No Reservations at Sweet Grass? Go to Next Door

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 7th 2011 2961 0

When chef Ryan Trimm opened Sweet Grass in Cooper Young last spring, it instantly became a midtown favorite. People are so excited about Trimm’s low country cooking that it can be impossible to get a table in the small-ish restaurant without a reservation, even on a weeknight.

Luckily, the staff at Sweet Grass have found a way to solve part of the problem (or at least make waiting a little more fun) with Sweet Grass Next Door. They took over the narrow space on the other side of the building and opened a more casual bar with a limited, but exciting, menu.

Sweet Grass Next Door, Memphis, Tenn.

The space is long and narrow, with a bar running the length of the room. There’s a second, long bar in the middle of the room and some tables along the sides and in the back. There’s a small room in the back of the bar with a giant TV that can be reserved for private parties.

I was impressed with Next Door’s drink selection. They’ve got a large beer case of craft domestics, imports high-gravity beers. The wine list is extensive, and their cocktail ingredients are plentiful. Right now, they’ve only got a handful of beers (including Ghost River) on tap.

Deviled crab cakes from Sweet Grass Next Door, Memphis, Tenn.

The food menu at Next Door includes some of the favorites from regular Sweet Grass, as well as some more pub-friendly options (think deep fried pimento cheese burgers, chicken and waffles and fried green tomato BLTs). Everything on the menu is less than $20.

The deviled crab cakes I had were pretty tasty. They were made of lump crabmeat and vegetables that had been lightly fried. While not super spicy, they had a nice little kick to them. But the slaw. Holy crap, that slaw. It was made from super fresh, crunchy cabbage and coated in a light, tangy sauce. I want this on barbecue sandwiches. I want a tub of it in my fridge.

Butcher's Plate from Sweet Grass Next Door, Memphis, Tenn.

I also split a butcher’s block, which is a huge plate of cheese and  house-cured meats. The three cheeses were a brie, a slightly sharp sheep’s milk cheese and a salty, pungent cheese. The meat side of the platter was loaded with pate, sausage, some sort of creamy version of pork, and spicy slices of pork loaf with pistachios.

Sweet Grass Next Door is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. – ’til and on Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. – ’til.

Go There:

Sweet Grass Next Door

937 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104-5606
(901) 278-0278

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Harvey says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for organizing this blog and for updating it every day. My family and I are new to Memphis and, unfortunately, have only recently stumbled on your blog. It it has been a major help to us as far as finding the good in what had seemed like a dead city. I check your blog on a daily basis. It is easy to navigate and always has useful information. So, for what it’s worth…keep going and thank you!

  2. Harvey,

    Thank you! If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to email me.


  3. I had the plate with the country pate’ and rabbit liver mousse last night. Wow. Money in the bank.

  4. And by that I mean it was wonderful, delicious, and thoroughly pleasing to my palate.

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