Soul Fish Cafe

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Soul Fish Cafe is an excellent fish and soul food joint in Memphis.  The big seller is definitely the fried catfish, but the poboy sandwiches as well as the burgers are also really tasty.  Its a great place for small kids too.

 

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Belly Acres

Belly Acres – located in the newly revived Overton Square, this place is awesome.  Its right across the street from the new parking structure on the Square which gives it easy access for families with Littles. My daughter loved the farm decor complete with vintage tractor, trees, barrels, and a barn-storming biplane caught in the wall.  The first thing my 2 year old noticed on the way in was the airplane.  The experience took off from there.

Belly Acres prides itself on being certified farm to table, so its ingredients are very fresh and the quality is excellent. Its a modified, fast-casual setup where you are seated by a host, but you order at the counter.  This gives you time to look over the menu and not get hassled by the waiters, but you can settle into the table with your family and get comfy.


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Once the whole crew figures out what you want, you roll up to the counter and place your order.  Instead of a number for your order, they give you a small street sign with a local Memphis street to put in the caddy on your table.  Nice touch guys.  

Street sign table caddy

I ordered the Southern Gentleman burger (but of course) with the Acre salad for the Wife and chicken fingers and sweet potato fries for Little Bit.

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It was awesome.  I’ll be the first to admit that it never crossed my mind to put a sweet potato, pickled greens and maple ketchup on a burger, but it totally works.  The burger and fries were excellent. Little Bit’s sweet potato fries were seasoned with cinnamon, but they were baked, not fried, so there’s a feel-good parenting moment about letting your kids eat french fries.  We all three agreed that the chicken tenders were some of the best in Memphis.  They were a great addition to the Acre salad to make it a little more substantial.

Southern Gentleman with Pickled Greens, Sweet Potato Slice, Bacon and Maple Ketchup

It obvious that the folks at Belly Acres have put a lot of thought into their craft, and they’ve done a heck of a job.  Their food is excellent.  The service was superb. The atmosphere was casual and fun  They also sell beer and wine, so Mom and Dad can have a little extra treat while taking the family out to dinner.

Some of the best chicken tenders in Memphis

We thoroughly enjoyed it, and its going to become a regular stop for our gang.

Local’s Choice: If you’re a chicken tender connoisseur these are in the same ball park as Gus’s but milder with less of a kick.  The Southern Gentleman was a excellent.  I’m looking forward to going back and trying their other excellent options.

Memphis Botanic Gardens


Memphis Botanic Gardens are an excellent recreational destination in East Memphis.  The Gardens are well manicured as expected, but there are so many other facets of the Garden. 


 


They sell annual memberships which are pretty inexpensive and they have lots of events at the Gardens which appeal to all ages. 

 

“Live at the Garden”: The live sound stage and music series “Live at the Garden”  has hosted everyone from Paul Simon, the Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Roberta Flack, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Ray Charles, etc… the list goes on and on with great performers.  These concerts are lots of fun and the venue is really cool and well done.

Fratelli’s Café: Is a fun little Garden spot with fresh salads and sandwiches. 

 

If you’re looking for a fun and pretty place to grab lunch, then this is a good spot.

 

My Big Back Yard: For some ages and stages, this is the most important attribute of the Garden.  They’ve carved out a vast expanse of their beautiful park and made it a winner for young families and littles.  They have daily events like Caterpillar Club for children to learn about nature.  The large educational play area is a great place to play for children as little as 18 months all the way up to elementary school.  We love My Big Back Yard which by itself is worth the annual park membership.

 

They also have art events, farmer’s markets with CSA produce delivery, as well as crafts fairs, etc.  Memphis Botanic Gardens is a wonderful cornerstone for the East Memphis community.