Hog & Hominy - Memphis
I went for dinner last night with a couple of friends and we were greatly pleased. Apparently they have somewhat limited menu on Sundays. I hope to go back and try the full menu. We shared three sort of starter plates and one pizza. The romaine salad was essentially a Cesar with sort of puffy fried chicken skin croutons. The dressing was light and just tart enough with lemon. It was excellent. I wouldn't have minded some anchovies tossed in as well, but my friends who don't like anchovies were fine with that. We also had a caprese. It was a rather small portion but other than that was perfect. The tomatoes couldn't have been better or fresher, the buffalo mozzarella was fresh and perfect, nice thinly sliced red onion and a sprinkling of very potent basil leaves. The frittata with pork belly, oysters, BBQ and crispy shitakes was good but I couldn't really make out the oysters. It was nicely cooked, not dry at all and the pork belly had a good smokiness to it. The pizza - a Lil Red Ed with peppers, speck, fontina, tomato sauce and kalamata olives was pretty much perfection. The crust was among the very best I have ever had anywhere, the tomato sauce was fantastic, everything went together really well. It was, however, a bit saltier than I would have liked - probably due to the speck and the olives. Next time I would go simple and have a straight forward margherita. The wine and beer selection is excellent (whisky, too.) In all, an excellent time was had and I'll be back. My only complaint is the same as I tend to have in most new, trendy restaurants. It was loud, almost too loud to have a comfortable conversation. I know some people like that. I'm not one of them.