Avid readers of food magazines may have heard of this quirky, casual restaurant that's on a random side street in the far reaches of East Memphis. Since Hog & Hominy opened in 2011, the co-owners Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman have been named James Beard semifinalists for Best New Restaurant and Best Chefs. And with good reason: the food is the best you’ll find in town—even better, some argue, than the fancier restaurant they own across the street, Andrew Michael. The pork-heavy, Southern-meets-Italian food here is almost universally great: a couple shining stars on the menu include the Red Eye pizza, a rich mash-up of pork belly, egg, fontina, celery leaf, and sauce; the Brussels sprouts with speck, tomato conserves, and bacon chili jam; and the poutine, a concoction of fries, neckbone gravy, chili oil, and cheese curds. Save room for the peanut butter pie, which is served in a Nilla Wafer crust and which tastes like a richer version of the banana pudding your grandmother used to make. Keep in mind that no reservations are accepted, so the wait for a table can be long; once you're seated, service is speedy. Oh, and there's a boccie ball court out back, so if you find yourself waiting, grab a drink and get your game on. Happy hour, which runs from 4 to 6pm daily, comes with free popcorn, $1 off draft beer and well drinks, and a $6 specialty champagne cocktail.
Hog & Hominy
707 W. Brookhaven Circle
Our Rating Neighborhood East Memphis, Brennan Hours Mon–Wed 11am–2pm and 5–10pm, Thurs–Sat 11am–2pm and 5–midnight, Sun 11am–10pm. Bar opens at 4pm Phone 901/207-7396 Prices Main courses $8–$18 Cuisine Type Southern, Italian Web site Hog & Hominy
Map707 W. Brookhaven Circle Memphis
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