Entering 2015 with a desire to encourage myself and other people to enjoy our city more, I thought a weekly food and restaurant feature might be fun.
Much like the city of New Orléans, the city of Memphis is famous for wonderful food, farmer’s markets and restaurants. There are so many FABULOUS places to eat and shop for food in the Mid South area.
So, each Tuesday, I am going to try to feature something “food” related. I’m calling it “Take-Out Tuesday.”
(Plus, this weekly feature will give me an excuse to get out there and eat!! If you’d like to join me, just let me know~)
And, I’d love to hear from you about the places you love to eat, shop for food and take-out great meals.
You can reply to one of these posts, reply on Facebook or Twitter, or shoot me and email with your suggestions, photos and information (email@example.com).
Also, I’d love to interview some of you and post your “food” experiences on this site.
For today, I’d like to tell you about a brand new restaurant in the newly renovated Overton Square (If you haven’t been to Overton Square lately, you need to check it out. It is beautiful, well-lit and filled with great places to eat and shop!)
Belly Acres (yes, that’s really the name) opened about three weeks ago, and we had the chance to eat there over the weekend with some out-of-town guests. One of the owners, Hayden Wingate, describes the restaurant as, “Willy Wonka meets the city meets the farm.”
It’s on the “back” side of the main section of Overton Square – near the brand new parking garage. You can access the free parking lot off on Monroe Street and easily walk across Trimble Street to Belly Acres.
And, I might mention for all of you suburb dwellers – we felt extremely safe. The area is very brightly lit, security cameras and personnel were quite visible.
As we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted by bold colors, farm equipment, creative decor and a huge tractor parked in the restaurant. On the back wall, an entire wall that looks like a farm – crops and all.
There was no wait, so we veered to the left, walked up to a counter, were greeted by a very friendly employee and then had to decide what to order. There are lots and lots and lots of choices! And, we were not speedy in choosing what we wanted to eat.
Primarily Belly Acres serves burgers. Their motto is, “citified farm fresh food with 100% grass-fed beef burgers.” It was a little overwhelming at first, but then we realized that we could design our own burger. This was a relief for the ladies who with me!
Of the five of us, we ordered three burgers and two salads – all “design your own” selections. (But, our waiter never stopped smiling while we placed our order).
After placing our order, we received a “Memphis Street Sign” to put in the holder in our table. These signs are used instead of numbers; kind of a fun idea.
While waiting for our food (which was not more than 10 minutes, we took a look around and checked out the bathrooms.)
Brightly colored booths line one wall of the restaurant. And, there are several free-standing tables in the middle of the restaurant that can be moved together to accommodate large parties.
The bathrooms are complete with barn doors and the most interesting sinks I’ve ever seen. Check out the photo I took of the real sink in the ladies’ room:
After looking around, we sat down to a great meal. Three of my friends enjoyed burgers along with sweet potato fries.
Two of us had salads (that were yummy). The salads were served in large silver bowls and came with the most wonderful homemade dressings. I order the “The Acre” salad which was fabulous and served with creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Overall, our visit was great to Belly Acres. The staff was friendly, helpful and constantly checking on us for refills and more. The food was very good and served fresh and quickly.
The prices were reasonable. The five of us ate for about $75 including tax and tip. And, we had plenty to eat!
Most of all, we enjoyed the atmosphere. It is laid back, relaxed, comfortable and a pleasant place to enjoy a meal. Our group dined for nearly two hours, and the staff seemed to enjoy us being there. As I looked around, I noticed other groups relaxing and enjoying their meals as well. (A large group of college students sat and talked for almost as long as we did)!
My young friend Audrey thought it was fun; and, that was really all that mattered to me~
Just a little FYI – Audrey is a St. Jude patient who has been bravely fighting an unusual and unknown form of cancer for almost four years now. She was in Memphis over the weekend when we made our trip to Belly Acres. Yesterday, she went for her scans at St. Jude and got an “All Clear.” She is currently cancer free, and we are praying that she will stay that way!
And, for more information about Belly Acres, I’ve included a couple of links:
For Restaurant Info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BellyAcres901
I’d love to hear about your experiences taking out, eating out or shopping for food in the Memphis area (or wherever you live). You can reply to me here on this site, on Facebook or Twitter, or you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Blessings to you today,
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