Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Favorite Eat-at Place

I spent a little time in downtown Memphis this week ( actually, it was a lot of time) at the American Heartworm Symposium and was fortunate enough to hook up with a couple of collegues I had not seen in a while. Instead of the usual educational luncheon stuff, we decided to go out and find something different. Just down the block, was the fabulous Flying Fish.
I love quirky, and this place is so that. The Billy Bass adoption center cracked me up! There were fish dressed like Santa, Elvis, and Drag queens. ( any of these can be seen in Memphis on any given day) If you bring them YOUR unwanted Billy Bass, they give you a free basket of catfish.

They even made a "flying fish" out of this big guy. If you look closely, you can even see the huge nail they used to attach the wing. Now if I did this, it would be junk, but here, it is cool.
The place has counter service, meaning that you stand in line, order, then go sit and wait for the stuff to get ready. It reminded me a little of Acme Oyster Company in NOLA, except that they give a beeper instead of yelling your name when your order is ready. I can imagine that the place is packed at night, so if you are gonna go visit, and early ( or late) lunch might be the ticket!
Since I was with people who don't know how strange I can be, I didn't take pictures of everyone's food, but I can tell you that it was really really good. I had grilled grouper with grilled veggies and some beans/rice stuff. The other gals had fried shrimp and fish and it looked pretty good as well. As you know by now, I am a fried fish snob, so I usually go for blackened or grilled when anywhere that is an unknown. The grouper was seasoned lightly and cooked just so that it still held together, but was flakey and light.
I can't wait to go back!!

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