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Solan=Christ!!!
01-05-07, 11:35 AM
Long weekend trip in late January. What should I do on the downtime?

CammoTX
01-05-07, 11:50 AM
Great city.

I would suggest going to the Peabody Hotel. Take a picture with the ducks. The fountain marks the spot where the Delta begins. Go to the clothing store there with all the guitars signed by famous musicians. You will be blown away who has shopped there. The old man behind the counter is worth talking to. He is an old friend of Elvis's and will tell you stories about anyone who is anyone in the music world. He will also tell you a story or two about the King. He is white but talks like he is African-American...impossible to miss.

Also, you must eat and party on Beale Street. I recommend Rendevous' dry back ribs - world famous. Just don't eat too many of them or you might see them later that night (happend to me once!).

If you are into the whole Blues music scene, take Hwy 61 South and you will be in Clarksdale in about 1.5 hours. They have a great Blues museum there. Morgan Freeman also lives there and has a restaurant, blues club, etc. Drive thirty more minutes south and you can stay with my grandparents!

teaffbear
01-05-07, 12:03 PM
Silky O'Sullivans on Beale Street....similar to Pat O's in New Orleans

Coke Bear
01-05-07, 12:23 PM
I'd agree with the Cammo and the Peabody suggestion. Not the coolest thing in the world, but it's nice to check something like that off your "list." They bring the ducks down the elevator in the morning (8AM?). It's crowded at that time, but we enjoyed that show.

My wife is a huge Elvis fan. Graceland was cool. The Platnium package (the most expensive) is the best bet. If you're not a big fan, the actual house tour may be good enough. I think even the most causal music fan will gain an appreciation of Elvis after the trip.

Mud Island is kinda cool. They have a map of the entire Mississippi River in the ground that fun to jump over. It's enormous. You can take the sky trolley-thing that they showed in the movie the "Firm."

We ate at Sun Records (yes, it's now a cafe). It's OK. Once again, I enjoy music from that era so I thought it was neat to see the place of the Million Dollar Quartet.

They serve a dry BBQ in Memphis that's worth trying. Cammo is correct about the Rendevous'. There's another chain that escapes me right now that's worth trying. The locals can help you.

We also went to the Lorraine Motel. Pretty interesting.

GovernorBill
01-05-07, 12:56 PM
I was embarassed to see a photo there of the 1916 lynching of a black man in Waco whose body was burned.

Beale Street is nice too. I enjoyed B.B. Kings for some blues music.

I think Porky's on Poplar street is the other Bar B Que place you're thinking of. Those are probably the two most famous Bar B Que places in Memphis.

Memphis also has a very nice Minor League ballpark downtown. The season might not be going by the time you're there though.

eastdallasloco
01-05-07, 01:04 PM
sun studios is close to downtown and thats a cool place to visit. the new daisy theater is a cool place to see a show. rendezvous for dry ribs and for wet ribs there is a pretty good place on beale st called blues city cafe.

amayben
01-05-07, 01:06 PM
Just try not to get shot!

ybbodeus
01-05-07, 01:37 PM
You're probably thinking of CORKY'S bar-b-q, though there MAY be a Porky's, I don't know. The Rendezvous is a great PLACE, but you pretty much have to have grown up eating those dry ribs to like them. When I go back home and eat those things NOW, having been to Lockhart and Belton and Luling and Taylor, I think, "I must have been INSANE! These things suck!"

They don't suck, though; there's just an acquired taste. What's the motto? "The best bar-b-q is where you grew up?" Well, here's hoping you didn't grow up in Dip Thong Ho, where the bar-b-q is that sweet little kitten your neighbor's kid seemed to have lost a couple of days ago.

Anyway, downtown has Front Street Deli, which has a few stories in it. If you DO go to the Rendezvous, go upstairs and check out the banquet room for a bit of history. Any of the waiters hangin' out up there will give you a bit of the historical inside, but it will probably only be interesting if you're FROM there.

Fed Ex forum is a nice basketball arena, and the Grizz don't sell out unless Kobe or Shaq's or maybe Yao's in town, so you can probably do a walk up on THAT, if you're a NBA fan. The Tigers are a show, if you're a bigger COLLEGE hoops fan; they play there, too.

Are you stuck downtown, or will you be heading out to midtown or further east? I can give you and and all skinny on the town, if you need it. Memphis has THE MOST AGGRESSIVE strip clubs in the south; Cheetah sends its people there to intern, I'm guessing. Well, that's what I've HEARD!!!!

