Seeing The Sights In West Memphis

So if you’ve ever been to West Memphis, Arkansas, you know there isn’t much there. Today, we left home around 10:00 A.M. and were gone all day long, though. The first stop was the tire store, to order a new tire for the trailer. We have to pick it up tomorrow. Next was breakfast at Cracker Barrel. While we were eating, I got on the Map app on my Droid to find the closest Ford dealer. It just happened to be less than half a mile away.

Yesterday after we stopped for breakfast and fuel for the truck, the Check Engine light came on. Since it is a “new to us” truck, we weren’t sure what to think of that. I looked in the owners manual and found that it could be caused by poor quality fuel or by not replacing the gas cap correctly, among other things. But, to be on the safe side, we decided to have the truck looked at by the guys at the Ford service department.

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Sunset on Beale Street

Yes, it was Monday, and just like going to a doctor without an appointment on a Monday morning, going to the auto dealership for service on a Monday without an appointment meant a long wait. They did work us in, but we wound up being there until after 3:00 p.m. The service tech told us it could be that there was trash in the fuel, it could be that the gas cap was not replaced correctly, it could be ” a forced power shutdown due to a turbo malfunction. However, he could not duplicate the complaint”.  We decided to continue with our trip, and if the light comes on again, to take it to the next dealer down the road. If it does turn out to be a turbo malfunction, it IS covered under the extended warranty that we purchased, but the service tech didn’t really think it was that.

By the time we got home, we were hungry again. We had already made plans to go to The Kings Palace in Memphis for dinner, so we cleaned up a bit and took off to Beale Street. Dinner was delicious. We had crab cakes and gumbo as appetizers. The crab cakes did have bread crumbs in them, but I ate them anyway. Sometimes I just take the responsibility of that choice, knowing that it is going to make me feel like crap the next day. Those crab cakes were worth it to me.

After dinner, we strolled along Beale Street, stopping in at several clubs to listen to different bands. It was fun to hear all the sounds, see all the sights, and people watch. There were people of all ages, from the elderly woman with a walker to a little boy who looked about 3 years old. Everyone was enjoying the music. I loved seeing all the neon signs. I didn’t have my camera with me, just the Droid, so the pictures here are not that good.

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Inside Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street

Tomorrow we are going to just rest and relax.  Yeah, really. Right after we go get the new tire, go to the post office and the grocery store. Really.

Going To Alabama VII

We got up this morning and headed out to Memphis. We have passed through several times, but have never taken the time to go and actually see Memphis until today.  The first stop was at the Arcade Restaurant.  It is the oldest restaurant in Memphis, being in business since 1919.

The Arcade Restaurant

It was jam packed on a Sunday morning. There were lots of Japanese tourists there–apparently the Japanese are big fans of blues and Elvis. Scenes from “The Mystery Train”, one of my favorite movies,  were filmed here!

FabGrandpa's breakfast--I did not have the biscuits and gravy. He said they were delicious!

Breakfast was the ususal two eggs over medium, hash browns, and bacon with coffee, but the atmosphere was great! Loved it! And of course, we sat at the counter. For some reason I just love sitting at the counter for breakfast.

The counter at The Arcade

We had a great time, a good breakfast, and lots of the spirit of Memphis by eating here.

FabGrandpa

And doesn’t he look soooo happy? That is priceless!

outside The Arcade

After breakfast, we drove over to Beale Street.  That area is best experienced at night, but we were too tired last night to go.  Our first real date was at the Blues Harbor Cafe in Underground Atlanta. That club is no longer there, but we had such a wonderful time there. And we discovered that we both enjoy blues music there. Being on Beale street like going back in time (sort of).

The Orpheum Theater

We walked from one end to the other, enjoying every moment of it.   There is no way to tell you about all the smells and sights we saw.  There were lots of restaurants, serving up soul food, seafood, barbecue, steaks, tamales–you could find just about anything you want to eat on that one street! And someone singing or playing the blues in every restaruant.

Your first chance for a drink!

Loved this sign: “First Chance For a Drink–next chance 25 feet”

The King's Palace Cafe

OK, so we only had a little bit of time, so about 2 and a half hours after breakfast, we ate again at The King’s Palace Cafe.  We both ordered the King’s Specialty Shrimp–shrimp stuffed with jack cheese, wrapped in bacon, and baked. It came with sauteed squash and rice pilaf. And it was delicious!

Lunch at the Kings Palace Cafe

This was so delicious, it tasted like heaven on a plate. I may have to recreate it at home. What’s not to love about shrimp and bacon?

The Daisy Theater

Love the lobby of the Daisy Theater–just look at that gorgeous red and gold domed ceiling!

Sam and Dave on the Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame on Beale Street–this one is for Sam and Dave!  How many times did I dance to their tunes when I was a young girl??

Memphis Music

Find all your old tunes on CD here–it was a trip back in time to walk in there!

BB King Blues Club

The King of Blues! BB King’s Blues Club on Beale Street. We went in there and stayed a couple of hours. It was great! We were treated to some blues music by Morris Moore. A Japanese woman sitting next to me told me she was here on a tour, and was so happy to see him playing here, because he is very famous in Japan. Here’s your RV minute for today:

FabGrandpa bought one of their CD’s, and the band all signed it for him.

FabGrandpa with the guys from the band.

After a couple of sets, we had to go, but not before we ordered a rack of barbecued ribs to go, to take home for dinner. And I have to tell you, that even though we pigged out today, those ribs were finger licking good!