Saturday, July 27, 2013

Local 463 Urban Kitchen - Madison, MS

The menu at Local 463 is the brainchild of Chef Derek Emerson and wife & partner Jennifer. The restaurant sources local ingredients to create a menu of southern comfort food with a big city spin.

Since we got there before 6 pm we were able to get an appetizer of our choice half off. My co-worker Sheila chose the Stuffed Crispy Avocado. It was a deep fried avocado with shrimp remoulade and a basil vinaigrette on a crispy tortilla and romaine salad.

My mom chose the Tamales with sweet corn sauce, fresh pico de gallo, and a chipotle-lime sour cream.

We all shared the appetizers. I'm not a fan of tamales in general but they were better than any other tamale I've ever tried. The crispy avocado was good but I could have just eaten an entire bowl of the romaine and tortilla with the basil vinaigrette and been happy.

For the entree my mom chose the Florida Rock Shrimp & Fried Green Tomato Pizza. It came with Fontina cheese, fresh mozzarella, and Duroc bacon lardons with a Romesco sauce.

Sheila chose the Dr. Pepper Braised Beef Short Ribs. The short ribs were served in a pool of the braising liquid with redskin mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus, crispy onion strings and a horseradish creme fraiche.

Daphne chose the Pan Roasted Jumbo Sea Scallops with rock shrimp and feta risotto, grape tomato, bacon, grilled red onion, and asparagus salad with basil lemon butter. She said it was one of the best meals she's ever had.

I had the Super Kobe Burger with Wagyu beef, crispy applewood smoked bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, Dijon mustard and mayo and topped with grilled onion. It was served with french fries. 

After finishing out meal, well trying......the portions were huge, we asked about the dessert menu. After asking about the size of the bread pudding we all decided to split two orders of Louis' White Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding. The waitress brought us two bowls with three slices of bread pudding topped with sliced bananas, a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream and drizzled with banana run caramel sauce. The bread pudding was good but the best bites were the ones that had a slice of banana. Sorry for the lack of a picture. We devoured them before I realized I'd forgotten to get a photo.

Overall the food made the 30 minute drive well worth it.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Georgia Blue - Flowood, MS

Since one of my co-workers was moving on to a new location it was her choice for dinner. She chose Georgia Blue. Georgia Blue is a locally owned restaurant with two other locations. One in Hattiesburg and another in Madison. Their website says they consider themselves a unique restaurant that defies all labels.

We chose three different appetizers. I chose the Fried Pickles served with ranch, Sharon chose Jen's Fried Green Tomatoes with the crawfish cream sauce on the side, and Sheila chose the Fried Turnip Green Balls. The turnip green balls are turnip greens, cheese, and pecan wood smoked bacon rolled in flour and bread crumbs then fried. They are served with honey remoulade. I don't like turnip green but I did try them. Everyone else liked them but I didn't.

For an entree Sharon chose the Atlantic salmon. It was served with seasonal vegetables and corn grits and topped with roasted red pepper sauce. 

Daphne and I chose the Georgia Blue Shrimp and Grits. The shrimp were sautéed with pecan wood smoked bacon, onion, tomato, and garlic. The shrimp were arranged on a mound of corn and cheese grits then topped with a corn cream sauce and served with a slice of garlic bread. It wasn't the best shrimp and grits I've ever had (for those you'd have to travel to Cotton in Monroe, LA) but it was a unique spin on a classic dish and I enjoyed it. 

My mother is a huge fan of fried catfish so she went for the Bayou Catfish. Four pieces of cornmeal battered catfish top a mountain of corn and cheese grits and cloaked in crawfish cream sauce.

Our co-worker Sheila decided on a blue plate dinner. Her selections included Boneless Fried Chicken topped with cream gravy, cabbage, green beans, Vardaman sweet potatoes, and a cornbread muffin.

As you can see.......none of us went home hungry! I couldn't resist taking home a piece of the apple cobbler but it was very doughy. I'm not a fan of doughy cobbler.

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Table 100 - Flowood, MS (again)

Having been before we knew to get in and out quickly we needed to be before 6 pm if at all possible. The last time we went it was after 7 pm and we didn't finish dinner until around 9 pm. We need to get in and out quickly today. Since we were there so early we were able to order off the Early Bird menu. We started out with the bread. It was good but it was harder than the bread they offered last time.

Next came the salad. Both myself and my mother chose the Classic Caesar salad. It was one of the better Caesar salads I've had. They sometimes tend to be dry and like eating plain lettuce but this one had the perfect amount of dressing.

I chose to order the Ashley Farms Chicken Breast. I came with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, and tarragon pan jus. It was the BEST chicken I've ever had. The skin was crunchy and seasoned nicely. The mashed potatoes had the perfect smooth texture and the green beans were as fresh and fresh can be. The pan jus topped it off perfectly.

