I'm feeling good about Memphis these days on the restaurant and shopping scene--excited about so many new places that have opened that make us (Jan) feel better about being around our big sister Marsha (Nashville.) Because it's always, Marsha! Marsha! Marsha! (or Nashville! Nashville! Nashville!)
First, there was Dunkin Donuts. Now, in the Northeast the saying goes that you "can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Dunkin Donuts." (Not my saying, people, it's just a saying and no, I don't know why cats are universally picked on.) So now we have a few around and the coffee there is really the best. And the people are nice too. Imagine?!
Then, Chipotle. Now, I haven't been there yet...because they don't have cheese dip. So it's hard for me to be in the mood for "Mexican" without cheese dip. I've observed that the line has been out the door a few times (I hope they have a sign that says: No Cheese Dip as I know the expectations of the fellow Memphian; Mexican food = cheese dip). The joke goes that when I do go, I'll bring a own crock pot of Rotel dip, plug it in, and share with the other patrons.
Speaking of Mexican, we also just got one of those Mexican popsicle places (coconut pistachio above)...hundreds of flavors and super cheap.
And speaking of coconuts, we have a new locally owned juice & smoothie bar called the Cosmic Coconut. Yummy, and the shirts are hilarious. I wish I had the personality to wear shirts like this, but alas, I do not. I look stupid in t-shirts with sayings on them.
Then the opposite of a vegan juice bar would have to be Five Guys that just opened their first location. Now this place is so busy, they literally need a crossing guard in the parking lot. It's as if we'd never had a hamburger around here. Geez. I mean it's good and all but calm down people.
So what's next? I'm hoping for a Trader Joe's. Of course Marsha has one.