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The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Go Eat -

En­core (150 Pe­abody Place, Memphis 38103; 528-1415) Af­ter more than 20 years at Chez Phillipe in The Pe­abody ho­tel, mas­ter chef José Gu­tier­rez opened En­core in 2005 with a menu of “Con­ti­nen­tal com­fort food,” such as caramelized sal­mon, crispy chicken scalop­pine and braised short ribs, as well as the En­core burger, a bar­gain at $10. Open 5-10 Mon­day-Satur­day and 5-9 p.m. Sun­day. $$, FB, HA, NS. sole, grilled dou­ble-bone rack of lamb and a prime New York strip loin. Con­clude a meal with a farm­house cheese se­lec­tion or a honey-laven­der crème brulee. Open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. $$$$, FB, HA, NS. Er­ling Jensen: The Restau­rant (1044 S. Yates, Memphis 38119; 763-3700) Er­ling Jensen has gar­nered ac­co­lades at his epony­mous East Memphis venue with such dishes as a Maine lob­ster pan­cake, rack of lamb and wild boar chops. The desserts range from blue­berry marzi­pan cob­bler to home­made sor­bets and ice creams. Open 5-10 p.m. daily. $$$$, FB, HA, NS.

Feli­cia Suzanne’s (80 Mon­roe, Memphis 38103; 523-0877) Chef Feli­cia Wil­lett uses lo­cal and re­gional in­gre­di­ents to con­coct such of­fer­ings as Craw­fish Car­bonara, roasted maple leaf duck breast and filet of beef ten­der­loin, all served in a so­phis­ti­cated Down­town set­ting. The pa­tio is a good spot for that af­ter-work Memphis Manhattan, a sig­na­ture drink. Open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Tues­day-Thurs­day; 5-mid­night Fri­day-Satur­day. Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri­days only. $$$, FB, HA, NS. Folk’s Folly (551 S. Men­den­hall Road, Memphis 38117; 762-8200) This fam­ily-owned steak­house has been serv­ing up filets, New York strips and ribeyes to Mem­phi­ans for more than 30 years. Grilled duck and smoked pork chops are also fa­vorites, and seafood is flown in fresh daily. You can pur­chase steaks to cook at home at the in-house Prime Cut Shoppe. There’s also a piano lounge. Open Mon­day-Thurs­day 5:30-10 p.m., Fri­day-Satur­day 5:30-11 p.m. and Sun­day 5:30-9 p.m. $$$$, FB, HA, NS Grill 83 (83 Madison, 333-1224): Start your dinner in this fine Down­town restau­rant (ad­ja­cent to the Madison Ho­tel) with tuna tar­tar or seared foie gras; dive into the main course, where choices in­clude roasted sal­mon Napoleon, seared scal­lops and a 22-oz bone-in rib­eye “Cow­boy” steak; and a Granny Smith ap­ple “red hot” cob­bler or a lemon curd mas­car­pone mousse tart­let is the per­fect fin­ish. The lunch menu fea­tures an up­scale take on sand­wiches, burg­ers, pas­tas and sal­ads. Reser­va­tions are ac­cepted. Open 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Mon­day-Sun­day; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon­day-Sun­day; 5:30-10 p.m. Sun­day-Thurs­day; 5:30-11 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day. $$$$, FB, HA, NS. The Grove Grill (4550 Po­plar, Memphis 38117; 818-9951) Chef/owner Jef­frey Dun­ham’s Amer­i­can bistro menu fea­tures up­dated ver­sions of old fa­vorites as well as new dishes. Wood-grilled filet, shrimp and grits and house-smoked sal­mon are fa­vorites. End your meal with the fruit sor­bet of the week, served in a crunchy sesame-seed wafer. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day; dinner: 5:30 un­til daily. $$$, FB, HA, NS. Inn at Hunt Phelan (533 Beale, Memphis 38103) This 177-year-old es­tate-turned-lux­ury bed and break­fast on seven acres in Down­town Memphis of­fers live jazz on Fri­days and wine tast­ings on Wed­nes­days in the Ve­randa Grill. Open 5-11 p.m. Tues­day-Satur­day; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Sun­day brunch, and Sun­day dinner from 4-9 p.m. $$-$$$, HA, FB, S (pa­tio only) In­terim Restau­rant and Bar (5040 San­der­lin, Memphis 38117; 818-0821) You can keep an eye on the state-of-the-art kitchen as meals are pre­pared at this con­tem­po­rary East Memphis restau­rant that fea­tures sea­sonal Amer­i­can cui­sine in a ca­su­ally el­e­gant at­mos­phere. Chef Jack­son Kramer’s sig­na­ture dishes in­clude roasted duck breast and braised pork shanks. Open for Sun­day brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day; dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day. Ban­quet and pri­vate rooms avail­able. $$$, FB,

(145 Beale, Memphis 38103; 578-3031) Want to capture the fla­vor of a 1920s speakeasy in a ca­su­ally el­e­gant restau­rant above the hub­bub of fa­mous Beale Street? Then climb the stairs to the third floor of B.B. King’s Blues Club to savor Amer­i­can cui­sine with an em­pha­sis on South­ern, Cre­ole and Cajun spe­cial­ties. A small-plate menu is avail­able. Open 5 to 10 p.m. Mon­day-Thurs­day, 5 to 11 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day. $$$, FB, not wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, NS Jar­rett’s (5687 Quince, Memphis 38119; 763-2264) Es­tab­lished in a quiet East Memphis res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood in 1994, this bistro-style restau­rant puts the em­pha­sis on re­gional Amer­i­can cook­ing with fresh in­gre­di­ents, from Chef Rick Farmer’s smoked Ten­nessee trout ravi­oli to his stuffed pork chops. Small-plate menu avail­able. You can also dine on the restau­rant’s New Or­leans-style out­door pa­tio. Open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day. Reser­va­tions ac­cepted. $$$, FB, HA, NS Jim’s Place East (5560 Shelby Oaks Dr. Memphis 38134; 388-7200) This fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated restau­rant is on al­most two acres of wooded land and gar­dens in East Memphis. The menu fea­tures hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and the fam­ily’s Greek spe­cial­ties. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues­day-Fri­day; dinner 5-9:30 p.m. Tues­day-Thurs­day and un­til 9:30 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day. Reser­va­tions ac­cepted. $$$, FB, HA, NS Lolo’s Ta­ble (128 Mon­roe, Memphis 38103; 522-9449) This hip Down­town spot serves Euro­pean coun­try cui­sine. Lunch of­fers sprightly sal­ads, soups and sand­wiches as well as a pasta spe­cial, while evening din­ers will find plenty of seafood of­fer­ings as well as a vege­tar­ian spe­cial. Check out “Wine Wed­nes­days.” Lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day, dinner 5:30-10 p.m. Mon­day-Thurs­day and un­til 11 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day. $$, FB, HA, NS. The Ma­jes­tic Grille (145 S. Main St., Memphis, 38103; 522-8555) The site of the for­mer Ma­jes­tic Theatre Down­town is now home to a 1940s-style restau­rant spe­cial­iz­ing in steaks, gourmet burg­ers, fresh seafood and flat­bread cre­ations in an up­scale at­mos­phere. On mild days en­joy the out­door pa­tio. A spe­cial fixed price menu is avail­able for a pre-the­ater dinner on evenings

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