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Posted: 2/15/2006 10:35:07 PM EDT
I was planning on goin to Memphis next weekend (if I can find some decent tickets, seems most are sold out) to see the Spurs play the Grizzlies. Regardless if I get tickets or not, what are some other things to do besides goin to Beale St? I'd really like to know of some good restaurants, comedy clubs, etc.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:37:43 PM EDT
Hang out at the 7-Eleven and ask customers if they've seen Elvis today.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 1:45:34 AM EDT
Take a 45-minute drive and go to Tunica, MS.

I forget the exact route. You take the southbound interstate for a few miles, and watch out for the one tiny sign saying to take exit whatever to go to the casino district. That dumps you on a small road with no hint that you're still on the right route until you suddenly hit the district half an hour later. At least that was how it was seven years ago.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 1:50:46 AM EDT
Leave.


But if you have to go, make sure you are packing. And avoid Lamar St. (US 78) through town as much as possible. Its a pretty rough place, but not as bad as near the Greyhound bus station.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 2:02:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lockman:
I was planning on goin to Memphis next weekend (if I can find some decent tickets, seems most are sold out) to see the Spurs play the Grizzlies. Regardless if I get tickets or not, what are some other things to do besides goin to Beale St? I'd really like to know of some good restaurants, comedy clubs, etc.



I saw the Pistons at the FedEx Forum in Memphis a month or so ago. I got the LE discount into the game. Beale street is the most fun. Eat the barbecue chicken at Rum Boogie and check out the guitars. For beer and fun, I like Silky O'sullivans. B.B. King's place had some good entertainment. Hooters is right there as well. I went to those spots on the recommendation of a friend who lived in Memphis for a few years.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 2:03:55 AM EDT
Sing:

Walking in Memphis

Put on my blue suede shoes and I
Boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
W.C. Handy
Won't you look down over me
Yeah, I got a first class ticket
But I'm as blue as a boy can be

Then I'm walking in Memphis
I was walking with my feet 10 feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through
Now, security did not see him
They just hovered round his tomb
But there's a pretty little thing
Waiting for the king
Down in the jungle room

When I was walking in Memphis
I was walking with my feet 10 feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
Do I really feel the way I feel

Now, they've got catfish on the table
They've got gospel in the air
The Reverend Green, he'd be glad to see you
When you haven't got a prayer

Boy, you got a prayer in Memphis

Muriel plays piano
Every Friday at the Hollywood
And they brought me down to see her
And they asked me if I would
Do a little number
So I sang with all my might
She said, "Tell me are you a Christian, child?"
And i said, "Ma'am, I am tonight!"

Walking in Memphis
I was walking with my feet 10 feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel

Walking in Memphis
I was walking with my feet 10 feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
Do I really feel the way I feel

Put on my blue suede shoes and I
Boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 2:13:36 AM EDT
last time I made the pilgramige, I was ready to be mugged at any moment....I only felt safe while I was inside the gates. It was off season and no chance of a stampede.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 2:16:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 2:33:13 AM EDT by PROFESSORCHAOS]
for a good steak, check out the Butcher Shop in Germantown

and +1 on B. B. King's
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:52:25 AM EDT
Number 1 try not to get mugged, raped, or car jacked.

Go to the downtown area and eat during the DAY so as not to get number 1.

Carry a weapon at all times.

Have fun.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 8:52:54 AM EDT
Eat tons of Bar-B-Que!
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:07:28 AM EDT
Memphis = Rendezvous BBQ
Germantown (Suburb east of Memphis) = The Commissary (get the BBQ nachos & bananna pudding)
Beale Street, if ya want clubs & bars, it's got all you can take, Alfred's, Club 152, in that order.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:14:40 AM EDT
There is a little hole in the wall, dry rub bar-b-que place. I can't remember the name, but it was fantastic. Maybe it wasn't that little.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:22:49 AM EDT
Run for your life. Go gambling in Tunica.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:28:54 AM EDT
Check out the Memphis Bell just north of mud island.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:30:45 AM EDT
The Memphis Belle is gone. You can go fuck my ex wife though. She likes to fuck random guys in Beale street bars.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:32:53 AM EDT

Visit Dracula's grave... (let's see if anyone catches the reference)
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:36:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
The Memphis Belle is gone



Really where is it? Thats what I was going to sugggest, as well as Mud Island.

