Memphis Food News Update

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 17th 2019 3726 0

Today in Memphis, there’s a new Thai restaurant coming to the Medical District, we’re getting close to a beloved Memphis deli’s reopening, people are going nuts for Easter brunch, and the Dirty Crow Inn got sold. All that and more in today’s Memphis food news.

Thai street food from Soi Number 9. Photo by Michael Butler.

– The Medical District will get a new restaurant next week. Soi Number 9, which has been a food truck for more than a year, will open their brick-and-mortar location at the Madison Plaza Food Court (910 Madison Avenue) any minute now. The food court is of course popular with med students and pros who work nearby, but it’s open to the public 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you’re not doing neighborhood street parking and walking up the building, there is a garage just east of 910 Madison Avenue next to the Hamilton Eye Center. The top levels (above floor 2) are for the public; it’s a few bucks. Once you walk out of the garage, it takes you directly to the food court.

– Quick drink news: Hu.Diner has a pickle-themed happy hour, Lucky Cat got their liquor license, and Alchemy has a new spring cocktail menu.

Comeback Coffee in The Pinch is open.

– Chef Kelly English, who is reopening the midtown location of our universally-adored Fino’s From The Hill, Tweeted “here we come” with an image of the beer application sign.

– Curry ‘n’ Jerk Caribbean restaurant (downtown next to McEwan’s) will have their Grand Re-Opening on April 26th after being closed due to fire. Ahead of that, they’re serving Easter Brunch on Sunday the 21st.

– I cannot believe people actually fell for my April Fool’s joke.

– If you want to see more Easter brunch options, check out that guide here. I’d like to draw particular attention to the Passover/Easter Brunch Pop Up at the former Fuel Cafe location, which is a collaboration between Tamboli Produce, Dave’s Bagels, and Vice & Virtue Coffee. Also note that the Redbirds have a game at 2:05 p.m. on Easter Sunday and will offer a ticket with all-you-can-eat pregame buffet with bottomless mimosas for $36 (or $40 club level).

– ICYMI, Fuel Cafe’s location is now just for pop-ups. They do still have their food truck around town.

Brunch at Riko’s is BYOB.

– Riko’s Kickin Chicken will host their first Trap Brunch on Sunday, April 27th. They’ll have a DJ and OJ for you to put your BYOB champagne in. If you haven’t had Riko’s yet, what are you waiting for? They post lunch specials and deals on their Twitter all the time, and everything is delicious there.

– Restauranteur Aldo Dean (Aldo’s, Slider Inn, Bardog) has purchased the Dirty Crow Inn, according to the Daily Memphian. Thoughts and prayers that he keeps its dependable dive-y vibe intact.

– What was once CK’s, and then E’s Cafe, is now The Waffle Iron, another affordable breakfast cafe on Park at Mendenhall. The Waffle Iron’s old location was in Collierville before it had a fire, and people loved it.

– Susan at the Flyer reports that Mama Gaia inside Crosstown is closing.

– Low-Fi Coffee in South Main has reopened after a three month renovation, according to Edible Memphis.

– To add to their constantly changing lineup of restaurant offerings, South Main Market says they’re going to have pizza soon. Meantime, they have City Block Salumeria, Bar 409 (which used to be called Civil Pour), Java CabanaWok’n N MemphisVenga 901, and Dee’Lightful Bakery. All the hours are a bit irregular, but maybe that’s part of the adventure?

– Got some food news for us? Drop me a line at hollywhitfield@memphistravel.com, and don’t forget to join our I Love Memphis Food Group on Facebook.

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