I was flipping through my old posts, and I realized that I've never written about Hog & Hominy. How is that even possible? There was a point in time where it felt like I was dining at Andy and Michael's (Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman) laid back casual eatery every week. Hog & Hominy opened in 2011 as the wildly popular follow up to their flagship restaurant, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.
More than anything, Hog & Hominy is an excellent watering hole. They offer a wide selection of beer (including many local options), wine (on tap even), and a rotating list of seasonal cocktails. Food and beverage manager, Nick Talarico, works hard to create inventive mixed drinks that compliment the equally seasonal food menu.
The lunch and dinner menus at Hog & Hominy are very different. The cornerstone of their offerings is pizza, and you can get that any time of day. In the afternoon, you'll have a choice of sandwiches (I know it's not "technically" a sandwich by the standard definition, but get the beef and cheddar hotdog on the pretzel roll. Trust me.) The dinner menu consists of small share plates, like the biscuit gnocchi in ham broth. There's always several vegetable dishes that offer Andy and Michael's take on traditional Southern sides. Like the drinks, the food here is also very seasonal, including the pizzas, so what you see on the menu during one visit may not be available the next time.
And for dessert...pie. And gelato, but mainly pie. My absolute favorite is the peanut butter pie. It is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. I like it so much that I pick it every time over the Carol's Delightful Smile (whipped chocolate mousse in a chocolate cookie crust with chocolate malt balls), which is right in my wheelhouse. There's also a rotating flavor or two, like blueberry and orange and buttermilk custard with rosemary.
They offer a few reservations every night, but I would suggest you either dine early, or late, depending on your personal preference, because it can get quite busy during peak eating hours.
Hog & Hominy
707 West Brookhaven Circle
Memphis, TN 38117
Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm (bar opens at 4:00pm)
Late Night: Friday & Saturday until midnight