It’s a Memphis winter wonderland outside! We will open AT 4 PM today. Have a safe and fun snow day!
If you are out and about around the county, please stay safe and warm! See you tomorrow, Friday, January 7th.
Mosa will be closing early at 8PM on Friday, December 24, 2021 and will remain closed the 25th - 27th. We will also be closed on Saturday, January 1, 2022. Happy Holidays!
Due to HVAC problems, our dining room will be closed for service today during lunch. Curbside pickup and takeout is still available. Dine in service will reopen at 4 pm. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you soon!
The Tennessee's General Assembly has approved a 2021 sales tax holiday for restaurants.
Take advantage and come see us for a tax free dinner tonight, lunch or dinner tomorrow (dine in, takeaway and delivery). See you soon!
*Alcohol is not tax exempt.
We are now offering dine-in fast casual service Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday for lunch 11AM-2:30PM and dinner 4-8:30PM, Friday lunch 11AM-2:30PM and dinner 4-9:30PM and Saturday dinner only 4-9:30PM. We will remain closed on Mondays for much needed family time. Thank your for your continued support.
If you have an AT&T cell phone, you may not be able to get through to our phone lines due to a national Comcast voice outage (we use Comcast). We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
If you would like to place a pickup order, please order using a non-AT&T phone or place an order utilizing our online ordering platform at www.moasasianbistro.com.
Thank you for your patience!
We are thrilled to announce that we are now open for dine-in Tuesday through Fridays from 11am-230pm. Dinner will remain curbside and patio seating as weather permits Tuesday through Sundays beginning at 4PM.
You can still order your favorite Mosa meal online for curbside pickup. Head to www.mosaasianbistro.com/order-online to order on your computer, tablet or phone or give us a call at 901-683-8889 or 901-755-6755.
This past year has shown the goodness of our customers, the willingness of our business partners to be flexible, and the resilience and tenacity of our team. On behalf of our family to you - THANK YOU for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Eddie, Michelle & Alex
Good morning, Memphis! We have missed you this week and we are pleased to let you know that we will be safely re-opening TODAY (Friday, February 19th) at 12:00PM. We will be closing early at 8:00pm. Our parking lot has been cleared and salted and all dishes will be cooked using boiling hot water.
Come pickup your favorite soup (Pho, Yuan Bao, Niew Ro Mein, Hot and Sour or Wonton Soup) and all lunch/dinner favorites you've missed this week.
To order, call 901-683-8889 or 901-755-6755 or head to www.mosaasianbistro.com/order-online to place your curbside pickup order on your computer, tablet or phone!
We appreciate your patience over this past week and your continued support over this difficult past year. We will keep you updated via our website, Facebook and Instagram with any updates.
We will be closed tonight, so grab your favorite soups (Pho, Yuan Bao, Niew Ro Mein, Hot and Sour or Wonton Soup) and your lunch/dinner favorites while you can. Remember that we are always closed on Mondays. We will keep you updated day to day regarding changes in our schedule later in the week.
The best way I know how to describe the Yuan Bao soup at Mosa Asian Bistro (850 S. White Station Road) is that it is an Asian spin on chicken and dumplings. Handmade chicken dumplings are served in a flavorful wonton soup broth with Napa cabbage, carrots and fresh cilantro. Crispy wonton strips and a dipping sauce (available in mild, medium or spicy heat) add the finishing touch. Each serving is a generous portion that, in my opinion, could serve two.
Link to article via Commercial Appeal
Order Mosa for lunch or dinner on Wednesday, January 13th and mention that you are a friend of Temple Israel and we will donate 10% of the proceeds from your check back to the organization.
While our dining room remains closed, we are excited to announce that effective immediately, we are open for lunch AND dinner on Sundays along with Tuesday through Thursdays and will remain open for dinner only Saturday for catering, curbside pickup as well as delivery orders over $50. We would love for you to take advantage of our patio space (with no waiter service) anytime you pickup curbside.
To place your order, call 901-683-8889 or 901-755-6755.
