April 20, 2005
Let’s start with the drinks; they are the most important things here! The martinis come in two different sizes: large and jumbo! My personal favorite is the wedding cake (vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice), because the pineapple juice produces a nice froth on the top and it is a wonderful drink. I have tried to recreate it at home, but it hasn’t worked out. In addition, grandma came to visit one weekend and really liked the banana martini, so much so she conned the bartender into giving us the recipe. You can’t go wrong with the traditional cosmo here. The chocolate martinis here are amazing as well; they are nice way to end a meal - drinking your dessert. There is also a full bar if you aren’t in the martini mood, and their wine is really cheaply priced.
The food here is good as well. Just like the martinis, the portions are hug, so come hungry or leave with a to-go baggie. I really like the shrimp pasta, as the noodles are done perfectly; the sauce is nice and light; and the shrimp are huge, succulent, and not overcooked at all. The steaks are very good here as well. Tender, they have a unique marinade and are very well prepared. I once had a pork chop here for dinner (I am not too sure if it was on the menu or a special), and it was amazing! It was tender, juicy, and well prepared, and it restored my faith in the other white meat.
There is an abundance of salads on the menu, and once again, they are enormous in size and always fresh. In addition, the sandwiches are large as well. We came here once just to kill time and were a little hungry, so we had a variety of the sandwiches. I can’t pick a favorite, as they were all wonderful.
If you don’t wish to drink your dessert (think chocolate martini), they have an original twist on the old-fashioned cheesecake. They deep-fry it! I know what you are going to say, but it makes the filling creamy and perhaps even richer than before. The outside is light and fluffy. It isn’t like the batter you would use to fry fish in, but more of a beignet batter surrounding the cheesecake. Get the dessert with either the chocolate or raspberry sauce and you will never be able to eat regular cheesecake again.
Side Street is a great place to go for a drink after dinner or for dinner with friends or family. It is even an intimate date place.
From journal Walking in Memphis