Other than that, try not to get shot.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:38:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By XeroSygnal:
Visit Dracula's grave... (let's see if anyone catches the reference)



I live here, and I don't even know what the hell
you are talking about.

Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:41:06 AM EDT
I heard it's being restored and put on display somewhere in New England. Good thing, I'd been to see it twice in Memphis. Horrible shape, broken windows and hadn't been cleaned in a long time. Even had some syringes n shit around it.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:53:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 9:59:21 AM EDT by E-95]
Damn, you'd think from the replies that Memphis is the mugging capital of the US. I've lived here for 38 years and only been robbed at gunpoint once. And I don't think it counts as a mugging since he robbed everyone in the bar. As with any large city, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for anything hinky and you'll be fine.

As far as places to eat and things to see, make sure and try either Corky's (wet) or the Rendezvous (dry) for ribs. The Butcher Shop has good steaks but I feel that Buckley's serves a better cut of beef. Yia Yia's in Germantown (eastern 'burb) has some great food and Paulette's is simply top notch. Grisanti's and The Brooklyn Bridge are great places for Italian.

If you like beer then you'll have to go to the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. I think they have around 200 on tap. Also this is a perfect location for field observation of Memphis' most nubile young women. If you're a martini kind of guy, try Swig within easy staggering distance of the Saucer. If you're more of a pub kind of guy, check out one of the many T.J. Mulligan's or Pat O'Brian's on Beale.

Unfortunately there aren’t any comedy clubs left as Tunica’s casino stages stole all the comedians. You might want to check out The Lounge at the Gibson Guitar Factory for good music. I haven't heard a single bad performance there. Of course, the studio quality mixing board probably helps.

Realistically things go pretty quiet around here during the winter. You need to come back during the spring and summer months to check out a Redbird's game at Autozone Park, listen to some premium artists perform at Music Fest, or watch the Memphis Symphony Orchestra perform on the bluffs over the Mississippi at Sunset Symphony.

Feel free to IM me for a phone number if you want some more info.

Edited to add: He's right about Lamar Ave. Also if you see streets named after states, exfil as rapidly as possible.

E-95
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 9:57:48 AM EDT
Get your car detailed and grab some chicken wings under the same roof.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 10:21:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 10:29:56 AM EDT by mtnwalker]
Do you mean the guy who played Sivad for many years?
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 10:28:17 AM EDT
Bar-B-Q! Bar-B-Q! Bar-B-Q! Neely's, Corky's, Gridley's, Interstate, Leanord's. I used to live there and have eaten at all of the. My favorite is Leanord's because for lunch they used to have all-you-can-eat buffet. Oh, I could hurt myself there! Other than the Bar-B-Q: Memphis - a good place to be FROM!

MtnWalker
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 11:04:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By XeroSygnal:
Visit Dracula's grave... (let's see if anyone catches the reference)



The headstone with the D on it right? I'm gonna get the tour on tape.


Oh and I second the "EAT LOTS OF BBQ!"
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:01:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jakezor:

Originally Posted By XeroSygnal:
Visit Dracula's grave... (let's see if anyone catches the reference)



The headstone with the D on it right? I'm gonna get the tour on tape.



Oh and I second the "EAT LOTS OF BBQ!"



I still have no clue what ya'll are referring to. I must really need to
get out more often. [Dr. Evil] Throw me a friggin bone here. [Dr. Evil]


Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:04:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lockman:
I was planning on goin to Memphis next weekend (if I can find some decent tickets, seems most are sold out) to see the Spurs play the Grizzlies. Regardless if I get tickets or not, what are some other things to do besides goin to Beale St? I'd really like to know of some good restaurants, comedy clubs, etc.



Take cover.



It was a dirty city when I worked there 8 years ago.


Beale Street was fun but only 2 blocks of bars and stuff.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:05:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
The Memphis Belle is gone. You can go fuck my ex wife though. She likes to fuck random guys in Beale street bars.



You got pics?
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:25:28 PM EDT
Oh yea... Cozy Corner BBQ, another good one. Not open on Monday's though.
Fino's... Italian place that is cheap and great. Get one of the pasta specials of the day, only $5.50 and better than any Olive Garden or Maccaroni Grille. Get some pasta salad too. Usually hot chicks around because not far from UofM.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:29:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JIMBEAM:

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
The Memphis Belle is gone. You can go fuck my ex wife though. She likes to fuck random guys in Beale street bars.