Updated Hours effective 10/4/20:
Tuesday to Thursday 11AM - 2:30PM, 4PM - 8:30PM
Friday 11AM - 2:30PM, 4PM - 9:30PM
Saturday (Dinner Only) 4PM - 9:30PM
Sunday 11AM - 2:30PM, 4PM - 8:30PM
Thank you for your continued support and patience.
While our dining room remains closed for a bit longer as we take precautions against COVID-19, we are excited to announce that effective Tuesday, June 2nd, we are open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Thursday and dinner only Saturday and Sunday for catering, curbside pickup as well as delivery orders over $50. To place your order, call 901-683-8889 or 901-755-6755. Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Updated Hours effective 6/2/20:
Tuesday to Thursday 11AM - 2:30PM, 4PM - 8:30PM
Friday 11AM - 2:30PM, 4PM - 9:30PM
Saturday (Dinner Only) 4PM - 9:30PM
Sunday (Dinner Only) 4PM - 8:30PM
We've missed you all and so we are pleased to announce that we are now OPEN for curbside and delivery beginning at 4PM Tuesday through Sunday. You can call 901-683-8889 or 901-755-6755 to place your order.
We've missed you all!
We plan on re-opening Tuesday, May 5th for curbside + delivery dinner! We hope you are all staying healthy and safe.
Michelle, Eddie & Alex
Hi everyone. We hope that you’re all healthy and staying safe at home.
Dad, Alex and I would like to express our sincere and humble thank you to our wonderful patrons. The love and support you’ve shown us over these past several weeks has been amazing. You are truly the heart of everything we do!
We have made the decision to temporarily close our doors for take away and home delivery orders in order to take care of our number one priority: the health and safety of our Mosa team and you, our customer.
We will be closed beginning tomorrow, April 13th and plan to reopen on Tuesday, April 28th. During that time, we will be accepting catering orders for healthcare and frontline workers with a minimum order of $250. If you would like to place an order for delivery or are interested in making a donation toward one of these orders, please give me a call directly at (404) 593-6004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will miss seeing all of you regularly but rest assured, we will stay in touch through our newsletter and social media. Thank you for your support and understanding! We WILL get through this together and we can’t wait to see you all again soon.
Michelle, Eddie and Alex
We are blown away by your support for our family and staff during this time! It's been wonderful to see all of you...curbside. As we navigate through these uncertain times, we've made some further changes to our business hours effective today. Please see below:
Tuesday - Thursday
4PM - 8:30PM
Friday - Saturday
4PM - 9:30PM
4PM - 8:30PM
Curbside + Delivery
Call us to place your order:
901-683-8889 | 901-755-6755
Please continue to be safe!
Eddie, Michelle and Alex
To all our wonderful customers,
Thank you so VERY much for the outburst of support as we transitioned to curbside-only take away and delivery. We've made some minor changes to our business hours effective this week. Beginning this week, we will NOT be open for lunch on Saturdays + Sundays.
Tuesday - Thursday 11AM - 8:30PM
Friday 11AM - 9:30PM
Call us to place your order.
901-683-8889 | 901-755-6755
Stay safe and be well!
Eddie, Michelle, and Alex
Dear Mosa Customers:
Keeping you, our staff and our families at the forefront of our business, we would like to address concerns about the Coronavirus and the measures that we are taking in order to do our part in helping our community stay safe and healthy . We will be monitoring this situation daily and abiding by guidances set by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
We have always maintained high standards of cleanliness and best sanitation practices. But with the onset of this virus, we are making even greater efforts to disinfect all surfaces areas, door handles and knobs, chairs, office supplies (pens, phones, staplers), electronics, and common areas such as restrooms.
To do our part in social distancing, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily change our mode of operations and our business hours for the well-being of our customers and staff. Please see below for the changes:
Starting Tuesday, March 17th, we will temporarily close all dine-in operations and transition to Pick Up Orders (Curbside Available), Large Delivery Orders, and Catering Orders only. There will be a $50 minimum order and a 15% Surcharge for Delivery & Catering Orders. There will continue to be no minimum order or surcharge for Pick Up Orders.
