“Memphis is in a very lucky position. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years”-Steve Cropper (legendary guitarist and iconic musician)
You all may think why Memphis? What can be so great about it? Well, to clear your doubts, Memphis is the hometown of legendary Blues singer BB King, king of rock and roll Elvis Presley and Morgan Freeman of the Shaw sank Redemption fame. Located to the southwest of Tennessee along the Mississippi river, Memphis has a lot to offer. The major tourist attraction includes the Graceland Mansion, home of Elvis Presley, National Museum of Civil Rights, Mud Island, the famous Beale Street, and the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated, the first recording studio called the Sun Studio etc. But what tops the list is the food. The Memphian gastronomy attracts thousands of people from across different countries. – written Shriya Sarkar
The Memphian cuisine serves “barbeque styled”, highly grilled and spicy food, dipped in hot tomato and chili sauce. Since pork is the most highly eaten meat, it is a must added item in almost all is dishes. If you love having pork as much as the Memphians do and is in search for a good place to relish your taste buds, then Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous on 52 S 2nd Street is the right place for you. This place stands out for its world class charcoal broiled pork ribs garnished with beans and slaw and served with chilled beer. Other items on the menu, especially for non-pork lovers, include the beef sandwich, ham and salami sausages, cooked shrimps, chicken wings, broiled lamb Riblets etc.
But if you are looking for a less expensive, reasonable yet good-to eat place, come to Payne’s BB-Q across Kyle Street. The restaurant is a cinder block building, striking a perfect harmony between modernity and tradition. There are a variety of dishes available, both tasty and cheap (imagine paying 1$ for a beef hot dog). Do try their chopped pork sandwich and smoked sausages, drenched in hot, tangy mustard and vinegary tomato sauce and served with coleslaw, one of the main attractions here. Memphis has a lot of options for vegans as well. RP Tracks, located on the Memphis university campus, is not a barbecue restaurant but it is popular for BBQ Tofu nachos. It offers a lot of creative and delicious vegetarian delicacies including the one inch tofu nachos, which are tossed and cooked in the BBQ sauce and added to the pile of beans and chilies before serving it to the customers.
For drinks and cocktails, travel downtown on the Beale Street to Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, originally a beer pub that has mastered in its fine collection of beers and drinks. It offers an exciting pub grub and the Big Pretzel goes down well with the other beers. Down the line, there are other popular spots to look out for curing the drinking spree, like, The Brass Door, High Cotton Taproom, TJ Mulligan’s-the Pinch interest, Next Door etc. To add a tinge of sweetness to your tongue, visit the Muddy’s Bake Shop. They are known for their cupcakes, especially the grass hopper and frankly scarlet cupcakes. Jerry’s Sno Cone located on Waring , is another place where you can appease yourself with frozen treats. The Sno Cone Supreme, one of its specialties, has layers of frozen yogurt and ice cream. You can choose your own flavor and cool down yourself on a hot Memphis day. If you are a fan of donuts, do check out Gibson’s corner for their amazing collection, especially the blueberry cake.
Memphis is known for its downright goodness and generosity. The food comes in along with simplicity served on the dishes. The owners of these food joints are mostly African-Americans who have migrated from the farms to the cities to spread their love and passion for food. They strive hard to bring a smile on their customer’s faces. Such are the beautiful and honest feelings wrapped in these otherwise highly exotic and ostentatious dishes.