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Brother Juniper's is a cozy place for breakfast. Billed as the Best Breakfast in Memphis, this friendly location is known for Food, Family, and Community. Their back story starts on the West Coast and journey's to Memphis.

I decided to go with the build your own omelet, I had spinach, chorizo, ham, and red peppers along with potatoes, biscuit and maple syrup. My nephew decided on the Open Faced Salmon Omelet with cheese grits and biscuit.

Great place for food with great service.

Create your own omelet

Open Face Salmon Omelet 



I'm a lover of Soul Food so when I discovered that Memphis had a location called 99 Cent Soul Food Express I was excited about trying the location. Located near the Lorraine Motel the atmosphere is very quaint and the owner Nash is very friendly. The concept is all the sides are 99 cents and the meats are desserts are various other prices.

I decided to have two smothered chicken thighs, cornbread dressing, rice with gravy, and yams. For dessert I had peach cobbler. The chicken was seasoned very well and the cobbler tasted like it was made with fresh peaches. 

This is a great place with awesome service if you're looking for good Soul Food in Memphis.





The owner Nash and I 





Many people know the Neely name from the Food Network Show. Little did I know that Pat Neely's uncle Jim was the first Neely to have a restaurant in Memphis called Interstate BBQ. With close to 40 years in business Interstate BBQ is one of Memphis go to places for Ribs.

I decided to try the 2 meats with the beef brisket and pork ribs along with a side of potato salad and baked beans. The portions were generous and the meat was very tender. I can see why Interstate has been around for so long!!!



Staks has only been opened 15 months and they have been recognized for being one of the fastest growing business in the Memphis area. After tasting the food I understand why. 

You order at the counter and the food is brought to your table in a very timely manner. I decided to go with the Cinnamon Roll pancake and chicken sausage, my nephew went with the pancakes with strawberry's cooked on the inside and bacon.

The next time trying Staks I have to do the cook your own pancakes. The experience looks like it will be great.

Cinnamon Roll Pancake



Strawberry Pancakes



One of my co-workers recommended that I try Marlowe's while in Memphis, so I decided to give it a try. Myself along with three other drove passed Graceland and entered into Marlowe's to experience this historic location open since the 70's. I had read the backstory of how the owner moved from Philadelphia to Memphis and originally started an Italian Restaurant but later decided to change it to BBQ.

I had the pleasure of meeting the original owner who is now retired and the current owner his son in law Phil who runs the place. 

Our waitress Jamaica was really good and the gift shop was a lot of fun. (Oh yeah and the pink cadillac outside was real cool)

I decided to go with the BBQ Spaghetti with green beans corn fritters and deep fried dinner rolls, my dining partners had the BBQ baked potato, fried okra, smoked mac and cheese and a slap of ribs. We all left full.

Green Beans and Corn Fritters 

BBQ Baked Potato



Slab of Ribs


At the end of my tour of the STAX Museum, I asked where should I go for Memphis ribs, it was recommended by several of the staff that I try Payne's. From what I was told Payne's was featured on a recent episode of "This Is Us". When I pulled up to the place and walked in and saw the Cash Only Sign, I have to admit I was a little nervous but since it was recommended by locals I figured why not give it a try. I decided on ribs, hot link, cole slaw and baked beans with a grape soda. 

While eating the cole slaw I had to ask what it was made with and the answer was mustard instead of mayonnaise, a different twist but it was still good. The ribs were tender, the hot link had some kick to it and the baked beans were perfect.

When in Memphis Payne's is a must.




While hanging out in TN, and looking for someplace to eat we found Jim 'N Nicks BBQ. The ratings looked good so I figured why not give it a try. They started with some muffins that were addictive I could have ate the muffins and called it a night. I decided to go with 2 meats Ribs and Brisket along with 2 sides Baked Beans and Potato Salad. All were great choices, the ribs and brisket were tender and smoked very well, and the Baked Beans had a very great flavor to them. I'm glad I decided to give Jim 'N Nicks a try.




I saw Arnold's make Chicken and Dumplings on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on the Food Network. I have been trying to get their for years but they were always closed by the time I was free to go (the hours are 10:30 - 2:45). This time things worked out in my schedule that I was finally able to make it and on the day they had Chicken and Dumplings. 

For my sides I went with turnip greens (yes I smashed the cornbread in the greens) and green beans. The dumplings were cooked to perfection with a little kick of pepper and the chicken in the dumplings was also seasoned well. My son went with the Catfish, hush puppies, green beans and mac & cheese. 

This was well worth the years of my waiting and I look forward to going back again.




When I travel I like to check out places that are not chain restaurants. I had heard really great things about Miss Shirley's in Baltimore so I decided to give it a try. Located in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor, the placed was jammed pack with people sitting outside waiting on a chilly Sunday afternoon. It took about 30 minutes before I was seated however it was worth the wait. 

I decided to go with the Benne Seed Chicken 'N Waffles - fried buttermilk boneless breast of chicken pieces & a honey mustard aioli drizzle on waffles with Peppadew- Jalapeño butter dusted with Cajun Spice. 

I left Miss Shirley's Cafe full and satisfied. Make sure to check it out when you're in the Baltimore area.


I stopped by the Crab House in Warren MI to have lunch and the owner gave me a freshly cooked neckbone. I have to admit that I never tried neckbones before, but I'd figure it's free why not. I was impressed the meat was tender and the seasonings was really good. Make sure to stop by the Crab House and check out their $7.00 daily specials, you will enjoy yourself.

I had been craving some wings from Sweet Water Tavern in downtown Detroit. When I decided to go get the wings, I couldn't resist the Saturday Special, Jumbo Fried Shrimp, BBQ Ribs, Sweet Water Chicken Wings, Collard Greens, with Mac and Cheese. I must say that was all I ate on the last day of the 2016.