We ask for your support as we try our best to navigate through this difficult time. As a team we appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal business operations as soon as possible. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you and look forward to seeing you soon. Stay safe and healthy!
Eddie, Michelle, and Alex
901-683-8889 | 901-755-6755
Mosa Asian Bistro hours have changed slightly, effective today. The restaurant remains closed on Monday and will be open 11AM-8:30PM on Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday; 11AM-9:30PM on Friday; and noon-9:30PM on Saturday. So if you're craving rainbow panang curry or yuan bao, hands down one of my favorite soups in town, now you know when you can get 'em. The address is 850 White Station Road and the phone number is 901-683-8889.
The Daily Memphian: Short cuts
Effective January 14th, we will have new restaurant hours here at Mosa. These new hours will help our kitchen staff be able to spend more time with their families.
Mosa will close at 4:30PM on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 for a private event and will resume regular business hours at 11AM on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
Thank you for understanding!
We’re on vacation, spending some time with our families! We will reopen Wednesday, August 7th.
Tycoon Asian Restaurant | Fam | Rock N Roll Sushi | Mosa Asian Bistro | Pei Wei
In search of a new favorite Asian fusion spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Asian fusion spots around Memphis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.
Topping the list is Tycoon Asian Restaurant. Located at 3307 Kirby Parkway, it's the highest-rated Asian fusion restaurant in Memphis, boasting four stars out of 69 reviews on Yelp.
Next up is Fam, situated at 149 Madison Ave. With five stars out of 29 reviews on Yelp, the sushi bar, Asian fusion and Japanese spot has proven to be a local favorite.
Cordova-Appling's Rock N Roll Sushi, located at 2886 Wolf Creek Parkway, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the sushi bar, Japanese and Asian fusion spot four stars out of 165 reviews.
Mosa Asian Bistro, an Asian fusion, Thai and Chinese spot in East Memphis, is another go-to, with four stars out of 159 Yelp reviews. Head over to 850 S. White Station to see for yourself.
We're thrilled to once again be recognized as one of the Best Thai & Chinese Restaurants in Memphis by readers of The Memphis Flyer. Help us receive the award by voting now until 8/22 @ 5:00PM CST.
Happy Independence Day! Mosa will reopen Friday, July 5th.
Pho Binh | Mosa Asian Bistro | Green Bamboo Noodle House | Le Delights - Banh Mi & Pho | Phuong Long
Looking for a delicious Southeast Asian meal near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Southeast Asian spots around Memphis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.
Eastgate's Mosa Asian Bistro, situated at 850 S. White Station. With four stars out of 154 reviews on Yelp, the Asian fusion, Thai and Chinese spot has proven to be a local favorite.
Voting is NOW Open for The Commercial Appeal's 2019 Memphis Most Awards!
We would love your vote for Best Thai and Best Chinese Restaurant now through July 7. Thank you for your support!
Memphis Flyers' Best of Memphis nominations are open now through June 27, 2019 @ 5PM. Please vote for your favorites around town, and consider including Mosa Asian Bistro in the following categories. Voting will begin August 1, 2019 @ 9AM.
Let's coool it down, Memphis. For #HumpDayJoewe're trying a different approach: Thai Iced Tea from our friends Mosa Asian Bistro! Thai Tea is made from strongly-brewed black tea which is then sweetened with sugar and topped with condensed milk, giving it that beautiful gradient. It will pair perfectly with Mosa's fresh Teriyaki Salmon Salad which contains a pan-seared salmon filet, mixed greens, pickled purple cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, avocado and fruit. 🥗 Don't you feel cooler already?
Mosa is located at White Station and Poplar. They are closed on Mondays. How do you Mosa?
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Source: Edible Memphis
We are honored to be listed in Thrillist.com's list of The Best Restaurants in Memphis Right Now. Here's what Stacey Greenberg had to say about Mosa:
Refreshing Asian-fusion from the godfather of Chinese food in Memphis
Eddie Pao, who has been in the restaurant business for 40 years and is known as the “Godfather of Chinese Food” can be found in the kitchen of Mosa, which he owns with his daughter, Michelle Pao-Levine. Eddie’s first restaurant, Formosa, opened in 1978 on Summer Avenue (and is now closed). Mosa is like its more sophisticated sister, and has a more elegant atmosphere and refined menu.
