THE YEAR’S BEST DISHES
These are the best things that I ate in 2015, whether working on a review, another story (some of these were in Yet 100 More Things to Eat in Memphis), or just dining out. Other than the first item, they’re in no particular order: Vietnamese beef stew from Vietnam Restaurant, 74 N. Cleveland, 901-249-5349. Tamales from Pop’s Tamales, 2467 Park, 901-490-4017. Beans at Arepas Deliciosas, 3698 Summer, 901-4093396. Halibut with pesto and risotto cakes, off the menu at River Oaks Restaurant, 5871 Poplar, 901-683-9305. Loaded grits at Alchemy brunch, 940 S. Cooper, 901726-4444. Pork necks at Madea’s, 2665 Overton Crossing; 901474-9631. Calzone from Ciao Baby Pizza, 890 W. Poplar in Collierville, 901-457-7457. Relevant Roasters coffee custard at Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, 711 W. Brookhaven Circle, 901-762-6656. Barbecue pork sandwich from Ray’z World Famous Dr. Bar-b-que, 302 S. Main, 901-729-6905. Wedge salad with candied bacon and blue cheese, Chandelier, 575 S. Royal in Jackson, 731-554-2221.