No Reservations at Sweet Grass? Go to Next Door
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.
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.
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.
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.
937 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104-5606