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I will be in Memphis from Fri through Sunday this weekend, staying at the Westin by Beale. We are planning for one reservation for a nice dinner on Sat night. I just want very good food, with well-sourced local ingredients. My GF, however, is trying to avoid red meat and dairy, but these are not strict prohibitions. Eating healthy is the main thing for her. I have a reservation at Felicia Suzanne, but am also considering Sweetgrass, or maybe McEwen. I had thought about Iris but it seemed more upscale than I'm looking for on this occasion. Any thoughts as between the above spots? On Fri night, I was planning to be more loosy-goosy, with maybe some bar food at South of Beale. I'll do barbecue, probably at Paynes, during the day. I hit Rendezvous last time I was in town, and I have no urge to return. But suggestions for any of these meals would be appreciated.

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Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant
80 Monroe Ave Ste L1, Memphis, TN 38103

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  1. Iris actually really layed back! Not snooty at all, (even less so than the places you mentioned) and vastly superior to mcewens, felicia suzannes or sweet grass in every way imaginable. Everything is locally sourced and wonderful, I've never had a bad bite and its really a steal. Please don't come to memphis and miss out on iris!

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    1. re: dailybread8383

      Second Iris. If you have a car check out A&R bar-b-qu on EPB. I found food at SOB a tad salty, but still a good value for what you get.

      1. re: Lo Pay

        Here's my brief report on the Memphis weekend. Friday night we did a little grazing at SOB. Enjoyed it immensely. The brisket egg rolls - a great idea - were perfect, as were the brussel sprouts with bacon in a maple glaze. Really pleasant place. I could have eaten more, such as the elk chile and the duck fried rice, but we were exercising moderation. Dumb, I know. Saturday afternoon was lunch at Payne's. So worth the modest excursion. Killer chopped pork & slaw sandwich. Had some ribs, too; but that's not why you go to Payne's. Despite the urgings of the replies above, we kept our Saturday dinner reservation at Felicia Suzanne; I tried to switch to Iris, but it was fully booked. FS was just okay, but, to be fair, I wasn't really hungry, and there was nothing light on the menu. Lack of hunger aside, nothing I tasted really excited me, though I thought their interpretation of shrimp & grits, on a grits cake, was pretty good. On Sunday, we brunched at Cockadoo. We just didn't feel like getting in the car, otherwise we probably would have hit Brother Juniper. Next time, we'll do Iris, and probably BJ for breakfast. Cockadoo did have good biscuits, and good coffee. The pancakes and other sides were just okay. Very pleasant place though, and very convenient to the Westin (where we stayed) and the Peabody. Thanks to those who replied to my OP.

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        Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant
        80 Monroe Ave Ste L1, Memphis, TN 38103

        1. re: Lo Pay

          I really want to go to iris, but the only night I have to get to Memphis is sunday and they are closed. What would be your 2nd choice for fine dining? I rather nothing too white table cloth, but just a great culinary experience....

          Based on the board, although very different from iris, seems that Payne's BBQ on Lamar or Soul Fish would be good choices for me but I have been stuck in Jackson TN for 7 days and Id like to have something that worth the drive to Memphis and not fried. Possible?