Guidebook for Memphis

Laura
Guidebook for Memphis

Food Scene

The BEST donuts in the whole world! Try the Maple Bacon........yuuuuuuummmm!
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Gibson's Donuts
760 Mt Moriah Rd
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The BEST donuts in the whole world! Try the Maple Bacon........yuuuuuuummmm!
Fantastic BBQ close to our house! I love the smoked turkey.
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Central BBQ - Summer
4375 Summer Ave
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Fantastic BBQ close to our house! I love the smoked turkey.
Best dry ribs in the entire city (maybe the whole world!). Also has a very cool atmosphere and cheap beer.
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The Rendezvous
52 S 2nd St
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Best dry ribs in the entire city (maybe the whole world!). Also has a very cool atmosphere and cheap beer.
Yes, it's in the Lowe's parking lot. But it sure has some amazing food!! Try the brisket sandwich or the shrimp tacos.
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Elwood's Shack
4523 Summer Ave
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Yes, it's in the Lowe's parking lot. But it sure has some amazing food!! Try the brisket sandwich or the shrimp tacos.
One of my family's all-time favorite Mexican restaurants!!! The chorizo tacos and the gringa tacos are excellent. Their guac and cheese tip are also delicious! (They also deliver through Memphis' Meals in Motion service for a $4.99 fee - soooo worth it!)
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Las Delicias
4002 Park Ave
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One of my family's all-time favorite Mexican restaurants!!! The chorizo tacos and the gringa tacos are excellent. Their guac and cheese tip are also delicious! (They also deliver through Memphis' Meals in Motion service for a $4.99 fee - soooo worth it!)
It's "world famous" for a reason... and super spicy!
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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
730 S Mendenhall Rd
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It's "world famous" for a reason... and super spicy!
Great Memphis BBQ! The location near us has a drive-thru if you don't want to get out of your car.
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Corky's Ribs & BBQ
5259 Poplar Ave
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Great Memphis BBQ! The location near us has a drive-thru if you don't want to get out of your car.
Amazing local Italian! You can take it away or eat in their small cafe.
Lucchesi's Ravioli & Pasta Company
540 S Mendenhall Rd
Amazing local Italian! You can take it away or eat in their small cafe.
The Sear Shack Burgers and Fries
5101 Sanderlin Ave
Fantastic breakfast place!
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Blue Plate Cafe
113 Court Ave
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Fantastic breakfast place!
Cajun food!
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Owen Brennan's
6150 Poplar Ave
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Cajun food!
Tasty pizza joint!
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Memphis Pizza Cafe
2087 Madison Ave
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Tasty pizza joint!
Wonderful Indian restaurant with lunch buffet everyday and a dinner buffet Friday and Saturday nights.
Mayuri Indian Cuisine
6524 Quince Rd
Wonderful Indian restaurant with lunch buffet everyday and a dinner buffet Friday and Saturday nights.
Love their sushi and the restaurant has a great vibe.
Sekisui Pacific Rim
4724 Poplar Ave
Love their sushi and the restaurant has a great vibe.
Really yummy sea food, including fried and grilled fish, shrimp, and tasty fried green tomatoes.
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Soul Fish Cafe
862 Cooper St
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Really yummy sea food, including fried and grilled fish, shrimp, and tasty fried green tomatoes.
I think this is my second mention of Local! It's a great restaurant anytime (try the fried Brussels!), but it's also a chill place to have a drink and hang out before/after a play at Playhouse on the Square or a movie at the Malco Studio.
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LOCAL On The Square
2126 Madison Ave
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I think this is my second mention of Local! It's a great restaurant anytime (try the fried Brussels!), but it's also a chill place to have a drink and hang out before/after a play at Playhouse on the Square or a movie at the Malco Studio.
Serves and sells my all-time favorite BBQ sauce (The Dancing Pigs BBQ sauce). They even have BBQ spaghetti!
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The Bar-B-Q Shop
1782 Madison Ave
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Serves and sells my all-time favorite BBQ sauce (The Dancing Pigs BBQ sauce). They even have BBQ spaghetti!
Funky, cool midtown coffee shop. Love the vibe here!
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Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 Cooper St
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Funky, cool midtown coffee shop. Love the vibe here!
This is the midtown location of our favorite bakery in Memphis (also highly recommended and an easy 5-minute drive from the guest house). Great coffee, amazing sweets!
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Muddy's Bake Shop + Coffee
585 Cooper St
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This is the midtown location of our favorite bakery in Memphis (also highly recommended and an easy 5-minute drive from the guest house). Great coffee, amazing sweets!
One of East Memphis' favorite local restaurants. If you're a pizza lover, you'll be wowed by the THUNDERBIRD! 40 TWICE! pizza (fontina, mozzarella, pepperoni, calabrese, spicy honey)
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Hog & Hominy
707 W Brookhaven Cir
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One of East Memphis' favorite local restaurants. If you're a pizza lover, you'll be wowed by the THUNDERBIRD! 40 TWICE! pizza (fontina, mozzarella, pepperoni, calabrese, spicy honey)
Curbside is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays because they're so busy preparing their ready-to-bake or serve classic southern recipes. But if you want to stay in and have a homecooked meal that you can throw in the guest house oven, this is the place to get it. They even have a drive-thru!
Curb Side Casseroles
5130 Wheelis Dr
Curbside is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays because they're so busy preparing their ready-to-bake or serve classic southern recipes. But if you want to stay in and have a homecooked meal that you can throw in the guest house oven, this is the place to get it. They even have a drive-thru!

