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Teddybear Jun 1, 2009 01:42 PM

Don't know anything about the area, but will be attending a conference at Rhodes next week. Any place nearby (walking distance) that's good to eat? Thanks.

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    tater RE: Teddybear Jun 1, 2009 01:55 PM

    The only two restaurants in reasonable walking distance from Rhodes are Cafe Eclectic and Dino's...both are one block west on McLean. I like Cafe Eclectic. Good breakfast/bakery and sandwiches for lunch. I've never been to Dino's (italian) but it gets good reviews.

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      sgcaver24 RE: tater Jun 1, 2009 06:53 PM

      I wouldn't recommend Dino's. My husband and I have tried it twice in the last year and the food is really lacking. Cafe Eclectic is better and you can sit out on the front sidewalk at their bistro tables and enjoy your meal (assuming it's not hot and sticky)!

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        Ross B RE: sgcaver24 Jun 1, 2009 07:48 PM

        I love the ravioli at Dino's. Everything else is just ok.

    2. megany09 RE: Teddybear Jun 1, 2009 02:09 PM

      For both drinks and really good food, go to The Cove. It's on Broad. There' s a pizza place too. It won't be too much of a walk. If you want wings, there's a really good place at Summer and Parkway. It's right beside the Exxon.

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        tater RE: megany09 Jun 1, 2009 02:57 PM

        Agree that the Cove has good food and probably the best drinks in Midtown. However, I personally wouldn't recommend someone from out of town who doesn't know Memphis walk from Rhodes to the Cove. I bike on Broad at night and all over Midtown, so I'm not a "scared suburbanite", but that's not a wise choice in my opinion. Broadway Pizza is average at best.

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          Teddybear RE: tater Jun 1, 2009 04:17 PM

          Many thanks to both of you for your helpful suggestions -- food and walkwise. I appreciate your help

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            Ross B RE: Teddybear Jun 1, 2009 07:47 PM

            There are tons of good places in Midtown that are a very short drive.

            Restaurant Iris- Chef just named 2009 Best New Chef by Food & Wine
            Fino's - lunch only, great sandwiches
            Noodle Doodle Do - noodles and sushi
            Tsunami - best seafood in town
            Bari - regional Italian (Puglia)
            Alex's - hot wings and a beer
            Pho Saigon - Vietnamese
            Cafe 1912- relaxed bistro with great food
            Paulette's - old school French fine dining
            Cupboard - meat & 3, breakfast and fried chicken

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              Teddybear RE: Ross B Jun 2, 2009 07:57 AM

              Many thanks, but I'm not driving -- but maybe I'll meet someone who is!

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        Teddybear RE: Teddybear Jun 19, 2009 08:07 PM

        Thanks for the recs -- I really enjoyed Eclectic Cafe -- at least twice! Also ate well at McEwens Encore and the Rendezvous -- my expectations were not high for the ribs there given the opinion on the board. But we had an excellent meal there I am happy to report

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          Clarkafella RE: Teddybear Jun 20, 2009 11:16 PM

          I've noticed that a lot of native Memphis folks don't like the Rendezvous, but when they are on, those ribs are really really good.

          There have been a lot of people over the years who came to Memphis just to try their ribs- I don't know how many have gone away disappointed, but I'll bet the percentage is pretty low.

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