We took a quick trip to Memphis in the middle of May. We’ve always want to check out the BBQ competition, Memphis in May. It normally is the same weekend as our trip to St. Augustine for The Players Championship. We were excited to learn that Memphis in May was the week after the TPC this year. We booked a room and made a day of it!
We went up on Thursday morning and left late afternoon on Friday. We packed a lot in our 24 hours in town. We sampled some of the best BBQ around, visited Graceland, saw the ducks at The Peabody and ventured down Beale Street. We had a blast and can’t wait to go back!
Chicken Legs had never been here, so we was excited to finally try it.
They brought out some fried pork skins as soon as we sat down at the table. YUM!
I was so excited to try the Cheese Fritters. I saw Melissa Cookston (owner and only female World Champion Pitmaster) make them on the Food Network, and I’ve wanted them ever since. One word – amazing! SO good and that honey mustard sauce is to die for!
We got a sampler platter – ribs, brisket, pulled pork. All delicious!
The sides were tasty. We sampled the cornbread, baked beans, mac & cheese, and onion rings.
The first time I went to the Memphis BBQ Company, my travel companion got the Juke Burger. It was so good. I have the recipe for the Juke Sauce that was on the burger. I will be making it ASAP.
After lunch, we drove about 10 minutes over to Graceland.
This was our second time at Graceland to see how The King lived.
Elvis’ house is modest compared to today’s celebrity standards.
The rooms are SO neat.
Loved the kitchen! He had all the modern appliances (at the time).
My favorite room is the monkey room downstairs. LOVE it!
I also love the pool table room with all the fabric draped everywhere – even on the ceiling.
I was so impressed with all the gold and platinum records and awards Elvis received in his career.
More than you can imagine!
Graceland is definitely worth a trip if you have never been.
We stayed at the Doubletree right next door to the Peabody Hotel.
After we checked in, we went straight over to the Peabody to get a spot for the duck march.
The last time we were here it was a free for all. People everywhere. You couldn’t see a thing.
They have changed it for the better.
You have to have a seat in the bar/lobby area now. You can’t stand anywhere in that area.
If you can’t get a seat downstairs, head upstairs on the balcony. Lots of seats up there.
We got lucky and got one of the very last tables in the lobby.
The desserts at Peabody Hotel are fabulous! You can order them in the restaurants there or out of their pastry shop.
Was so glad to meet y'all too! If y'all want to cook in a contest, you have an open invite for our team in the East TN triple crown next year. (Mid May, end of May, and late June). We're a much smaller team (3 of us) and it's all about the cooking. We'd be glad to put ya to work 😉
So glad you had fun in Memphis!! Love Central BBQ, and I always love heading downtown to the Rendezvous. Corky's is always a favorite as well. For some non-BBQ options next time you're in town, go to Hog & Hominy, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen or Restaurant Iris. Best eats in town!!!
Thanks for the reviews. We are leaving for Memphis Friday!
I, too, love Central. AND the Majestic Grille for upscale. AND Huey's for a Huey burger. And Jim Neeley's Interstate Barbeque for BBQ bologna sandwiches. Trust me on that!
We just had Memphis BBQ Company two nights ago. It's wonderful! We really love the Commissary in Germantown, TN. It's a small shack type building in the middle of the bustling city of Germantown, TN. Their BBQ is so tender and perfect. (Granted, I've never had Central BBQ, but I will now!) Their cheese fries–mmm!! And the banana pudding is a MUST. A note: if you're claustrophobic, it's not the place for you; get takeout! Other fun places: The Orpheum for a play, the Majestic Grille for a more upscale night out, Jerry's SnoCones, and "The Dip" or Velvet Cream in Hernando, MS (10 minutes south of Horn Lake).
i'm from memphis! my 1st choice is always central bbq, but you've already been there. i'd say next time you're in town, try Corky's and the BBQ shop. 🙂
Thanks for all the good reviews! My mouth is watering! We love the Commissary in Germantown! Delish!
We've had the bbq nachos at Rendezvous and at Memphis BBQ company. SO GOOD!!! I came home and tried to make them… so much work and not as good. It sure would be great for you to post a recipe on it, hint, hint… We make our version of the sausage and cheese plate. We call it "Mississippi Mix" since the idea came from our Mississippi cousins (who we were visiting when we went to Memphis). Very good (&easy!) and great on crackers. 😀 Glad y'all had fun! I'd love to go to Memphis in May! I'm jealous! ~Suzanne
Wow – what a busy time you had – I'm tired just reading about it. Glad you got to meet Chris – he is a great guy. Maybe next year you guys can come up for our blogger party and spend time with several bloggers. I'll have to remember Central BBQ.