You got pics?

I divorced her 6 months ago. If I had pics, they'd have been posted long ago.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:31:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 12:32:11 PM EDT by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:45:30 PM EDT
There is a quaint little neighborhood off of Third street in Southwest Memphis
that has been the source of local folklore and urban legends for years that you could visit.

It is called Voodoo Village, and supposedly they do voodoo rituals there.
From the legends though, they do not like visitors. If you drive into the area,
they block you from leaving with a bus.





Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:51:13 PM EDT
Pink Palace
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:54:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HermanSnerd:

Originally Posted By Jakezor:

Originally Posted By XeroSygnal:
Visit Dracula's grave... (let's see if anyone catches the reference)



The headstone with the D on it right? I'm gonna get the tour on tape.



Oh and I second the "EAT LOTS OF BBQ!"



I still have no clue what ya'll are referring to. I must really need to
get out more often. [Dr. Evil] Throw me a friggin bone here. [Dr. Evil]





Reference to the show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force". To prove that Dracula is dead, the protagonists go to visit his grave which is located in Memphis...

Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:58:13 PM EDT
I was born and grew up in Cordova, a suburb of Memphis. When I go back I have to stop by Garabaldi's Pizza, the Commisary, Corky's, and Garabaldi's again (It's so damn good).
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 1:32:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 1:34:34 PM EDT by tanstaafl99]
<--Yes it says MS, however its a suburb of Memphis...

Been here 10 years and have never had a problem (probably just F-ed myself though by saying that) so I don't think its as bad as people say if you just use some common sense.

Beale St. is good... Silky's, 152, Alfreds, BB Kings, Rum Boogie are all good. This is all of course right next to the BBall stadium. If weather is good it ought to be good down there, thought is much better in the warm months.

There is always elvis land, worth a visit at least once i suppose...

The memphis zoo is nice if the weather is good.

Pink Palace museum isn't bad.

Fino's Italian is great..can't beat it for the price

Bosco's Squared on Madison is good, good food and a microbrewery.

Rendevous BBQ is the bomb (make sure you get the ribs, its almost worth a trip to memphis just for that)

Capricio's at the Peabody has dayum good steaks and is right up the Rd from the forum...

Folks folly is out east..damn good steaks..

Theres a new mexican joint on union next to Huey's that is damn good (Rio Loco)

Hueys @ union and third...good place for a burger and a beer, great fries too.

There are quite a few more places...I work downtown so we've tried them all at this point.

IM me if you want and i'll see if I can come up with more stuff.


What part of town are you staying in?

Also, there is always Platinum Plus..

Link Posted: 2/16/2006 3:19:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 3:22:19 PM EDT by Jarhead_22]
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 3:45:14 PM EDT
I posted the same question in the Tenn. hometown forum. You're getting more feedback here.

So guys, What besides feeding your face is there to do in Memphis.

Any good gun stores?

Museums?

Graceland?
­
Anything I should see while there?
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 4:01:44 PM EDT
Go to RANGE USA, and rent a F.A. Glock 34. It ain't cheap, but hey....
It's a nice facility, close to I-40/Whitten Road. Scott, the owner, is good people.
It has a restuarant onsite, but it may be closed. There is, however, a restuarant/bar directly across the street. They do have a selection of other (non F.A.) rental guns (at the range, not the bar... ).
Guns and Ammo (gunstore), on Summer Ave, has the best selection of EVIL guns in town. (closed Sun./Mon.)

HKO
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 4:07:32 PM EDT
BBQ and Elvis and thats about it.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 4:10:26 PM EDT
Thanks for all the replies guys. I've been to Memphis several times before for concerts, etc and have been on Beale St quite a few times, I was just wondering if there was anything else to do. Unfortunately the girl I'm goin with doesn't want to go to Platinum (already suggested that), and I don't think she'd be too fond of me fucking Dustys ex. I'll probably just try out one of the restaurants, maybe hit Beale St for a bit, then head to Tunica.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 4:15:08 PM EDT
I grew up there. Trust me when I say the best thing about Memphis is the fact that it is close to God's Country (the White River Bottoms in AR). There are a bunch of good restauraunts, ie, Rendezvous, Grisanti's, Texas de Brazil, Mr. B's, and a bunch more, but be sure you park in a well lit area.

Blake
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