"Eddie’s Rainbow Panang Curry is definitely bucket list material."
Commercial Appeal's Memphis Most Nominations are open through May 31st. Please vote for your favorites and consider including Mosa Asian Bistro in the following categories. Voting opens on June 17, 2019 at 12:01AM CST.
850 South White Station Road, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 683-8889
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Make yourself at home on the patio at Mosa Asian Bistro. Michelle Pao Levine and her father, Eddie Pao, are the co-owners of Mosa. This restaurant recently made national foodie news in a Yahoo.com article entitled “The Best Chinese Food Restaurant in Every State.” In it, Mosa was named Memphis’ No. 1! Enjoy your delicious meal on the patio, which is enclosed in a lovely wrought-iron fence with beautiful greenery.
View the full list of awesome Memphis patios here: StyleBlueprint Memphis
Youth Villages hosted their 30th Annual Soup Sunday at the FedEx Forum on Sunday.
This year's special guest was Memphis Tigers men's basketball head coach Penny Hardaway, who welcomed attendees and rang the traditional kite-shaped dinner bells to get the event started.
Soup Sunday gives Mid-Southerners a chance to sample delicious treats from 50 of the best area restaurants and caterers.
More than 2,000 people came out to help raise money for the Youth Villages' Chris Crye mentoring program.
“If you have one person in your life sometimes that believes in you and sees things in you that you don’t see in yourself and is willing to spend time with you it can make a tremendous difference in your life,” said Richard Shaw, Youth Villages Chief Development Officer.
Big Bluff City food staples like Huey’s, Half Shell, and Mosa Asian Bistro were just a few of the places people could choose from for soup options.
Watch video here.
Join us on Valentine's Day for a romantic dinner special!
We are accepting reservations at (901) 683-8889.
Youth Villages will host its annual Soup Sunday tasting event Feb. 17 at FedExForum.
This year marks the 30th anniversary for this beloved fundraiser. Pulling out all the stops for the celebration, organizers expect close to 3,000 guests and have about 60 restaurants and caterers lined up to prepare soup and much more.
Celtic Crossing is among the restaurants participating this year. It is Celtic Crossing's fourth year to take part.
“We usually try to bring a different soup each year,” said Garrett Miller, Celtic Crossing head chef. “This year we will be bringing an Irish vegetable soup plus our pimento cheese, which is made with our owner’s grandmother’s recipe.”
Each restaurant is asked to bring 30 gallons of soup. Miller estimates it will take him three to four days to make such a large quantity.
Some of the most popular restaurants and caterers in Memphis participate in the event, which has raised nearly $1 million since it started in February 1990. Each participant brings a soup, and most bring another specialty such as an appetizer, side or dessert.
“Restaurants like The Half Shell, Huey’s, Hog Wild BBQ Catering, Mosa Asian Bistro, Stone Soup Cafe and Rizzo’s participate year after year,” said Amanda Mullen, development coordinator with Youth Villages.
New in 2019 will be Strano by Chef Josh, The Capital Grille and Forest Hill Grill.
The logistics of feeding warm soup and other fare from 60 businesses to a crowd of thousands are pretty staggering.
Tom Cassidy III has been leading the charge for almost the entire history of the event.
“My family owned American Seafood, and my father was on the board of Youth Villages,” he said. “We would use our trucks and cold storage to transport the soups from the restaurants to the venue. I drove the very first truck.”
Today, Cassidy manages the central kitchen that stores and reheats the soups and other dishes for the event. “We want to make it as easy as possible for the restaurants,” he said. “I organize all the food and reheat it. … I’ve even cut cakes.”
Like most who volunteer for Youth Villages, Cassidy said it is a labor of love. “I’ve done several tours of Youth Villages," he said. "You just can’t wrap your head around what these kids go through. Any small thing I can do to help, I do.”
