First-time Memphis trip this fall - would love some MeFite recommendations. I have perused all the past threads, but there aren't many, and some of them are quite old so I'd like to check in with Memphians and regulars to see what's fresh.
Mr. Pineapple and I are driving from Dallas (via Texarkana / Little Rock) for a Friday-Monday trip. We are staying downtown but are happy to drive wherever, to better appreciate the city beyond its center. We plan to get a Flyer for reference when we get to town.
I care most about the food. He cares most about the music.
, he is not a pork person (Don't get me started. He doesn't eat pie either, but it's too late for me to divorce him now.), so we'll need at least one other meat on the menu. Neither of us cares much about catfish. Everything else is fair game.
I abhor doing anything touristy because I am your standard elitist snob, who verges into annoying hipster territory when I travel. But I am going to make an exception for Graceland
because we think it's on the list of Things Southerners Ought Do At Least Once In Life.
So far we have identified the following as interesting:
• Central BBQ in Cooper-Young (and, what else to see/do in Cooper-Young?)
• Rendezvous for the tourist experience and to say we went... but clearly we would also want to eat BBQ somewhere else as well, because grilling ≠ barbecue
• Cozy Corner? Germantown Commissary? Payne's? Interstate? Talk to me. I'm wary of Neely's and Corky's due to their national exposure; I don't have a compulsion to eat where the TV people came from.
• Arcade Cafe
• Gus's Chicken (or Uncle Lou's?)
• Sun Studio
• Gibson Factory
• Beale Street
• Earnestine & Hazel's
• Stax Museum
• Civil Rights Museum
• Restaurant Iris or Erling Jensen: pick one?
• Brother Juniper's... is it worth the trip, if we've eaten at our fair share of quirky breakfast joints?
• Al Green's Tabernacle Choir... we were planning to roll pretty casual this trip; would we need church clothes for this?
I'm sort of indifferent to the Peabody ducks
... if it's a Buckingham-changing-of-the-guard thing where all we'll really get to appreciate is the other 1,340 spectators? Meh.
What to see and do in Central Gardens
are playing away during the weekend we are planning. Is there any other possible game-day traffic of which we should be aware on a fall Saturday?
Disappointed that the Dempseys are no more... but what other Memphis-y live music
would you recommend? We like everything.
Obviously we can't get all of this stuff in, in 2.5 days. What are your must-sees
? Does Graceland really take half a day to see properly?
Feel free to link me to a past Memphis AskMe answer if it's still accurate. (FYI, things we've considered and crossed off already, in the interest of time: National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis Zoo, Graceland Too, Pink Palace.)
Bonus Graceland question: We're intrigued from an American popular culture perspective, but we don't fall in the category of wild, weepy Elvis fanatics. Which of these is worthwhile
? We'll spring the big jing if
it's culturally valuable, but not if it'll be wasted overkill that will eat a full day.
Thanks in advance for TCB, MeFites.