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Whale Pilot
01-29-2010, 04:36 AM
Hello Everyone,

Well, I've arrived here now. Been here about a week, got lost and ended up near Graceland trying to find a Walmart.:confused: Even ended up in Mississippi once:eek:

Anyway, a couple of places I'm interested in know. WHERE IS THE GREAT BBQ? I've been to Corkey's; so-so. So where is the "good places"
BBQ
Chicken - Fried
Whole Hog


Since Cordova got annexed, I understand Collierville and points east are best. Any locals please fill me in. I need to find a home for the family.

It's great to be here and hope to see y'all in the school house.

Whale


Flightmech
01-29-2010, 04:43 AM
Aaaaaaaaah Corky's:)

HoursHore
01-29-2010, 04:50 AM
BBQ you'll get a million opinions. I like Central Ave in Mid town and Germantown Commisary in germantown.

Fried Chicken- Gus's Either Downtown or I think there's one on germantown Parkway Somewhere.

Where to Live..
You'll get a million opinions on this one too, some rancorous. I've lived Downtown and G Town. Downtown is great if your single or can afford some thing nice on Mud Island. Germantown is a typical suburb and a little closer to work than Collierville, although you can get something a little newer for less money in collierville. It was just too far out for me.

Lots of people like midtown and East memphis too.


Whale Pilot
01-29-2010, 04:57 AM
I heard on Travel Channel "Man vs. Food" that Rendezous (http://www.hogsfly.com/) was great for Ribs. I personally prefer "wet" vs. dry.

Whale...

FDXLAG
01-29-2010, 05:03 AM
If I was working in the Gucci Bldg I would not blow off Mississippi so quickly. They got a walmart and a hooters down there. ;) Not to mention you don't have to drive as far to find a house that can never be annexed into the city.

purpledog
01-29-2010, 05:07 AM
Central BBQ

FDX28
01-29-2010, 05:28 AM
BBQ -
Neely's on Mt Moriah - not the greatest part of town.
Central BBQ
Germantown Commissary
Interstate BBQ - a classic - you really should try the BBQ spaghetti
Willinghams'
Tops BBQ on Union

Chicken -
There's also a Gus's in Collierville


I can get to the airport in about 25 min from C'ville. Schools are great there. However, I'd definitely get a realtor. There are a few spots in Collierville that have really nice houses but you probably don't want to be there.... (south of town, also around the mall). PM me if you want any other info on areas and restaurants.

JetFlyer06
01-29-2010, 05:28 AM
I second the recommendation for Rendezvous. Right near the Peabody downtown. Top notch Memphis dry rub ribs. :D

TPROP4ever
01-29-2010, 05:30 AM
Does Slick Willy's BBQ still exist over the bridge in W. Memphis? Its been about 12 years since I've been. If so I remeber it being real good BBQ.

jiminmem
01-29-2010, 06:08 AM
I'll throw my vote in for Central and on the chicken front, definitely Gus.

Rendezvous is nothing great, especially when you throw in the hassles of difficult parking, a long wait, and higher prices.

Superpilot92
01-29-2010, 06:16 AM
Central BBQ

+ 1 .

HIFLYR
01-29-2010, 06:22 AM
Whale,
Sent you a PM give me a call

bravo24
01-29-2010, 07:13 AM
The AOC cafeteria serves Corky's once in a while. Does that count?

FXDX
01-29-2010, 08:04 AM
Leonard's BBQ on Fox Plaza Dr (off Mt Moriah near its intersection with Mendenhall) is very good and has a wicked lunch buffet on weekdays.


Interstate BBQ at 2265 S Third Street is very good as well, and has been profiled on the Travel Channel. The are a little stingy with the sauce (they sell it in bottles) but if you ask the waiter/ess they will bring you more.

Welcome to Graceland Whale!

Sea Pig
01-29-2010, 08:52 AM
The Rendezvous is mostly trading on its reputation.

I'd have to go with Neely's on Mt Moriah. Heck, they have their own show on the Food Network. You just might want to be careful after dark in that part of town.

Central, Leonards and the G'town Commissary are also good. Of course there is also the barbecue championship in mid-May, if you can stand the crowds.

JethroFDX
01-29-2010, 09:42 AM
You guys have it all wrong. The BBQ Shop, on Madison and Idlewild in mid-town, has the best BBQ and the best sauce, Dancing Pigs Hot.

taco
01-29-2010, 09:49 AM
Tom's on Getwell south of 240, good stuff or Central, they have some kick butt wings.

okonokos
01-29-2010, 11:27 AM
You guys have it all wrong. The BBQ Shop, on Madison and Idlewild in mid-town, has the best BBQ and the best sauce, Dancing Pigs Hot.

