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Aug 13, 2013 03:17 PM

Acre or Iris for one great meal in Memphis?

Headed to Memphis for one night soon and want to try one of the best restaurants in the city for dinner. Any thoughts on which one?

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  1. Restaurant Iris. Always. I do like Acre, though I've only been a couple of times, but Iris has my heart forever. I've even loved the chef's degustation, which is a big deal for me, because I am a total control freak. I would eat a boot if Kelly English cooked it.

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    1. re: tracytrace

      Unfortunately Iris is reasonably soon and totally booked up. I suppose I'll have to show up there farther in the future.

    2. Iris is far and away #1 for me. You do often need to make reservations 3 or 4 weeks out there for a weekend. It's pretty small and they try to do 2 seatings or so. They do have several patio tables and I have seen them empty before. So it might be worth showing up as a walk-in and seeing if something is available. But if you're coming from out of town you might want more confirmation than that. After Iris, I have trouble picking a clear #2. I used to like Erling Jensen a lot, but it is a more "old school" style of place and cooking than several of the others you hear about. Haven't been there in a while. In addition to Acre, Interim, Bari, and Andrew Michael are other favorite nice places that would probably come up in the conversation - at least for me.

      Incidentally, Andrew Michael's cheaper / casual offshoot Hog & Hominy has been getting the best press in town lately, including several national pieces.