Last night I hopped in a cab and headed to the Broad Avenue district. The Memphis Flyer throws a party every year for the winners of its Best of Memphis poll, and the parties are always in fun, hip, off-the-beaten-path venues. This year didn’t disappoint. The party was in a huge warehouse underneath the water tower on Broad, with the parking lot turned into a courtyard for live entertainment.
One of the best things about the Flyer’s BOM parties is that the winning restaurants are invited to cater the event. Below is one of two plates of food I had.
Clockwise, from top: Chicken wing from Gus’s, sushi from Sekisui, BBQ nachos from Central BBQ, black bean roll from Cafe Eclectic, and Soul Burger from Earnestine & Hazel’s. I posted this pic when I checked in on Foursquare, and within a few minutes the Nuh-Uh Girl commented, “Jealous.”
This may be surprising coming from me, but the real star of this plate was the black bean roll. The spiciness of the black bean patty and spicy mayo was perfectly contrasted with the coolness of avocado and tomato. I would definitely make the journey across the A.W. Willis Avenue bridge to get this at Little Cafe Eclectic in Harbor Town.
I noticed that the party was across the street from Jack Magoo’s, the Broad Avenue sports bar. I had never been there, and decided to duck out of the party early, about 8. “One beer at Magoo’s to look around, then I’ll catch a cab back Downtown for rounds two and three of trivia at Blind Bear,” I thought.
I took a seat at the bar, ordered a PBR, and heard “Pau Pau!” to my right. Only one person calls me that – Lana Danko from Kooky Canuck. She and Shawn were at the bar. More friends came in a few minutes later. I looked around. The downstairs alone had more TVs than Max’s Sports Bar, which means there are a LOT of TVs. When the bartenders heard it was my first time in, they took me on a tour of the place. There’s an entire second bar upstairs, plus pool tables, air hockey, and a Wendesday and Thursday night poker game. Outside is the largest courtyard in town, with live music and they’re in the process of getting murals painted on the walls. I felt right at home at Jack Magoo’s and am going to try to get a group of Downtowners together for a field trip out there soon. I had such a good time that “just one beer” turned into “three PBRs and five shots of Fireball.” Ouch!
The Best of Memphis winners are now online. You can view them here.
Chris Vernon had a major scoop on his radio show today: Peyton Manning has agreed in principle to become part-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. He will join Penny Hardaway and Justin Timberlake as part of the minority ownership group.
Bad news for the pigeons: A peregrine falcon has been spotted Downtown. Do falcons hunt at night? Lately there have been more rats than usual running around the Main Street Mall after dark.
Bad news for the L.A. Clippers: The NBA is instituting fines for flopping.
Downtown Dining Week has been set for November 5-11. Many Downtown restaurants will offer three-course dinners for the low price of $20.12. Even better, Athens Distributing, Ketel One Vodka, Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Coppola Wines are sponsoring the week, so there will be drink features as well.
A new gallery on South Main, the Ewing Entertainment Museum, shows photos of R&B and soul artists of the past 30 years. You can also rent classic movies on VHS or DVD there, and the space is available for rental. The gallery is at 304 S. Main.
The Cooper-Young Beerfest has partnered with Guidebook for an app related to the festival. It’s available now, and will be continuously updated through next Saturday with information about brewers, beers, the Beer Tent Revival schedule and more. Info on how to get the app here.
Outta here for now. Once again, thanks to those who voted for me in the Flyer poll.