The Memphis Grizzlies take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals tonight at 7 p.m. CST, but the Grizzlies just might have an edge on OKC. That edge comes in the form of a menu created by Memphis chef Kelly English, famous for turning away NBA superstar Tony Parker (i.e. San Antonio Spurs point guard and Eva Longoria’s ex-husband) from Restaurant Iris in 2013.
Kelly’s reasoning back then was that Parker didn’t have a reservation at the thirteen-table restaurant, but it’s important to note that the Spurs were leading the Grizzlies 3 – 1 in the NBA West finals. The Thunder’s Kevin Durant probably doesn’t have to worry though. This year, Kelly is showing his Grizzlies pride through his other restaurant: The Second Line.
On Monday, the Grizzlies took OKC 111 – 105, while Memphis fans watched at The Second Line, dining on a special “WINNING” menu. Said menu is totally inspired by some on- and off-the-court antics between these two teams. Here are two of those items.
“Milk a Horse” Punch
Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has made no secret of his plans to shut Kevin Durant down, comparing Durant’s chance of scoring to the chances of deriving drinkable milk from a horse. In honor of Allen’s promise, Kelly is making a top secret version of bourbon milk punch, debuting tonight.
Those letters stand for the phrase Grizzlies power forward/center Zach Randolph shared with the Thunder’s center Kendrick Perkins last year. The phrase got Randolph ejected from the game, thanks to the minor expletive it contains (If you’re really curious, check it out on YouTube). These cornmeal-fried shrimp come slathered in Duke’s Mayo, Crystal Hot Sauce, ground chili, and sliced green onions. Maybe Randolph meant to be ejected to get over to The Second Line early!
Since we here at The Daily South don’t like choosing between our Southern states, we’re not putting any skin in the game. We wish b-ball treys for both teams and Kelly’s “WINNING” trays for the folks of Memphis!