Sun Records, The Peabody, Beale Street, Graceland...that's probably more than you'll be able to get to in off time during a business trip. The bar at the Peabody is old time charm, too. Peabody's pretty much got it all; it's the closest thing Memphis has to the Monteleone or the Royal Sonesta.

BHJ
01-05-07, 01:42 PM
Try some Golden Chicken.

Tasty stuff.

eastdallasloco
01-05-07, 01:43 PM
young avenue deli is a great bar that always has good live music. also newbys will have live music and a good bar atmosphere.

ybbodeus
01-05-07, 01:46 PM
Try some Golden Chicken.

Tasty stuff.

Jack Purdle's is better.

ybbodeus
01-05-07, 01:47 PM
young avenue deli is a great bar that always has good live music. also newbys will have live music and a good bar atmosphere.

A Newby's mention, wow. Once they expanded into the old movie theatre next door, that place became too big for me. We still meet there informally on the Thursday night before our reunions kick off. Next one is, woah, this year! 30th high school reunion; time to try to grow up, again.

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

BHJ
01-05-07, 01:48 PM
I don't know Ybb - if it's anything like the Golden Chicken in Waco, then it's something special.

ybbodeus
01-05-07, 01:52 PM
We should dig up Eubanks and see what HE thinks is the best chicken. He'd settle this pronto.

Also, if you have a gamblin' jones, solan, you can get to a casino in about thirty or forty minutes from downtown. Tunica, Mississippi! Once the poorest county in the poorest state, it now boasts some of the highest per capital in the south.

BHJ
01-05-07, 01:54 PM
We should dig up Eubanks and see what HE thinks is the best chicken. He'd settle this pronto. .....

I hope you don't mean that literally, as in RIP Jay......

- KKM

Is there a Bush's Chicken in Memphis? They is also fine eating.

Big12Bear
01-05-07, 04:08 PM
Fed Ex forum is a nice basketball arena, and the Grizz don't sell out unless Kobe or Shaq's or maybe Yao's in town, so you can probably do a walk up on THAT, if you're a NBA fan. The Tigers are a show, if you're a bigger COLLEGE hoops fan; they play there, too.


Is The Pyramid still around?

ybbodeus
01-05-07, 04:43 PM
Yeah, but I believe it's going to become the most unusual Bass Pro Shop around in the next year or two.

Solan=Christ!!!
01-05-07, 05:01 PM
You're probably thinking of CORKY'S bar-b-q, though there MAY be a Porky's, I don't know. The Rendezvous is a great PLACE, but you pretty much have to have grown up eating those dry ribs to like them. When I go back home and eat those things NOW, having been to Lockhart and Belton and Luling and Taylor, I think, "I must have been INSANE! These things suck!"

They don't suck, though; there's just an acquired taste. What's the motto? "The best bar-b-q is where you grew up?" Well, here's hoping you didn't grow up in Dip Thong Ho, where the bar-b-q is that sweet little kitten your neighbor's kid seemed to have lost a couple of days ago.

Anyway, downtown has Front Street Deli, which has a few stories in it. If you DO go to the Rendezvous, go upstairs and check out the banquet room for a bit of history. Any of the waiters hangin' out up there will give you a bit of the historical inside, but it will probably only be interesting if you're FROM there.

Fed Ex forum is a nice basketball arena, and the Grizz don't sell out unless Kobe or Shaq's or maybe Yao's in town, so you can probably do a walk up on THAT, if you're a NBA fan. The Tigers are a show, if you're a bigger COLLEGE hoops fan; they play there, too.

Are you stuck downtown, or will you be heading out to midtown or further east? I can give you and and all skinny on the town, if you need it. Memphis has THE MOST AGGRESSIVE strip clubs in the south; Cheetah sends its people there to intern, I'm guessing. Well, that's what I've HEARD!!!!

Sun Records, The Peabody, Beale Street, Graceland...that's probably more than you'll be able to get to in off time during a business trip. The bar at the Peabody is old time charm, too. Peabody's pretty much got it all; it's the closest thing Memphis has to the Monteleone or the Royal Sonesta.

Thanks for the tips everyone, keep them coming.

