Chef-owner Kelly English knows a thing or two about Cajun cooking; he hails from southern Louisiana and spent some time in New Orleans perfecting his craft. Opened in 2008, Restaurant Iris occupies a small two-story house with the tables divvied up among its various rooms. Fireplaces, earth tones, and paintings from Memphis artists on the walls give the space its character. The menu includes such dishes as lobster-knuckle sandwich, bacon-braised Brussels sprouts salad, shrimp and grits, pan-seared fish, and a New York strip steak stuffed with crabmeat and blue cheese. English serves just one dessert here: pecan-studded bread pudding, topped with house-made vanilla or cinnamon ice cream and made from his grandmother's recipe. To add fuel to the fire, the service is some of the best around. Next door is the more casual Second Line, which is also owned by English and which shares the same kitchen as Restaurant Iris.
2146 Monroe Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Midtown, Overton Square Hours Tue-Sat 5–10pm, Sun 11am–3pm Phone 901/590-2828 Prices Main courses $21–$32 Cuisine Type French, Cajun, Creole Web site Restaurant Iris
Map2146 Monroe Ave. Memphis
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