Soup Sunday was started by Danny Sumrall of The Half Shell and Mike Warr, a Youth Villages board member. The friends had seen a similar event in Little Rock, Arkansas, and thought it would be a great way for the Memphis community to visit several restaurants at once. With just a handful of restaurants, the first event was held at the old Captain Bilbo’s in Downtown Memphis. Little did they know how the event would grow to what it is today.
“We decided to try a day family event with the first event taking place at Captain Bilbo’s,” Sumrall said. “After our second year, we knew our space wasn’t large enough to accommodate the crowds so Soup Sunday has had several homes — including Woodland Hills Country Club and the Pyramid — and presently takes place at FedExForum.
“The work that Pat Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages, and his staff do for neglected youth made our involvement an easy choice. I’m a cheerleader for the event, encouraging my fellow restaurateurs to participate.”
The main event occurs in the concourse area of FedExForum, wrapping around the entire venue. A VIP area is upstairs in the Draft Room.
The event is designed to be a family affair, with a kids zone offering activities such as Oreo stacking contests, magic shows by Magic Mr. Nick, face painting and balloon animals.
Funds for the event support the Chris Crye Mentoring Program at Youth Villages. “A lot of youth in our program don’t have a strong local support system,” Mullen said. “This program provides a mentor to allow them to get off campus and experience the city like other children do.”
General admission for adults is $20; children ages 6-12 are $10; and ages 5 and under are free. VIP Souper Party tickets are $75 for adults and $30 for children. VIP Souper Party tickets for couples are available exclusively at soupsunday.org for $110. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit soupsunday.org.
Full article: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/dining/2019/02/07/memphis-restaurants-youth-villages-soup-sunday-fedexforum-graceland-barbecue/2728714002/
Bring in the New Year with good luck!
Get a small plate of these yummy Chinese New Year traditions for just $6 with purchase of entree February 8+9.
Available for lunch and dinner (dine in only).
by Jennifer Chandler
Happy new year! No, I am not a month late — Tuesday is the Chinese New Year.
The Chinese New Year is all about new beginnings and fresh starts. This holiday, often called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year for China. The date is based on the lunar calendar. In China, festivities begin the evening before the new year and last until the Lantern Festival, which is held on the 15th day of the year.
In Chinese astrology, each year is represented by a different animal — 2019 is the Year of the Pig, which is predicted to be a lucky year. The pig represents diligence, kindness and generosity.
Food is a big part of the celebration, with many dishes symbolizing good fortune and other such wishes for the coming year.
To learn more about the holiday and its traditions, I called Eddie Pao, the chef and owner of Mosa Asian Bistro. He runs his Asian fusion East Memphis restaurant with his daughter, Michelle Pao Levine.
Pao grew up in Taipei and has fond memories of celebrating the Chinese New Year in his home country of Taiwan.
For the celebration, Chinese families go from house to house, enjoying big spreads of symbolic dishes.
“Every house had a party,” he said. “The dishes were small plates, like dim sum. You could go to up to 15 or 20 different homes, so you just enjoyed a little at each house.”
There are four dishes that were his favorites, and he plans to serve a few of them as specials the weekend of Feb. 8-9.
A dish called “The Perfect Ten” is one of his favorites of the holiday season, and was served every year by his family.
“The number 10 means abundance and completeness,” Pao said. “This dish has 10 different ingredients — like firm tofu, Chinese black mushrooms, carrots and turnips — and each is cooked separately before being put together.”
Pao said it is a labor-intensive dish, with each ingredient being thinly sliced into julienne strips. He also said it’s a beautiful dish, thanks to all the colors.
Also on his Chinese New Year menu are crispy spring rolls. Pao adds sprouts to the filling because they signify new growth and new life.
A “Jiao” curry dumpling is also planned. Levine plans to make this savory beef pastry.
“The significance of a food that is round or moon-shaped is that it represents the circle of life,” she said.
