I’m really lucky – part of my job at ilovememphisblog.com is to review the best restaurants in Memphis. And while finding the newest, best and most up-and-coming places is my job, when I’m off duty, I find myself going back to the same favorite dishes over and over again. Here are my five recent favorite Memphis food obsessions:
1. Tom Yum soup from Shang Hai (1400 Poplar Avenue)
I’m beginning to worry that the ladies at Shang Hai might know me by my order if I don’t switch it up soon, but their Tom Yum soup is the perfect winter comfort food. It’s got a tangy, spicy bright red broth loaded tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, onions and basil. Since it’s got so much heat, I like to wash it down with an avocado shake.
2. Pineapple chili paletas from La Michoacana (4091 Summer Avenue)
I know pineapple and chili sounds like kind of a crazy combination, but in popsicle format, it’s magical. The huge pineapple chunks are sweet and the chili adds a little bit of kick on the way down. It doesn’t matter that it’s still winter – this one’s good year round.
3. Veggie plate from Soul Fish (862 South Cooper)
If you’re a baller on a budget, the Soul Fish veggie plate hits the trifetca: it’s tasty, filling and really inexpensive. I usually get mine with green beans, mashed potatoes and mac’n’cheese (because in Memphis, it counts as a vegetable).
4. Ravioli from Vanelli’s Deli (7873 Farmington Blvd.)
They don’t always have it in stock, but the homemade ravioli at Vanelli’s Deli is well worth the drive to Germantown. I would comment on how it tastes, but I usually clean my plate in less than 10 minutes. Use the toasted garlic bread to sop up the extra sauce.
5. Turkey and dressing from the Four Way (998 Mississippi Blvd)
There’s no reason to wait until Thanksgiving when you can have turkey and dressing every day at the Four Way. The turkey is shredded, the dressing is cornbread, the gravy is bright yellow and the veggies on the side are better than mom’s (especially the greens).