Sunday, October 17, 2010

Memphis Dining

We had two lunches and two dinners in Memphis. The first, at Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar, was undocumented but still enjoyable. We got there in the gap between their lunch and dinner servings, so we had a very limited menu to choose from. CL had a blue cheese burger, and I had pasta with shrimp and crawfish. Both very good.

Friday dinner was at Charles Vergo's Rendezvous. Walking by it earlier in the day we were impressed by the wonderful aroma of smoke and pork coming from the chimney about five stories high. In the evening we discovered that it's a huge place in the basement of an office building. The entrance is from an alley, and people wait there or at the first floor bar. The second picture is for Jesse & Aurora. The menu is almost exclusively ribs, and they were wonderful.

Saturday lunch was at the Blues City Cafe on Beale St. This is one of many signs hanging above the cooking area of the one big room. I had an (almost) local beer and fried catfish. Delicious, both. CL had shrimp, and they were even better than the catfish. My friend in the last picture is the Cafe's greeter/host. He determines if there's room for you, or if you have to wait on the sidewalk.

Saturday night was Pearl's Oyster House. The refrigeration system for their draft beer was out, so I was stuck with bottled beer. CL and I each had crabcakes. Again, delicious.

After dinner we took a ride on the trolley. We took the waterfront loop. It was a nice ride that we should have taken when there was daylight.

In summary, I think we both agree that we were pleasantly surprised by Memphis. We had a wonderful almost two days there and wish we could have stayed longer.

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