BBQ and other Memphis highlights


What we did…

Graceland: A d’uh, must visit! (Elvis Presley Blvd)

A. Schwab’s: Great shopping for locally made and themed products with a traditional ice cream parlor look. (163 Beale St)

Withers Collection Museum and Gallery: Gallery showcasing the photographs of Ernest C. Withers, who was famous for documenting the Civil Rights Movement. Worth stopping in! (333 Beale St)

Sun Studio: Tours of the classic studio, every hour from 10:30- 5:30pm, about 1.25 hrs. At the end, get a chance to hold the same mic used by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. (706 Union Ave)

National Ornamental Museum: “It was metal,” says Rufus. Check out a huge range of metal works (374 Metal Museum Dr)

On our list for next time…

Stax Museum of American Soul Music: If you’re into soul music, definitely worth the visit to explore their collection. (926 E. Mclemore Ave)

Pink Palace Museum: Both a science and historical museum- T-Rex, replica of a Piggly Wiggly, huge train set, planetarium, and an IMAX theatre. Fun stop, especially if it’s too rainy to walk around downtown. (3050 Central Ave)

Brooks Museum of Art: Check out what current exhibits they have when you go, worth checking out if the theme is something up your alley. (1934 Poplar Ave)

Full Gospel Tabernacle Church: Church where Al Green has his sermon each Sunday, when he’s in town. (787 Hale Rd)

Peabody Hotel: Beautiful hotel from 1869 that has the “March of the Ducks”- ducks make the daily walk to the fountain in the morning at 11am, and then leave in the evening at 5pm (149 Union Ave)


Statue of Liberation Through Christ: the Statue of Liberty, sans a torch plus a giant cross. (Winchester Rd, Memphis. World Overcomers Outreach, Southeast corner of Kirby Pkwy and Winchester Rd)


What we ate…

Dyer’s Burgers: Diner/burger joint that’s famous for deep-frying burgers in their “ageless cooking grease” (205 Beale St.)

The Pig on Beale: Get their ribs! Smokey and tender- they’re amazing. (167 Beale St)

Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken: Hands down, the best fried chicken we’ve ever had. Your pick of white or dark meat (730 S Mendenhall Rd)

On our list for next time…

Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous: Famous for their dry ribs (52 S 2nd St)

Cozy Corner Restaurant: Cornish hen and more ribs! (745 N Pkwy)


Embassy Suites Memphis: Great rates for the amenities and size of rooms. Indoor pool and hot tub, plus a huge range of breakfast options that includes omelets and pancakes made to order. Cute factor are the ducks and a stream with koi fish in the huge inside courtyard garden. Downside is it’s a bit far from the downtown area, 25-minute drive with light traffic, if that area is your main focus. About $90 a night. (1022 S Shady Grove Rd)


Billy Tripp’s Mindfield: Totally a must if you’re doing the drive to/from Memphis and Nashville. A man’s artistic and bizarre sculptural monstrosity- 3 stories of metal with a canoe, watchtower, bathtub, toy cars, and decapitated baby dolls. Take the time to soak it all in. (344 W. Main St, Brownsville)