If you like all types of...
If you like all types of music, then Beale Street is a must see. If you are an Elvis fan, Graceland is the place to go. Several great restaurants, The Rendevouz is a great place to start if you like ribs and barbecue. When I was six years old I met Elvis Presley at the train station here. He was on his way to New York to be on the Ed Sullivan Show. He picked me up, called me
honey and sweetheart, gave me his autograph and kissed my hand. I swore I would never was that hand again.
Leatherwood Church !!!
Leatherwood Creek Church is located between Dover, and Paris Landing Tenn. This is the new church they built to replace the old Asbury Church. There is alot of good fishing in Leatherwood Creek and Paris Landing area, about 100 miles from Memphis.
More Beale Street
Here's another picture of Beale Street at night. It was a bit difficult for me to find a parking space. Mostly because I didn't plan the trip at all and had no idea where to go. Beale Street, however, was not very difficult to find. It's right beside the river and in downtown Memphis. Just follow everyone walking and they will lead you to it if you are having difficulty finding the street. It was a bit crowded later in the night but was definately worth it for the fun we had.
DRIVING SOME MORE in MAMFISS
[Blogger's Note: #26 was written prior to Memphis' ingenious investment in the FedEx Forum.]
26. Even though it is the largest indoor arena in the region, there is no easy way to reach The Pyramid. You must drive under a series of interstate off-ramps and through the back of a concrete company in order to park. Once you reach the building, you must climb up dozens of steps, even if your seats are at floor level, which means you will be climbing back DOWN dozens of steps after entering the arena.
27. A typical set of Midtown directions may include, "take North Parkway east until you reach East Parkway, then take East Parkway south until you reach South Parkway, then take South Parkway west until you reach..."
28. If you drive south from Shady Grove Road, you will end up on Ridgeway Road without taking any turns. If you continue south, you will eventually be on Hickory Hill Blvd., again without taking any turns. However, Ridgeway Road will be parallel to you about a mile to the East. Memphis' street names change without warning. It is common knowledge that Memphis was laid out by a drunk on a crippled horse. Just go to Winchester Road out East, and try to distinguish between the intersections of Germantown Road, Old Germantown Road, and Germantown Road Extended/Riverdale.
29. There is an intersection of two streets near Midtown. The "two" streets are Summer Avenue, North Parkway, Trezevant Blvd., and East Parkway. Again, names change at random. This situation (two intersecting streets with four names) is not atypical.
30. Native Memphians cannot distinguish between the Mississippi River bridges named "Memphis-Arkansas Bridge" and "Hernando Desoto Bridge". Nor can they distinguish between the "I-55 Bridge" and the "I-40 Bridge". They are ONLY known locally as the "Old Bridge" and the "New Bridge" (even though the "New Bridge" is about thirty years old).
Home cooking in Memphis
Barksdale is a no-nonsense type of eatery. The interior decor is stuck in the 0's with a dark brown carpet and dark brown paneling covered with photos of Memphis notables and ads. The food is also no-nonsense with staples such as country fried steak, fried chicken livers, beef tips and noodles, and meatloaf. With your main you also get a choice of three sides that include cole slaw, baked apples, cottage cheese, mac & cheese, green beans, etc. They also serve open and closed face sandwiches, burgers, and what looks like a very tasty southern breakfast.
Be aware that the Barksdale closes early....like 3pm! Hot roast beef with gravy sandwich, fried chicken, catfish sandwich