Reuben egg rolls @ South of Beale

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Yesterday I got off work a bit early. With most of my crew out of town, I decided to change things up and lead off at Max’s Sports Bar. About 6 PBRs and 3 Fireballs later, I decided it was time to make the trip back north. As I passed South of Beale I looked in the window, and saw Kaylea behind the bar. Kaylea used to work at Blind Bear and is one of my favorite people to harass. There were open bar seats, so I went in. I was just going to have a beer, but then I realized SOB has one of the best food menus in town and I should have a little something to eat.

I got the Reuben egg rolls, a take on the Reuben sandwich but as an egg roll. Corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese rolled up and fried, and served with a generous portion of SOB’s homemade Thousand Island. Yummy and exactly what I needed to keep going for another couple of hours. If you’re a fan of the sandwich, or of egg rolls, give them a try.

You know, there are a lot of different takes on egg rolls Downtown. SOB does the Reuben egg rolls… the Blue Monkey has its hot wing egg rolls… the Majestic has Cajun chicken egg rolls… Kooky Canuck has Asian BBQ egg rolls… and Yao’s has, well, egg rolls. Maybe we should organize an egg roll fest… heck, there’s a festival in Memphis for nearly every other kind of food.

I really enjoy being in South of Beale and wish I got in there more often. I feel the same comfort level there that I do in the bars I call my “Big Five” (Bardog/Bear/Saucer/Goose/Max’s). It’s just that when I want to hang out in the Downtown core, it’s slightly out of the way, and when I decide to head south, I tend to go all the way to Max’s (or this month, the brewery). SOB is a great place run by great people and needs to be on my radar more.

Definitely a high point in what has been mostly a crap week for me. However, the weekend is here and I am going to make the most of it. Hitting the usual place at 11 then I will see how I feel about getting out to Overton Square.