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20 somethings road trip-Need Food Ideas!

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Hey all! I am new to Chowhound. Anyways, my best friend and another friend of hers will be taking a roadtrip of the American South. Of course, as (relatively) recent college grads, we are all about making this as inexpensive (yet tasty) as possible. We are going to be in Memphis for sure, with several TBA stops in Tennessee and Kentucky.

If anyone can help me out, it's the good people of chowhound. When I get back, I will be writing about my experience (with the food and the people we encounter) on my blog.

Thanks in advance!!!

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  1. You need to tell us more about your itinerary. Where are you coming from and where are you planning to visit. We cannot read your mind. Memphis we can help you with but you must be more plainer. Good luck.

    1. Some of the best values in Memphis include:

      BBQ balogna sandwiches are a poor man's delicacy. Some of the best in town can be found at Payne's, Interstate, Neely's, Cozy Corner and Central BBQ.

      All the sandwiches at Fino's are great. A half sandwich is more than enough for one person. A full sandwich easily feeds two people. A half costs $3.50 and a full costs $6.00.

      $7.50 will buy you 3 sweet potato pancackes, 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, and hash browns or grits at the Arcade.

      I don't recall how much the "Soul" burgers at Ernestine & Hazel's cost, but it's worth every penny.

      Tolday I had two smothered pork chops with rice and two sides of my choice at Deja Vu. The price was $7.50.

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      Central BBQ
      2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

      Cozy Corner Restaurant
      745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105

      1. For cheap eats, there are tons of mexican places on Summer Ave. Taqueria La Guadadupana comes to mind. BBQ is relatively cheap provided you know where to get it. My two cents are for BarBeQue Shop on Madison and Central BBQ, either of which you can get in and out of for $10. Bryant's is a good place for breakfast and I've been hearing good things about the meat and three place, Little Tea Shop. Memphis Pizza Cafe while good (not the best pizza you've ever had but still good) has to be one of the cheapest with slices from 2.50 to 3.95 (I think). If you want to hang out downtown, during the week several bars have happy hour specials. If you want to people watch - the Flying Saucer is good b/c of their firesale beers - $2.50 and the selection changes regularly. I've heard great things about Deja Vu (Ross B. recommended) but if you give us some more specifics we can definitely give you more ideas!

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        Central BBQ
        2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

        Memphis Pizza Cafe
        2087 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

        Little Tea Shop
        69 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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        1. re: mem79

          I'm a big fan of the Little Tea Shop. We should probably note they are open lunch only M-F. Closed nights and weekend.

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          Little Tea Shop
          69 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

          1. re: Ross B

            I can vouch that Dejavu is awesome!