Susan is off for spring break this week so she picked me up from the office this afternoon so we could go to lunch together. After much debate, we decided to go to Three Angels Diner in Midtown. Looks can be very deceiving at Three Angels. It is on a seedy looking street that just recently started to have life breathed back into it, and the restaurant itself is in an older building that is a few years past its prime. The tables used to have old newspaper comics plastered over them, and even though the papers have since been removed, the remnants are still quite visible on most tables. There is not so modestly priced art for sale displayed throughout the dining area and a trip to the bathroom makes you question why you came here in the first place. From the looks of it, you would swear that the place has been open for decades, but in reality, it just opened about three years ago. The first time I took Susan here she just gave me the “Where the @#%$ are your taking me look?”, but she was a trooper and reserved complete judgment until we ate. I have never been there when the place was packed, and it is a good thing because there are only a couple of dedicated parking places for the restaurant, and even today, with two other people eating, we almost didn’t have a place to park. But the food is more than worth the parking effort and quickly makes you forget the aesthetic shortcomings of the building. There is no freezer on site, so everything is prepared fresh and the vast majority of the menu comes from local farmers.
Everyday, Three Angels features fresh vegetables, a new entree, and desserts. Today’s entree was fish tacos, and the vegetables were gnocchi, sauteed zucchini, roasted root vegetables, flat top potatoes, and kale with green onion. Now the veggies went into much greater detail about how they were prepared and served with, but I didn’t make note of this. Susan and I both ordered off of the daily menu, but I can tell you from previous trips that the gnocchi is definitely worth a try. Susan opted for her staple meal at Three Angels, the Adult Grilled Cheese which consists of cheddar, smoked Gouda, and goat cheeses along with green onion. I tried the Colossus, a 1/2 pound burger with melted smoked Gouda, bacon, fried crispy onion straws, diner slaw, tomato, pickles, and garlic mayo. Both sandwiches came with house made potato chips and a deviled egg. This is the first time that I have had a burger there and I was not disappointed. My burger was flavorful and juicy, even though it was cooked greater than my usual preference of medium (burgers only, steaks are medium rare). There was enough of the diner slaw to consider it a side salad, and the the bun held up the entire time I was eating, a great sign when judging a burger. The Adult Grilled Cheese is simply the best grilled cheese that either Susan or I have had, especially when you add bacon to it.
And even though we certainly didn’t need to have an appetizer or dessert, we had both. Our appetizer was homemade guacamole this was excellent, but still not as good as the guacamole from Las Delicias. Our dessert was starwberry maple bread pudding and it was phenomenal. It was served steaming hot and topped with a sweatened sour cream. Susan and I were bothe stuffed, but wouldn’t put our spoons down until the entire thing was gone.
Three Angels was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives back in October, focusing on their fried chicken. I have never had their fried chicken, but DDD has come to Memphis numerous times, and had fried chicken at several places, so if it is god enough for them, I must try it soon. Now, I am off to the gym to try to work off some of my lunch!