On Sunday, August 28th, snarker Janie McCrary retired after 25 years of organizing the judging for Memphis' theater awards, the Ostranders. She said goodbye with a scathing roast of the past season's actors and performances. "I'll have time to go on picnics with John Moore," McCrary told the crowd at the Ostranders, name-checking the actor whose bronzed beefcake poster for William Inge's Picnic appeared in Fly-on-the-Wall earlier this year. "You don't suppose that orange rubs off," McCrary then asked, bringing down the house. From one kidder to another: Congratulations on a great run, Janie. Your annual barbs will be missed.
The Wall Street Journal listed the original Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken in Mason as one of America's top "remote cult restaurants." That distinction has nothing to do with weird animal sacrifice, unless you count all the tasty chickens. It's just the WSJ's way of saying that Gus's is well-liked and in the middle of nowhere. And speaking of Gus's...
Two downtown restaurants are competing for the title of Men's Health magazine's "Manliest Restaurant in the Southeast": Gus's Fried Chicken and the Rendezvous, which Men's Health describes in this odd manner: "The Rendezvous isn't like the chain barbecue joints that dot the Mississippi: You won't find a neon-lit cartoon pig dancing on the wall or cutesy phrases like 'finger-licking good'.'' We're pretty sure that cutesy phrase is actually KFC's famous description of Colonel Sanders' chicken.