+1! I live 3 blocks from there off poplar. I can't get enough... I've put the sauce on everything from a chicken salad sandwich to a philly cheese... It's that good!

Airbus flex
01-29-2010, 11:40 AM
Downtown is the new germantown.

MacMan
01-29-2010, 11:46 AM
Best Home Cooking: The Cupboard on Union
Best breakfast: Barksdale-Cooper and Peabody

Hope you're senior to me

BoxFlyer
01-29-2010, 12:05 PM
Sams Town Casino, 30 mins SW of Memphis Intl., has a Corky's all-eat buffet, plus free beer or wine. If up for a road trip to the casinos, I think you'll get your moneys worth there.

TonyC
01-29-2010, 06:26 PM
BBQ you'll get a million opinions. I like Central Ave in Mid town and Germantown Commisary in germantown.

Fried Chicken- Gus's Either Downtown or I think there's one on germantown Parkway Somewhere.




BBQ? Chicken?

The best in the world of both are found in Mason, TN. Highway 70 (also known in East Memphis and Bartlett as Summer Ave.) just beyond the Shelby County Line (a "few" miles) -- Gus's on the right (the "original" Gus's) and Bozo's on the left -- the only Bozo's.






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MD11Fr8Dog
01-29-2010, 08:05 PM
You could always show up at the Homeboy Suites for some free grub and beer at 5pm! :)

TonyC
01-29-2010, 08:09 PM
5:30 M-Th ;)

990Convair
01-29-2010, 09:31 PM
Gotta tell ya....I have tried ALL of the aforementioned BBQ joints..the best, imo, is Fat Larry's on highway 70. OUTSTANDING. The owner/operator (Fat Larry) is there every night and has won the Memphis BBQ festival several years in a row.

Try it...you won't be disappointed.

hyperone
01-29-2010, 09:39 PM
You could always show up at the Homeboy Suites for some free grub and beer at 5pm! :)

Yep, you could sit with the one dude from the sim building who stops in several times a week, sits in the corner, chows down, and leaves. Class act!

Knots2you
01-29-2010, 10:17 PM
Yep, you could sit with the one dude from the sim building who stops in several times a week, sits in the corner, chows down, and leaves. Class act!

Must be practicing for his Captain's Qual...

Next thing he will be wearing a big watch, and trying to cash a check at the front desk. :D

p.s. Commisary in G'town gets my vote for BBQ

Jetjok
01-30-2010, 03:12 AM
Commisary in G'town gets my vote for BBQ

Make sure you wear clothes that you don't mind smelling like BBQ, because they will. But the foods great.

JJ

FrankTheTank
01-30-2010, 04:53 AM
Gotta tell ya....I have tried ALL of the aforementioned BBQ joints..the best, imo, is Fat Larry's on highway 70. OUTSTANDING. The owner/operator (Fat Larry) is there every night and has won the Memphis BBQ festival several years in a row.

Try it...you won't be disappointed.

I second Fat Larry's!

md11retiree
01-30-2010, 05:20 AM
Besides great BBQ, Memphis has Dyers Burgers... deep fried hamburgers. Beale Street area. You've got to try this if you've never had a d.f burger. Certainly not healthy but delicious. Enjoy.

Dyer's Burgers :: World Famous Burgers and Food on World Famous Beale Street in Memphis, TN :: Official Website (http://www.dyersonbeale.com/)

MD11Fr8Dog
01-30-2010, 06:42 AM
My BBQ order of battle:

Neely's Interstate
Germantown Commissary
Central BBQ
Rendezvous
Corky's

Fat Larry's is now on the agenda for my next visit to MEM!

MadPuppy
01-30-2010, 08:37 AM
BBQ:
Neely's Interstate
Corky's
Commissary (Germantown)

Chicken .. Not that crazy about Gus's and rest are mediocre

Catfish:

Wolf Creek Inn (Rossville...East of Collierville) is hard to beat for fresh catfish and cold beer...usually standing room only.

For home-style Southern food, including lots of vegetables try Dales in South Haven on State Line Road :D

Bitme
01-30-2010, 11:51 AM
Gotta tell ya....I have tried ALL of the aforementioned BBQ joints..the best, imo, is Fat Larry's on highway 70. OUTSTANDING. The owner/operator (Fat Larry) is there every night and has won the Memphis BBQ festival several years in a row.

