The Green Cork

The Green Cork – On a lark, I went with some friends to this self-serve wine bar in the Cooper Young area and had a delightful time.

Self-serve wine bar? Yes, and its fantastic.

When you walk in the waitress starts a tab for you, she then issues you a smart card that is the magic genie for getting your wine glass filled.  There were at least 18 varieties of sundry reds and whites to sample from.  Each machine has half a dozen bottles and is chilled or not as appropriate.  Each bottle in the machine is shown with tasting notes and is offered in three different sized pour options.  If you want to try a sample, start with the smallest pour option and work your way around the wine bar through the evening.  When you find the magic elixir, you can get a larger pour to savor and enjoy.  We had the Garden Fries with tomato basil sauce, onion, bacon and Parmesan cheese and the Green Cork cheese plate which was a fun pairing for our wines.

The food was excellent with a decidedly Euro-gourmet flair paired with the wines they offered.  This is an excellent place to savor and broaden your pallet for wine and dining.  Go here with an out of town friend on a rainy afternoon when you want to get away for four or five hours and solve the worlds problems.  You wont be sorry.

Local’s Choice: I also have to mention that since its Memphis, they have a dessert called the Elvis Dog, which is a banana that is battered and fried with peanut butter sauce, chocolate and whipped cream…tell me how this is a bad plan?


Stone Soup Cafe and Market

Stone Soup Cafe and Market – located in an quaint house just south of Young, this little cafe does breakfast right. They have biscuits, pancake, quiche, crepes and omelets.

Farmers are real men, and real men eat pie. And the Quiche Lorraine is like a rich farmer’s omelet pie. So therefore, Real men DO eat quiche. Debate solved.
Their pancake (singular) is about the size of a VW hubcap. Fluffy and delightful it’s a great share item with little ones too.
Their crepes are excellent, and it wouldn’t be Memphis if there weren’t a peanut butter and banana crepe on the menu, which is a great excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.
Finally, if you’re a bear looking to hibernate for the winter then get the Gut Bomb. Grits, sausage, eggs and cheese layered in bowl. It’s only a step above strapping on a feedbag, but it’s delicious.
I’ve only ever eaten breakfast here, but they do serve lunch and cater as well. Their market in the back has a case full of baked goods that could give Wilford Brimley years of job security.