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Old 05-03-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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Memphis advice needed

I will be passing through Memphis in the near future.

Where is the best place to eat in Memphis? I know that is a very open ended question. I am not predisposed about the menu. BBQ is always a winner, but sandwiches, pizza, deli food and steaks are always good too.

I am asking the experts - you riders in the area.

Thanks for your input!

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Old 05-05-2008, 11:07 AM   #2
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well, this is the BBQ capital of the world so it would be Wrong not to eat some while you are here. In my opinion th best ribs are Interstate BBQ on South 3rd St., the best pork sandwich is The BBQ Shop on Madison with Corky's a close second, and even though it is nearly blasphemous in Memphis, the BBQ Shop has an incredibly good BBQ beef sandwich. Another local favorite that sounds disgusting is BBQ spaghetti. It took me years to try it but it's pretty good.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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Steak=Butcher shop restaurant,downtown.
Huge steaks,cook your own or they will.Get the twice baked pot,
best in town.
Also Folks folly. Chef prepped everything, even the homemade butter.
Pricey but worthy.

Pizza=memphis pizza cafe,several locations around the city.

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Old 05-05-2008, 04:17 PM   #4
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Deli Mexican on Germantown parkway. Nothing like any Mexican you have ever had. My favorite place in town at any $. Going there tonight for my birthday, Cinco de Mayo!

Memphis Pizza sucks. NY, Chicago or Columbus OH for pizza

Best local steak in town: Grille 83 @ the Madison Hotel (KC Bone in filet) Foks Folly used to be great, but not the same.

Huey's for hamburgers.

Felicia Suzzane's For Cajun/French/American mixture

Fried Chicken? Gus's on Main Street, some of the best you will ever have.

I like Corky's BBQ, but Interstate is very good, some people swear by Central BBQ. Also try the Commisary in Germantown.

Texas de Brazil if you are a T-Rex & want to overdose on meat.

Fyling Saucer for Beer selection.

Flying Fish for things that swim.

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Old 05-07-2008, 04:33 PM   #5
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Steak=Butcher shop restaurant,downtown.
Huge steaks,cook your own or they will.Get the twice baked pot,
best in town.
Also Folks folly. Chef prepped everything, even the homemade butter.
Pricey but worthy.

Pizza=memphis pizza cafe,several locations around the city.

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Folks Folly... pricey is right!!!!
In my humble opinion it used to be worth it, but not any more.
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:01 PM   #6
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There are many who think it is over-rated, and you may shun it because Bush and the Japanese Prime Minister ate there when they came to Memphis, but my favorite place to eat is the Rendezvous. Hard to find, but just ask anybody.

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Old 05-07-2008, 07:54 PM   #7
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There are many who think it is over-rated, and you may shun it because Bush and the Japanese Prime Minister ate there when they came to Memphis, but my favorite place to eat is the Rendezvous. Hard to find, but just ask anybody.

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I don't think it is over-rated. The dry rub ribs at the Rendezvous Restaurant are the best I've ever had. The BBQ chicken was damn good also.

BBQ is highly subjective...I don't think you could go wrong at any BBQ place in Memphis that has a few cars in the lot (franchises excluded of course).
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:51 PM   #8
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Sorry guys Rendezvous ribs suck, super super cheap. The meat sticks to the bones too much and there is too much unedible shit left over on your plate when you are done. I could eat three full racks and not get enough meat.

For ribs try 17th Street Bar & Grill in Murphysboro IL. Those ribs are worth the ride from anywhere. They use to come down to Memphis every year and kick everyone's ass in The BBQ contest. I think they stopped, perhaps they ran out of room for trophys.

http://shop.17thstreetbarbecue.com/m...6.qscstrfrnt02

They usually have a super hot wait staff from nearby SIU too.

Visit GrassRoots BMW in Cape Giardeau first, they are an awesome, old school BMW dealer. Cross over the new bridge in Cape (100 yards form the BMW shop) This beautiful bridge is the newest bridge over the Mississippi.

Cross the river into IL. take 146 E to route 3/146 head north. When 3/146 split continue on 146 east. Turn left (north) on 127 continue to travel north on 127 until you arrive in Murphysboro.

127 is an interesting road, it is on top of a ridge that is several hundred feet high. This is in stark contrast to the board flat Mississippi flood plane you normally see in the area. The climate is a little different on this ridge and it's perfect for apples, peaches and grapes. Orchards & vinyards seem out of place here, but it is a beautiful ride.

For a short side trip (1/2 hour total) take the road out to bald knob to see a huge & I mean HUGE! cross.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_Knob_Cross

For those of you continuing north (like to Michigan) you can pick up I57 just east of Murphysboro.

This might sound like a long ride but it is faily short. Leaving Cape you can be eating ribs in less than an hour, I think it is less than 50 miles.

This little route is a perfect way to connect I55 in Southeast Missouri with I57 in Southern IL.
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Sorry guys Rendezvous ribs suck, super super cheap. The meat sticks to the bones too much and there is too much unedible shit left over on your plate when you are done. I could eat three full racks and not get enough meat.

For ribs try 17th Street Bar & Grill in Murphysboro IL. Those ribs are worth the ride from anywhere. They use to come down to Memphis every year and kick everyone's ass in The BBQ contest. I think they stopped, perhaps they ran out of room for trophys.
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I didn't see any places in Memphis listed in your post.

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Old 05-09-2008, 06:32 AM   #10
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Jack's Rib Shack on Old Summer rocks. Best beef brisket bar none, ribs are quite good and meaty too. Their wings are also highly recommended. Any of the Memphis folk want to meet up for lunch there one of these days? Tuesdays is lunch buffet btw.. (for all of you carnivores).

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Old 05-09-2008, 06:52 AM   #11
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I've been in Memphis for 2-3 years now and overall I'm very unimpressed with the BBQ in general.

If you want BBQ, I like the BBQ Shop on Madison. They have a Half N Half that's half a plate of brisket, half a plate of bbq spaghetti.

I'll second Gus's fried chicken. The only chicken i've had better was my grandma's pan fried 30 years ago. Get 4-5 pieces, some of the flavors come out more as the chicken cools. They have some pretty good coconut pie, too.
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You get your new bike yet? I'm out of town from this weekend till the 20th, let's try to get together after the big trial for that messican place you mentioned.
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I didn't see any places in Memphis listed in your post.

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Memphis Pizza sucks. NY, Chicago or Columbus OH for pizza

Best local steak in town: Grille 83 @ the Madison Hotel (KC Bone in filet) Foks Folly used to be great, but not the same.

Huey's for hamburgers.

Felicia Suzzane's For Cajun/French/American mixture

Fried Chicken? Gus's on Main Street, some of the best you will ever have.

I like Corky's BBQ, but Interstate is very good, some people swear by Central BBQ. Also try the Commisary in Germantown.

Texas de Brazil if you are a T-Rex & want to overdose on meat.

Fyling Saucer for Beer selection.

Flying Fish for things that swim.

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You get your new bike yet? I'm out of town from this weekend till the 20th, let's try to get together after the big trial for that messican place you mentioned.


Lil snag on the new bike. That project is on hold right now. Still up for mexican or Jacks. Send me a PM when.

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Old 05-10-2008, 05:48 AM   #15
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I never found any BBQ in Memphis that I liked when I lived there.

D'bo's for wings

Gus's for Chicken

Crescent City Cafe for Cajun

Atomic Slims for fru-fru food

Firebird's for a good steak and martini

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