For a sweet treat, Pao also plans to make a dish that in Mandarin is called Nian Gao. It’s a sticky rice cake. Like most Chinese words, gao has several meanings, one being “tall.” Eating one of these treats is a wish to be successful and to live “higher” each year.
If you can’t stop by Mosa for one of its Chinese New Year specials, you can still enjoy a little luck for the new year.
“Noodles represent long life, and oranges are eaten at the end of a meal to sweeten your life,” Levine said.
Full link here: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/dining/2019/01/31/memphis-restaurants-chinese-new-year-mosa-asian-bistro-dinstuhls-masterchef-junior-gordon-ramsay/2667331002/
There's never been a better time to check out the Memphis restaurant scene. We’re seeing Downtown become an established culinary destination with the opening of a great food hall and continued growth in all sectors. Crosstown Concourse continues to bring us new and exciting dining options, and its momentum is reinvigorating old neighborhoods like Madison Heights. From fine dining and soul food to the diner of your dreams, Memphis is making it happen in big ways. And of course we didn't forget our insider knowledge of barbecue and chicken wing spots. Here are the best spots that opened in 2018, along with some of our tried and true favorites.
Refreshing Asian-fusion from the godfather of Chinese food in Memphis
Eddie Pao, who has been in the restaurant business for 40 years and is known as the “Godfather of Chinese Food” can be found in the kitchen of Mosa, which he owns with his daughter, Michelle Pao-Levine. Eddie’s first restaurant, Formosa, opened in 1978 on Summer Avenue (and is now closed). Mosa is like its more sophisticated sister, and has a more elegant atmosphere and refined menu. Eddie’s Rainbow Panang Curry is definitely bucket list material.
Full article: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/memphis/best-restaurants-memphis?fbclid=IwAR1IS17c_OfG9tzYGORSUEgeejmSvgvANOfRSYxyHe653MLEjVviOzTDTOo
These cold fronts blowing through Memphis the last few weeks have given me a major soup craving. I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten some kind of soup for at least five of my past seven meals, give or take. If you’ve got similar broth-based needs, check out this short list of favorite local soups (in no particular order):
1. Hot N Sour Soup from Mosa Asian Bistro (850 S. White Station)
This is the one I crave when I start to feel under the weather. There’s something about the combination of flavors that’s so satisfying, it almost has healing properties. Add in some crispy wontons as wanted for a soft crunch in your spoon, too. Mosa Asian Bistro in East Memphis has a menu of great Asian fusion foods, and is always at the top of y’all’s Memphis best soups lists.
Read the full list here.
Cheap Eats did some walkin’ in Memphis and came up strong with some non conventional Southern eats. Just how unconventional? Well, a little bbq for breakfast may not seem too out of the norm down in Tennessee, but on a paleo friendly waffle? Or how how about some duck for lunch? And don’t even get me started on a Thai curry classic with a Chinese twist. Well, actually you did get me started, so I guess I gotta keep going with one more bite of Cheap Eats Memphis!
Ali and Chef Brandi pose for a quick photo before eating the smokehouse waffle half.
the spot: Bedrock Eats and Sweets 327 S. Main st Memphis TN 38103
the eats: Smokehouse Waffle (half order)
the bucks: $6.50
the full nelson: Cheap Eats goes Paleo!!
If someone would have told me that Cheap Eats Memphis was going to start the day with a paleo friendly breakfast, I would have pinched myself so I could wake up from the healthy daydream. But the dream ended up becoming my breakfast reality. For the record, the paleo diet means you eat whole and unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts and meats. When it comes to havin’ bbq for breakfast on a waffle, the kicker becomes finding the right substitutions for sugars, processed flour and the like. Good thing Chef and Owner Brandi Marter studied chemistry in college, and knows how to mix whey protein powder, almond flour, arrowroot starch along with coconut oil and a couple more ingredients into a paleo friendly waffle batter. Wondering how she pulls off a barbecue sauce without refined sugar? Try honey and molasses. Wondering how I got this niche meaty ladened waffle for $6.50? I ordered the half, which was plenty.
