Memphis Y'all: Two Months Midsouth

Best of Memphis

July 23, 2010
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The other day DB and I walked into one of our favorite haunts, Young Avenue Deli, and our bartender was jumping for joy.

“Gabe, I like your new haircut,” DB said.

DB, a real Memphian (unlike myself), has grown to know and love Mr. Gabe DeRanzo. Gabe’s been bartending at Young Ave for a while now and he’s, well, the best. Turns out that Mr. Gabe was excited because he’s been nominated and is in the running for best bartender in Memphis.

Around town I see people getting excited for this Memphis Flyer ‘best of’ competition. It supports local business! Yes! and encourages people to get out and try new stuff! Yes! I love that people are excited about this because, brother, print newspaper and magazines are not dead, they’re just sleeping.

Please take a moment to vote for Gabe even if you’ve never been to Memphis. If I knew him better I’m sure he’d be a friend, but he’s a friend of DB and an upstanding guy. Oh yes, and one time he gave me a free PBR, which I then dropped on the floor by accident. And he only laughed a little.

Mr. Gabe also said that if (when) he wins, he’ll throw a BIG party and Young Ave.

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Memphis Eats: The Edge

July 1, 2010
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This post is a response to Prompt #1 of the CKSL Challenge. Please visit and love on fellow Memphis blogheads.

“Welcome home.”

Erica, the mellow, backwards-hat barista  chick greeted me and handed me a menu. The Edge coffee bar is hidden away in a midtown neighborhood. Even TomTom had a tough time finding it. Their were three or four hipsters hanging around the joint, tapping away at their laptops and growing their beards.

Erica suggested that I try an avalanche, apparently it’s where everyone starts. I was feeling more liquid than frappe, so I continued to peruse the menu until I came upon the falling star.

“What’s that?”

She explained that it was the non-frozen counterpart of the avalanche. I was ready-freddy. The shooting star cost me about $6.50 when I added a $2 tip for all of the tour guiding the friendly barista did. She also gave me a frequent buyer card and told me about the cool text-in-your-order deal. This is certainly the type of place where the baristas remember your name and your drink of choice. The owner even came out and introduced himself. The Edge is a labor of love and so welcoming.

Since I went after work I wasn’t quite ready to dive into the meal menu–not to mention that I was overwhelmed by the drink menu alone. I didn’t see it on the menu, but this is the type of place where you’d  order a shot of wheat grass. Both menus are extensive. The Edge has a couple of pool tables in the back and an extensive lending library–I saw a copy of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and knew that I was indeed home.

The Edge has a distinctly Austin feel much like the other midtown coffee shop I love and frequent, Otherlands. Edge is open til 1 a.m. though–hard to beat for late night funkydoodlers such as myself. Every evening they offer events from Tuesday spokenword entertainment, free pool Monday, etcetera etcetera.

I had to run out to my car to get my memory card and found this cool fence. My beverage was not as sweet as I thought. I’ll probably stick to my latte next time, but the shooting star was a very nice change. It tastes like nutmeg and dreams and perhaps a bit chocolatey. They used crushed ice too, which is rad.

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