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Apr 6, 2009 11:35 AM

Eating our Way to Memphis

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!


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  1. 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.

    1. Scott's BBQ in Lexington is fabulous. Check out a few photos I took that will surely convince you, at and info from the Southern Foodways Alliance at

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      1. re: biskuit

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


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

        1. 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. 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.