Ali posing with the 3rd Period Smoking Birds w/chips from Lunchbox Eats
the spot: Lunchbox Eats 288 S. 4th st Memphis TN 38126
the eats: 3rd Period Smoking birds w/ chips
the bucks: $11
the full nelson: Not your typical lunch lady cafeteria fare
My days of going to the school cafeteria were not particularly memorable. Perhaps I should have had Chef Kaia Brewer as my lunch lady. If I did, then I would have most likely been dreaming of the 3rd Period Smoking Bird sandwich by the end of 1st period. I mean, how can you not start thinking about the trifecta of chicken, duck and turkey gracing two huge slices of Texas Toast, as soon as your cereal digests? Granted, my school lunches may not have set me back $11 but my school lunches also didn’t come with house made potato chips. Not only is this a bonafide Cheap Eats Memphis find, but it’s a chance at redemption for all those weak school lunches you ate off a tray. And it’s all thanks to Chef Kaia Brewer: the ultimate lunch lady.
Ali posing with the gooey butter cookies
the spot: Frost Bake Shop 394 S. Grove Park rd Memphis TN 38117
the eats: gooey butter cookies
the bucks: $1.25 each
the full nelson: a St. Louis sweet treat classic makes its way down south
I grew up in St. Louis but sadly not on the tradition of the gooey butter cake. Thankfully I rectified this malaise in adulthood. For the record, gooey butter cake is a dense rich cake, primarily composed of flour, butter, sugar and eggs; a concoction hailing from St. Louis, MO. Now how did this treat from St. Louis end up in Memphis and in cookie form? I place the blame squarely on Bill Kloos, owner of Frost Bake Shop. Bill moved down to Memphis from St. Louis a few years back and started a wholesale baking operation that spawned Frost Bake Shop as well as a distribution deal with Williams-Sonoma. In Bill’s capable hands, the classic cake recipe shifted into cookie form. At a buck and a quarter each, it goes without saying that this is no doubt a solid snack for Cheap Eats Memphis. Butter, cream cheese, eggs and vanilla are folded into the cookie dough, which gets spiked accordingly with chocolate and strawberry, if you choose those flavored versions of the basic gooey butter cookie. They are all good, but my fav is the classic gooey butter cookie. Lately I have been appreciative of the power of a butter driven sweet. Looking back at the success of Frost Bake Shop, I’m sure Chef Bill Kloos would concur.
Panang Curry with Chicken at the Mosa Asian Bistro
the spot: Mosa Asian Bistro 850 S. White Station rd Memphis TN 38117
the eats: Rainbow Panang Curry with Chicken
the bucks: $12
the full nelson: a Thai Curry Classic with a Chinese twist
Mosa Asian Bistro bills itself as an Asian fusion restaurant, which at the surface seems like an accurate assessment. When you look at Chef Eddie Poa’s long and storied career as a chef in Memphis, you realize Mosa is more a reflection of Memphis coming to terms with the variety and range of cuisine from the Asian continent. His Rainbow Panang curry is a perfect example. Eddie applies a batter to the chicken as if he was making Orange chicken, the Chinese American classic. Then he drops it into a Panang sauce, which is a Thai dish. The application of Thai and Chinese cooking is certainly fusion, but its also something more. Eddie would explain to me that this is a way for him to cook food that will have appeal to his older and newer customers. The older customers will certainly be familiar with Chinese cooking, as for many years Chinese food was the #1 “ethnic” food in America. The newer generation of customers however will want more variety, coming into Mosa with a appetite that stretches from Kimchi to Kung Pao Chicken and beyond. Seldom have I encountered a dish that seems like it was the product of a food truck concept, when in reality is a history of cooking Asian food in a medium sized city in the South. Now that’s something I would pay $12 for and a great way to end Cheap Eats Memphis.
And that was all she wrote for Cheap Eats Memphis! Four memorable meals and I had just enough change to get me a pair of blue suede shoes. Well, I didn’t have that much left over. And I guess all the blue I need are the specs on my face. On second thought, I’ll just take my change and get another butter cookie.
Until next time my friends . . . Stay Thrifty!
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