Memphis Food News: Goodbye Momo Dumplings Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 12th 2019 2004 0

What’s going on in the wild world of Memphis restaurants, bars, and foodie events? Here’s a quick update.

Dumplings for a limited time. Photo by Global Cafe.

Global Cafe Changes – Get Your Samosas ASAP!
Let’s start with the bad news first: Chef Indra from Global Cafe in Crosstown is moving away, and so you only have until June 16th to eat her delicious chow mein, momo (dumplings), samosas, and more. A new food stand will open in place of the Nepali one. Read more about Global Cafe here and read more about the change here.

Craft Food & Wine Festival Is Coming Up Fast
The expanded, evolved version of last year’s sold-out Butcher Board Festival is the Craft Food & Wine Festival. Try your fill of gourmet bites and delicious wines and spirits at The Columns downtown. It’s Sunday, June 23rd, and tickets are going fast. Get yours here, and read more here.

Puck Food Hall Is Open
The food hall at 409 South Main has been renovated and reopened with ten food vendors! It’s really happening! Mostly for lunch, but a few spots have dinner or early dinner. Check out a few snippets from their preview night here, and check out their website and Instagram for more info.

Soul Nutrition 901 Opens Saturday
Germantown’s newest healthy smoothie shop opens this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2200 N. Germantown Parkway. Soul Nutrition 901 will have smoothies, teas, protein coffee, fitness shakes, and more. They have plenty of gluten free and vegan options. Get a vibe for what Soul Nutrition has here.

Knifebird
The cute bar with the weird name has officially opened as of June 11! It’s in the shopping center with Urban Outfitters in Cooper Young and is open at 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Mondays. They have a full bar with a big wine list (but don’t freak out; they have liquor and beer, too) plus charcuterie and snacks. It’s a small place so if you’re going with more than 5 people, you will need a reservation.

Fino’s Lives
Fino’s/Finn-o’s/Fyno’s/Feeeyneeo’s in Midtown has reopened. However you pronounce it, the beloved Italian deli now under leadership of Chef Kelly English sold out of bread their first day, so I know y’all were fiending for your Aquistos. Fino’s is open every day (!) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They also now serve breakfast weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. In words of one Instagram commenter “Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes thank you god”.

No, the East Memphis Fino’s is not reopening. More on that below.

A New Happy Hour That You Will Be Excited About
Speaking of Kelly English, Restaurant Iris launched a weekday happy hour with $5 bites and $5 select cocktails. It’s at the bar only, you don’t need reservations, and it’s from Monday – Friday. By the way, if you haven’t been to Iris since it reopened, what are you waiting for? It’s pretty and delicious.

HBD, High Cotton!
High Cotton Brewing has been around for five years! Celebrate with them on Saturday, June 15th. The Dead Soldiers are getting back together for a show to celebrate.

[Allegedly] Coming Soon

Third & Court, the new diner-inspired restaurant inside Hotel Indigo downtown, will open any minute now.
The MBJ reports on a new deli and meat market called Louie’s that will open in Arlington.
– The Flyer reports that a seafood restaurant called Saltwater Crab will open in the doomed former Chiwawa/Indian Pass space on Madison on June 24th. I feel like this one might stick!
– Mike Miller (yes, that Mike Miller) will open a sports bar called Let It Fly in Germantown soon.
Soccer City 901 – a new soccer bar and venue – will open in the coming weeks/months. We’ll have a blog post on this exciting new spot as soon as we can.
– Construction continues on Porch & Parlor in the old Bar Louie place in Overton Square.
– Nashville-based Slim & Husky’s pizzeria is supposed to open in The Edge District.

New Summer Menus
Several restaurants have unveiled new spring/summer menus recently, including Catherine & Mary’s, South of Beale, Midtown Crossing Grill (with more vegan options), and Interim. Sweet Grass in Cooper Young reopened with a new look and new menu, too. If I missed anyone, drop me a line (and preferably a link) in the comments.

Brookhaven Circle Changes
Bogie’s is moving from its spot on Mendenhall into the former Fino’s East location, and Fox Ridge Pizza is moving into the former Porcellino’s location. Don’t forget boutique restaurant Dory will also open in Brookhaven at some point. Jennifer B. at the Daily Memphian has all the details.

Memphis Food & Wine Festival Is Back
After a year hiatus, the Memphis Food & Wine Festival is coming back to the Botanic Gardens on October 12, 2019. This is one of the biggest and fanciest culinary events in the city, with chefs from all over the world and right here at home, plus loads of delicious wine, live music, and general merriment. Read more about the 2016 event here. Tickets ($200 per person) go on sale very soon here.

Jimmi, Take The Wheel
Sushi Jimmi Restaurant has taken us on a rollercoaster of emotions. First he was moving and closing up shop, then he wanted to sell the 2895 PoplarAve. location, then he was staying, then there was a farewell weekend, and I lost track after at some point. This week they announced they’re staying open but will do a reservation-only buffet service special for this Saturday. Buckle up and follow the wild ride of sushi burritos, delicious Asian-fusion dishes, and spicy crawfish nachos on Doritos via their Instagram.


got more food news? Drop me a line hollywhitfield@memphistravel.com


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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