Felicia Suzanne's, Memphis

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Liberty Bowl Jan. 2, 2010

This beautiful restaurant opened in 2002 by Felicia Willet, a native of Jonesboro. Felicia graduated from the University of Memphis and received a culinary arts degree with honors from Johnston and Wales University in Charleston. Through an internship with Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans, she wrote and produced the Food Network's Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live. Since she was a child, Felicia dreamed of having her own restaurant and it came true 8 years ago in Downtown Memphis.

Jackie and I first dined in this restaurant when we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in 2003. We have eaten here, I'd say, at least once a year for those special occasions like his parent's birthday, a play at the Orpheum and the like. It is still a wonderful place and continues to deliver.

Today's food at Felicia's was in tailgate-style for $25 a person plus an all-you-can-drink $25 wrist band. We didn't want or think we needed the beverage wrist band and, after the fact, it was the right decision even though my house Cabernet and his Ultra were $10. Nevertheless, we ate on chili with pita crisps, spicy chicken wings, breaded catfish on sticks, cheese and toasts, bread pudding, sausage and pepper platters and many more. I really liked the chili and the bread pudding. The catfish was really good and hit my need for more carbs for my low-blood sugar. It was all divine. The tailgate-style party started at noon and we arrived at 2:30 to a live band who were playing Kings of Leon and then rap music when we left. They played a wide-range of music from the town who raised BB King, Elvis and many others older than me.

I love Felicia's and love what she does in downtown Memphis. I can't wait to eat dinner here soon. Benton and Alexis rave over the table in the kitchen she tends to. (Pic #4 is Benton, Alexis and me, look at those pants she got Benton for Christmas)

I have to tell you how to park at Felicia's, just park on Front Street between Monroe and Madison. Then you'll see the sign on the lower floor to Brinkley Plaza. You can take your parking ticket to Felicia's for validation.

Felicia Suzanne's, 80 Monroe, Memphis 901-523-0877 www.feliciasuzanne.com Check out this great website!

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