One of the best parts of eating at Beauty Shop in Cooper Young is that you’re eating in a building that used to be an actual beauty shop. There are all kinds of cool salon details – the hair-washing sinks at the bar, the hairdryer chairs, the booths tucked into the old salon booths, the huge curved mirror that the daily specials are written on. The themed decor doesn’t take itself too seriously or get overbearing.
Just about everything at Beauty Shop is pretty – including the food.
I had lunch there recently and got the daily ravioli special, which was a ricotta ravioli in a tomato cream sauce with spinach and green onions. It was just the right amount of food at a really great price ($8.50). There are also daily grilled cheese, crepe and soup specials at lunch.
Beauty Shop’s dinner menu is amazing. I highly recommend the Mustard Seed Crusted Scallops and a grilled romaine salad.
If the vegetable ratatouille ever makes another appearance on the menu, order it. Don’t think, just order it. I’ve been sitting here for five minutes trying to think of how to describe it, and I can’t really come up with anything other than that it’s warm and creamy and perfectly seasoned and goes well with just about everything.
For dessert, try a slice of one of the old fashioned cakes (the red velvet and coconut cream are delicious).
Beauty Shop is one of several Memphis restaurants owned by Karen Blockman Carrier. Carrier is also the woman behind sushi and noodle bar Do and Mollie Fontaine’s lounge in Victorian Village.
lunch / dinner / brunch