I'll be pretty much stuck downtown, staying at the Hilton at the convention center. Looks like I'll be able to get around a bit, but I'm not sure how much.

whitetrash
01-05-07, 05:45 PM
Eat some Angel Food ice cream. Local equivalent of Bluebell, and BU-grad made.

wantsBU2win
01-05-07, 07:13 PM
stay in and watch a movie.

DONNIE D
01-06-07, 09:55 AM
I've been alot, and the Peabody gets my time every time. It's great at happy hour when the ducks go up for the night. Lot of downtown local women drinking and looking for convo. Meet one and your set for the night. (This is for single guys)

Texas Golfer
01-06-07, 10:01 AM
Go to Graceland and have a beer with Elvis. I hear he's still alive.

ybbodeus
01-06-07, 02:11 PM
Eat some Angel Food ice cream. Local equivalent of Bluebell, and BU-grad made.

You have to include their still VERY involved father in the operation, who is a Georgia Tech grad. I also read that they sold Angel Food to the Arkansas based Yarnell's group to allow them to focus on their expanding Baskin Robbins plans. They supply a boatlod of BR stores with their ice cream products.

Solan=Christ!!!
01-22-07, 12:36 PM
Leaving in a couple of days. Any more last minute tips?

CammoTX
01-22-07, 12:48 PM
There is a Texas de Brazil restaurant right next to the Peabody. It is a Brazillian steakhouse. It is like Fogo de Chao in Houston.

It is really good. Will cost you some $ though.

turk4037
01-22-07, 12:56 PM
What the heck do you know about Memphis dude!!??? :D


We should dig up Eubanks and see what HE thinks is the best chicken. He'd settle this pronto.

Also, if you have a gamblin' jones, solan, you can get to a casino in about thirty or forty minutes from downtown. Tunica, Mississippi! Once the poorest county in the poorest state, it now boasts some of the highest per capital in the south.

DONNIE D
01-22-07, 12:57 PM
Learn this before you go!!!:) It's from Buffett's new album.

Meanwhile down on Beale Street,
Drinking in a Beale Street Bar.
There's a fog rolling off the Mississippi,
Has anybody seen Arkansas?

The Deckhands from the Towboats
Come ashore wearing Mexican Shoes
They headed straight for Graceland,
Was the first thing they wanted to do.

Cinco de Mayo in Memphis,
Mariachis singing the Blues,
Soul Sisters huggin Senoritas,
All sporting Blue Suede Shoes.

Porkpie hats and Sombreros,
Hangin' on a downtown street.
Swingin Pool Cues at Pinatas,
Don't that river smell sweet?
And they all come to get'em some Memphis
A little something for their soul
Low Riders line up with Limousines,
Hell, they all came to Rock and Roll.

CammoTX
01-22-07, 12:59 PM
Solan, Tunica has a gazillion casinos with pretty reasonable prices. They get some big names to come in there for entertainment as well. If you like to play golf, there are many new courses there also.

Tunica is a quick drive from Memphis.

Diehard
01-22-07, 01:04 PM
Do check out the Lorraine Motel/Civil Rights Museum. You can ride a trolley there from downtown.

Lots of good music on Beale just about every night of the week.

Trader Bear
01-22-07, 01:26 PM
Beale Street, but stay away from BB King's. It's just average. Across the street from BB King's, on the left side as you walk away from the river, is a place that is really two joints in one. The entrance on the corner will take you into a club that plays a lot of R&B/Motown stuff. The bands are really good, or were when I hung out there a lot. Walk all the way through the club, back in the direction of the river, and you will find an old shotgun style bar that plays the old blues. Or from the corner bar (and I have no idea what the name of it is) walk back toward the river one door, and enter there. Both places are great with fantastic music.

BaylorBabe
01-22-07, 01:36 PM
^^Most unfunny and annoying alt-nick EVAR.

Waymond Bear1
01-22-07, 01:40 PM
^^Most unfunny and annoying alt-nick EVAR.

Sounds like you need to get laid, too.

I'd do it, but I'm not uyor type (female and hairy-pitted liek a frenchwoman). Id watch though.

BaylorBabe
01-22-07, 01:41 PM
Actually, you're not my type because you're stupid when you're sober and your drunk posts try too hard, but that's really beside the point. :)

DONNIE D
01-22-07, 03:09 PM
Watch your mouth Waymond, or whomever you are.

Trader Bear
01-22-07, 05:20 PM
whoever

;)

Solan=Christ!!!
01-22-07, 07:34 PM
Less Waymond, more Ybbodeus.