If you like museums, you will...
If you like museums, you will love Memphis. Visit the Children's Museum (if you're bringing the little ones), Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Hunt-Phelan Home, National Ornamental Metal Museum, National Civil Rights museum and Brooks Museum of Art. Sun Studios (where Elvis recorded) is also a great place to visit. Good lunch here.
Check out the National...
Check out the National Ornamental Metal Museum just off I55 on the east side of the River. It's located on the grounds of the former US Marine Hospital. The grounds are beautiful. There was a class going on in the smithshop when we were there and we were able to go in, watch the work and ask questions. It was pretty neat.
Driving in MAMMFISS
Rule #11-- Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as suggestions and apparently not enforceable in the metro area during rush hour.
Rule #12-- Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a Memphis driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.
Rule #13-- Please remember that there is no such thing as a shortcut during rush hour traffic in Memphis.
Rule #14-- Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an accident or even a person changing a tire and reflect on why you're glad you're not them.
Rule #15-- Throwing liter on the roads adds variety to the landscape, keeps the existing litter from getting lonely, and gives Adopt-a-Mile highway crews something to clean up.
Rule #16-- Everybody thinks their vehicle is better than yours (especially pickup truck drivers with stickers of Calvin on a Ford, Dodge, or Chevy logo).
Rule #17-- Learn to swerve abruptly. Memphis is the home of high-speed slalom driving thanks to MLGW, which puts manholes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.
Rule #18-- It is traditional in Memphis to honk your horn at cars that don't move the instant the light changes. This is a drag race isn't it?
Rule #19-- When the light turns green, put the pedal to the metal; gas is cheap in Memphis, and this is a drag race isn't it?
Rule #20-- Seeking eye contact with another driver revokes your right of way.
Rules #21-- Never take a green light at face value. Always look right and left before proceeding. (See Rule #5)
Rule #22-- A right lane construction closure is just a game to see how many people can cut in line by passing you on the right as you sit in the left lane waiting for the same jerks to squeeze their way back in before hitting construction barrels.
Rule #23-- YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY AT HOME IF IT'S SNOWING!
Marie and Mable's Restaurant
A real slice of Soul Food. The lunch hour is busy. They are only open Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 am - 7:00pm. I would suggest having lunch here and not venture into the neighborhood at night. Cash Only, No credit cards accepted, take small bills. They consistently score very high on their health inspections.
Update 4/25/2005: They will be closing their doors soon. Both ladies are ready to retire. Get it hot while you can.
Update 01/23/2006: So sorry folks. Thay have closed their doors. I am in search of a new Soul Food restaurant. When I find one I will post its location. Down home good cookin. The baked chicken, sweet potatoes, northern beans, corn, rolls, cornbread, pinto beans, it's all good. You have to call to see what they have cooked for that day since the menu changes daily.
Rendevouz shouldnt be missed,...
Rendevouz shouldnt be missed, it's become a bit touristy, and a bit over rated but the ribs are very good, and the atmosphere is great. It's a Memphis Landmark. For even better Barbeque without the tourist trade, try the Barbeque Shop. It's a hole in the wall on Madison Avenue a few miles away in Midtown. Folksy atmosphere, friendly help and awesome Barbeque platters. I'm a local, and this is my favorite place to go for Barbeque.