365 Things to Do in Memphis #281: Eat All the Cheese at Bari

April 1, 2013 4:03 pm3 commentsViews: 721

If you love cheese as much as I do, you're going to love assignment no. 281 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis: sample all of the cheeses at Bari Ristorante.

All the Cheese, Bari Ristorante, Memphis, Tenn.

On Saturday night, in honor of the amazing Joey Miller's birthday, Joey, his wife, my boyfriend and I went to Bari on a mission: to eat all of the cheese.

Bari has this deal where, if you call in advance, they'll bring you samples of every cheese on their menu on a silver platter.

When our tray of cheeses came out, it honestly didn't look like much. Each cheese was presented as a small sample with a little toothpick flag nametag sticking out of it.

Cheese, Bari, Memphis, Tenn.

Though it didn't look like a ton of cheese at first, it was enough that the four of us were almost unable to finish it. Even in tiny sample format, more than 30 types of cheese is a lot of cheese.

On its own, cheese doesn't make a good dinner. We paired ours with lardo, proscuitto, salads (including the incredible lattuga salad) and a bottle of red wine.

To try all of the cheeses, you must make a reservation in advance. It's $150, or less if they don't have everything available. I recommend bringing at least four people (but no more than six) and splitting the cost.

Go there:

Bari Ristorante

22 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 722-2244




  • Kerry. You're great. I love your blog. And usually I agree with everything you say. But cheese on its own not being a good dinner? That's just wrong. Just give me that entire table and a bunch of wine, and I'm GOOOOOD. I'm probably also sick, but in a good way. I think.

  • I kind of agree with you, but I felt like I needed to act just a little more normal in public. Normal people don’t think cheese is a meal, right?

  • If loving cheese is wrong, I don't wanna be right. Thank the good lord I'm not lactose intolerant, amen.

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