No one sent in a recommendation for the Stone Soup Cafe, but every time I log into Urbanspoon, it’s listed right at the top of the Memphis Page. It’s one of those places I kept meaning to try. When a Vendor called up and wanted to take me to lunch I suggested we try out the new Stone Soup Cafe in Cooper-Young.
The Cafe gets its name for an old children’s story that teaches cooperation and community:
Some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. Then the travellers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travellers answer that they are making “stone soup”, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavour, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travellers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.
It’s a wonderful story and a great name for a new Memphis Cafe. We as a community can all learn from this story.
Ok. On with my story. Because I haven’t really eaten enough red meat the past few week, I decided I would get a burger for a change.
I was pleasantly surprised by the burger at Stone Soup Cafe. It was a large 80z patty served on their toasted homemade bread. It came with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. On the side was a pickle spear and a handful of Ruffled potato chips. I had to ask for some onion and once it was brought out, I had all the makings of a good burger. And a good burger it was. They served it just as I requested, medium. It had some great flavor. It was a different flavor though. Something other than salt and pepper. Whatever it was, gave it a subtle sweetness and really brought out the taste of the burger meat. It was thick, juicy and very enjoyable. I’d recommend it.
The bread was extremely soft and tasted so fresh. My only complaint were the chips. I don’t care where I’m eating, when I get a burger, I want fries. Chips are great for sandwiches, but fries should accompany burgers.
I really didn’t pay much attention to what my sales guy friend was eating. I was too intrigued trying to figure this burger out. I really liked it and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to going back and trying it again or maybe ordering some soup.
Stone Soup Cafe
993 South Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104
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