Friday, March 9, 2012

The Elegant Farmer - Memphis, TN (updated)

From the moment we walked in the door, we knew this was a place where anyone would feel right at home.  The Elegant Farmer, a Project Greenfork certified restaurant, is where you want to be, after a long day of working on the farm (office), where we enjoy the fruits of our labor.  A simple way of getting back to our roots.  And discovering that the best food is located, right in our backyards. It's simple, elegant & without a doubt the BEST food you will ever put in your mouth.  Memphis is doing it better because of Mac Edwards & his entire team. 

Rustic farm tables with wine glasses...gorgeous
In an attempt to bring you as many dishes as possible, our meal began with appetizers...

Mississippi Mushroom Enchiladas
shiitake mushrooms, chipotle/tomato sauce with 3 cheese cream

Local shiitake mushrooms, all wrapped in corn tortillas.  These mushrooms are grown just down the road in Mississippi, on a co-op farm. Then topped with the creamiest 3 cheese sauce, which is the Bechamel sauce from their Mac & Cheese (only served at lunchtime...more on that).  And the chipotle/tomato sauce, which is the tomato broth they simmer their catfish in (another lunchtime treat) combined with a smoky chipotle sauce, from Sparkling River Pepper Company in Mt. Olive, Arkansas.  My husband & I loved this so much that we went home & recreated it the next night.  

Char-cute-erie Plate
array of local cured meats & cheeses, 
currently being featured are meats from Newman Farm 

Grilled Grouper with winter squash puree & hoisin/orange butter with grilled bok choy
What we actually ordered was the Farm Raised Redfish, neither of us had ever tried it & were curious.  However, due to the fact that Mac doesn't settle for less than the freshest of fish, (redfish wasn't available) their fish purveyor sent them the best quality grouper instead.  This entire dish was beyond anything I had ever had before.  Our forks melted into eat layer of flavor, first was this creamy hoisin/orange butter, which was like a savory candy melting over a buttery fish.  The lightly seasoned grouper, wrapped in a delicate sweetness from the winter squash puree brought this entire dish together into what I would consider one of the BEST things I have ever eaten, my husband agreed.  

Stone Ground Cheese Grits
Their grits are actually from The Original Grit Girl, by Georgeanne Ross from Oxford, MS.   This is a new grit company, for us.  I had not heard of them until now.  I would like to retract the previous claim that these were from Delta Grind (which is who I buy from & use in my home kitchen). I love the fact that we now have 2 great grit companies to choose from, when serving this classic southern dish, either in home or out.   

To sum up, our entire evening was phenomenal!!  The service & the cuisine is without a doubt the BEST in the city.  And owner Mac Edwards, came to our table for each course, explaining how they prepared everything & exactly where it came from.  How great is that, that we didn't even have to ask where it was from.  When I talk about local restaurants doing it right, this is what I am talking about.  Knowing where our food comes from is by far the most important aspect, when it comes to choosing restaurants to eat at.

Thanks to Mac & his entire team for setting the bar on how local cuisine should be done.

PS: I just have 1 suggestion...Mac (since it's part of your name & all), I would personally love to see you add your Mac & Cheese to the dinner menu.  As a HUGE (this is putting it lightly) Mac & Cheese fan, I even asked if they would make it for us that night and unfortunately, they couldn't.  

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  1. Living here in Memphis can't wait to try this restaurant!! You have reviewed some fantastic places. Please keep up the good work. Also, love your blog!!! Great recipes!!!!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet thoughts! I am always thrilled to hear from those living in our great culinary city. So many great places to eat & can't wait to share more with you. We just went to Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, this weekend, so be looking for that one soon.

  2. This looks amazing. It has been on my list for awhile, no excuses! Stop by my blog for a give away....good stuff!


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