Friday, November 10, 2023

Dining in Memphis

We enjoy some true Southern dining in Memphis, starting with lunch at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street.  We order tamales and chili, cheese fries, shrimp with cajun sauce, garlic with Texas toast, and fried chicken nuggets.

Cajun lunch

For dinner that day at McEwen's (we walk by and find the menu intriguing), we share a wedge salad, green fried tomatoes with avacado and corn relish, pulled pork sliders, duck enchiladas, and the fish special:  striped bass (not all dishes pictured, some we ate too fast).  And, of course, for desert key lime pie.

Part of dinner


We return to McEwen's the next day for a similar meal, but with Catfish.  


One thing we don't get to experience this trip is the barbeque - we walk by several famous places (such as Rendezvous), but are put off by the long lines and opt for something where we can get in more quickly and have a fabulous meal.

We missed out

We meet friends at the Peabody Hotel for Sunday brunch and arrive in time for the Peabody's famous duck walk to the fountain.  The ducks live in luxury in a habitat on the roof of the hotel and every day take the elevator down to the lobby (with help from the Duckmaster in pushing the floor buttons), paddle around during the day, and, several hours later, waddle back to the elevator for the ride home.  As legend has it, the tradition dates from the 1930s when the General Manager of the Peabody and his friends returned from a hunting trip and thought it would be fun for their live duck decoys to swim in the fountain (liquor was involved).  And, a tradition was born.

Duckmaster and duck parade

Ducks spending their day in the fountain

We have brunch at the Peabody and experience another true Southern delicacy:  fried chicken and waffles!

Fried chicken and waffles

And, then, all too soon, it's time to go home.

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