I had a free appetizer that I needed to use before year end at Black Rock. I figured since I'd be in the area doing Christmas shopping why not take advantage of my free appetizer. Upon arriving I was surprised at how many people were eating at Black Rock on a Tuesday afternoon, however they were able to get me a seat. 

For my free appetizer I went with the Andouille Sausage with peppers and onions. For my entree I had the New York Strip Steak with green beans and a sweet potato. 

Several of my friends don't like having to cook their own food, I think it's a great experience.





My first time trying Sweet Potato Sensations in Redford, MI. I've had sweet potato pies from their but this was my first dining experience. When it was discovered this was my first time, they brought me a sample of the Black Eyed Pea and Collard Green Soup. I have to admit I haven't eaten black eyed peas in decades, the sample of the soup was really good, the spices in the soup gave it a good kick.

For my entree, I decided on a Sweet Potato Waffle with Salmon Croquettes. Both were delicious and I left very full. I couldn't leave without taking home the Sweet Potato Cookie with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips. Nice place to eat, very intimate and they featured art work that is available for sale.





While in the DMV area I had a chance to have lunch with one of my good friends at the Silver Diner. I had seen the restaurant in the BWI airport but this was my first time giving it a try. My friend had breakfast which included eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes, and pancakes. I decided on the CAROLINA FRIED SHRIMP ENTREE - Sustainable, wild caught, hand breaded, spicy Rhode Island style, banana peppers, pepper relish, sriracha aioli, old bay crispy fries, coleslaw. 

It's always good to have good food with good friends!!!




While waiting to do an interview, Lionel Green from WBGR Online Sports Network suggested I try Peru's Chicken at 9001 Annapolis Rd, Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706. I had to thank him for the suggestion the charbroiled chicken was seasoned to perfection and very juicy. For my sides I chose dirty rice and green beans with a side of their mild and medium sauces. This is a must stop for food if you are in the Baltimore area.




I had been seeing Carnival Fresh Mex in downtown Detroit for years and since I had some time to kill I decided to give it a try. The service was quick and friendly the food was good for the price even though I didn't know what the sauce was they put on top of it. I chose the Carnival Bowl, that consisted of chicken, chorizo, grilled green peppers, grilled onions, rice, and salsa blanca. To wash it down I went with Jarritos Fruit Punch.  For more information go their website


My longtime friend and I decided to meet for breakfast today. I suggested we meet at Toast in Ferndale, MI. Turned out to be a great choice. I had the Meatza Meatza omelet, which included bacon, canadian bacon, chorizo, sausage gravy, biscuit crispy onions, served between a home made biscuit with a side of home fries. My friend went with the Greek omelet, which included spinach, tomato, kalamata olives, peanuts, and feta cheese along with cinnamon challah toast and a side of home fries.  This turned out to be a great choice, with a great atmosphere for great conversation and great food.






After several days of eating Thanksgiving Food, I wanted something different. I decided to try One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, MI. After reviewing the menu I decided to try Chicken Tchoupitoulas, cajun chicken, sausage, peppers, potatoes, topped with a béarnaise sauce. The dish was excellent the spices gave kick to the dish and the béarnaise sauce cooled it off. 

I ended the night with the Apple Brown Betty, apple pie in a deep bowl toped with salted caramel brown apple bread ice cream. Needless to say I left feeling very thankful. 

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I hadn't been to Olive Garden in a while because of the quality of the food, but I decided to give them another try since they were having the all you can eat pasta special. I decided to try a different combination than my usual. I selected pappardelle pasta, meat sauce, and grilled chicken. The combination turned out well and the service was great.

I'm really feeling Applebee's new firewood grill meat. The bone in pork chop with the apple chutney, steamed green beans, and sweet potatoes with maple butter are a crowd pleaser. 

This is what happens when you leave work and want some wings and Sweet Water has a Thursday night special. Meatloaf, wings, green beans, french fries and a salad. This was a good night!!!

While hanging out in Downtown Detroit trying to figure out what to eat, I saw Vincent's Cuban restaurant and decided to give them a try. From what I later discovered they have been downtown for a few years and they received rave reviews. I decided to go with the AAROZ CON POLLO, a traditional cuban dish of saffron rice and chicken served with sweet plantains. A great experience, highly recommended if you want to experience Cuban food.

A couple of years ago while in the Chicago area for a convention I discovered Dusties Southern Style Buffet in Matteson. Now overtime I got to Chicago I have to stop by Dusties. The food is fresh and tasty and I always leave full. If you want good Soul Food while in Chicago make sure to stop by Dusties.



I received this email on Monday that Bagger Dave's is having their Great American Cheese Burger with fries or sweet potato chips for 99 cents on Tuesday. So guess what I did I went to Bagger Dave's for the 99 cent burger. The cool thing I could still do the burger my way (added pineapple, applewood bacon, and caramelized onions). For dessert I had a Taste of Love Sweet Potato Cup cake. After giving my Bagger Dave Bucks number ended up paying about $3 dollars for my meal. My stomach was happy and my pocket!!!

Congrats to my friend Jerome Brown on his restaurant Detroit Soul on East 8 Mile between Dequindre and Ryan. The location recently celebrated their 1st anniversary and is frequented by such gospel artist as Dorinda Clark Cole and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. 

I did a carry out of smothered pork chops, rice and gravy, green beans and a slice of 7 Up cake. After eating the meal all I could do was take a Sunday afternoon nap. 

For more information visit their website




Me and the owner of Detroit Soul Jerome Brown 


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