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Road trip!

I'll be there Saturday evening thru Tuesday morning and the Golden Rules will be in force (no "chain" eateries or hotels, and no Interstates; live for local culture)

Where to eat?
Where to sleep?
What to see?

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Didnt alton brown hit some good BBQ places down there on his road feast show or whatever it was?




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Where to eat?
Where to sleep?
What to see?
Where to eat? -- If you like catfish, eat at WESTY's. They have other stuff but their catfish is freaking out of this world! (inexpensive place too)
346 N Main St Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 543-3278‎

Where to sleep?-- I stayed at the Peabody
http://www.peabodymemphis.com/


What to see? --If you like blues, go to Beale St.
http://www.bealestreet.com/home.html

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Peabody - see the ducks!

Beale St. - You can drink outside, and the street muscicians sound almost as good as the ones you'll see in the clubs at night.

Graceland - Because you seem like the sorta gal that would appreciate the Jungle Room (rawr!)

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Beale Street reminded me of Bourbon Street a little.

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Rendezvous Ribs!!!

Look, I can appreciate this. I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of shit. Look, it's like they say, if you're not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if you haven't turned establishment by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, "What do you really want?"
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Keep 'em comin'!

So far, I've got Graceland, the Civil Rights Museum, the Peabody, catfish at Westy's (I love, love, LOVE southern food and bbq), Saturday night on Beale Street...

Keep it comin!

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+1 on Rendezvous. It's sort of hard to find, though-- it's in a back alley but TOTALLY worth the hunt.

I stayed away from downtown at the Hilton Memphis, but it's a LOVELY hotel and with a rental car, I'd stay there again.

I highly recommend walking through some of the historic neighborhoods; I highly do NOT recommend visiting the Memphis Defense Depot.

Southern Living magazine has great travel/city guides for Southern destinations: http://www.southernliving.com/southern/travel
I have found their recommendations to be a really good mix of off the beaten path and tourist attractions that you'll not want to miss.
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If you have time, go down to the delta. I'm not sure if the water is up or down right now, but when we were there it was really amazing. They have a nice visitors center there as well if memory serves.

edit: Make sure that Walking in Memphis is on your playlist. All time great song.

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You're thinking of Georgia.

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Rendezvous... 52 S. Second... Check! I'll need a walking tour for all the eatin' that's down there

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PS....If you like gambling and depending on where in Memphis you're staying Tunica mississippi is like 40 minutes away!

http://www.tunicamiss.com/

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Rendezvous is for tourists.

Another great fish place.

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Beal St. for eats and fun, Tunica for gambling. I had a great time there when we went. We stayed at the Hampton just off Beal St. and it was very nice, not typical Hamton style - think suites.

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Awrighty... Beale Street, Sunday brunch at the Peabody, Graceland, the Civil Rights Museum, Stax, a walking tour... damn I wish I would have been there last week

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Froze my a$$ off on the way down... it was a balmy 41 degrees when I left Waukegan last Thursday. Abandoned my plans for taking the backroads cuz it was just too cold to be fun. Stopped at my "regular" b-fast place in Gilman to get some hot food/coffee inside me then hit rain a few miles later, in Paxton. Put on my raingear only to have the pants 'blow out' and shred about 50 miles later... rode the rest of the way to Effingham leaving streamers of bright blue plastic behind me. Stopped at the Harley dealer and bought myself a grown-up rainsuit (after 21 years, I guess I'm an "adult" now), met some cool folks from MN and Kenosha who were on their way to Myrtle Beach for Bike Week then suited up and continued on my soggy way. It rained all the way to Mount Vernon - met another rider at the rest area, he had ridden all the way from Colorado (mostly in the rain). Made it to Murray, KY in time to have dinner with my sister and her family. Did lots of family stuff... the graduation ceremonies went on for two days and I didn't make it out of Paris until a day and a half later than planned.

Yeah, I got the lowdown on Wed. bike nite from the valet at the Peabody. Because of my family stuff, the Memphis itin was seriously abbreviated... got gas across the street from Graceland, waved at Elvis, checked into the Peabody in time to see the resident ducks (ducks ROCK), have an awesome bloody mary on the roof then got cleaned up for dinner at King's Palace. Spent the rest of the evening wandering up/down Beale gettin' my blues on... crowds are thin on a Sunday night... was surprised by the number of European tourists (nice to know we now live in the bargain vacation destination). Danced back to my hotel room on the 11th floor, room service delivered breakfast promptly at 8:30 as promised, after a leisurely meal en suite headed over to the Civil Rights museum, spent over two hours going thru... WOW. The realization that Jim Crow is still alive and well in parts of our great country saddens me. Headed out of town on 51 north enjoying the bright, warm sunshine and followed my nose to some roadside bbq for lunch an hour or so later. Big ol platter of pulled pork, beans, tato salad - the works - washed down with sweet tea and a square of homemade pineapple cake, all for six dollars. Jumped off, took the scenic route through NW TN and KY, circling back around to 51 in Wyckliffe.

We'll be headin' back soon cuz there was just too much to do.

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So the girlfriend and I are going down over the weekend of Dec 12th, for a christening. Staying north of the city but we will have a day and a half to go explore.

Any additional recommendations for sights and good eats (particularly the latter)? I already saw the I-57 thread, so am ready for construction traffic on our drive there and back.
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Andy, check out foodnetwork.com they have had several shows in that area. I know there was a $40 a day, and a few diners, drive ins and dives have been there. Also I believe Alton Brown was there on one of his Road trips.

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