Chef Kelly English putting the final touches on a dish; Justin Fox Burks

As Seen on TV: Memphis Restaurants Featured on the Small Screen

If you craft your culinary itinerary based on delectable dishes you’ve seen on television, check out some of these Memphis classics that have been featured on the top travel food shows.

Hog and Hominy – Heritage by Tastemade
Tastemade's Heritage series tells the personal stories of some of the country's most brilliant chefs and what inspires them. This episode shows how Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman honor their Italian roots while embracing the local Southern culture. Maw Maw's ravioli is made with fresh pasta and formed with the trays their grandmother brought from Italy. Be sure to also stop by their other two hot spots: Porcellino's and Andrew Michael Kitchen. Their newest restaurant, Catherine & Mary's is opened it's doors in 2016 in the historic Hotel Chisca building in downtown Memphis.

 

Brother Juniper’s: The San Diegan – $40 a Day
Rachael Ray got a satisfying start to her one-day excursion at this East Memphis eatery. The San Diegan is an open-faced omelet topped with home fries, sautéed portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, green onions, and feta and cheddar cheeses. It’s served with cheese grits and diner’s choice of toast or a biscuit (get the biscuit). Lines can get long, so be prepared for a wait, especially on the weekend.

Restaurant Iris: Surf and Turf – The Best Thing I Ever Ate
Memphis chef and television personality, Claire Robinson, declared Kelly English’s signature dish as one of the best things she’s ever put in her mouth. If you’re a meat lover, you don’t want to miss this hearty entrée. Chef English stuffs a NY strip with fried oysters, smothers it in a creamy bleu cheese sauces and serves it over a potato and bacon hash. It's like New York and New Orleans got married in Memphis.

Bar-B-Q Shop: Barbecue Spaghetti – Bizarre Foods
It may have piqued host Andrew Zimmern’s interest, but there’s nothing bizarre about barbecue spaghetti. It’s just good, old-fashioned, home style cooking. This Midtown mainstay takes tender bits of smoked pork shoulder and tangy sauce and tosses it with spaghetti noodles. It’s classified as a side dish on the menu, but it’s substantial enough to be an entrée. Add a side of coleslaw and a piece of buttery Texas toast and you’ve got the perfect meal.

Kooky Canuck: Kookamonga Burger – Man v. Food
Extreme eater, Adam Richman, accepted the king of all food challenges when he took on the Kookamonga burger. Anybody who can consume this four-pound burger plus the bun and all the toppings (seven pounds total) in 60 minutes will be inducted into the Kooky Canuck hall of fame. Though the challenge has been successfully completed over twenty times, Richman fell short of the mark. Feel free to bring a couple of friends to help, but only solo eaters win the grand prize.

Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken: Fried Chicken – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Triple D host, Guy Fieri, became a deep-fried believer after learning the secrets of Uncle Lou’s delicious chicken. Lou seasons up fresh chicken and fries it until it’s golden and crispy. Now you can stop there, and you’ll have his home style version. Or, Lou can dip your chicken in a tangy and savory concoction he calls “sweet spicy love” sauce. Either way, make sure to order a couple of honey butter biscuits; they make the perfect accompaniment for the chicken.