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Acre or Iris for one great meal in Memphis?

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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.