My sorority sisters and I (about 30 of us) decided to visit Itta Bena during a recent conference in Memphis. We had a reservation, but they sat us in groups, at different tables, as we arrived. In all, we were at 5 different tables, but they were all in the same area.
Steven was the waiter at our table and answered all of our questions about drinks and menu items. I ordered the grilled salmon in a lemon caper sauce. I was allowed to switch out the rice for the button mushrooms, which I was thrilled about since I'm not a big fan of rice. I also had sauteed string beans. Overall, my food was ok....not the greatest as there was very little sauce for my fish and the string beans were very crunchy and not to my liking. The mushrooms were good and there were a lot of them.
Two at our table ordered the lobster bisque, which smelled great, but was very watery. They both said it was not the best, but was simply ok. Two also ordered the crab cakes appetizer, which when brought out, was very surprising. There were two small crab cakes that could fit in the palm of your hand and some type of salad in between. One also ordered the veggies of the day and when they arrived, the dish was cold and had to be sent back. They reported the crab cakes were ok, but felt overpriced. The food did seem to be overpriced, but I'm sure we were paying for the atmosphere as well.
The highlight of our evenving was Ms. Ruby, the entertainment for the evening. She sings an array of music, from folk, to alternative, to gospel/spirituals to R&B. It was interesting to say the least.
Itta Bena is on the third floor of the BB King Blues Club and it is interesting climbing the stairs to get to it. However, it was a nice experience but I would not wish to return as I felt the money charged did not equal the food served.
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