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Making my first trip to Memphis....need some info

Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:03 am

My wife and I are making our first trip to Memphis (the homeland!!). Besides all the normal Elvis stuff (Graceland, Sun Studios, etc....) what are some other things to see while we are there? Looking for some great out of the way places.

My wife if a big fan of BBQ and we are looking for a place for some good Southern down home BBQ. Any ideas????


Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:11 am

If you like gambling (or really good food) try going about 30 miles south of Memphis to Tunica...About 9 great casinos and ALL casinos have GREAT food.....It's an easy drive, no traffic.

Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:37 am

I'd recommend two barbecue places: Rendezvous downtown and Corky's on Poplar Avenue. This is coming from a Kansas City native, so I KNOW barbecue. It'd be hard to pick a favorite between them, but Rendezvous has the down-home funky feel I look for. But, damn, Corky's is good, too, even though it's become a chain now. I hit both of them every time in Memphis.

If you're not familiar with Memphis-style dry ribs, be sure to order some. But if you're used to "wet" ribs you might want to get a split order. I love 'em either way, but many people are partisan.

For a one-of-a-kind barbecue experience in Memphis, try the barbecue pizza at Coletta's. You can get them to show you the table Elvis sat at when he went there. Most other barbecue pizzas are pretty phony. This one gets it about right -- that said, barbecue pizza in general is a bit of a failed concept, in my opinion.

Interstate Barbecue is pretty good, too, but I think you've got yourself covered with Corky's and Rendezvous. (Although Interstate has barbecue spaghetti, which is another unique taste.)
Last edited by elvissessions on Thu Jul 21, 2005 7:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

Making my first trip to Memphis....need some info

Thu Jul 21, 2005 7:09 am

Do not leave Memphis without eating at Corky's BBQ. It is #1 in my book!

Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:07 pm

Corky's ROCKS!!!!! Also, if you have time, a trip to Tupelo is always special.


Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:06 pm

When my wife and I ate BBQ in Memphis we went to Beale Street.

We ate at the place on the opposite corner from where Elvis' Memphis (or whatever the name of that place was) used to be. Same side of Beale Street other corner. It was GREAT!! And local - not a chain.

Besides you need to take a trip to Beale street anyway.


Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:51 pm

Dont want to put you off but be very careful.Memphis is a dangerous place, especially at night.


Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:59 pm

It's a lot safer during August though Sean with the amount of fans there. As with all tourist spots though, common sense and basic precautions apply.