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Posted: Jun 14, 2018 11:13 am
I definitely remember this place. I think it was called Mrs. Delbys but I'm not sure. I'd love if someone could verify that. It's been an ongoing argument between my wife and me.
Posted: Jun 17, 2018 3:42 pm
What was the name of the 1980s Italian bistro on Poplar, between Ridgeway and Massey, where Starbucks used to be (before they moved next-door)? It was next door to Steak and Ale (as was - now the defunct Lyfe Kitchen). A previous writer remembers they wrapped left-overs in a aluminum swan.
Posted: Jul 8, 2018 8:43 am
Carousel Restaurant. Great Pancakes and variety of syrups. They also had a decent Friday nite steak and salad with blue cheese dressing... long before the "house dressing" we know today as Ranch.
Posted: Jul 8, 2018 8:55 am
Fegusons Restaurant on Summer Ave. near Leathy Trailer Park and Al's Cycle Shop near Tillman. I heard they lost it to the Casinos many years back... may just be an Urban Legend
Posted: Jul 25, 2018 4:08 pm
T Mar
Cafe roux was on Winchester near Riverdale. Looked like a big ole White House. Two story. They tore it down and built something.....probably the Malco.
Posted: Jul 25, 2018 4:32 pm
Yea Berretta's!!!! my Husband's Family had these.
Posted: Aug 2, 2018 7:17 am
arrabau - Think you are referring to Palazzino, then later Cafe Max. Here's a link with some history: [url=http://memphismagazine.com/ask-vance/ask-vance3/][/url]
Posted: Aug 8, 2018 5:02 am

Was that before it was at the end of the shopping center that Xanadu was in? If not, that shopping center is still there and the space that Cafe Roux was in is still or was recently a restaurant.

My contribution is the little Venezuelan place that either preceded or followed the Subway on Highland across from the strip. They were open sometime around 2002-2003 and they were amazing. For all I know the name was as simple as Mi Venezuela or something. No one else seems to remember it.

Pour one out for the Cue as well.

Oh, also the hot dog place that was on Winchester roughly across from the Uptons/Home Depot (not an actual HD- homeowners warehouse or something) shopping center? Sneaky Pete's I want to say? I'm not sure if they were the same people that sold the sauce in the grocery or not.
Posted: Aug 18, 2018 6:58 am
This is a great database! I don't recall seeing "Ireland's Steak and Biscuits" on the list. The year would have been about 1970 maybe? It was near the airport....west on Winchester, south side. We grew up rather poor, but I remember the only time we went out to eat at a "nice place" was dinner with my parent's friends there one evening. It was a big occasion for us. I think the building eventually became home to a strip club, Purple Passion or something like that.
Posted: Aug 25, 2018 8:57 am
Where was the White House Cafe?
I'm looking for the name of the restaurant first floor of a hotel at the southwest corner of Popular and 240...
Posted: Sep 25, 2018 11:12 am
Had anyone mentioned Burkles Bakery at Overton Square? Great ho lunch meat and 3 veg for cheap and an immense piece of carrot cake - about 1975
Posted: Sep 25, 2018 11:15 am
There was a 24 hour place across from Baptist Central Hospital called JOJO's - had great shakes, onion rings and great service (at 3 or 4AM).
Posted: Oct 9, 2018 4:37 am
Does anyone remember a fancy restaurant located in an historic house at 906 Coward Place that was open around 1998-2000 ? The location was off of EH Crump west of Midtown 240. I own a Hoosier cabinet that was used in the dining room of this lovely restaurant. The house is still there and in very sad condition. Help me out here!
Posted: Oct 15, 2018 5:34 am
Krystal at Summer and National
Sandy's on Summer
A little brick building next to Cardinal Hatchery on Summer, Great BBQ.
About where Tops is now between National and Holmes, south side of street.
Posted: Nov 12, 2018 3:35 pm
The Flying Saucer/-remember getting in and drinking well before I was of legal age😊
Shakey's I had many birthday parties there and also at Memphis Ice Cream Parlor/may not have been the exact name but was in Whitehaven and they had a party room where they would show old cartoons on a projector screen!
Not the greatest bbq, but I also remember Gridleys BBQ and the Chocolate silk pie from Annabelle's in the Hickory Ridge Mall was so good!
I grew up in Tunica, so going "to town" as my grandmother called it was a big deal!
Oh and eating at the original Leonard's w my daddy will always be one of my fondest memories!!
Posted: Dec 2, 2018 4:12 pm | Edited by: LucaPoontangeli

