This post was originally featured on StyleBlueprint! If I could choose one Memphis restaurant to consistently spend sixteen hours of my day (7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the approximate closing hour), I’d hands-down pick Porcellino’s.
Admittedly, I was skeptical of the hours of operation etched onto the doors of James Beard Award nominees Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman’s latest dining home run of Brookhaven Circle. Coffee “program,,” full-service bar, bakery, butcher counter, and complete breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The concept, while seemingly impossible, is brilliant and well played from sunrise to sunset. The passion can be tasted, sipped, and seen in every single detail.
I’m a huge fan of the space, a polished, subway-tiled Brooklyn-esque butcher shop with dark and dainty wood tables and chairs. The black and white branding ties together the entire vision of the chefs, bakers, baristas, and bartenders.
Though I’d gladly be compensated to spend an entire day at the window-lined bar seating to muse upon the kitchen and customers (any takers?), I have successfully witnessed three prime-time occasions inside of the brick establishment: Saturday brunch, Friday night dinner, and an afternoon pit-stop. The recent Swine & Wine fundraiser for Cozy Corner Barbecue was a memorable hit, too.
Brunch was bustling with diners of all ages; some in line for an exclusive nitro-brewed coffee; others for a fried egg on in-house baked crusty bread with house-cured bacon or sausage. You can grab a loaf or croissant on the way out, too.
On a Tuesday late afternoon, I ran by to scope out the product and take-away offerings. I left with some finely shaved prosciutto, hand rolled fresh gemelli pasta, and the “Lil Ray” spice blend of salts, sugars, and zests. I was tempted to pick up a soft-cotton branded t-shirt, though I might cave in soon. The array of cookbooks, specialty foods, and butcher cuts was truly remarkable!
A dimly lit late dinner with ambient music completely elevated the surrounding space. The limited number of tables welcomes intimacy and comfort. Portions are shareable yet small enough to give you the opportunity to try multiple menu items (my kind of place!). The golden dim-sum-inspired bar cart, which graces tableside throughout the meal, covets perfectly plated daily specials. Whimsical and adventurous, the cart brings a treasure and leaves a memory. Oh, and the Relevant Roasters coffee custard dessert (served in a mason jar) is a must-get.