I Finally Went To Hattie B’s

           So, I finally went Hattie B’s Nashville Hot Chicken. I put aside the Memphis/Nashville beef, which is totally a real thing, in the name of trying new food. See, that’s growth y’all. 

          I must say I was very impressed with the interior. It definitely vibes with the area it currently resides in. The patio is top notch and it’s covered!! It’s the perfect patio for brunching. I did notice Hattie B’s offers chicken and waffles on Sunday. I need to check to see what the mimosas situation is like. I pray they have mimosas. I need that patio in my life. 

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           So back to the chicken. I ordered the large white, which comes with 2 sides. It came with 2 huge breasts with the wings attached, which is way more than I was expecting. You can also choose the level of spiciness when ordering. There are levels to this mane. The chicken is pretty good, but I wasn’t overly impressed. I wasn’t disappointed either. Its kind of a toss up for me. Not great, but not bad either. If I could use an analogy it would be that Hattie B’s is kinda like the city of Nashville; very nice place but lacks soul. For the sides, I went with baked beans, southern style greens, and pimento Mac and cheese. Yes, my inner fat kid came out. Mac and cheese was kinda blah, but the baked beans were crazy good! Greens are one of those polarizing dishes. Everybody can’t make them and there are lots of variations. They were better than I expected. Someone knows what they’re doing. Did I mention the beans are amazing?

           Would I recommend Hattie B’s? I wouldn’t say don’t go. It’s pretty good chicken and the prices are very good. It lacks a little in the seasoning department outside of just being spicy. I would probably go back if I’m in the area. I will certainly see what’s up with the brunch situation. I still think Gus’, Uncle Lou’s and Jack Pirtles are better options. No, I’m not just saying that because they are local. They just have a bit more of that soul that Hattie B’s lacks.


Life is for Living,

Michael B.

Artistik Lounge!!

Every third Sunday something happens in Midtown Memphis that all music lovers should take a look at. At 1555 Madison Ave, inside Minglewood Hall, there's Artistik Lounge. "It's a Lounge Mane" is the slogan and it definitely fits the venue. There are couches and oversized pillows throughout along with some really dope overhead lamps. The vibe of the place is definitely ultra chill and cool.  

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The event is hosted by Eso Tolsen while Siphne Aaye mixes up some of the flyest tracks in hip hop and R&B. Oh, they also have a bar! I mean you can't proclaim a lounge environment without some libations. 

Eso and Siphne freestyling  

Eso and Siphne freestyling  

So last night the Artistik Lounge featured one of my favorite Memphis MCs, Gangsta Blac! His album 74 Minutes of Bump got me through high school. When he was rocking the mic with fellow Memphis rapper Playa Fly, they were the best thing going! Nobody Needs Nobody is arguably the best song to come out of Memphis to this day.  

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Gangsta Blac came through and delivered exactly what I experienced when I was a youngin beating on my desk with a pen making beats; that raw underground Memphis hip hop! The crowd was loving it! It really took me back to a great time for Memphis hip hop. You know Memphis rappers created not only jooking, but crunk music as well, right? 

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So mark your calendars for the next Artistik Lounge! I don't have the date in front of me, but I will definitely update you guys via my IG (@_one901) and also via Facebook (one901).  

The cover is $10 so it won't break your pockets and it's a great event to network or bring a date. There were some local movers and shakers in attendance, along with local musicians like Marco Pave. 

Hip Hop artist Marco Pave

Hip Hop artist Marco Pave

So there you have it Memphis! Here's another great event that the city showcases that's not only fun but positive. I would like to thank all the people that help with Artistik Lounge each month. You guys are awesome and very gracious. 

I can't wait for the next set and I hope to see more of the city participate as well. So come on out and enjoy but remember, It's a Lounge Mane!  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

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LBOE Review

I went to one of my favorite burger spots in Memphis, LBOE! LBOE stands for Last Burger On Earth. A very confident proclamation that is hard to discredit once you've actually had one of their burgers.  Started back in Oct of 2014, LBOE is the sister company of TJ Mulligans. I knew this would be a big undertaking so I brought along some help. I brought my good friend Phelan and his son, Little Pee. I knew LBOE would be good, but could they stand up to a 4 year old? That's not always the easiest thing to pull off. 

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You will instantly notice, when walking in, that LBOE is truly a Midtown establishment. It's got that vibe that is perfect for just hanging out inside or out on the huge patio. Also, they have a full bar featuring some great local brews from Wiseacre and Memphis Made. Each Thursday they have a Beat the Clock event that starts at 8pm featuring $1 pints that go up .25 cents every 15 minutes and caps at $3! Now you can't beat that type of deal anywhere!

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LBOE Burger

I ended up getting the best selling LBOE burger, which comes with Havarti Cheese, roasted garlic cream cheese, hardwood smoked bacon, green chilis and corn chips. All the ingredients go very well together. It's definitely a must try if you go. Paired with a bag of Zapp's Voodoo chips, you have a great combo. The highlight, in my opinion, is the toasted ciabatta bun. It's needed to handle this size burger! Trust me, it's a large burger! 


