Discoveries in Memphis: Alcenia’s
Happy New Year!
Why is it that food (which, by the way, has been the bane of my existence as of late) is what would lure me back to the old blog? Go figure.
What’s most important here is that this blog is not simply about food. It’s about the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. I mean life-changing. Soul food makes me happy. I do not, however, enjoy the way it smiles upon my hips. Imagine my delight when my mother told me she’d seen an interview on the local morning news featuring a woman who owned a downtown soul food restaurant known for its salt-free, flavor-packed cuisine.
We made it a point to head on over to 317 N. Main Street before Mom’s Christmas visit was over. It was one of the best things we’d done all week! In true C2W (yes, my family has a cool nickname. Now go get one for yours.) fashion we all sampled from each other’s plates.
I immediately fell into a deep unholy lust with the meatloaf. The green beans and deep-fried French fries were sinfully delicious too. I can’t forget Alcenia’s famous hot water cornbread and praise God for Alcenia’s corn! I never knew there was such a thing as sweet potato cobbler and can only hope I’m forgiven for my ignorance. The bread pudding…pardon me. I had a moment.
Equally as amazing as the food was the service. We immediately felt like we were family. Our waitress and even Alcenia’s owner B.J. Chester-Tamayo treated us so well I thought I may have found long-lost relatives. In fact, a family came 6 came in as we were dining saying that every time they return to Memphis they stop in at Alcenia’s. I can’t wait to make it a tradition of ours too.
Make your way down to Alcenia’s and be sure to get one of B.J.’s famous hugs! Check them out here.