Dining week is coming up, which means it’s a great time to experience the best the city offers in food. From November 16 to 22, enjoy $10.14 prix-fixe lunch menus and $20.14 three-course dinners at a variety of Memphis restaurants, and enjoy a well-balanced combination of house favorites and creative, never-before-seen dishes.
While I have always been inspired by Memphis’ dining scene, new restaurants are popping up left and right, and old establishments are re-marking their culinary territory among loyal and interested guests. Our restaurants are booming in both quality and publicity, as the nation is starting to realize that our city’s culinary creativity goes well beyond just barbecue spaghetti and ribs. So make your reservations and let the 40 participating chefs carry you through some exclusive meals. Almost all of the menus are available on Downtown Dining Week’s website, but here are a few that grabbed our attention for their creative twists and fancied deals:
Afternoon Tea at Chez Phillippe
We have never enjoyed a proper afternoon tea outside of London, so this darling deal at the Peabody sounded like the perfect opportunity to try the local version. For $20.14 (a real bargain!), guests are served a three-course tea service featuring savory tea sandwiches, petit fours and warm scones. Additionally, choose from traditional teas and a flute of champagne. Tea is served Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., so plan for a later lunch break one day, and make the most of this fine dining experience.
Dinner at Oshi Burger Bar
If you haven’t tried the brand new burger bar on Main Street, Downtown Dining Week is the perfect chance! For the week, guests can enjoy a special truffle burger that is not regularly on Oshi’s menu. It includes Waygu beef, truffled cheese, cognac truffle aioli, arugula, shaved fresh truffles and a sea salt brioche bun. Oshi’s funky atmosphere and white, marble counters are top notch, but the small space absolutely merits reservations.
Dinner at Itta Bena
The striking lineup at Itta Bena is the best deal we have seen! For the standard $20.14 evening price, guests should try the mushroom bisque, 10-ounce sirloin and dessert. And since the menu offers two to three other options per course, I recommend tag-teaming with a friend or significant other to try as many plates as possible.
If you work downtown, make sure you check out Dining Week lunch specials at Trolley Stop, Central BBQ, the Arcade, Bardog, City Market, Eighty3 and more. Visit the Downtown Dining Week website for all the information you need!
Cara Greenstein is the creator of Caramelized, a food and entertaining blog ranked fifth top food blog by the Austin Chronicle this past year. A native Memphian who just returned back to her roots from Austin, Texas, Greenstein practices public relations at doug carpenter & associates by day and writes recipes and restaurant critiques by night. Follow Cara’s adventures on Facebook and Instagram.