During the recent #memice winter storm scare, I decided that if I were going to be snowed/iced in, I wanted my last meal to be delicious. We didn't get hit with the worst of the weather, but my dinner wasn't in vain. I was able to finally (okay, so the restaurant hadn't even been open a full week) try Kelly English's new eatery, the Second Line.
The menu is separated into four categories: "Eat These Things First" (starters), "Poboys" (traditional New Orleans style sandwiches), "Plates" (entrees) and "Groceries" (sides).
The space is casual, but classy. It would be a great place for a girls or guys night out, but it's nice enough to be a great date night destination.
Tom and I arrived early (5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, and I would suggest that you do the same. By 6:30 p.m. the place was packed. Since there's no reservation system, and there's not much of a waiting area, you might find yourself standing around staring at everyone else's delicious food for quite a while. Once the weather perks up, the large patio will be available, and that should alleviate some of the pressure on the dining room
We started with the Natchitoches meat pies. Think fried pie, stuffed with a savory filling and served with a creamy dipping sauce. They were delicious; I could have made a meal with just an order of those and side salad. For an entree, Tom chose the fried seafood plate, which is three types of seafood (oysters, shrimp and catfish) with fries and hushpuppies. I went with the Verno poboy, and it was just how a poboy should be - juicy, braised chicken thights, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles. All poboys come with a choice of one side. I snitched a couple of Tom's fries and chose cheese grits for myself.
All in all, I think the Second Line is an excellent addition to Overton Square in Midtown, Memphis. They don't currently have their liquor license, so they're only serving beer at the moment. Before too long, diners will be able to select a delicious craft cocktail from the full bar and have access to the entire Restaurant Iris wine list.
The Second Line
2144 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Monday-Friday 5:00pm until
Saturday-Sunday 11:00am until