They just put the musicfest lineup on the site. Highlights include:
THE AVETT BROTHERS
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
THE FLAMING LIPS
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
BAND OF HORSES
GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND
OF MICE AND MEN
BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN
BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS
IN THIS MOMENT
SHOVELS AND ROPE
SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS
Full lineup here. I’m going Friday for Jenny Lewis for sure.
True story. Specials on margaritas, tacos, and quesadillas. It’s my go-to Monday night activity.
I suggest the mid grade margarita with cuervo for $6 and the steak tacos. Super tasty!
My buddy Mike was waiting to go pick up a package at UPS, and we were both hungry, so we decided to hit up Oshi for a couple of burgers. Just had beers this time, no liquor filled milkshakes, but the food was really good. I honestly think the Everybody’s All American might be my favorite burger in Memphis.
I highly suggest you try it if you haven’t yet. If you’re in the mood for a shake, get the Godzilla, you can thank me later.
I wrote about Little Italy way back in 2009. The pizza was great, but they were difficult to deal with. They technically did delivery, but every time I called I got a different delivery minimum, sometimes as high as $30. Some nights they just said they didn’t deliver. The food was good, but still not worth the ordeal.
Lately I’ve had a real lasagna craving so I started googling around for places near downtown with lasagna. Little Italy popped up and a bunch of reviews on Yelp said it was under new management/ownership. I decided to place a takeout order when I left work tonight.
They told me 10 to 15 minutes on the phone and I arrived 14 minutes after calling. If you’ve never been, the place is in a little strip mall on Union. It’s tiny, and there’s a definite lack of parking spots, especially during the day when the other businesses in the strip mall are open. Once you get inside though, you start to feel at home. It looks like every little hole in the wall pizza place you’ve ever been to.
My lasagna was ready but the garlic knots were just coming out of the oven and being tossed in butter and real (!) minced garlic. Took a few minutes to get them done but I’m not one to complain about fresh garlic knots. I drove the 5 or so minutes downtown fighting a constant battle with the garlic smells coming from the bag. I nearly crashed a few times.
I got my goods inside and opened everything up. The Lasagna ran me $7.99 and came with a small side salad.
I could swear I took a better picture of the salad.
The salad was pretty impressive for a side salad. It was small, which is to be expected, but it had fresh tomatoes, red onion, and black olives. The dressing was really good, I’d guess it was made in house. I ate it all, and considered doing a shot of the leftover dressing.
The lasagna itself was pretty good. I wouldn’t have minded a little more spice, but it was still pretty tasty. Nothing mind blowing, but if you’re in the mood for lasagna it will definitely scratch the itch.
The portion size was pretty generous too. I only ate about half, though the garlic knots might have had something to do with that.
About those garlic knots. They’re absolutely amazing. Maybe I just got lucky as I got them straight from the oven, but they were warm, soft, buttery, garlicky. Basically everything a garlic knot should be. The marinara was also really good, great flavor and a good balance of flavors without being overly sweet. At $2 I would eat them literally every day of my life if it wouldn’t make me the size of a house. I HIGHLY suggest them. I want to take them out behind the middle school and get them pregnant. I already ate 6 and I want 6 more even though I’m literally painfully full.
The service was also very pleasant, which wasn’t always the case in the past. The guy on the phone was super friendly, ordering was fast, food was ready when it was supposed to be and the girl at the counter was also really nice. Next time I think I’ll try their delivery, which now has a much more reasonable minimum of $13.
Overall, if you haven’t been there in a while or were turned off by the service before, I think it’s time to give Little Italy a second chance.
Little Italy Pizza, Pasta, and Subs
1495 Union Avenue
After a hot date with a bottle of vodka last night I woke up in dire need of grease. This was pretty damn satisfying, even if I can feel my arteries clogging. No idea why they don’t slice the meatballs though.
And I am suddenly very hungry.
Naturally, as soon as it opens I’ll go there and try a ton of stuff and take pics and report back. You know, for science, not because I’m a fatty. That’s it.
BTW the power is out downtown, supposedly underground fire breaking transformers.
The other day, actually during dinner at Jack Binion’s Steak, I was asked if I knew a good gyro place. I couldn’t think of one at all, and this just won’t do. My mission for the next few weeks is to find the best gyro in the greater Memphis area. Tonight I tried the first of (probably) many; Sean’s Cafe, in the Smooth Moves juice bar on Union near Belvedere. I was actually trying to go to Petra Cafe, which used to be next door to the Subway on Union, by the old Blockbuster, but I found out that it has closed. Anyone know if the other locations are still open?
Anyway, I ordered a gyro combo with fries, to go. I was literally the only person there, and it took 5 to 7 minutes. Pretty reasonable.
Overall, everything was very middle of the road. The fries were ok but not great, the gyro was ok but not great. They hit on one of my pet peeves too, there’s no description of exactly what comes on it, just a picture. In the picture it has red onions, but then you get home and find that the actual topping is some slightly old white onion, which is now turning green. If you’re going to use pictures instead of words, use a picture of the actual product. The cucumber sauce tasted good, but was a little on the gluey side. The gyro was also kinda built upside down. Usually you get the pita, then meat, then sauce and topping. This one was pita, sauce and toppings, then meat. As a result, the gluey sauce and the lettuce kinda came together in the bottom of the wrap to make an unholy slaw, while the now lubricated meat made some pretty valiant attempts to escape the confines of the pita.
These are all fairly minor complaints in the grand scheme of things, and much like pizza and sex, even a bad gyro is still pretty damn good, but if I’m looking for the best, this is certainly not it. Overall I’ll give it a:
I’m sure there are better offerings in Memphis, so bring them on. Comment or email me with your suggestions.