GRRRRRRRRIZZLIES! Ja Morant as a drive-to-the-basket point guard, scoring 30 in only his third regular season game as a pro, and assisting on the game-winning overtime basket. Plus, he more than held his own against Kyrie Irving. I like it. I like it a lot!
In other local basketball news, I’m pleased to hear that former Memphis Tiger Raynere Thornton earned a spot at G-League team the Memphis Hustle’s training camp.
More sports news: The SMU Mustangs vs. Memphis Tigers Saturday, November 2 football game has been picked for a prime-time slot on ABC. Kickoff at the Liberty Bowl will be 6:30 PM.
The next South Main Association has been announced for Tuesday, November 12 at the Arcade restaurant at Main and G.E. Patterson. Jeffrey Zepatos, Arcade owner, will speak, and the restaurant will supply the food and beverages. Also, it will be time to vote for the slate of 2020 board members. Social at 6 PM with presentation starting at 6:30. The meeting is free for SMA members and $10 for non-members.
Downtown Dining Week, where you can get three-course dinners at many Downtown restaurants for $20.19, will be back November 11-17. Oddly, DDW does not have its own domain and custom website this year; it’s being operated off the Downtown Memphis Commission website, with the DMC’s look and feel rather than its own. I wonder what the reason is – not gonna lie, it feels a bit low-budget. Nevertheless, DDW is an incredible opportunity to try some amazing food at a quite affordable price, and I encourage my readers to get out and explore. If there’s a restaurant you know you want to try, make reservations NOW, even if they haven’t published their menu yet. The most popular restaurants will fill up with reservations quick.
I’ll give you one piece of advice for Downtown Dining Week: RIZZO’S RIZZO’S RIZZO’S RIZZO’S RIZZO’S. A number of restaurants are known for going above and beyond for Downtown Dining Week, but none so much as the restaurant run by Michael Patrick.
Sage is now hiring experienced bartenders, servers, and dishwashers. Apply in person between 3 and 5 in the afternoon, weekdays at 94 S. Main.
I think I may have mentioned this once before, but if I have it’s worth repeating: There’s now a company called Fix that will deliver locally-sourced meal preparation kits to your door. In addition to traditional dinners, they have game day meals including dips and wings.
I tried one of the few remaining pizzas on the Silly Goose menu that I had not yet had yesterday: The Veggie.
Koozie of BBQ team with top-50% 2019 finish in shoulder and Perjorie T. Roll “for attention,” as they say on the Memphis Sandwich Clique. I know this is a weird thing for me to order, but I wanted to compare it with Aldo’s around the corner, where I’ll stop by now and then and get a slice of sausage and a slice of veggie to go. The Goose take on the veggie pizza is quite good and I was able to finish more of it (7 of the 8 slices) than I can finish of one of their meat pizzas. I like both Goose and Aldo’s veggie and can’t pick a winner. If you’re in a hurry and/or you prefer New York style pizza, Aldo’s is the place to go. If you like wood-fired, come to the Goose.
Congratulations to my friends on the New Wing Order food truck, who added to their trophy case this past Saturday. They competed in the Bluff City Hotwing Fest and took the grand championship.
Love it: A company has applied to trademark “fake news,” and if they get it Donald Trump won’t be able to use that term anymore. When he rants about “the failing New York Times” he’ll have to call what they publish something else. Perhaps he can refer to them as the gold medalists of the Made-Up News Olym… oops, no, can’t use that either.
The Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team hosts LeMoyne-Owen in an exhibition game tonight at FedExForum at 7.
Time to get to work, which should be quite interesting today. Back tomorrow with more news.