Try it...you won't be disappointed.

Where on Hwy 70?

Green Giant
01-30-2010, 02:35 PM
Hello Everyone,

Well, I've arrived here now. Been here about a week, got lost and ended up near Graceland trying to find a Walmart.:confused: Even ended up in Mississippi once:eek:

Anyway, a couple of places I'm interested in know. WHERE IS THE GREAT BBQ? I've been to Corkey's; so-so. So where is the "good places"

BBQ
Chicken - Fried
Whole Hog
Since Cordova got annexed, I understand Collierville and points east are best. Any locals please fill me in. I need to find a home for the family.

It's great to be here and hope to see y'all in the school house.

Whale

I am guessing that is you John. Glad that you got a much better job and ground school in Denver just won't be the same. You will be missed. Take care.

Dadof6
01-30-2010, 02:49 PM
Best lunchtime catfish--Catfish Cabin, Airways & Democrat next to airport. And a free meal on your birthday (verified by driver's license)--music to a pilot's ears! :p

And concur with BBQ Shop on Madison (Dancing Pigs Sauce). Killer ribs and BBQ spaghetti; gotta try the Fried Bologna appetizer platter once in your life. Didn't care for Rendezvous AT ALL--they seem to trade on their reputation from years past and great location.

But as someone famous said, there is no such thing as bad BBQ; just some is a lot better than others!

PurpleBoiler
01-30-2010, 03:03 PM
MD11Fr8Dog

My BBQ order of battle:

Neely's Interstate
Germantown Commissary
Central BBQ
Rendezvous
Corky's

I second that list, but in order of preference I would put central at the top. If you are mobile locally with time to spare, the wolf creek out in Moscow for catfish is a must and a little further is Wolf River BBQ Worth the drive, just don't speed! There is more and I keep an exhaustive list!

FedupFlex
01-30-2010, 06:03 PM
BBQ:
Neely's Interstate
Corky's
Commissary (Germantown)

Chicken .. Not that crazy about Gus's and rest are mediocre

Catfish:

Wolf Creek Inn (Rossville...East of Collierville) is hard to beat for fresh catfish and cold beer...usually standing room only.

For home-style Southern food, including lots of vegetables try Dales in South Haven on State Line Road :D


"Wolf Creek Inn", maybe meant "Wolf River Cafe" in Moscow, TN? I'll vouch for the catfish!

MD11Fr8Dog
01-30-2010, 07:59 PM
a little further is Wolf River BBQ Worth the drive, just don't speed!

I can vouch for that! On top of that, I had expired tags and old insurance card! :(

FrankTheTank
01-31-2010, 05:44 AM
Where on Hwy 70?

Near Appling Road.

AFW_MD11
01-31-2010, 09:31 AM
If I was working in the Gucci Bldg I would not blow off Mississippi so quickly......

5 minutes from Gucci Bldg - just over the state line.

Neely's Interstate BBQ just west of Airways on Stateline Rd. - great for lunch when working/long-term training in Gucci Bldg. (when you get tired of the cafeteria)

Also, I think there's a Top's BBQ (chain but still really good) on Stateline as well (couple more blocks west of Airways?) - when you want another awesome BBQ option close to Gucci Bldg and tired of Interstate.

TenYearsGone
01-31-2010, 03:35 PM
What about Catfish Cabin??? I loved their hushpuppies and fried fish.. Are they still around...?? (by the Holiday Inn next to the airport).

TYG

FR8Hauler
01-31-2010, 04:52 PM
What about Catfish Cabin??? I loved their hushpuppies and fried fish.. Are they still around...?? (by the Holiday Inn next to the airport).

TYG

You have to run fast, low, zig zagged and hit and roll every once in a while to keep from getting shot, but it is great!

Clrd2Lnd
01-31-2010, 06:08 PM
A fantastic roadtrip for the whole family...Go to Pickwick Lake and stay for the weekend...BBQ at The Rib Cage is hard to beat!

JethroFDX
01-31-2010, 07:21 PM
Uncle Lou's fried chicken is another good place. Didn't know it existed till I saw it on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Make sure to get a little Corruption sprinkled on it for more flava!

