I went walking in Memphis for Christmas 2014 and stumbled upon some great food and sites!
The Peabody Hotel
We stayed at The Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis which was quite a grand treat! The famous Peabody ducks came out to the lobby fountain at 11:00 each morning and returned to their penthouse at 5:00 pm each evening.
My favorite BBQ joint had to be Central BBQ! I tried both their famous pulled pork sandwich and pulled pork BBQ nachos and both were divine! This location is right behind the Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.
Gus’s Fried Chicken
This place is world famous for it’s crispy spicy fried chicken! The chicken is juicy and fried to crispy perfection! This was the best fried chicken I have had hands down! This place has their own technique! You know how when you bite into a piece of fried chicken most of the crust comes off? Well not at this place. The crust only comes of the spot your biting into. So basically you crispy goodness which each bite!
The place was so packed we had people waiting almost on top of our table while we were eating. That was the only down side of this location but we heard after the fact there was a bigger location else where in Memphis.
Yeungling Beer and Aldos Pizza
This is one of my favorite light beers. It is not sold in Texas. 😦 I was thrilled to find it on draft at a great pizza place called Aldos! I neglected to take photos at Aldos, but I highly highly recommend this be a stop on your trip to Memphis! The pizza we had was covered in spinach, goat cheese, and roasted red tomatoes. It was truly to die for. Did I mention their garlic knots? Buttery, Garlic, Parmesan carb delights!!!
This was the location of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and now the site for the Civil Rights Museum. It was closed the day we tried to go visit but we were able to see the balcony of the crime and watch a video about the events of that day in history.
Memphis Zoo Lights
The Memphis Zoo Lights was one of my favorite moments on our trip because of the atmosphere and great set up! There is a tram that will drive you through the lights and the entire zoo with periodic stops in case you want to get out and walk. As soon as you enter they have hot chocolate and coffee for sale to start your evening off! Some of the animals were visible though out the park. Reindeer, elephants, and camels were out and about!
The coolest exhibit was the reptile house because all the snakes were WIDE AWAKE and were in the process of being fed. This is something you never get to see in the day time.
Graceland- The Jungle Room
We visited Graceland on a Sunday morning and arrived at 9am. It took an hour and ten minutes to actually go from the ticket counter to the entrance of the house because of poor management. It cost over $100 for 4 of us to go. It took forever to get in the house then once we got in we were shuffled through very quickly.
The tour includes an ipad that narrates as you walk through the house which was cool but distracting at the same time. We enjoyed what we saw but I was disappointed with the way the tour itself was run. I’d still recommend it if you’re a fan of Elvis.
High Cotton Brewing Company
We were only able to fit in one brewery stop on this trip, but it was a great one! The High Cotton Brewing Company is a slick new brewery that hosts different food trucks on certain nights! The atmosphere and beer were delightful!
The brew master gave us a free pint glass which was a plus! 🙂
Memphis was enjoyable but at the end of 5 days I was ready to get out of the city and back to my slow paced town in Texas! 🙂