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Bonne Terre (4715 Church Road West, Nes­bit, MS 38651; 662-781-5100) Sea­sonal nou­velle and clas­sic South­ern cui­sine in an el­e­gant set­ting. Open 5-9 p.m. Tues­day-Thurs­day; 5-10 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day. $$$$, FB, HA, NS Boscos (2120 Madi­son, Mem­phis 38104; 432-2222) In ad­di­tion to its sig­na­ture gourmet piz­zas from the wood-fired brick oven that Mem­phi­ans love, Boscos also serves up steaks, seafood and pas­tas — not to men­tion their own hand-crafted beers. Spe­cial­ties in­clude the cedar-planked sal­mon and wood oven shrimp. The pa­tio is spa­cious, non­smok­ing and al­ways makes the lists of the best in town. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. $$, FB, HA This East Mem­phis stal­wart has been serv­ing pub grub for more than 20 years, and a Ger­man­town lo­ca­tion (9102 Po­plar Pike; 624-6001) has proven to be a crowd-pleaser too. The burg­ers are among the best in Mem­phis; shrimp, hot wings and lob­ster bisque are also fa­vorites. Open daily from 11 a.m. to mid­night. $, FB, HA, NS

(1934 Po­plar, Mem­phis 38104; 544-6225) Lo­cated in Over­ton Park at Mem­phis Brooks Mu­seum of Art, The Brush­mark has the highly re­garded chef Wally Joe at the helm. Com­bine a visit to the mu­seum with an el­e­gant lunch of grilled sal­mon Nicoise salad, An­gus beef ten­der­loin tips or penne pasta with grilled chicken. The out­door ter­race over­looks the Over­ton Park golf course. Open 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues­day through Sun­day. Din­ner is served from 6 to 9 p.m. Thur­days. $, HA, NS Buck­ley’s Fine Filet Grill (East Mem­phis: 5355 Po­plar, 683-4538; Buck­ley’s Lunch­box, 919 S. Yates; 682-0570, lunch only) Steaks, seafood, burg­ers, chicken and pasta, there is some­thing for every­one on the menu at Buck­ley’s, a ca­sual din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence since 1994. Open 4-9 p.m. Sun­day-Thurs­day and un­til 10 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day. Reser­va­tions ac­cepted. $$, FB, HA, NS. Cafe 1912 (1912 S. Cooper, Mem­phis 38104; 722-2700) Roasted chicken, sal­mon, trout, ly­on­naise salad and a tasty bleu cheese burger are among the items on the menu at this cozy Mid­town bistro. And se­lect­ing wine is easy – all bot­tles are $24 or $6 a glass. Open for brunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun­day, and for din­ner 5:30-9 p.m. Din­ner is 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mon­day-Thurs­day, and un­til 10:30 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day. Reser­va­tions are ac­cepted. $$, FB, NS, HA Café Eclec­tic (603 N. McLean, Mem­phis 38107; 725-1718) The illy cap­puc­cino at this In­ter­net cafe in Mid­town’s Vollintine-Ever­green neigh­bor­hood is an ex­cel­lent way to start the day. The panini se­lec­tion in­cludes a de­li­cious com­bi­na­tion of warm brie, pear and honey. The ham­burger and Eclec­tic dog are stand­outs, ac­com­pa­nied by oven-roasted sweet and Rus­set pota­toes. There’s a full soda foun­tain and an ex­ten­sive break­fast menu. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day. $, HA, NS Cafe So­ci­ety (212 N. Ever­green, Mem­phis 38112; 722-2177) Café So­ci­ety, in Mid­town’s Ever­green neigh­bor­hood, serves sea­sonal French coun­try cui­sine. Open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day; din­ner 5-9 p.m. Sun­day-Thurs­day; 5-10 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day. Reser­va­tions are ac­cepted. $$$, FB, HA, NS Circa (119 S. Main St., Mem­phis 38103; 522-1488) Chef John Bragg’s restau­rant of­fers en­trees such as roasted sea bass, sorghum-cured rack of lamb and a New York strip loin steak, as well as small plates of craw­fish beignets and jumbo lump crab cakes. Sig­na­ture cock­tails have whim­si­cal names such as the Mary Ann and Ginger and the Se­rial Girl­friend. Open 5-11 p.m. Tues­day-Satur­day; 5-10 p.m. Sun­day-Mon­day. $$$, NS, FB, HA Chez Philippe (149 Union, Mem­phis, 38103; 529-4188) This Down­town restau­rant in The Pe­abody ho­tel is known for its fine din­ing and of­fers both the am­bi­ence and South­ern hospi­tal­ity as­so­ci­ated with the ho­tel. The menu's wide range of dishes in­cludes Scot­tish sal­mon with a mus­tard seed and to­mato coulis and a filet of beef with sweet soy but­ter. Tea en­thu­si­asts may en­joy the much-com­pli­mented af­ter­noon tea. Reser­va­tions re­quired for tea. Open 6-10 p.m. Tues­day - Thurs­day; 5-10 p.m. Fri­day - Satur­day. $$$$, FB, HA, NS City Gro­cery (152 Court­house Square, Ox­ford, Miss.; 662232-8080) Ex­ec­u­tive chef/owner John Cur­rence is at the top of his game at this charm­ing place now in its 16th year. The sal­ads are highly evolved works of art — try the con­fit of quail — and the South­ern and Ca­jun in­flu­ences work bril­liantly on such fish dishes as cat­fish and grouper, as well as veg­eta­bles. There’s a gen­tle dis­ci­pline be­hind the art of the servers. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day; din­ner 6-10 p.m. Mon­day-Wed­nes­day; 6-10:30 p.m. Thurs­day-Satur­day. $$$, FB, HA, NS. Cur­rents (50 Har­bor Town Square, Mem­phis 38103; 260-3300) Lo­cated in the River Inn on Mud Is­land, the restau­rant of­fers broiled Dover 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. $$$$, FB, HA, NS. Dish (948 S. Cooper, Mem­phis 38104; 276-0002) This Asian, Mediter­ranean and Amer­i­can ta­pas bar in Cooper-Young serves up small plates as well as en­trees such as fish, steak and duck: the food is as var­ied as its clien­tele. Have a seat at the bar (or on a bed). Open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mon­day-Tues­day and un­til 3 a.m. Wed­nes­day-Sun­day. 21 and older. $$, FB, HA. 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. Eques­tria (3165 For­est Hill-Irene Road; 869-2663): Grilled sword­fish, veal osso buco and an

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