An old tune is placing itself back onto the soundtrack of Midtown's Overton Square, home of funky new establishments such as The Second Line, Schweinhaus, and Babalu. Lafayette's Music Room is similarly new in form and function (decor and menu, consulted by Jennifer Chandler), but not in its history. The music space hosted some of the country's most well-known musicians forty years ago -- and now it's back.
I got a sneak peek taste of the menu, which celebrates the collective culinary history of Memphis and the greater South. You'll find divine baked oysters (I tried all three in the menage a trois), rich shareable appetizers, pizzas, fixins. . .you'll find everything, actually.
I loved the oyster Rockefeller and Bienville -- The Lafayette's pimento cheese style was less appealing since I am not a pimento cheese fan (I know, I know, I'm crazy). Next time, I will ask for a full order of Rockefeller style.
My shrimp po boy was traditional in its fixings; but the piping-hot shrimp were extra plump and cornmeal-battered. Impressive seafood quality, and even better when sandwiched in between some French bread and juicy tomato slices. I would order this again, especially while tapping my foot to some local talent!
Before I finish, please do not pass up dessert during your visit to Lafayette's. The espresso creme brulee was so fabulous, I found myself craving another spoonful the following day.
Check out the full music lineup here, and be sure to arrive with an empty stomach for a great, gourmet-meets-grub meal.