Ecco On Overton Park

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Ecco on Overton Park is a lovely cafe tucked in the Overton Park/Evergreen neighborhood.  Its a gourmet bistro with homemade pastas, excellent salads and a chorizo burger that isnt your normal slider.

Their lunch menu is abbreviated but very good and has some of the best pasta entrees in Memphis.

I’d highly recommend it for a nice, sitdown business lunch or a dinner date with your better half.

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Hog Wild BBQ Catering

 

Hog Wild BBQ Catering – if you’re coordinating for an event and you want real Memphis BBQ delivered with no hassle.  Ernie Mellor and Company at Hog Wild BBQ is the guy you want.  A veteran of the Memphis World BBQ Championships since the mid 80’s, Ernie’s got a rig that he’ll haul to the middle of nowhere to serve you some of the best Memphis BBQ around.  I’ve seen him at farms for the Opening Weekend of Dove Season in Arkansas to fine homes in central Memphis.  He also caters non-BBQ for weddings and other events under the name A Moveable Feast.

Cafe Eclectic

Cafe Eclectic – I’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant that took as much pride in the artisan quality of their food as their role as a community building keystone. Founded in 2008 with a location near Rhodes College, they expanded to the downtown area with a little cafe in Harbortown. In 2013, they opened their University of Memphis location.

Each of the locations serves a slightly different, eclectic menu, but the quality of freshly prepared food is wonderful. Whether you’re looking for an excellent cup of coffee and scone for a study buzz or an delicious brunch for the family, Eclectic is the place. You won’t be disappointed with what you order.

In addition to excellent coffee’s, cafe’s latte’s and such, they also do homemade sodas and Mexican Coca Cola and Fanta (made with cane sugar vice corn syrup.)

They serve black bean patties as a meat substitute, so if you’re looking for a heartier vegetarian option this is also a good spot.

Locals Choice: Diablo Wrap (above), Black Bean Wrap or the Pear and Brie Panini (Below).

Cinnamon Rolls. Yes, they MAKE cinnamon rolls. Always a go-to option regardless of the time of day.

Las Delicias

 

Las Delicias – a family favorite for dining on the cheap, we can get a family of 2 and a highchair fed and out the door for about $20.00.  The chips they load the table with are the day-old tortillas that they’ve sliced and fried.  The guacamole is fresh made to order.  The tamales and the grilled chicken burrito are excellent and the tortas (sandwiches) are also very popular with my friends.

The waitstaff are super nice (especially with little ones who attempt to say Hola and Gracias) and don’t roll their eyes when you practice your Spanish with them.  For more celebratory evenings, like Thirsty Thursday, they sell excellent margaritas and beer in a glass big enough to make your mother-in-law blush.

Local’s choice: Guacamole y un burrito con pollo y una cerveza Dos Equis con lima, por favor.

 

RKA Investments: Ryan Anderson

RKA Investments  – Ryan Anderson got his start in a big engineering firm in town and then branched off into real estate as an agent. He’s a dedicated professional in all aspects of home purchase and sale and remodeling.  He’s incredibly easy to work with and his fee structure is straight forward.

He comes highly recommended by the some of the distinguished residential architects in town as being excellent to work with.  Whether you’re buying a house, building a house from the ground-up or renovating an existing home, RKA Investments is an trustworthy and professional agent and contractor.

Jim Neely’s Interstate BBQ

 

Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue is a Memphis institution.  The original location is situated off of I-55 near exit #7.  When you walk in, you know you’ve got an original Memphis experience coming.  I like to get the pulled pork plate with beef sausage links. Another winner is the BBQ Spaghetti.  I always like to save room for either the pecan pie or sock it to me cake.  If you’re looking for an original Memphis BBQ stop, this is a great one.

Local’s Choice: Pulled Pork and Pecan Pie

Olympic Steak and Pizza

Olympic Steak and Pizza – is a bit of a Millington dynasty.  Its the quintessential American story.  Greek immigrants land in America with nothing but a work ethic and build a small series of restaurants that are staples in rural Western, TN.  They’ve adapted well and do the small town standard meat and three plates, as well as pizzas that are top notch.  The best kept secret is the Greek food which is the heart and soul of the family.

Local’s Choice: Gyro Plate