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It's not every day that a hotel restaurant becomes a must-eat for locals. But in the case of the venerable Peabody Hotel, attracting the local crowd has never been an issue. To appeal to the... Read More
It's not every day that a hotel restaurant becomes a must-eat for locals. But in the case of the venerable Peabody Hotel, attracting the local crowd has never been an issue. To appeal to the business crowd, the folks at Capriccio have changed up their lunch offerings, offering a full complement of Southern specialties with a bit of a twist in addition to their regular American and Italian fare, including sandwiches, a pasta bar and pizzas. There are plenty of lawyers, financial types and kings of cotton located in the downtown business district who want an excellent but fast lunch, and that's a tough find in the city's central business district. Capriccio's quiet yet elegant atmosphere lends itself well to a business lunch: it's the kind of place where hushed conversations are almost expected, and tables and booths are positioned in such a way that one can actually conduct business in relative privacy. The twist in Capriccio's Southern comfort food is that you can order small plates to share or full-on entrees, whichever you prefer. Starters to share include some serious Southern favorites, cooked just like your grandma (assuming she was from the South) would make them. Fried green tomatoes come with a side dish filled with toppings of bacon, cheese and more. Who knew you could make fried green tomatoes better with cheese and bacon? If you've never had traditional buttermilk fried chicken, this is the place to start. Chef Andreas Kisler says the hotel's long-time cooks – all of whom apparently have grandmothers who make killer fried chicken – are true to the process that delivers such crisp-on-the-outside and juicy-one-the-inside pieces. This is Memphis, so of course there's some kind of barbecue (pork, thank you very much) on every menu in town. Capriccio's take on barbecue is in salad form, and it comes in a jar – pulled pork with barbecue sauce that you (or the server) can pour atop lettuce.
- Lunch, Group Friendly: "Do make a reservation for Capriccio; the restaurant is a popular lunchtime spot for the downtown business crowd."
- Breakfast/Brunch: "During special holidays - Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving - the brunch moves from the Capriccio to the mezzanine of the hotel; reservations are a must on these special days."
- Steakhouses: "The daily risotto is one of our favorites for a side - an unusual treat at a steakhouse."
- Restaurants near FedExForum: "Capriccio offers a late evening dessert and drinks menu - perfect for a post-game recap."
- Breakfast: "During special holidays - Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving - the brunch moves from the Capriccio to the mezzanine of the hotel; reservations are a must on these special days, and the price for brunch increases."
- Best for Lunch Because: Fried green tomato sandwiches, a pimento cheese hamburger, and home cut potato chips...what more can we say?
- Best for Breakfast/Brunch Because: The Peabody's Sunday brunch is legendary - especially for its days-long dessert table, which includes bacon with peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Heaven.
- Best for Steakhouses Because: Capriccio's classic steakhouse feel and Italian twist is a great combination for a departure from the everyday.
- Best for Group Friendly Because: Capriccio's menu is made for sharing at lunchtime - a perfect spot for a quick group lunch.
- Best for Restaurants near FedExForum Because: People seem to forget about Carpiccio on game days, so your chance at scoring a table on the fly is pretty good.
- Best for Breakfast Because: The Peabpdy's Sunday brunch is experiential dining at its best - especially during one of the Christmas brunches, when the hotel is sumptuously decorated.