving breakfast biscuits again after reopening under new ownership and a delicious new sandwich menu (all the sandwiches are named after Tom Cruise movies, I recommend the chicken salad one).
The Brass Door downtown has been closed for a while, and now is under new management – the same wonderful people who own The Majestic Grill and The Front Porch. They’ll reopen in the coming weeks. Susan at the Flyer has more info.
Tsunami has a new happy hour menu and also will have a new concept at some point. Read the whole story here if you haven’t already.
Finally there are some awesome food and drinking festivals coming up:
– Best Memphis Burger Fest is this weekend, Oct. 7.
– High Cotton Oktoberfest is this weekend, Oct. 8.
– Tequila Fest is Oct. 13.
– Cooper Young Beerfest is Oct. 14th.
– Memphis Food & Wine Festival is Oct. 14th. (Read about last year’s here.)
– Wiseacre’s Symphonic Soiree is Oct. 28.
– Germantown Oktoberfest is Nov. 4.
– Memphis Grilled Cheese Fest is Nov. 5.
What’d I miss? What are you wondering about? Leave me your thoughts in the comments.