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Comment Archives: stories: Restaurants: Bites

Re: “Nashville-to-Memphis BBQ Trail: A Better Q for 'A to Z Guide to Southern Food'

Blues Cafe on Beale has, to me, the best wet ribs.

Posted by memphibian321 on 08/02/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Cook it Caveman-Style with the New Paleo Grilling Cookbook

Very nice and informative article! I think cutting out dairy would improve my results, too. I've actually gotten good results so far from a Paleo Diet. Staying away from some of my favorite junk food is hard, but the results are making it worth it every day.

I just followed a guide and made sure I didn't do anything too ridiculous.
Here's a link to the guide I used:

Posted by James Mackay on 08/01/2014 at 11:52 PM

Re: “Smokin Thighs Restaurant Aims to Open This Month on Wedgewood

Doyle: Yep! We are pumped about it over here in Wedgewood-Houston. Matt has been awesome about keeping neighbors updated and inviting us in.

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Posted by superbraves on 08/01/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Smokin Thighs Restaurant Aims to Open This Month on Wedgewood

is this that old Judge Bean's space that's been empty for years?

Posted by Doyle on 08/01/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

I make it a point not to be on my cell phone if I am with anyone else in a dinning situation. But I have been out to dinner with my Fiance and have noticed other couples that spend most of the time on their smart phone. I would say the majority of the time unless its a first date situation or some semblance of that, people are on their phone a lot. I don't know if I agree that it's adding 50 minutes to a meal, but I do think that there has become a lot less interaction between people when the smart phones are present.
(On the note about laptops in coffee shops)I'm a professional student that likes to eat and study at the same time, so I don't care for the WiFi-less hours. Although I'm not one of the ones that orders just a coffee and sits at a large table by myself. I think it should be a rule that If you are there during a peak time you have to buy lunch, but the WiFi should be kept on.

Posted by Erin Joelle LaBranche on 08/01/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

this is off topic but I tend to do that. ive noticed that people are talking on their phones a lot in libraries. I go to the library at least twice per week and its very normal to hear someone talking loudly while walking through the shelves. I find this just.....weird.....

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Posted by Tee Lee on 08/01/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

if im alone in a bar or restaurant then I don't understand the problem with me looking at my phone as long as it doesn't make noise.
if im with someone then I either leave it in the car or put it in my purse

Posted by Tee Lee on 08/01/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

If I'm by myself I'll have my phone out sometimes to serve as something to read in lieu of something else, but if I'm with others or especially family I have a strict "no technology" policy at the table. I will politely ask you to turn it off or put it away, whether it's a phone, gameboy or whatever. It won't kill you to enjoy your food, company and conversation for an hour.

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Posted by saraclark on 08/01/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Cook it Caveman-Style with the New Paleo Grilling Cookbook

This sounds pretty good but I always like using for reviews on paleo cookbooks.

Posted by Paleoguy84 on 08/01/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Cook it Caveman-Style with the New Paleo Grilling Cookbook

The biggest factor in your statement is MODERN MEDICINE. Had nothing to do with eating simple unprocessed food, unless you count:
1. Hunting risks like Chris mentioned.
2. Still working through the early process of elimination with plants, which we typically don't have to worry about (with books and the internet to identify bad plants)

I really dig paleo, but in today's world it can be tough to follow strictly. I have found and used plenty of paleo recipes, all of which have turned out amazing. Can't wait to try the recipe above.

Posted by Jon Pacella on 08/01/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Cook it Caveman-Style with the New Paleo Grilling Cookbook

Well, you do have to factor in sabretooth tiger, wooly mammoth and mastodon attacks plus childbirth in a cave into those life expectancy statistics, Tobin.

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Posted by Chris Chamberlain on 08/01/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

I usually do one thing with my smart phone at a meal, which is take a picture of what I'm eating. But only if I'm at a new restaurant or having a meal that's beautifully plated or a meal I want to remember. My friends have pretty much grown to expect this and some will often wait and ask if I want to take a picture of their plate, too.

In terms of doing anything else on my phone, I rarely ever have it out during a meal. If I'm at a casual coffee shop meet up or lunch with girl friends, we'll usually all pause to take a break and post to Twitter or Instagram, and it's understood. Dinners, though, my phone usually stays in my purse or pocket once my photo's been taken. I never interrupt conversation to play or browse on my phone.

Husband and I had a friend who *always* had his phone out, face up during meals and would constantly read texts that came through, sometimes replying to them, while we were talking with him! Notice the key word here - "had".

When I'm solo, I usually bring my kindle and read. A nice, short mini-vacation of sorts.

Posted by Alexandra Payne on 08/01/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

I can't remember the last time I took my phone inside with me. Usually my wife will have her's if the kids are not with us (in case the babysitter calls), but if we're out with a group of friends we're usually having too good a time to use a cell phone.

Had a great sandwich at Bella Bakery this week, the Havana. Bella could fill in for the long line and little longer drive it takes to get to Mitchel's.

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Posted by James on 08/01/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Cook it Caveman-Style with the New Paleo Grilling Cookbook

"Eating food in its most simple unprocessed form like our ancient ancestors did seems like a good idea"

No, no it doesn't. Why would you ever adopt the eating habits of persons who died before they reached 35?

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 08/01/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

Funny you mention this. For lunch this past Saturday, I dined at Monell's in Germantown where a strict "no cell phone" policy is in place. Seated at the big table in the front room, it was remarkable how people genuinely interacted with each other partially because of the setup of family style dining, but the added absence of cell phones sitting out to distract us from the food and conversation certainly should get credit as well.

I've been guilty in the past of having my phone too handy in dining situations, but I'm making more of an effort to put it away and keep it out of sight so I can be in the moment with the person I am sharing a meal.

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Posted by MissBeth on 08/01/2014 at 9:52 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

If I'm solo then I'll be on my phone. If I am with someone else, especially if it's just one person, I make a point to put the phone away. I don't think it slows table turnover. That just doesn't make sense. When I'm on my phone the most at restaurant I'm alone and I usually eat pretty quickly in that scenario.

@fancycwabs I know some shops are trending towards this. Fido, for example, has started shutting off it's wifi during peak meal times and I don't think they have it turned on during the weekends at all. I don't mind the trend. I don't like going to a coffee shop and being treated like I showed up to someone's personal work space uninvited.

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Posted by mike on 08/01/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

I will usually take a cue from the person or people I'm with. If it's a casual dining/drinking thing and people are all checking their social media, taking pics, etc. I'm more likely to do it too. If I'm by myself I will be on my phone a lot more than if I'm with others, I think that is out of some awkwardness of being alone more than lacking the ability to stay off my phone.

Also if I'm in a bar not so much sometimes but in a restaurant or coffee shop, my phone is on mute or vibrate only. It's annoying if someone's phone is constantly beeping, whistling or ringing in a space where others are subject to it.

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Posted by Ryan B. on 08/01/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

If I'm dining solo, I use the smartphone a lot, mostly to kill time while waiting for the food to arrive. If I'm accompanied, much less so.

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Posted by pogo on 08/01/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: Restaurants and Smartphones

Coffee shops would have much higher table turn rate if they banned laptops.

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Posted by fancycwabs on 08/01/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “LP Field's New Concessions Disappoint Some Health Food Fans; Greer Stadium Food Gets Praise From PETA

Finally, somebody else who can't wait in line for a Titan Dog without considering concerns that might be raised by PETA.

Do you ever wonder if 'some' in the headline is really sneaky code for 'this is what I think'?

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Posted by Chris Johnson on 07/31/2014 at 10:42 PM

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