Vito
02-01-2010, 04:15 AM
Born and raised in New York City, best food in the world, and feel bad for anybody who brags about Fried Catfish, though the BBQ is good every now and then.
But I had to laugh when my Air Force crew, mostly New Yorkers went to dinner down south, the waitress read us all the specials, when one of my buds asked her, "Whats the vegatable of the day?" and she answered.
"Macaroni and Cheese!" ???????????? Enjoy the South, the people are great, the food su#$s

727C47
02-01-2010, 06:23 AM
Vito,I'm a native NYer too brother but i beg to differ,love the barbque ,the mud fish,the mud bugs,cajun anything,its all good !!!!! oh yeah,sweet tea !!!!

Vito
02-01-2010, 07:49 AM
I'm with you with the cajun, and I love barbque, I'm still figuring out *** is okra, but then again a southerner confronted with broccolirabe or eggplant may have the same reaction. Sweet tea is definately too much....The experts have said the diet of the US south is by far the most unhealthiest on the planet.....don't give up your gym membership
Give me a second to jump into the foxhole,
Vito

Busboy
02-01-2010, 07:55 AM
South --- BBQ

NYC ------ PIZZA,



South ---- Sweet Iced Tea

NYC ------ Long Island Iced Tea


Yup, NYC's diet is much healthier.:rolleyes:

Archie Bunker
02-01-2010, 12:02 PM
When I read the title of this thread, I thought that we had a broken 747-400 parked in Memphis.

Just for the record, is the BBQ in Tennessee that vinegar crap, or is it similar to Texas BBQ?

FDXLAG
02-01-2010, 12:08 PM
If you have a sliding scale where 0 is Carolina BBQ and 10 is Tx BBQ, I would put mem BBQ at a 7.23. If that answer your question.

FedExBusBoy
02-01-2010, 12:24 PM
Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana on Germantown Rd. just north of Wolf River Blvd. is the shizzzzzzzzzz (GOOD!)

Laughing_Jakal
02-01-2010, 12:31 PM
Lee Kan's Asian Grill in Collierville. Deep in the corner of Byhalia and Poplar, behind the Walgreens

Nice atmosphere, good food, nice people.....somewhat upscale but not expensive.....similiar food to a PF Changs, but more personal....same feel, more intimate.

Make sure to order the "Velvet Roll".....it's their signature dish and outstanding. Perfect end to the house hunting day when you're in Base Housing East (C'ville)

HoursHore
02-01-2010, 12:38 PM
Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana on Germantown Rd. just north of Wolf River Blvd. is the shizzzzzzzzzz (GOOD!)

This place is awesome.

727C47
02-01-2010, 01:12 PM
you guys,its ALL good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FDX28
02-01-2010, 04:17 PM
Since we're talking about other food than bbq, chicken... etc...

Sakura in Germantown. Probably the best sushi in town...
Brooklyn Bridge in East Memphis - good Italian
Spindini's downtown memphis - great atmosphere, drinks, food, etc..
Russo's Pizza in Germantown - they have half price pizza on Mon nights

If you like donuts/ cupcakes -
Muddy's bakery is awesome
Gibson's donuts - a classic
O' Susannah in collierville.

FR8Hauler
02-01-2010, 04:23 PM
And the nice thing about Memphis is everyone is so fat that I can even walk around without worrying about sucking my gut in!

Whale Pilot
02-01-2010, 08:03 PM
Wow,

I'm impressed everyone! Thanks for all the great ideas. There's nothing better than good food except when it's free of course....

Listen, when it comes to Chinese food, nothing tops the wife's cooking. She cooks the best and it isn't like the "American Chinese" stuff. So..... when my beautiful wife and daughter make it down here after finding our home, ya'll invited! Bring an appetite...

I'll let ya'll know where we settle in. In the mean time, keep the good eatin places comin....

Thanks

Whale

Whale Pilot
01-03-2011, 07:20 PM
Hey Everyone,

Just sittin here in MEM watching Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel when a memory jogger came up.

I was driving down Elvis Presley Blvd :eek: looking for Krispy Kreme when I saw a sign stating "soul food". Can someone enlighten me on what "soul food" is?

Also, what about BBQ. Any takers on the Best?

Magenta Line
01-03-2011, 07:29 PM
Mert's Restaurant (http://www.mertscharlotte.com/)

La'Wan's Soul Food Restaurant (http://lawans.com)

NotsoFast
01-03-2011, 08:16 PM
Gus's Fried chicken in C'ville:)

The Walrus
01-04-2011, 01:07 AM
Hey Everyone,

Just sittin here in MEM watching Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel when a memory jogger came up.

I was driving down Elvis Presley Blvd :eek: looking for Krispy Kreme when I saw a sign stating "soul food". Can someone enlighten me on what "soul food" is?

