Interim Restaurant & Bar has had many ups and downs in its relatively brief history. The East Memphis space started out as Chef Wally Joe's flagship namesake eatery. When Joe left to create his dream space (the ever-stylish Acre) the ensuing restaurant was called Interim as a temporary fix. Well, Interim might as well be permanent fixture, because six years later, the concept has stuck. With Executive Chef Jackson Kramer (in his second stint at the helm), it looks like Interim is here to stay.
Interim is one of those restaurants that's nice enough to impress, but reasonably priced so as not to break the bank. The wine list is extensive, and the mixed beverages are potent. The bar is a popular weeknight hangout spot, but it's the food that helps Interim endure.
The appetizers are a bit more inventive than the entrees, but everything is well prepared and exemplifies the importance of the details: the housemade chutney that is served with the cheese cheese board, the beet puree that comes with the lamb, the garlic aioli that makes the Interim burger one of the best in the city... Interim doesn't skimp.
Diners may want to take advantage of the lunch menu, which offers the same thoughtful cuisine for half the price. Some dinner appetizers, like the grilled quail with roasted grapes, are large enough to satisfy a hearty appetite all on their own.
Interim Restaurant & Bar
5040 Sanderlin Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117