If you want to help those in Oklahoma who lost everything to yesterday’s tornadoes, two popular bars on the south side of Downtown have a way for you to do that. Both Max’s Sports Bar and Double J Smokehouse will be collecting clothing, food (non-perishable) and money. Everything they collect will go directly to the Red Cross. Both bars will have the Grizzlies game on.
The Grizzlies’ official Game 2 Watch Party will be tonight at the FedExForum, and it’s free to the public. However, you can get there early for an Open House happening from 11 AM to 6 PM today. You can get free playoff swag including a really cool Western Conference Finals poster. If you’re thinking about buying season tickets for 2013-14, you can test-drive your seats.
There’s a new Go South Main website that is very nicely done.
I’ve been wondering about a new restaurant called Havana Pilon that I see on Madison Avenue every day as I drive home down Second. They left some flyers in my building, and I got one and took a pic. (Click to enlarge)
The upper left corner is a bit fuzzy, so here’s a list of the specialties they serve. Everything else should be readable if you enlarge.
MOFONGO – Fried green plantains mashed together in a PILON (which is a wooden mortar and pettle) with garlic and olive oil
ABACO – Cuban soup made with beef, pork, chicken, corn on the cob and vegetables
ROPA VIEJA/OLD CLOTHES – Shredded beef in tomato sauce and vegetables
CUBAN PICADILLO – Ground beef, potatoes, onions, garlic, bell pepper and olives
CUBAN FRIED RICE – Prepared as in Havana’s famous Chinatown
ARROZ CON POLLO – Yellow rice with chicken
EMPANADAS – Homemade empanada filled with shrimp, ham, or cheese
The restaurant is a tiny little place, so be prepared to get your food to-go when it’s busy.
Plans for tonight: The Blind Bear has been my Grizzlies watch spot, and I see no need to change that. Game is at 8 but I’ll get there early to get a good seat.