Around the BLOCK

Bluestem Lounge

I shouldn’t be writing this. In fact, I’ve put off posting a story about the Bluestem lounge over the years because I didn’t want it to get so crowded that we could never again get in the door. But based on my last couple of visits, the cat is clearly out of the bag, so […]

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Grand Street Cafe

Grand Street Cafe has been a favorite off-Plaza destination since 1991. At the time, its wallpaper with willow branches protruding in 3D fashion and striped rattan chairs created an imaginative botanical scene which captivated diners. Though originally owned by the very successful PB&J group of restaurants, it was bought in 2009 by Rick and Kristi […]

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Gram & Dun

Gram &Dun is the latest restaurant under the Bread and Butter Concepts flag, an independent and local group that also owns BRGR and Urban Table in Corinth. The owners decided to jump the state line and open on the Plaza, where it’s getting a ton of buzz. Evidently, I’m not the only one delighted that […]

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B.R.G.R. Kitchen + Bar

My friends keep asking what I think of  B.R.G.R. Kitchen + Bar. Well, after my visit earlier this week, I can finally tell them. I enjoyed the experience.  The place has a very cool industrial-chic thing going on, with wood tables and floors that are offset by metal chairs and fixtures. The dining room has […]

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Swagger Fine Spirits and Food

I have been reading about Swagger for several months and was very interested to check it out. The fact that chefs frequent it when away from their own kitchens was intriguing to me, and now I know why. I went for lunch the other day and had a great burger. It’s most definitely a bar, […]

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