It was a real revelation to find out that Memphis is more than barbecue and peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I clearly found a local foodie favorite in McEwen's. The place was packed at 6:15 pm on a Saturday night and I had no doubts that those tables would continue to be full all night. Since I was eating alone, I booked a high table in the bar area where I had a great view of the place, great service, and ate a great meal. The restaurant feels like an upscale, casual-chic, bistro/pub--the kind of place where you could stop in after work for a drink, meet good friends for dinner, or impress a date/inlaws. I was most impressed by the menu. Started with a Tasmanian sweet crab tostada that was seriously yummy. I kept on going with seafood with the tuna tartare (which was really a tuna tartare/beef tartare combo but the server graciously said no problem to all tuna for this non-meat eater). The wines by the glass were pretty limited but I found the Gnarly Zin for a ridiculously low price of $7 and Woodford Reserve bourbon for normal big-city prices. I usually don't eat dessert but couldn't resist the creme brûlée--which was excellent. I was staying down the street at the Madison so it was an easy and safe walk there and back. McEwen's is a real find in Memphis. But make sure you make reservation!!
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