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Romantic Dinner in Memphis

Ed Aug 4, 2004 04:43 PM

I will be staying at the Hampton Inn on Beale St. next month. Any recommendations for a reasonably priced romantic dinner preferably within walking distance, but I will have a car available.

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    Ike! RE: Ed Aug 5, 2004 11:46 AM

    There's a Hampton on Shady Grove near I 240 and Poplar that's close to Erling Jensen's Restaurant, which is as nice a place you will ever find in Memphis....nothing near Beale but Chez Phillipe which is very expensive................Thinking back there's a nice restaurant in The Madison Hotel and another one that a lady opened on Monroe called Felicia Suzanne's which I hear is nice..........90l 523 0877........if you like it let us know............

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      Al RE: Ike! Aug 5, 2004 12:23 PM

      The closest nice restaurants are going to be in the Peabody Hotel, which is on the next block over from the downtown Hampton.

      A few more blocks away (but still within reasonable walking distance) are Stella, McEwen's and Felicia Suzanne's. Felicia Suzanne's doesn't have a Web site anymore, but Stella's is www.stellamemphis.com and McEwen's is www.mcewensonmonroe.com. Unfortunately, I haven't been to any of these but my sources say McEwen's is the most relaxing, tastiest of the three.

      My recommendation would be to go just a little farther - you'll probably want a cab - and go to Cielo in Victorian Village. VERY romantic, great food, and attentive service.

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        Piranha RE: Al Aug 5, 2004 01:09 PM

        I definitely second the recommendation for Cielo! (But I also wouldn't walk). For romantic within walking distance I think your best bests are Chez Philippe or maybe Grill 83 at the Madison Hotel. McEwen's is great, but I wouldn't call it romantic. Sorry, I haven't been to Stella.

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          porkmetenderBBQ RE: Al Sep 18, 2007 01:23 PM

          mcewens does have very good food, and has the ABSOLUTE best Banana Cream Pie I have ever had!! Go there for dessert! Stellas is also very good. The owner of Stella's used to work at McEwens. Nice quaint resturants.

      2. Tomatokid RE: Ed Sep 21, 2007 09:11 AM

        STELLA STELLA STELLA sensory satisfaction guranteed. Very romantic, ask for a table on the mezzanine.

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          prainer RE: Tomatokid Sep 22, 2007 08:51 AM

          hated it!!!!!!!!!!!

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          prainer RE: Ed Sep 21, 2007 08:09 PM

          Stella is not the place to go - it's not reasonably priced and the one time I ate there, it was terrible... my first choice would be Encore - it's fantastic... run by the former chef at Chez Phillipe..beautiful dining room.. great food and service... in Peabody Place which is an easy walk from Beale Street - it's a winner!
          I would also recommend McEwen's. It is reasonably priced and has good food. Though it's not particularly romantic, it's a nice restaurant..you could walk there. Cielo would also be great - awesome setting and food - just a little on the expensive side.

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            megany09 RE: prainer Sep 28, 2007 07:17 AM

            Cielo is no more. The owner, Karen Carrier, redesigned it. Now it's a tapas place called the Molly Fontaine Lounge. I think Grill 83 would be a good choice. I haven't been, but I've heard good things. Encore woudl also be my first choice. Encore is reasonably priced, delicious, and the service is always good. Great ambience! Their website is http://www.encore-memphis.com/.

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              Its Still Mooing RE: megany09 Oct 30, 2007 07:09 PM

              Encore or River Oaks for me.

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                Randal Cooper RE: Its Still Mooing Oct 30, 2007 08:33 PM

                And it's a LONG walk to River Oaks from Beale Street, so I'd have to go with Encore on the reasonably priced/romantic front.

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                  Its Still Mooing RE: Randal Cooper Oct 31, 2007 01:53 PM

                  Doh! Whoops! It might be worth the walk though...

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