Memphis Journals

Walking in Memphis

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A travel journal to Memphis by kosvp

Quote: Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Memphis, from the best barbecue spots to Graceland. I lived in Memphis for 4 years and recommend it as a great city to visit for a few days.

Embassy Suites Hotel Memphis

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites"

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I love the Embassy Suites in Memphis. It is beautiful inside and has nice rooms and wonderful service. When you first walk in, you realize this is not your average hotel in Memphis. There are small ponds and rivers flowing everywhere, with bridges that you cross. They have fish in the ponds, and even some ducks. The entire first floor is an open-style atrium, so all the hotel rooms look out over the lobby area. There is a restaurant, Frank Grisanti’s toward the lobby of the hotel, but even this place blends in. They have an outdoor patio you may choose to eat on that has a pond with coy and goldfish right below it. All the rooms are suites (hence the name of the hotel) and come with a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Embassy Suites Hotel Memphis
1022 S. Shady Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38120
(901) 684-1777

Corky's Barbecue

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Restaurant | "Corky's BBQ"

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If you are looking for wet ribs, Corky’s is the place to be! Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find a parking spot or if you have to wait a bit; it is well worth it! The food is wonderful and pretty reasonably priced. Start off with their amazing rolls, but leave some room for the rest of your meal. If there are two of you (or you can be evenly divided), I would suggest getting the ribs platter for two. This is the best bang for your buck, and there is more than enough food for two! The sauce for their ribs is what keeps people coming back. It is sweet, tangy, slightly hot, and put on everything. If you don’t think that there is enough on the ribs, there’s a bottle of it on the table--just keep...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Corky's Barbecue
5259 Poplar Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
(901) 685-9744

B.B. King's Blues Club

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Restaurant | "BB King's Blues Club"

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In addition to having some of the best live music in Memphis, B.B. King’s has some pretty darn good food. I have been here for lunch several times (never for dinner--sorry), and the food was really good. It is just typical Memphis food (BBQ sandwiches, catfish, stuff like that). I loved my BBQ sandwich; it was absolutely huge, and the fries were pretty good, as well. The only thing is that, if you are a purist like me, make sure that you ask for the slaw on the side; otherwise you get it on top of the sandwich! In addition to the good food, B.B. King’s has a really good atmosphere. The place is so laid-back; there is always some kind of music playing (whether live or over the sound system). It i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

B.B. King's Blues Club
143 Beale St
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
+1 901 524 5464

Huey's Downtown

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Restaurant

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If you ever come to Memphis, you have to visit Huey’s. It is a Memphis institution! If you don’t come for the food, then at least come for the décor; it is different. There is writing all over the walls and toothpicks all over the ceiling (they take them all down once a year to make way for new ones). The food here is pretty good, though. The burgers are good-sized and cooked to order. I recommend the traditional Huey burger, as well as the West Coast Burger (cheeseburger with guacamole, onions, and more). The chicken pita is good, and if you are looking at going a little healthier, the Spinach Salad isn’t half bad. The cheese fries are good, and there were many times that I ordered ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Huey's Downtown
77 S 2nd St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 527-2700

Isaac Hayes: Music, Food, Passion

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Restaurant

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Isaac Hayes is an enormous restaurant/club in the Peabody Mall. I have been there for both dinner and entertainment and would recommend it for both. If you come at the right time, you can miss the cover required for the music but still listen. Granted, you do have to buy dinner, but it’s worth it. They have live jazz, blues, or karaoke (Wednesday, I believe) almost every night, so you can always find something to listen to. The food is good old Southern food with a twist. The portions are pretty large, and you get your choice of sides. I would suggest one of their specialty cocktails, as well as the brisket. We also have had the Rib Ticklers appetizer, and it was pretty good. The sauce on the p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Isaac Hayes: Music, Food, Passion
150 Peabody Place (in The Peabody Mall)
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 529-9222

Chez Phillippe

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Restaurant

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Chex Philippe is the ultimate dining experience in Memphis. Everything from the decor to the wait staff is perfect. The restaurant is located just off the lounge in the Peabody hotel. The decor includes velvet drapes, gilded mirrors, and roses on every table. You will feel like you have stepped back in time, when men and women dressed for dinner and decadence was expected. In addition to the amazing surroundings and the wonderful staff, the food lived up to the expectations placed upon it as well. We started off with champagne (something you have to do in a restaurant like this). For an appetizer, I had coquilles St. Jacques, which was amazing - no other words can describe it. I had the f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Chez Phillippe
149 Union Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38102
+1 901 529 4188

Café Society

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Restaurant | "Cafe Society"

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Café Society in Memphis is a wonderful experience. I went here for my graduation from college, and it was the perfect place for the occasion. My parents had gone in earlier and made reservations for the evening (due to the fact that it was my immediate family in addition to the grandparents and an aunt). We originally wanted to have lunch here (as graduation is over by noon), but they aren’t open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, so we went for lunch instead. They took a genuine interest in what the reservations were for, and when we got to our table, they had decorated it to reflect the fact that it was a special occasion. We started off the evening with champagne of course (it is a favorite o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2005

Café Society
212 North Evergreen
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
+1 901 722 2177

