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Bardog Tavern has a great selection of beer on tap, but it's best known for its tasty bar menu. Start with the seared Ahi wontons, for something savory to share. Sandwiches like the "Amazing" Island Club are popular: this filling sandwich is made with grilled chicken, a fried egg, ham, bacon, white American cheese, provolone, avocado, lettuce, spicy mayo, onion, and tomato. Friendly bartenders will be able to recommend their tastiest shots. Come in for brunch on the weekend and get a taste of specials like the lobster sandwich, mimosas, and screwdrivers.
What began as a small neighborhood coffee-shop in 2008 has now expanded to multiple locations in Memphis. The original Midtown location of Cafe Eclectic exudes warm vibes as you enter it, and you are instantly allured with their splendid fare. The bakery section of the cafe serves freshly-baked pies, muffins and scones while their excellent list of coffees keep you company. Hearty breakfasts and brunch feature on the menu as well, continuing into leisurely meals for lunch. A classic soda fountain makes a charming appearance and you can re-live days of yore by splitting an ice-cream sundae with your sweetheart. Cafe Eclectic has something for everyone, so discover the delights they have to offer and you won't be disappointed.
Otherlands Coffee Bar & Exotic Gifts is a fun place to have a snack, browse for gifts and enjoy yourself. Here you can relax, listen to music and have a cup of coffee. In the coffee bar you will find java, organic teas and homemade soups. The gift shop specializes in the works of local artists making it a great place to find an original gift. Local musicians perform here on Saturday evenings. The shop is easy to spot with its blue exterior and huge white-lettered name on the front.
Before you go inside Java Cabana, stop and look at the window for a few minutes. Drop a few coins in the Elvis Impersonator's shrine to see what happens. After you have soaked in the memorabilia and hodge-podge collections, go inside for an experience right out of the beatnik era of the '50s and ‘60s. If you are lucky, you will be there for one of the frequent poetry readings by local writers, or some retro music played on acoustic guitar. Oh, yes—the coffee's pretty good,too. No alcoholic beverages served.
If you love frozen treats, then La Michoacana is worth a try. Set on the east side of the city in a strip mall, this ice cream shop is known for its delectable paletas (Mexican ice pops). Their creative fare come in a wide variety of flavors that range from the basic to exotic. Since none of their frozen desserts are labeled, you can ask their affable staff to know which is what. They will even suggest you the right one as per your palate. Huge delicious scoops and cheap prices will not only satiate your popsicle craving, but also will make your wallet hum with joy.