Tupelo Honey Café – Go For The Grits!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - by Willie Mae
Eggs Betty with goat cheese
Eggs Betty with goat cheese

When my son Jack and I met for breakfast over the weekend, we discovered Tupelo Honey Café on Market Street. We parked in the Warehouse Row area.

This place was surprisingly busy for breakfast on a Saturday morning so Jack and I wanted to be seated outside where it seemed much quieter - neither of us are very friendly with others until we have had our coffee.

We had a nice view of the old Federal Building, which I think is beautiful. Our server was named Andrew. He had his hair in a ponytail, but he still looked clean-cut and he used manners. I didn’t understand his earlobes though. I know that some young men like to wear earrings and ol’ Willie Mae is hip to that, but these weren’t earrings. The boy had rubber gaskets in his ears! I didn’t say a word, I just minded my own business.

The menu had several items to choose from but they had some pretty strange concoctions. I would describe it as  ‘Southern food’ with a flair.

Jack wanted the ‘Shoo Mercy Omelet’ with home fries for $13.95. I swonny, that boy could eat fries in his sleep! Andrew described the fries and said they were just homemade potato chips with bacon grease and pepper sprinkled on them.

Jack’s eyes lit up and he said, “Anything with bacon grease is g-o-o-o-d! And… can you sprinkle a little bacon on them too?” I guess he was trying to make his morning meal of chips seem more like breakfast.

The Shoo Mercy was described as spicy and I wanted that, but I am not fond of pimento cheese unless I make it myself …with Velveeta. I decided on the ‘Eggs Betty’ with a biscuit and goat cheese grits for $9.95. Our waiter told me the grits were really good, so I couldn’t wait to try them.

When he went over to a table of young girls I overheard them discussing what they would have and, when one gal said she wanted to try the goat cheese grits, the other girl screamed out, “O-M-G! Their goat cheese grits are to die for – they are fabulous!”

 Now, I am not sure if ‘O-M-G’ was the other girl’s name or not, maybe I heard, “Oh, Em… gee the goat cheese grits are to die for.” I don’t plan on dying anytime soon, but I was looking forward to my grits.  

While we waited for our meal, Andrew brought us each a biscuit with their house-made honey and jam. The jam and honey were both quite sweet and a little too much for me that early.

Our breakfast arrived and Jack took a look at my plate, scrunched up his nose and said, “I’m just not a runny-egg-kind of guy.” I think he disapproved of my selection in case I couldn’t finish it and he had ideas to help me.

Remembering my breakfast at TerraMae Bistro, I expected the ham to be as delicious as theirs, but it was just a regular slice of ham and not the thin shaved country ham like I liked. The egg whites were not cooked very well in some places, so I scooted that part over and just ate what looked cooked. It’s hard to get ‘runny-eggs’ cooked just right, but it was still a pretty good meal and the goat cheese grits made up for it. They were so good.  I could have just eaten a large bowl of grits only.

They also put a flower on my plate, but I didn’t eat that. The hollandaise sauce tasted a little on the sour side – not in a bad way, just enough to make you pucker.

Jack’s omelet was a little too spicy for him, but he ate it all. He said I probably would have liked it. Jack must have liked his fries, because they were all gone. My boy pushed his plate away, leaned back and said, “Shoo! Now I know why they named it that!”

There are many interesting items on the menu to try, but you wouldn’t go wrong if you go just for the grits!

Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

Shoo Mercy omelet with home fries
Shoo Mercy omelet with home fries


Dunkin' Donuts Removes Artificial Dyes From Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off 2018 with news declaring donuts now sold at restaurants nationwide are no longer being made using colors from artificial sources. As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to offer guests great-tasting, high-quality products and cleaner menu labels, Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, previously pledged ... (click for more)

Chick-fil-A To Officially Break Ground For East Ridge Restaurant

Chick-fil-A’s Tennessee expansion continues with a groundbreaking event soon at the site of its new East Ridge restaurant, the second of six locations the chain expects to open in Tennessee this year. It will be near the Bass Pro Shop. Chick-fil-A representatives will join community leaders at the site of the chain’s East Ridge location at  639 Camp Jordan Parkway at Jordan ... (click for more)

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, Shot Early Sunday Morning On Lillian Lane

Ivy Johnson, 23, And Cordarrius Johnson, 26, were shot early Sunday morning.   Chattanooga Police were notified at 4:39 a.m. of two people arriving at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, police spoke with the two victims who were suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The victims arrived at the hospital via personal vehicle.   ... (click for more)

2 Top Officials Leave Administration Of Sheriff Eric Watson

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson on Sunday announced the resignations of Chief Deputy Brian Smith and Director of Administrations Arnold Botts. He said they "served with distinction for the past four years." The Sheriff's Office said, "Smith notified Sheriff Watson that he is exploring business opportunities in the private sector, while Botts mentioned the timing was right ... (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What’s The ‘Super’ Done?

The headline on Jan. 10 in the Times Free Press read, “Report shows Hamilton County students still lagging behind Tennessee peers.” In smaller type underneath, the sub-head added, “Less than 33 percent of county elementary, middle school students read at grade level.” Then, just seven days later, this on Friday, the same newspaper bannered, “Hamilton County Schools superintendent ... (click for more)