Tupelo Honey Cafe
In the South, on New Year's Day, it is imperative that one one eat the proper traditional foods: pork for good health, greens for wealth, and "hoppin' Johns" (also known as black-eyed peas) for prosperity. I'm kind of superstitious about it, so I was a little panicky when I found myself unprepared this year. Luckily, when I called Tupelo Honey Cafe to find out if they offered this Southern staple, the gracious hostess confirmed that they could save my year from certain disaster!
Tupelo Honey Cafe "serves up responsibly-sourced, scratch-made Southern fare, local beer, and hand-crafted cocktails" in Market Commons. The atmosphere is welcoming, with cozy fire pits around the bar area. I fell in love the first time I tried Tupelo Honey: I heard a spot on the radio where the DJ was ranting about the amazing Shoo Mercy Pancake. It's an enormous sweet potato pancake topped with apple cider bacon and buttermilk battered fried chicken. It's ridiculously good. But, that's a whole other story...
One of the best things about Tupelo Honey Cafe is the plate of biscuits served at the table with blueberry preserves and (of course) Tupelo Honey! It arrives while you await your first course and it's THE bomb.
I ordered the pulled BBQ pork plate with collard greens and hoppin' Johns as my two sides. The BBQ was deliciously tender with two different sauces on the side. My parents both ordered Fish&Chips along with a beet salad. The portions are giant, fulfilling the comfort food need I brought with me out of the misty evening. Our server was awesome, the manager was friendly and attentive, and my buddy, executive chef Crystal Turner, came by to chat us up.
Tupelo Honey Cafe is a serious thumbs up for atmosphere, service, and great eats!