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going in a couple of weeks for a couple of weeks

BrianD? Mike et al?

any suggestions of things to do see and eat at while there (other than the Redbirds)?

thanks

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  • JLTJLT Senior Member Posts: 484 Senior Member
    Bardog excellent food.
  • ouzelproouzelpro Senior Member Posts: 5,361 Senior Member
    Fast now. Eat then.
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Don't forget to buy your Elvis on velvet souvenir.

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • Brian D.Brian D. Senior Member Posts: 4,011 Senior Member
    1. Eat some barbecue.

    2. Skip Graceland.

    3. Don't get shot.

    bd
  • Brian D.Brian D. Senior Member Posts: 4,011 Senior Member
    On a more serious note (though "don't get shot" is ALWAYS serious advice in Memphis):

    Depending on when you'll be there, you might be around for Memphis in May.

    http://www.memphisinmay.org/

    Lots and lots to do there. The website has the details.

    bd
  • Mr. RightMr. Right Senior Member Posts: 535 Senior Member
    Beale Street used to be a fantastic place for live music. It was under new management when I was there a couple of years ago, though, and a mere shadow of its former glory. BB King's is in the Beale area and usually has good music. New Minglewood Hall is a good music venue. Newby's is a good bar music venue.

    Try the barbecue for sure. The Rendezvous is a dry style. Corky's is the best known for wet style, but Central and Interstate are arguably a bit better. If you are having a fast food lunch, try Backyard Burgers. Buckley's is a great steakhouse. Young Avenue Deli has good food and music. Hollywood Pizza is where Elvis used to get one of his daily cholestero fixes.

    The Mud Island museum is interesting, as is the Civil Rights museum. Graceland is "interesting". Check out the museum in Audobon Park. If you are into guitars, take the Gibson factory tour. Shelby Farms park has a buffalo herd, miles of biking trails and bike rental places, as well as a pond where you can rent a rod to catch really big stocked bass.

    If you are into casinos, drop down to Tunica. If you are into Blues music, ask locals for recos on what joints are currently good (and safe) down in Mississipi. Pick up the local freebie paper and check out who is playing where. Even with Beale Street in decline, there is always good music nearby. If Jason D Williams is playing anywhere and you ever enjoyed Jerry Lee Lewis music, catch his show. If you are there during Memphis in May, you are guaranteed great music and BBQ, along with crowds.

    Memphis also has a surprisingly good zoo. You may feel very at home there, but don't enter unless you are sure they will let you out again.
  • Brian D.Brian D. Senior Member Posts: 4,011 Senior Member
    Honestly, I don't go to Memphis much. I lived there for a long time when I was a kid, but I rarely have a reason to go back these days. I like the east side of Tennessee better than the west.

    I see David Bowen is playing with the house band at King's Palace on Beale now Sundays through Thursdays. If you like guitar music and want to see a good Memphis-style jazz and blues show (and assuming Bowen isn't engaged elsewhere for Memphis in May), go check that out. He puts on a good show.

    I'll second what Mr. Right said about the Mud Island museum being interesting.

    Unless you REALLY like casinos, I'd skip Tunica. I've stayed there many times because my dad owns a lot on a lake about 15 minutes away from there. It ain't Atlantic City by a long shot.

    And don't get shot. You really can't get that advice enough in Memphis.

    bd
  • Brian D.Brian D. Senior Member Posts: 4,011 Senior Member
    Also, I wouldn't go far out of my way for it, but if you're around the Peabody Hotel some day at 11:00, drop in and watch the Peabody Duck March. That's something you don't see every day.

    bd
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Crossing Memphis off bucket list--I detest getting shot.

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    Get shot and then give me your tickets to Italy.

    Even with the risk of getting shot, I still want to go there. My cousin and her family are moving there shortly and I hope we can visit them (no, not in the typical Tennessee-cousin kind of way)

    I am pretty sure I would die of BBQ poisoning before getting shot.
  • Mr. RightMr. Right Senior Member Posts: 535 Senior Member
    Note to board: This will likely be the only time Brian seconds me.

    I second him on the don't get shot idea. Likely the only time I will second him.

    Living in Memphis was the only time I felt compelled to get a concealed carry permit. It is a really neat town in many ways, but with arguably the worst race relations issues in the US. They simmer constantly and occasionally come to a boil.
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    for a kid who grew up in E St Louis ... the concerns are purely relative

    thanks for the advice guys and suggestions my free time will be extremely limited but I will make the best of it and try not to get shot

    btw ... 'wet style' BBQ when it comes to ribs is called 'St Louis Style' Ribs
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
  • JLTJLT Senior Member Posts: 484 Senior Member
    Payne's Bar-B-Que
    1762 Lamar Ave
    Memphis, TN 38114
  • Brian D.Brian D. Senior Member Posts: 4,011 Senior Member
    monkeydoes wrote: »
    for a kid who grew up in E St Louis ... the concerns are purely relative

    I have been to East St. Louis. Maybe you don't believe me, but I'm telling you, the little triangle between Lamar Avenue and Peabody will give anything in ESL a run for its money. It's like Dodge City down there.

    bd
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    I don't doubt you at all

    the point of having been an ESL kid isn't that you are street tougher than everyone else ... it's A) you don't freak when a black person appears on the street or even speaks to you and B) you tend to not walk into little 'triangles' in the first place if you know about them 'cause you aren't the least bit curious ... as for Dodge City ... meh

    ;)
  • ouzelproouzelpro Senior Member Posts: 5,361 Senior Member
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    note to self

    drink my orange juice while in Memphis
  • rhumblinerhumbline Senior Member Posts: 154 Senior Member
    I lived in Midtown Memphis for a while. We heard a couple of shots a week but unless you're a drug dealer or hanging out with drug dealers you're probably pretty safe. Go to the Peabody in the afternoon, not the morning - especially on Thursdays. You can watch the ducks walk out instead of in, then go enjoy some music on the roof as you watch the sunset. (It's been a couple of years so make sure they still do that.)

    I was a Corky's fan - the Rendezvous is a tourist attraction. Beale St. hasn't been the same since they built the sports stadiums downtown and brought in a better crowd. It's kind of fun, but for grab a free Memphis Flyer from a convenience store and see who is playing where if you want good music.

    Paulette's in Overton Square is a good restaurant, or for burgers go to Huey's on Madison in midtown. Folk's Folly and The Butcher Shop have great steaks, and Germantown Commissary is good if you are way out East. Tejas de Brasil is a Brazilian steakhouse that everyone says is great, but I haven't been.
    Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people look smart until you hear them talk.
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    Watch re-runs of Memphis Beat before you go so you know where not to go so you don't get shot.
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    maybe I should just hide in the closet in my hotel room like a white person
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    I will get a hoodee made which says,
    Abe Lincoln totally made you his b*tches!
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 10,586 Senior Member
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    jbilly wrote: »
    Watch re-runs of Memphis Beat before you go so you know where not to go so you don't get shot.

    Do the cops really sing?
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    If you go to Graceland ask the tour guide to show you the bathroom where Elvis bought the farm. They love that.
  • ouzelproouzelpro Senior Member Posts: 5,361 Senior Member
    Be sure to buy a hoodie at Graceland for Cheney; he would love that.
  • JulietJuliet Posts: 49,774 Senior Member
    Ask for a fried skittle sammich.

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