Eatin’ in Memphis

25 Jul

This weekend was a true adventure! My best friend, Mary, and I embarked on a road trip to Memphis, TN. Why, do you ask? Because why not! Carpe Diem! Explore and learn! Eat new things! It was really just a fun vacation weekend, during which we got to experience a new-to-us city, fantastic music, and interesting culture.

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Myself and Mary, ready to embark on this crazy-fun journey!

Oh, and the food. Seriously, the food was incredible. We most certainly ate and drank our way through Memphis, with no regrets! So for today’s post, instead of recipes and healthy treats, I document for you, and my own memory, the rich, incredible dishes we dined on for our four-day weekend. Prepare for a mouth-watering, tummy-grumbling read!

Halfway Stopping Point: Old Chicago. Food of choice: Pizza.

We were hungry, this seemed to be a decent place to stop before hitting up the Mattoon, IL hotel we booked, and pizza was just what our tummies wanted. And it was pretty good! Nothing exciting, but it held us over and even served us well as breakfast the next day before heading out for the second half of the drive down.

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The one and only chain restaurant we ate at this weekend. But it was tasty!

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Cheesy, thick crusted, veggie deliciousness. Doesn’t your mouth just want to devour it?

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This acted as fantastic breakfast leftovers the next day (our hotel’s free breakfast that first night was pathetic!)

First Memphis Eats: Rum Boogie Cafe. Dinner: Fried Catfish, French Fries, Hush Puppies, and beer from the local brewery, Ghost River.

Fish Fry Friday, right? Honestly, the best part of this meal was the slightly sweet hush puppies, and the Isaac Hayes’ cape which hung up in a framed view next to our table.

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The bar had famous musicians’ guitars hanging on the walls and ceiling! Too cool.

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A plate full of deep-fried food, a bowl of creamy slaw, and a glass of cold beer. Feels like Wisconsin!

Drinks: Beale Street! From frozen fruity concoctions to the chilled fallback of beer.

You could drink ON the street! And we took advantage of that. Fruity drinks, big cups of beer, and a mass of people. Really…still similar to Wisconsin, eh?

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The sign says it all.

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Not your average blue slushie 😉 This is the adult version!

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The cup says it all. (Sensing a theme here?)

Day Two Brunch: Automatic Slim’s. Chorizo & Chipotle Scrambled Eggs with a side of Homemade Biscuits, and a hair-of-the-dog Mimosa.

Beale street did us in pretty well, so this was just what the doctor ordered. The food doctor! Modern place with a unique twist on classic dishes.

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At least I go classy with my hair of the dog cocktail.

Late Afternoon Snack: Aldo’s Pizza Pies. Because “pizza is ALWAYS the right choice.”

I got a slice of veggie pizza. Mary, on the other hand, ordered a whole pie!

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Pretty darn tasty!

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Caught in the act of eating more pizza. Haha!

Fancy Dinner Out: Flight Restaurant and Lounge. Flight of choice: Fresh Fish Flight, featuring Seafood Stuffed Flounder, Alaskan White Bass and Poached Red Snapper, accompanied by a glass of Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc.

This top 100 restaurant really lived up to its award. The food, wine, service and atmosphere were all incredible.

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Fresh Fish Flight…try saying that five times fast! Oh was this amazing.

Dessert: Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant. We chose the chef’s special: Pan Purdue with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

The waiter suggested this to us, and upon the mere description of it, we were sold. French toasted bread, doused in a creamy caramel sauce, with a scoop of house-made vanilla bean ice cream, this hot and cold dessert was good enough to lick the plate clean!

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The most rich, creamy, and amazing dessert we could’ve asked for. Mmmmm.

Sunday Breakfast: Blue Plate Cafe. Biscuits & Gravy, Jalapeño Cheese Omelette, Homestyle Hash brown Potatoes.

Our hotel shuttle drivers recommended that we visit this breakfast spot, and for good reason! It was lovely inside, the staff was friendly, and the food was plentiful! Homemade biscuits with sausage gravy (drool), a cheese omelette, and pan-fried hash browns made a savory and filling breakfast. It was actually too much for me to finish (gasp!).

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Is this what heaven looks like?

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I…I have no words. Except: MORE!

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This was too perfect to NOT photograph. Unf.

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The most filling breakfast I’d eaten in quite a while. And tasty indeed!

Dose of Health: Love Shack. Cup of veggies: Plant Amante Smoothie (Spinach, Broccoli, Carrots, Hemp Protein, Chia Seeds, Almonds, Molasses, Bancha Tea, Nettle Tea).

If you’ll notice, everything previously mentioned is lacking in VEGETABLES. On our failed quest to find a cupcake shop (sadly, it was closed that day), we stumbled on this tiny shack off the road – the Love Shack. A vegan juice & smoothie bar, my need for fiber made us stop in, and we were happily surprised! I ordered this green smoothie – loaded with veggies, protein and tea. My stomach loved it. And it tasted pretty good too.

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A blended cup of veggies was exactly what my tummy needed!

Saucy Dinner: Central BBQ. Meaty meal: Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with slaw, a big salad, and locally brewed High Cotton Saison to wash it down.

One cannot go to the south without testing out their BBQ. So on the last night, we did just that. This smoked pulled pork sandwich came topped with mouth-watering sauce, and creamy slaw. A big salad paired with it to add some kind of health factor, and a cold beer made it all come together to be the perfect meal to end off our time in Memphis.

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Not only did the restaurant smell of smokey BBQ heaven, this sandwich made my tongue and taste buds sooooo happy.

Heading out Breakfast: Little Cafe Eclectic. Filling & Healthy Option: Illy Coffee, “The Flo” Breakfast Sandwich, and a Banana Walnut Muffin.

No pictures from this place, but its quaint feel, plus some lovely ladies, made this tasty breakfast that much more enjoyable. Minus the downpour of rain that was happening outside.

Of course, we didn’t just eat and drink on this vacation. We also took in the sites and music of Beale street, wandered through the Rock n Soul Museum, danced at Paula & Raiford’s Disco, met Elvis (ok, his statue), visited the Lorraine Hotel & Museum where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and basked in the sounds of live jazz music at Ernestein & Hazel’s.

It was a lovely weekend and we can’t wait to do another random road trip!

Where should we go next? In the comments below, let me know about other US cities I need to hit up for amazing food, sights and culture.

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4 Responses to “Eatin’ in Memphis”

  1. Little Miss Fit July 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Omg I love every single thing about this post! Your food looks so incredible! I love, love, LOVE biscuits and gravy!! And BBQ anything is my absolute favorite! Southern cooking is the BEST! 😀 I think I need to head south soon….

    • xtinaluvspink July 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! I’m a HUGE sucker for good biscuits & gravy, and Memphis did not disappoint! It was such a great weekend 🙂

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