More than just a place to eat

Wel­come new spot for G’town (or, close by)

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Movies - By Jen­nifer Biggs

It’s a com­plaint that’s not valid, but it’s cer­tainly com­mon: There’s noth­ing to eat in Ger­man­town. Of course there are places to eat, but new restau­rants don’t of­ten open along the Poplar sec­tion of the town. Fur­ther, Theo’s Bistro, at Kirby and Poplar, is ac­tu­ally at the very edge of Mem­phis, just be­cause it’s on the north side of the street. Were it one block east or south, it would be in the sub­urb.

What­ever, it’s close enough that e-mails from Ger­man­town have been coming in, all hap­pily re­port­ing a new place to eat in their neck of the woods.

Theo’s, which opened in Au­gust un­der the name Su­pe­rior Café and is re­lated to the Su­pe­rior Bar & Grill on Beale through some own­er­ship, is more than just a place to eat. It also boasts a pop­u­lar bar, if our vis­its are any in­di­ca­tion, and even live mu­sic on some nights. It’s clean and com­fort­able, and the prices are rea­son­able. In short, it’s the kind of place that would be wel­come just about any­where. (The name was changed be­cause some­one else had trade­marked the former name.)

We ar­rived for din­ner around 6:30 on a Fri­day night, and three, maybe four ta­bles were oc­cu­pied. De­spite the flash­ing sign above the door that read “duel­ing pi­anos,” two men were set­ting an area to­ward the end

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS DES­MOND/SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

The smoked salmon dip ap­pe­tizer is a pop­u­lar choice at Theo’s Bistro at Kirby and Poplar, just across from the Ger­man­town city line.

Ly­dia Smith runs food at Theo’s Bistro, for­merly known as Su­pe­rior Café. In ad­di­tion to the food, cus­tomers come by for the lively bar scene as well as oc­ca­sional live mu­sic.

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