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Best Restaurant (not BBQ) in Memphis?

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san antonio eater Aug 12, 2009 02:10 PM

I am headed to Memphis for a meeting later this month. I would love some suggestions for the best non-BBQ in town to take clients. I'll be staying near the river at the Madison. Any suggestions?

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    sierraskyesmom Aug 17, 2009 09:08 AM

    For Clients:

    Restaurant Iris
    Erling Jensens
    Ruths Chris
    Folks Folly
    Owen Brennans

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      Ross B Aug 16, 2009 08:16 AM

      The consensus on the local Memphis food board is that the best place in town right now is Restaurant Iris. I haven't eaten there yet because it's fairly new. However, I'm going in two weeks for my anniversary. The chef (Kelly English) won Food & Wine best new chef this year.

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        DrMac Aug 20, 2009 09:25 PM

        I went to Iris a couple of months ago, and was very impressed. Cajun/French fusion in a very neat old house, with a personal touch. It's definitely my favorite new restaurant. I think it would be a great place to take clients; very impressive

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        yahooer Aug 14, 2009 09:39 PM

        We loved Bari which is Italian like I'm in Italy Italian, rather than American Italian. Small plates of everything from appetizers to pastas, seafood and meats. Lots of interesting choices. Great bar. Totally professional service. Upscale room with water wall. Restaurant is not that big so reservations would be a good idea. I believe clients will be impressed. We were.

        Bari Ristorante e Enoteca, 22 South Cooper St. Card says Southeastern Italian Cuisine. Website is barimemphis.com.

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          mamasquirrel Aug 13, 2009 11:57 AM

          Since you'll be downtown, there are several options. The Majestic Grille is good for lunch or supper. Encore would be a very nice dinner with clients. Sole in the Westin does great seafood. For a fine dining experience, Chez Philippe in the Peabody is wonderful. If you're looking for more casual options, there's lot available, too. Beignet Cafe is great sandwiches along with perfect dessert. Gus's or Miss Polly's for fried chicken, Alcenia's for soul food, Dyer's, Huey's or Ernestine and Hazel's for burgers. It just all depends on what type of atmosphere you're looking for.

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            johja0488 Aug 13, 2009 09:07 AM

            Mexican: Taqueria la Guadalupana on Summer
            Sandwiches: Fino's at the corner of Madison and McClean
            Cafe: Cafe Ecclectic (Best patty melt ever, seriously- and the soups are wonderful)
            Pizza: I don't like pizza anywhere in Memphis
            Burgers: Belmont Grill or Huey's
            Downtown: Kooky Canuck (everything here is fried, basically)
            Sushi: Do on South Cooper

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