Drinks & Nightlife

There's too much to even list about Overton Square - theaters, restaurants, bars, everything. Full night of entertainment here!
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Overton Square
2101 Madison Ave
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There's too much to even list about Overton Square - theaters, restaurants, bars, everything. Full night of entertainment here!
Beale Street Entertainment District
Beale Street
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Laura's favorite local brewery. Try the Ananda IPA if you're into hoppy beers!
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Wiseacre Brewery
2783 Broad Ave
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Laura's favorite local brewery. Try the Ananda IPA if you're into hoppy beers!
Every day, the famous Peabody ducks come down from their rooftop Duck Palace to swim in the lobby fountain at 11am and then march back up at 5pm. It's fun to have a drink in the lobby bar and watch the scene!
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The Peabody Memphis
149 Union Ave
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Every day, the famous Peabody ducks come down from their rooftop Duck Palace to swim in the lobby fountain at 11am and then march back up at 5pm. It's fun to have a drink in the lobby bar and watch the scene!
Fantastic cocktails and a very calm, cool vibe. This is one of many fantastic restaurants and bars in the historic Cooper Young Neighborhood.
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Alchemy Memphis
940 Cooper St
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Fantastic cocktails and a very calm, cool vibe. This is one of many fantastic restaurants and bars in the historic Cooper Young Neighborhood.
Fantastic dive bar that's in an old building on South Main Street that used to be a brothel. Great juke box and fun dance floor. Late, late at night when you're hungry, try the SOUL BURGER. You won't be disappointed in this local Memphis hangover prevention grub!
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Earnestine & Hazel's
531 S Main St
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Fantastic dive bar that's in an old building on South Main Street that used to be a brothel. Great juke box and fun dance floor. Late, late at night when you're hungry, try the SOUL BURGER. You won't be disappointed in this local Memphis hangover prevention grub!
Just a fun local place to grab a beer with friends.
Brookhaven Pub & Grill
695 W Brookhaven Cir
Just a fun local place to grab a beer with friends.
Amazing food AND live music! Highly recommended!!
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Lafayette's Music Room
2119 Madison Ave
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Amazing food AND live music! Highly recommended!!