The restaurant on Coward Place was "Justine's."
Posted: Feb 2, 2019 7:02 pm
Did it have the word "round" in the name?
Posted: Feb 9, 2019 6:18 pm
Anyone remember "The Bitter Lemon"?
It was a small little 60's type hangout at the corner of Poplar and North Humes (where Poplar and Union merge going East). The building is still there, it's painted black and still has the rounded corner windows. It was like a 60's coffee house with a tiny little stage. I remember my Mom took me there late one afternoon and we had these beverages that were non-alcoholic...but you felt like you were getting something you shouldn't be able to get at that age...I must have been around 14.
Posted: Feb 14, 2019 6:00 am
A lot of defunct restaurants have been remembered and some with good memories. I don't see the wonderful Mexican restaurant on Lamar mentioned; The Sombrero. We also had a What-a-Burger on Getwell, which was an A&W Root Beer restaurant. Ahhh, these too were the good ole days...the 1960's!
Posted: Apr 13, 2019 11:26 am
Does anyone remember the name of Danver's before it was Danver's? My wife and I went to Memphis State in early/mid 70's and frequented the Highland location.

The Ranch House
Posted: Apr 13, 2019 11:30 am
Catholic Girl:
Catholic Girl
Posted: Jan 10, 2016 10:41 am Reply Quote  
Does anybody remember the place downtown back in the 70s where you went downstairs to a lounge? It stayed opened to the wee hours but was BYOB. Ronnie Millsap played.

The Thunderbird Lounge
Posted: May 19, 2019 7:22 am
What was the name of the frozen custard place by Easter end skating rink?
Posted: Aug 27, 2019 4:25 pm
does anyone remember a pancake place in the building that's the Half Shell now? I think is was something like Carousel Pancake house maybe?
Posted: Aug 29, 2019 6:17 am
From a friend on the scene:
Earnestine and Hazel's is being renovated. Gone is the tile floor and old bar downstairs. A new bar is being constructed in its place. I peeked in the open door, but was promptly asked to leave.
Posted: Oct 12, 2019 7:38 am
Posted: Oct 12, 2019 4:02 pm

Garden Club? had couches - they discovered the couches were too comfortable, people would sit and nap. Music - Jumpin Slick, White and Wong - 1970's
Posted: Oct 28, 2019 5:57 pm
Any updates on Ernestine & Hazel's?

Any new swank Hotel Lobby Bars that are worth a damn?

I'm so out of it that I was not hip to the Le Chardonay scene... not bad. Lotta Buccaneer regs in that place.
Posted: Jan 12, 2020 10:36 am
Yes the Moonraker was in Germantown in the shopping center on the corner of Poplar and Germantown Rd. I took my future wife there on our first date.
Posted: Jan 12, 2020 12:49 pm
I just read through the thread, and can't find this one. There was a very nice restaurant on Brooks Rd, close to Irelands. It had a "lagoon" in the middle of it. It didn't last long, I don't think but it was beautiful.

Also, remember Boston Seafood or something like it? It was also on Brooks, I think.
Posted: Jan 13, 2020 3:26 am
Props to Dale Watson for reviving Hernando's Hideaway... very cool. Gotta root for him over multinational / nationwide hotel conglomerate's lobbies, no matter how cool.
Posted: Feb 5, 2020 6:01 am
Was the Driftwood next to Krystal's across from Sears? If so, did Driftwood become Da Wah's?
Does anyone recall a restaurant on Cleveland, between Poplar and the old Sears tower, same side of street as Crosstown Theater & Krystal's called The Harbor?? I'd love for someone to remember that restaurant too
Posted: Feb 5, 2020 6:08 am
KY Crusader 75
Was Schielke's Delicatessen on Poplar near Mendenhall.. other side of rr track?
Posted: Feb 5, 2020 6:16 am
Catholic Girl
Thunderbird Lounge was in basement of Shelbourne Apartment Building on Adams. Saw Ronnie Milsap play there a few times
Posted: Feb 5, 2020 6:43 am
[b]Does anyone remember a fancy restaurant located in an historic house at 906 Coward Place that was open around 1998-2000 ? The location was off of EH Crump west of Midtown 240. I own a Hoosier cabinet that was used in the dining room of this lovely restaurant. The house is still there and in very sad condition. Help me out here!

Justine's maybe?
Posted: Mar 3, 2020 9:28 am
Oh man Shakeys was ao good!
Posted: Mar 3, 2020 9:32 am
Pete and Sams still open and I loved their thin crust pizza!
Posted: Mar 25, 2020 8:37 am
Hoping there's a way for Memphis restaurants to make it through this thing. Best of luck to all workers and owners trying to figure it out. We have probably had our last meal at more than a few of our favorites.
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