My mom chose the Table 100 burger. It was made with Two Run Farms artisanal beef, house smoked tomato, a slice of white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce and mustard aioli all on top of a brioche bun. It was served with their house made chips.

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Ichiban Grill & Sushi - Flowood, MS

Both my mother and I were starving when we arrived at Ichiban. We instantly ordered appetizers. She went for the fried soft shell crab while I went for the crab wontons. The wontons and crab were both good though my mom said she didn't like the sauce included with the crab.

We've never had sushi that was raw......we're slowing getting there. This time I was finally able to talk her into getting a raw roll to try with me. We decided to share the Spicy Girl roll. It was spicy yellowtail with avocado and cream cheese. They then deep fry it and top it with spicy crab and scallop. It was then topped with a dash of sriracha. It was so good! I'm ready to go back and get another one. 

I also chose a Super Crunchy Roll. It had masako, avocado, shrimp, crab, and cucumber then topped with tempura fried salmon and crunchies.

She went for the King Tempura Roll that had shrimp, snow crab, avocado, cream cheese, and tomago then deep fried and topped with a special sauce.

All of the food was really good and we already have plans to go again for hibachi.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mellow Mushroom - Flowood, MS

The building that houses Mellow Mushroom is so different it just stands out in a sea of restaurants. The door is painted to look like the cross section of an enormous tree and the handle is a fake hatchet. For the kids, or the eternal child, there is a small door on the side that is about 3 feet tall. All in all the restaurant reminded me of a hobbit hole.

I didn't have a chance to eat lunch today at work so I was ravenous by the time we got to the restaurant. My mother and I (if you haven't figured out yet....we work together) looked over the Munchies menu quickly and chose the Spinach Artichoke dip with garlic bread points.

After making our selection of appetizer we decided on pizza. My mother chose the Hawaiian Pizza. 

I went with the Buffalo Chicken pizza with ranch dipping sauce. 

Both were so good but we had already filled up on every tiny bit of the spinach dip and bread. We looked at the dessert menu but decided to skip in favor of an ice cream cone from Chick-fil-a next door.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lone Star Steakhouse - Pearl, MS

They did not have a table set up for 6 people when we arrived so no small plates or silverware was available until we requested it. The waitress was prompt and got those to us very quickly. She then introduced herself, introduced her trainee, and took our drink orders. The drinks arrived promptly along with fresh steaming hot rolls. The rolls were delicious and it wasn't long before they were gone and we were requesting another basket. Only one appetizer was ordered today: Stuffed Mushrooms. When I thought stuffed mushrooms I assumed they would be larger mushrooms, not portobellos, but not tiny. We were delivered 4 very small mushrooms almost completely covered in some type of brown sauce. Tiny being about the size of half dollars. They weren't bad but for $8 I expected more.

Four of us ordered the steaks. There were cooked to order like requested though the medium was cooked slightly more than I like. My mom ordered the half rack of ribs and our boss ordered the grilled chicken. Sides ranged from baked sweet potatoes, loaded baked potatoes, side salads, and green beans. Everything was good but nothing was great. Everything was comparable to every other chain steakhouse I ever been to. No dessert tonight since we all filled up on steak, rolls, and potatoes.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Table 100 - Flowood, MS

Table 100 is operated by restaurant group Eat Here which also owns several Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchises, local restaurant Babalu Tacos & Tapas in Jackson, MS and Interim Restaurant and Bar in Memphis, TN. Table 100 was recently named Best Restaurant 2013 by Best of Jackson.

Chef Mike Römhild, who hails all the way from Germany, joined the restaurant at opening and has been Executive Chef ever since. He is recognized for his bold, fusion cuisine.

My mother and I sat down for dinner at around 6:45 and didn't finish until almost 9 but the time spent was well worth it. It was extremely busy and quite loud but not disturbingly so. Once we had placed our drink order the waiter brought over a bread basket with softened butter. The white roll was good but the wheat roll was amazing. For an appetizer my mother chose the Blue Crab and Louisiana Crawfish cake with fresh avocado tarter sauce.

I went with the simple Baby Wedge Salad excluding the chopped egg. Both were very good. For the entree she chose the Seasonal Vegetable Plate which allows you to chose 4 different vegetables. Her selections were turnip greens, mashed potatoes, a small side salad with ranch, and field peas. I chose to order the Flash Fried Jumbo Gulf Shrimp which came with house cut chips, smoked tomato tarter sauce, and seasonal slaw. 

Already full but craving dessert we decided to split one. We decided on the Warm Cream Cheese Brownie with vanilla ice cream, white chocolate sauce, and a fresh berry coulis. It was SO good! Just a warning the portion is huge and can definitely be split between at least 2 with everyone getting enough to satisfy them. Sorry there isn't a picture. We dug in before I remembered to take it!

Overall it was a very good meal and a great way to end the night.

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