Also, what about BBQ. Any takers on the Best?

Soul Food is generally southern, black, country type food, such as fried chicken, collard greens, black eyed peas, hog jowls, fat back, cornbread, etc...

Skimmology
01-04-2011, 01:40 AM
From Wiki pedia

Meats
Traditional New Year's Day meal:[citation needed] black-eyed peas, ham hock, and pepper sauce


Country-fried steak, with baked beans and mashed potatoes with white gravy.


Breaded and fried fatback.
Country fried steak[3], also known as "chicken fried steak"[4] (beef deep-fried with a crisp flour or batter coating, traditionally served with brown gravy)
Fried chicken (fried in grease with seasoned flour)[1]
Fried fish[1] (any of several varieties of fish, including catfish, whiting[5], porgies, bluegill, sometimes battered in seasoned cornmeal)
Pork for flavoring of vegetables and legumes, gravys/sauces or as a meat, especially:
ham and bacon.
ham hocks[4][6] (typically smoked)
pigs feet[4] (slow cooked, sometimes pickled and often eaten with a vinegar based sauce).
fatback (fatty, cured, salted pork, especially the first layers of the back of the pig primarily used in slow-cooking as a seasoning).
offal, such as chitterlings or "chitlins" (the cleaned and prepared intestines of pigs, slow cooked and also often eaten with a vinegar-based sauce or sometimes parboiled, then battered and fried) or hog maws[1] (the muscular lining of the pig's stomach, sliced and often cooked with chitterlings).[1]
Poultry giblet, such as chicken liver and gizzards.[4][6]
Turkey neck bones
[edit]Vegetables

The beans, "greens" and other vegetables are often cooked with ham[citation needed] or pork parts for flavor.
Black-eyed peas[4] (often mixed into Hoppin' John and other types of rice and beans dishes).[1]
Various greens, including collard greens, turnip greens, and mustard greens
Okra (vegetable which is native to West Africa, and is eaten fried or stewed and is a traditional ingredient of gumbo. It is sometimes cooked with tomatoes, corn, onions and hot peppers)
Sweet potatoes, often parboiled, sliced, then adorned with butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or other spices, and baked; commonly called "candied sweets" or "candied yams"[4]
[edit]Breads & Grains

Hushpuppies
Biscuits (a shortbread similar to scones, commonly served with butter, jam, jelly, sorghum, cane syrup, or gravy; some use to wipe up or "sop" liquids from a dish)
Cornbread[3] (a quickbread often baked or made in a skillet, commonly made with buttermilk and seasoned with bacon fat; inspired by the great availability of corn in the Americas and by Native American cultures. Particular variations: hoecake [1], a type of cornbread which is very thin in texture, and fried in cooking oil in a skillet, whose name is derived from field hands' often cooking it on a shovel or hoe held to an open flame; hushpuppies[1], balls of cornmeal deep-fried, usually with salt and diced onions).
Rice (varieties from Africa were introduced into the U.S in the late 17th century and knowledge of rice cultivation by Africans fostered its widespread production in the U.S.)[7]
Grits (a cooked coarsely ground cornmeal of Native American origin)
[edit]Beverages

Sweet Tea (Traditional Tea with Sugar)
Lemonade
[edit]Desserts

A slice of sweet potato pie
Sweet potato pie [1][5] (parboiled sweet potatoes, then pureed, spiced, and baked in a pie crust, similar in texture to pumpkin pie).
Pie or cobbler made of fruits typically found in the southern U.S., especially peach [5]

Skimmology
01-04-2011, 01:41 AM
Also... from wikipedia
Traditionally-prepared soul foods tend to be very high in fat, sodium, cholesterol, and calories -- qualities once-necessary for sustaining the physically grueling life of a captive worker in slavery-era America. In contemporary times, some traditional-style soul foods have been implicated in the abnormally high rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, clogged arteries, stroke, and heart attack suffered by African-Americans -- especially those living in the southern and central U.S.A.

The Walrus
01-04-2011, 05:48 AM
Also... from wikipedia
Traditionally-prepared soul foods tend to be very high in fat, sodium, cholesterol, and calories -- qualities once-necessary for sustaining the physically grueling life of a captive worker in slavery-era America. In contemporary times, some traditional-style soul foods have been implicated in the abnormally high rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, clogged arteries, stroke, and heart attack suffered by African-Americans -- especially those living in the southern and central U.S.A.

Yep, that's why it tastes so good.