Podcast, Tamp and Tap, Belle Diner, Van Vleet Flats.
Lots of stuff to cover with this update. First and foremost, I need to do a proper review of my new apartment at Van Vleet Flats. It will probably be after my trip to LA before I can really do a thorough review, but suffice to say, it will be very, very positive. In a similar vein, I intend to do an exit review of Metro67. It will most certainly not be positive. I’m going to save most of it for the full review, but suffice to say my time there went from one of the best experiences I’ve ever had to one of the worst.
Next up, the podcast. I’ve been threatening to do a podcast for years, and it’s finally happening. Me and a couple of my friends did a “beta” podcast. A dry run if you will. It’s not exactly downtown Memphis specific, though we’ve all spent a bunch of time here and a lot of stories revolve around the area. I don’t know exactly how this will play out. I might steer it more toward a downtown Memphis perspective and make it a regular feature. I might do it as a general interest podcast and maybe do another, shorter one just about downtown Memphis. Who knows? But you can listen to our first, totally unedited, totally unscripted, totally NSFW podcast HERE. Let me know what you think in the comments.
As I said earlier, I’ve been living at Van Vleet since April, and just a few days ago a new restaurant opened on the ground floor; Tamp and Tap. To be honest, their business model seems a bit odd to me. I get the coffee shop part, but I’m not really entirely sure why they carry beer. I guess for people who want to have a good beer with lunch? Or maybe they plan to do happy hour stuff? They close at 9pm, so it doesn’t seem like they’re really going for the bar crowd, but if they do a solid happy hour, I can see that being popular.
Slightly muddled business model notwithstanding, their coffee is very good, and the space is well done and looks really nice. I stopped by and got a latte the other night and the service was top notch. Coffee is definitely better than the chain places, and I honestly liked it more than Bluff City. I have yet to eat there, but their menu looks pretty good. I plan to give them a try this week, and I’ll update this when I do. I do have to say I’d like to see a few more breakfast options, seeing how this is (I think?) a coffee shop, but again, the stuff on the menu, especially the salads and sandwiches, look fantastic if they live up to their descriptions.
Speaking of new restaurants, Belle Diner is now open in the old Rio Loco ( =( ). I linked to it’s Yelp page, as it doesn’t appear to have a website yet. I walked by today and grabbed a copy of their menu:
I’m not really sure what to think. The reviews on yelp are mixed right now (though, in all fairness, there are only two), and some of the menu options are questionable to me (I will personally punch you in the face if you “chicken fry” a fucking ribeye), but I’m not one to judge a book by it’s cover, or menu, so I’ll certainly give it a shot. My initial reaction is that is seems to be priced pretty high for a “Southern Diner”, especially when you consider that they’re pricing themselves pretty damn close to Felicia Suzanne and Rizzo’s Diner territory. I was honestly hoping for something closer to a Blue Plate Cafe, but hopefully their food quality is on par with their pricing. If their food is on par with Rizzos and Felicia Suzanne’s, I’ll definitely be a regular.
I guess that’s all for now, just trying to fit in a general update before I leave for LA on the 19th. I’ll try to maybe complete my Metro67 review while I’m out there, and I’m going to try to post at least a few times a week when I get back, but I’ve definitely said that before, right?