Parks & Nature

So much to do in this park - kayaking, hiking, frisbee golf, horseback riding. And it's really easy to get there from our house on the Greenline! There's a beautiful new Visitor's Center and an amazing restaurant overlooking the lake: The Kitchen.
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Shelby Farms Park
6903 Great View Dr N
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So much to do in this park - kayaking, hiking, frisbee golf, horseback riding. And it's really easy to get there from our house on the Greenline! There's a beautiful new Visitor's Center and an amazing restaurant overlooking the lake: The Kitchen.
Overton Park is one of Memphis' biggest treasures. It's right in the middle of town, and it includes the Levitt Shell (outdoor concerts), the fantastic Memphis Zoo, The Brooks Museum of Art, and beautiful Old Forest trails. If you have kids, the Rainbow Lake playground is a popular spot to burn off some energy.
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Overton Park
1914 Poplar Ave
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Overton Park is one of Memphis' biggest treasures. It's right in the middle of town, and it includes the Levitt Shell (outdoor concerts), the fantastic Memphis Zoo, The Brooks Museum of Art, and beautiful Old Forest trails. If you have kids, the Rainbow Lake playground is a popular spot to burn off some energy.
The River Walk is a cool model of the entire Mississippi River that stretches the length of the park. Kids can splash around in the water and walk all the way to the "Gulf of Mexico" at the south end of the park. Riding the monorail across the harbor to the park (or walking the pedestrian walkway) is lots of fun.
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Mud Island River Park - Monorail Station
125 N Front St
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The River Walk is a cool model of the entire Mississippi River that stretches the length of the park. Kids can splash around in the water and walk all the way to the "Gulf of Mexico" at the south end of the park. Riding the monorail across the harbor to the park (or walking the pedestrian walkway) is lots of fun.
The Greenbelt park is located on Harbortown, a community of stylish homes on the Mississippi River. The park is a great place to just sit and watch Ol' Man River flow past. (And if you want a treat afterwards, Miss Cordelia's grocery store on the Island has some great local snacks.)
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Greenbelt Park
830 Island Dr
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The Greenbelt park is located on Harbortown, a community of stylish homes on the Mississippi River. The park is a great place to just sit and watch Ol' Man River flow past. (And if you want a treat afterwards, Miss Cordelia's grocery store on the Island has some great local snacks.)
We love our local garden! It has some beautiful walking trails and the kid's area (My Big Backyard) is an incredible place to visit. The Botanic Garden Concert Series also host some great concerts from late Spring to early Fall. They honor reciprocal memberships, so if you belong to your local Botanic Garden, let them know.
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Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd
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We love our local garden! It has some beautiful walking trails and the kid's area (My Big Backyard) is an incredible place to visit. The Botanic Garden Concert Series also host some great concerts from late Spring to early Fall. They honor reciprocal memberships, so if you belong to your local Botanic Garden, let them know.
We have a new bike/walking path that allows you to cross the Mississippi River. Highly recommended! And afterwards, stop at Loflin Yard for a unique outdoor bar/restaurant/hang out place. It's hard to describe - an urban bar with games, beer and live music on the property of an old locksmith/key factory?
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Big River Crossing
Big River Crossing
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We have a new bike/walking path that allows you to cross the Mississippi River. Highly recommended! And afterwards, stop at Loflin Yard for a unique outdoor bar/restaurant/hang out place. It's hard to describe - an urban bar with games, beer and live music on the property of an old locksmith/key factory?
For some reason, everyone just loves visiting the Crystal Shrine Grotto in Memorial Park just a few miles from us. I'm not sure what it's all about since I've never been, but if you go, tell me all about it!
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Crystal Shrine Grotto | Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery
5668 Poplar Ave
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For some reason, everyone just loves visiting the Crystal Shrine Grotto in Memorial Park just a few miles from us. I'm not sure what it's all about since I've never been, but if you go, tell me all about it!

Shopping

I could get lost in Burke's Bookstore (used and new books) for hours.
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Cooper-Young Historic District
2120 Young Ave
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I could get lost in Burke's Bookstore (used and new books) for hours.
Liquor/wine store with one of the best selections in Memphis. They also have a great selection of keg beers they sell in growlers.
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Buster's Liquors & Wines
191 S Highland St
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Liquor/wine store with one of the best selections in Memphis. They also have a great selection of keg beers they sell in growlers.
Oooooh, I don't like to shop. But if you want to or need to, Wolfchase is the mall I'd recommend. There are also many, many big box stores along Germantown Parkway. We even have an IKEA now - go Memphis!
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Wolfchase Galleria
2760 N Germantown Pkwy
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Oooooh, I don't like to shop. But if you want to or need to, Wolfchase is the mall I'd recommend. There are also many, many big box stores along Germantown Parkway. We even have an IKEA now - go Memphis!
If you're already visiting Beale Street during the day, I'd highly recommend wandering into this store. One time I found a bottle of floor wash that was also a bubble bath. Huh??
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A. Schwab
163 Beale St
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If you're already visiting Beale Street during the day, I'd highly recommend wandering into this store. One time I found a bottle of floor wash that was also a bubble bath. Huh??
This is our closest Target.
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Target
5959 Poplar Ave
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This is our closest Target.

Everything Else

Only in Memphis - a sporting goods store inside a pyramid. Definitely visit the observation deck via the elevator in the middle of the building.
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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
1 Bass Pro Dr
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Only in Memphis - a sporting goods store inside a pyramid. Definitely visit the observation deck via the elevator in the middle of the building.

Arts & Culture

The museum incorporates the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Powerful exhibits with new interactive displays.
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National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
450 Mulberry St
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The museum incorporates the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Powerful exhibits with new interactive displays.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E McLemore Ave
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IMAX theater and Planetarium - fun for adults and kids! It looks like parts of the main museum are under construction until June 2018, so please check their website for current information. But here's the description lifted from their website: The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audio-visuals. Trace Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics. Learn from the award-winning medical exhibit how health care grew to be Memphis' largest industry.
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Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium
3050 Central Avenue
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IMAX theater and Planetarium - fun for adults and kids! It looks like parts of the main museum are under construction until June 2018, so please check their website for current information. But here's the description lifted from their website: The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audio-visuals. Trace Memphis' development from the time of Spanish explorers through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics. Learn from the award-winning medical exhibit how health care grew to be Memphis' largest industry.

Entertainment & Activities

ELVIS!!!!
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Graceland
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ELVIS!!!!
Our baseball stadium is gorgeous! We love our Redbirds! If you get a chance to catch a game, do it!
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AutoZone Park
200 Union Ave
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Our baseball stadium is gorgeous! We love our Redbirds! If you get a chance to catch a game, do it!