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Eating our Way to Memphis

cmahan1 Apr 6, 2009 11:35 AM

My buddies and I are planning a guy-trip next week. Two days in Nashville and then three days in Memphis. I think I have the two terminal cities covered (though more suggestions are ALWAYS welcome), but I'm interested in suggestions for places to stop along the way from Nashville to Memphis.

How about it? Any good dives or diners or joints? We're thinking about stopping near Shiloh at some point, but we're totally open to going out of our way if the food's good.

thanks for all your help!


  1. Its Still Mooing Apr 9, 2009 12:07 PM

    In Memphis:

    For dives: Voodoo Room, P & H, Buccaneer, and the amazing Earnestine & Hazel's
    For eats: BBQ Shop, Kooky Canuck, Encore, Pho Vietnam
    For sights: Riverwalk along the bluff, Civil Rights Museum, horribly named Mud Island, South Main Arts District

    All of these places paint a pretty complete picture of Memphis. It's got nice points, gritty points, and a heck of a lot of culture.

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      mamasquirrel Apr 7, 2009 02:38 PM

      I would definitely second the recommendation for Scott's. Ask for the catfish - since they do whole hog BBQ, they can give you a piece of beautifully tender white meat from behind the shoulder. It's just heaven.
      Check out Pickwick Catfish Farm for the most unique catfish around. They cold smoke the fish with a really nice spice blend. I've never had anything like it anywhere else. It's south of Shiloh near the river, and it definitely qualifies as a dive - very much just a little fish shack.

      1. s
        steveb Apr 7, 2009 12:20 PM

        If you go to Shiloh, you might want to sneak down to Corinth, MS and get a slugburger.

        1. biskuit Apr 6, 2009 01:30 PM

          Scott's BBQ in Lexington is fabulous. Check out a few photos I took that will surely convince you, at http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=scott+bbq&w=59833804%40N00 and info from the Southern Foodways Alliance at http://www.southernfoodways.com/docum...

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          1. re: biskuit
            cmahan1 Apr 7, 2009 11:50 AM

            Thanks for both suggestions. We are really looking forward to this trip. And about a week off to detox and de-porkify.


          2. j
            JaneWinston Apr 6, 2009 12:07 PM

            I know the owner of a restaurant in Savannah, TN (she's from Jackson, MS) but I have never been there. The menu looks promising and they serve breakfast.


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