First of all I have to admit, I am not comfortable in giving advices about where to go or where to eat. Everyone is different has a different taste, even I like to change my mind about a dish or a restaurant. There are many factors and moods which can influence a critic. But I will tell you where I ate in Memphis and what I liked and you feel free to go and have a taste or not. Just don’t be mad if you didn’t liked it.
There are people out there, this comes from my own experience, who walk into a Mexican restaurant in the middle of nowhere in Greece and wondering about the unsatisfied meal they had there. I use to say: don’t order a Schnitzel in an Italian restaurant. Memphis is all about southern style comfort food and that is what I have been after. During my stay I haven’t seen one lettuce leave and didn’t missed it either. And I really like how they serve fruits: baked in a delicious pie, that’s right up my alley. We fell in love with pineapple-coconut pie and you might too.
And here is another free wisdom: eat where the locals eat. And we are lucky having so nice friends in Memphis to take us to the good places. I lived in Kansas City for 2.5 years and I know good BBQ and Memphis has to offer some good stuff.
Go to commissary in Germantown for good old school BBQ food but don’t ever skip the dessert, great southern pies like lemon ice box pie.
I think the rip’s reputation at rendezvous downtown Memphis is better than their taste. You get tasty dry rips, sauce is provided at the table, don’t get me wrong, they are good, but I got the best (from all I tried in Memphis) at Central BBQ. In fact I risked my life for these rips. After we ordered a slab of rips half dry and half wet (means half with rub and half BBQ sauce), we sat down at a table near the window and suddenly the weather dramatically changed. First I saw some papers flying by then chairs and someone told us a tornado is coming our way. The table next to ours was packed with policemen from a special unit, all of them including the only woman, were about the size of my refrigerator. We nervously kept watching them, if they run, we would run. Shortly the rips were served and all I remember is, I dug in and after finishing, the tornado was gone. Eating seams to be a great distraction for me.
We had some very good fried chicken at:
Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken, Downtown, 310 S Front St, Memphis, TN 38103
Especially at lunch time this place is packed, you can see bankers, craftsman and nurses, every shape, every age patiently standing in line waiting for their crispy, spicy and juicy chicken pieces. It is not a fancy restaurant, more an authentic southern hole in the wall.
I don’t have much to say about Muddy’s Bake Shop, just go there, it’s for your own good. They have cakes, muffins, pies… the menu changes weekly, the shop is gorgeous and their baked goods are just yummy. Go and try something everything. They also have vegan options.