Com­fort sta­tion

From cock­tails to car­rot cake: A Ma­jes­tic set­ting on South Main

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Movies - By Peggy Burch

The Ma­jes­tic Grille, which chef Patrick Reilly and his wife Deni opened on South Main in 2006, is a com­fort­able place to adopt if you’re a reg­u­lar Down­town.

De­spite the gym­na­sium-sized space the res­tau­rant oc­cu­pies — the cen­tury-old build­ing was first the site of a grand movie theater, a mes­sage its “Hol­ly­wood Beaux Arts” fa­cade trans­mits — it seems in­ti­mate be­cause of clever par­ti­tion­ing. It’s di­vided among raised booths along the north wall, a club­by­look­ing din­ing area on the ground floor, a ma­jor bar, a wall with a large screen at the back that fea­tures clas­sic movies in trib­ute to the room’s ori­gins, and a pa­tio that of­fers con­tem­po­rary en­ter­tain­ment in the form of pedes­trian traf­fic.

There is plenty of traf­fic inside as well. As walk-ins one week­day at lunch when it was too cool to dine out­side, we were placed in a re­mote nook by the front win­dows be­cause all the booths were filled.

Two of us shared a plate of the over­sized onion rings to start. Six or seven are stacked on the plate and while you’ll ad­mire the skill­ful frying that al­lows the kitchen to de­liver such a crisp bat­ter when the rings are 3 to 4 inches in di­am­e­ter and onion strips nearly an inch wide, you’ll want at least four peo­ple at the ta­ble to jus­tify call­ing the or­der an ap­pe­tizer.

The Ma­jes­tic pro­vides an ex­cel­lent burger and its flat­breads are topped with such ap­peal­ing in­gre­di­ents as duck con­fit, smoked salmon and grilled ar­ti­chokes, but we or­dered from the list of eight clas­sic sal­ads. The Cobb sup­plied plenty of ten­der grilled chicken, as well

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS DES­MOND/SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

Michelle An­der­son brings a tray of food to pa­trons at the Ma­jes­tic Grill on South Main, a din­ing tradition fa­vored by res­i­dents and fre­quent vis­i­tors to Down­town.

Patrick Reilly and wife Deni opened the Ma­jes­tic Grill on South Main in 2006, spe­cial­iz­ing in Amer­i­can cui­sine.

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