Boscos Squared

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Restaurant

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Bosco’s is a great place to go with family or friends. The have wonderful food, a very nice wine and beer selection, and a full bar. It is actually a brewery, and the portion of one wall is made of glass so you can see the actual process of the beer brewing. Inside, the decor is pretty soothing, the floors are hardwood, and there is a lot of wood used throughout the restaurant. The bar is directly to your right as you walk in and is in a square shape, and although large, it is not overwhelming. The restaurant is often a little dark in the evenings, so be ready for the mood. In addition, they have private rooms in the back if you are interested in hosting an event here. I have been he...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Boscos Squared
2120 Madison Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 432-2222

Bhan Thai

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Restaurant

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Bhan Thai has amazing food; it was one of our favorite places to go for dinner. We even had some dinners for organizations, work, and such here. The restaurant is in an old home that they have renovated to be a restaurant. This means that there are several smaller rooms and never feel like you are overcrowded. Also, if it is nice outside, either get a drink or have dinner outside, as they have a very nice-sized patio. The decor inside is very nice, with a lot of black and gold, and all the glasses and china accent this. Basically, the inside is done very well. I didn’t come here just for the decor; the food is first-class as well. For an appetizer, I would suggest the crab rangoon, which...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Bhan Thai
1324 Peabody Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 272-1538

Side Street Grill

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Restaurant

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I came for the martinis and stayed for the food. This is probably the best description of Side Street Grill. It is a grill, martini bar, and a cigar bar all rolled into one. I must admit that I have never been bothered by any of the cigar smoke here; they must have some sort of amazing ventilation system. Let’s start with the drinks; they are the most important things here! The martinis come in two different sizes: large and jumbo! My personal favorite is the wedding cake (vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice), because the pineapple juice produces a nice froth on the top and it is a wonderful drink. I have tried to recreate it at home, but it hasn’t worked out. In addition, grand...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Side Street Grill
31 Florence St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 274-8955

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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Attraction | "The Flying Saucer Draughthouse"

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The Flying Saucer can get rather busy on certain nights. I know that on pint night (I believe on Thursday), people crowd in to get the specialty glass of the evening. The bar is pretty large, and during warm weather, they open the windows of the two sides to make it sort of an open-air bar (a lot of places in Memphis do this). The decor is pretty decent, and on certain nights, they have live music. I don't believe there is a cover on weeknights. They have a fantastic selection of beers--everything from pear cider to cherry beer to Guinness. They have an large amount of beers on tap. In addition, they also have a beer sampler of six (I think it was six) beers that you can try. Althoug...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
130 Peabody Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
+1 901 523 7468

O'Sullivan's on Beale

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Attraction | "Silky O'Sullivans"

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You have to go to Silky's when it is nice outside. Their open-air courtyard will make you appreciate everything about Memphis. I have been here on several occasions, and it is a great place to go and just chill with a bunch of friends. The courtyard is very cute, with wrought-iron chairs and a nice little patio for live music. And goats, but that's a different story. If you are looking for a place to dance, then go inside. On the weekends, they usually have a good band that plays a variety of music. The prices for drinks are about equivalent to everywhere else on Beale Street. But Silky's does have one thing that nobody else does... the Diver. If you go to Silky's, you have to try it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

O'Sullivan's on Beale
183 Beale St
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
+1 901 522 9596

Graceland

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Graceland is like no other place on Earth! It is truly the representation of an American icon! It is a must for everyone. I would suggest doing the entire tour, too. It is more expensive, but you get a lot for your buck. Plus, the airplane is really very cool. They did a wonderful job of redeveloping the area around Graceland, as well as the actual presentation of Graceland itself. The audio presentation was done wonderfully and really engages you. If you are there either in August or in January, you get to hit Graceland on Elvis's birthday or the anniversary of his death. Both will make Graceland much more crowded, but the experience is pretty different. There will be flo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38116
(901) 322-3322

Memphis in May

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Memphis in May varies every year. But there is some kind of music for everyone, and that's one of the great things about it. I remember that one year, they had everyone from Dave Matthews to Lynard Skynard to Offspring. This year, I am sure it will be just as exciting. Get the three-day ticket; it is by far the best value for your money. For the price of a regular concert ticket, you get a three-day pass to some of the best musicians this country has to offer. It will be crowded with everyone from teenagers to college students to parents with strollers and grandparents. Come prepared for the crowd, and come prepared for the rain. It will most likely rain (it is Memphis in May, after ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Memphis in May
Riverside Drive and Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
+1 901 525 1515

Alfred's on Beale

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Attraction

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While I was in college, Alfred’s was a favorite hangout of mine on the weekends. That’s because it was different than a lot of the other places to go on Beale Street. The admission is $5 and well worth the money. I will be the first to admit that the inside of Alfred’s is a little dingy, but so are 90% of the places on Beale Street. Right as you walk in, there is a large bar, to your left is the dance floor, and to your right is an enclosed patio with stairs leading upstairs to a rooftop patio. The enclosed patio and rooftop patio aren’t always open; it depends on the weather. The best thing about Alfred’s on the weekends is the music. They always have a live band, which makes the va...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Alfred's on Beale
197 Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee
(901) 525-3711