A Memphis Native Reviews the Memphis Menu at Tiny Diner

Hannah Sayle

Look, Memphis isn't an "it" city. Its population is declining, it's been ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States, and outside of the South, people routinely pass over it for its rival to the east, Nashville, or Nashvegas, or whatever nickname hipsters trot out as they unpack their stupid acoustic guitars and try on their first stupid pair of cowboy boots.

But Memphis has it together when it comes to a few things -- our music (Sun Studio, Stax, Graceland), our food (barbecue, fried chicken, barbecue) -- and so when Tiny Diner announced its rotating menu would feature some Memphis-inspired dishes, this particular Memphian-cum-Minneapolitan got a little giddy. As an old friend used to say, "It was on like a pot of neck bones."

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Arby's record-breaking, 13-hour TV ad airs in Duluth

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A watched pot never boils, but a watched brisket will cook low, slow, and tantalizingly

Perhaps you're familiar with the televised yule log, a continuous loop of a crackling fire that airs around the holidays for those of us without a proper fireplace. On Saturday, Arby's aired something similar -- with the key addition of a slow-roasted hunk of brisket -- on My9 in Duluth, Minnesota.

The ad was Arby's attempt to break the Guinness world record for the longest television commercial. The 13-hour ad for Arby's new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich smoked the record-holder, Nivea, by 12 hours, according to the New York Times.

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The Rabbit Hole mistakenly pursued by police in relation to local house show

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The Rabbit Hole mistakenly pursued by police in relation to local house show

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The Rabbit Hole
On Friday morning, the Minneapolis Police Department contacted Thomas Kim of the Rabbit Hole in Midtown Global Market to inform him that hosting a kegger in his restaurant was illegal and would be shut down if pursued. Kim had no idea what they were talking about.

As it turns out, the organizers of a record release show for local band False Teeth mistakenly linked their Facebook event page to the Rabbit Hole's Facebook page. The house where the show will take place is also called the Rabbit Hole. The MPD, apparently searching the web for weekend house shows to bust, jumped at the opportunity.

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Minneapolis gets bizarre shoutout in Starburst ad

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The ceilings are low in miniMinneapolis.

Minneapolis gets a bizarre shoutout in a new commercial for Starburst Minis.

The tiny Starbursts are apparently manufactured in a city called miniMinneapolis, where all the ceilings are low and everything is too small.

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The 25 Best Forgotten 1990s Food Commercials

In honor of the Totally Sweet '90s Book Launch Party at Magers & Quinn, we compiled a whole slew of our favorite (and sadly, discontinued) foods available during the 1990s... and their respective commercial gems.

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Marilyn Hagerty: Interview with genius Olive Garden reviewer

Everybody online today is enjoying the publication of The Greatest Restaurant Review Ever Written, a piece entitled "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" by Marilyn Hagerty of the Grand Forks Herald.

There are so many evocative parts of the review: The "two long, warm breadsticks," the raspberry lemonade that is proffered but rejected in favor of water. The understated yet wistful tone is reminiscent of a William Carlos Williams poem.

So far, the Olive Garden review has been tweeted over 6,800 times, and Liked on Facebook 4,477 times. The editors at the Grand Forks Herald are scrambling to assemble an article on the outsized reaction for tomorrow's paper, but in the meantime, we called Marilyn Hagerty to get her response to the sudden Internet fame.

I'd like to make clear that I didn't intend to come off as disrespectful in this post. The reason I asked about the lemonade and the breadsticks is because so many of her readers seemed to enjoy those lines in her review and I wanted to get the back story. I'm a fan of Marilyn and her work--I really do think she has a brilliant voice, both in print and on the phone--and I apologize if my enthusiasm seemed sarcastic rather than genuine.

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Top 5 worst Halloween costumes for foodies

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With costumes, as with menus,it pays to choose wisely
A Halloween costume can often be an extension of your personality. And for people who love to eat well, dressing up in some food-related outfit is a natural choice. But picking the right costume is fraught with peril. If you're clever and creative enough you could be the hit of the party, but make the wrong choice and you'll be broadcasting to the world that you're an idiot.

Yesterday we told you about some of our favorite Halloween costumes for food lovers. Here are five ridiculous costumes that are scary for all the wrong reasons.

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Top 5 best Halloween costumes for foodies

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Halloween costumes good enough to eat
Halloween may have candy and pumpkins, but it isn't known as a food holiday the way Thanksgiving, say, or even Valentine's Day are. But food lovers who generally have one thing on their mind every other day of the year don't make an exception for October 31. While others may go as zombies or vampires or Rick Perry, foodies will predictably be dressing up as comestibles.

We wanted to see what other food-obsessed people are going as this year. Here are some of the funniest, wackiest, and most original costumes we found.

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Top 10 all-time worst food mascots

He'd want us to remember him this way...
Last week, the nation was stunned to hear of the untimely demise of the widely reviled beloved mascot, The King.  His Shiny Plastic Highness was finally retired by Burger King ... but not before His Creepiness had a chance to taint every television viewer's image of BK.  Since his introduction, the King had united the nation in one giant 'WTF!?'  But he's not the first less-than-ideal mascot to be foisted on the public (and he probably won't be the last).  The Hot Dish has put together this list of the 10 worst "characters" used to hock munchies. From blatant racism to pedophilia to genetic mutations, these mascots make the King look like a genius idea.More »

Top 5 least romantic local eateries

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"You're the one who said to order the scampi!"
Yesterday, we shared our list of the 10 dishes to avoid ordering on your Valentine's dates,   from stinky garlic to messy barbecue, ugly oysters to wings that zing--too much and in the wrong places. But some restaurants should just be avoided altogether, no matter what's on the menu. Let us share our list of the five local dining spots that we feel can only lead to heartbreak--or even worse, heartburn.  

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