From the elegant and elephant-arted confines of their new Southaven restaurant, Bangkok Alley’s Thara and Dottie Burana keep the fresh fish swimming into their lunch and dinner dishes, where they morph into schools of sushi and Thai concoctions both creative and traditional. Starters such as the shrimp hompa—which envelops its shrimp with golden-fried panko and sweet-and-sour sauce ($6)—irrigate parched mouth-deserts to create an inviting climate for the seafood keow han, a mélange of shrimp, scallops, and the fish of the day served in green curry with basil sauce ($20). Otherwise, silence the howls of were-stomachs with heartier fare such as a grilled strip steak and panang sauce served with grilled asparagus and squash ($20), or a panang curry underscored with a coconut base and garnished with chopped Kaffir lime leaf (up to $14 with choice of protein).
Daruma attracts hungry humans with authentic food, warm and lively ambience, and regular, live entertainment. Though Daruma's inventive chef waxes and wanes the menu every couple of lunar cycles, current favorites include teriyaki chicken ($11.95), and nabeyaki udon soup, a brothy noodle soup with shrimp and vegetable tempura ($11.95). Hibachi-style entrees (starting at $10.50 for dinner) sizzle into shape before diners' very eyes in an act that smelts culinary art with circus performance and a deep pore-steaming treatment. Chopstick champions can defeat an order of sushi as a starter or a side, such as the daphne roll, stuffed with crab meat, tuna, cream cheese, and tempura, and crowned with eel sauce, spicy mayo, and tempura crunch ($10.95). Call to reserve a table or to inquire about upcoming karaoke nights, scheduled music, or comedy performances.
Named for its Lower Alabama locale, L.A. Subs serves a menu of traditional Southern fare and heaping sub sandwiches. The Hollywood club ($5.69–$7.39), the shop's top seller, piles up smoked turkey, honey ham, bacon, and provolone, and the large California Dreaming sub ($7.39) comes stuffed with turkey, lean bacon, mozzarella, and guacamole. After tasting the Fish Fry Snack ($4.99), with fried fish, fries, and hush puppies, or breakfast eats such as the fish and grits ($5.99) or the classic cheese omelet ($3.99), tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics. Stomachs with more specific cravings can opt for two shrimp poboys, presenting fried Gulf shrimp and homemade tartar or cocktail sauce on a toasted french roll.
Cuisine Type: Jersey-style deli
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Philly cheesesteaks and deli subs
Delivery/Takeout available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
After working his way up in the restaurant industry––from dishwasher to general manager––Len Moore started his first sandwich and cheesesteak place on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey in 1979. Eventually, Moore and his wife decided that the people of Bartlett, Tennessee needed to have access to the same types of deli favorites that Len grew up eating and selling on the East Coast, so they opened Lenny′s Sub Shop in September 1998.
The hot-off-the-grill cheesesteaks—with thinly-sliced rib-eye steak, caramelized onions, and melty american-swiss cheese—and stacked deli sandwiches impressed customers so much that the eatery quickly expanded. Len's little shop now has about 150 locations across the country.
At these eateries, customers can order everything that made the original Lenny's so popular, plus signature hot-pepper relish, chicken and tuna salad made from scratch, and bread and cookies baked fresh daily. Lenny's impressive sandwiches come piled high with about a half-pound of meat and cheese on the regular sub and about a full pound on the large sub.
When her Winslow’s Café was struggling to stay open, Mama Rosie Garza pulled out all the stops to save it. She and her team spiced up the menu with seafood and a wealth of enchiladas, burritos, and Mexican cuisine. When Harry P. Johnson inherited the restaurant, he honored Mama Rosie's memory by reopening the eatery as Rosie's Grill and preserving her diverse menu, which The Year of Alabama Food claims "could please any picky eater." Its items include yellow- and green-squash-filled tacos and open-faced honey-maple turkey-breast sandwiches that The Year of Alabama Food named one of its "100 dishes to eat before you die" or while drinking from the well of eternal life.
These life-changing dishes are on display during lunches, dinners, and brunches, which can be eaten inside the dining room or in a cozy courtyard with a brick floor and fireplace. At Rosie's Record Bar next door, guests can follow up their meals with live music most Thursdays and Fridays.
Inside Papa’s Place, chefs gingerly place marsala-peppered filet mignon and 12-ounce rib eye atop plates, proudly aware that their creative preparations helped earn them a second place nod for Best Steak in the Lagniappe's 2011 reader awards. Slabs of steak aren’t the only things they can toot their horns about: fresh pastas burst with Italian cheeses and oven-roasted vegetables, and succulent cuts of veal, chicken, and seafood soak up flavorful house sauces. Servers escort these hearty Italian staples throughout the BYOB eatery, including a back dining room that hosts private parties for birthdays, wedding showers, and rehearsal dinners for the real dinner.