FattyMelt

My friend Pee had the FattyMelt. Ok this burger is an experience all in itself! It's White & yellow American cheeses, hardwood smoked bacon with lettuce, tomato, shredded lettuce and dill pickle, nestled between two grilled cheese buns....Ok let that sink in. It's a burger nestled between two grilled cheese sandwiches! He had it with a bowl of chili and almost finished the whole thing! I was impressed! It's definitely not for the faint of heart. 


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We also shared an order of loaded fries that came with BBQ Ranch dipping sauce. The sauce was incredible! Little Pee was a huge fan of the fries. He also had chicken tenders that he described as awesome. I think that's a huge approval LBOE! That's about as descriptive as it gets with a little one!


I definitely encourage everyone to give LBOE a shot. I'm sure you will be impressed! All burger patties can be substituted for turkey or black bean patties, so there's something for all to eat. 

Another cool tidbit is that if you follow the LBOE Instagram page(@lboeburger), they feature a different Burger of the Day each day! Currently there are over 150 in rotation! They are the brainchild of manager Tommy Shive. It's truly something to see each day. The burgers go from tame to extreme! They also have a Burger Challenge each Wednesday that features some of the wildest burgers you can think of!

Also if you go in look for the guy in the Red Sox cap!! That's Tommy! Tell him Mike with one901 sent you!

LBOE is located at 2021 Madison Ave adjacent to The Blue Monkey. Check out the full Menu and other events at www.lboerestaurant.com

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

Memphis Black Restaurant Week: The HM Dessert Lounge

This week I will be covering Memphis Black Restaurant Week with another group of bloggers, Dine01901. You can check out their Youtube channel HERE. These guys do video reviews of restaurants around Memphis. I've dubbed this week as the Black Bloggers take on Memphis Black Restaurant Week. 

Our first stop for Black Restaurant Week was The HM Dessert Lounge. This is Memphis' first and only dessert lounge. This spot is located at Madison and Avalon St in Midtown near Overton Square. Ran by Chef Fran Mosley and has already established itself as a staple on the Memphis food scene. 

The first thing you'll notice when walking into HM is that there's a runway right in the middle of the place that also doubles as a dining table. It sets the place apart from any other place you'll find in the city. 

It's the small details that make HM Dessert Lounge unique. From the trendy living room setups complete with floor lamps to the local artwork on display throughout, The HM Dessert Lounge is one of a kind and also a very welcomed addition. 

 

Now for the moment you've been waiting for; the food!!!

Seared Salmon, Grilled Asparagus, & Orzo

Jerk Tilapia, Sautéed Cabbage, & Couscous 

Sweet Potato Brownie

Peach Cobbler

I truly enjoyed my experience at The HM Dessert Lounge. The food was amazing. It tasted so much better than it looked and it looked fantastic! The presentation of the food was impeccable! There's always been a thought that Black owned businesses didn't have good service, but I must admit that this visit totally disproved that. Every member of the staff greeted us and was very helpful and it was before we even pulled out any camera equipment. 

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Dine01 and one901 team up to take on Memphis Black Restaurant week! Here's the first stop at The HM Dessert Lounge in Midtown!

I hope you get a chance to participate in Memphis Black Restaurant Week, but if not please make a trip out to HM Dessert Lounge. They also feature an outstanding brunch on Saturday. This is definitely a place that I would recommend to anyone wanting good food and an even better experience. 

All smiles after that incredible meal with Chef Fran!!!

All smiles after that incredible meal with Chef Fran!!!

Life is for Living, 

Michael B. 

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Sliding in for Lunch

I met up with two friends for lunch yesterday. We call our rag tag group the "Lunch Buddies". We are our own super secret lunch foodie group. I've already said way too much because the first rule of Lunch Buddies is that you don't speak about Lunch Buddies.  

DISCLAIMER: This is not a review!  

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So now that I've broken the rules of Lunch Buddies, I will let you know where we went. We went to one of our favorite spots, The Slider Inn. The name always makes me giggle, but I also have an above average dirty mind. 

 

The inside is lined with empty Jameson bottles  

The inside is lined with empty Jameson bottles  

Ok here's rule 2 of Lunch Buddies; no one can get the exact same thing. That defeats the purpose of everyone trying something new, duh.  Now that sounds easy, but it's really hard to do. Here's our go at it... 

Fried Buffalo Chicken, This Pork is a Jerk, Nuts & Berries with Bacon  

Fried Buffalo Chicken, This Pork is a Jerk, Nuts & Berries with Bacon  

Fried Green tomato BLT, Bleu Cheese Burger, Falafel Burger 

Fried Green tomato BLT, Bleu Cheese Burger, Falafel Burger 

Chick-N-Fill-Ay, Memphis Original, Flatiron Steak  

Chick-N-Fill-Ay, Memphis Original, Flatiron Steak  

So we were successful in getting completely different options. There are more choices in the menu, by the way. You could probably come up with a 1000 combinations. We might have to accept that challenge.  

This lamp is amazing!! I've always wanted one! 
This lamp is amazing!! I've always wanted one! 

Go check out The Slider Inn if you're in the Midtown area. They are on the corner of Peabody and Cooper. 

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Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

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