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.
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!
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.
We had a great time, a good breakfast, and lots of the spirit of Memphis by eating here.
And doesn’t he look soooo happy? That is priceless!
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).
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.
Loved this sign: “First Chance For a Drink–next chance 25 feet”
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!
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?
Love the lobby of the Daisy Theater–just look at that gorgeous red and gold domed ceiling!
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??
Find all your old tunes on CD here–it was a trip back in time to walk in there!
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.
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!