Memphis city guide


+ Hog & Hominy: A mash-up of Southern and Italian food. The decor is clean and modern, and the food was wonderful! We had to Google a few ingredients, but it wasn’t so out there we didn’t feel comfortable eating it. The dinner menu is mostly small plates and pizzas. We split a pizza and got a couple small plates, as well as dessert. It’s on the higher end of what we usually pay for food, but it was well worth it.

+ The Beauty Shop: Known for brunch. It’s in an old beauty shop, and they still have some of the hair dyer seats for you to sit in while you munch. Fun! I had the lemon ricotta pancakes, and we split the beignets with fruit sauce. I think there gets to be a long wait there, so we decided to go right when they opened for brunch, and it worked out well.

+ Gus’ Fried Chicken: A cultural experience, I think. I love chicken! I’m a baby when it comes to spicy, though, and this was a tiny bit too spicy for me. Not a cute atmosphere, per se, but it was really fun. This, too, gets busy, I hear, but we went during off hours. I don’t keep many plastic memorabilia cups, but I did keep my Gus cup!

+ Muddy’s Bake Shop: Cupcakes! We were craving some, so we used Yelp to find this place. It’s on the edge of town in a strip mall. I wouldn’t say they’re exceptional, but they were yummy. We also splurged on some Oreo pudding, which was a bit more unique and very delicious. Despite being in a strip mall, it was a cute little shop.

+ Levitt Shell in Overton Park: I love bandshells. I love sitting in them. And taking pictures of them. We found this little guy when we had some time to spare before dinner. It’s nothing remarkable, but it is cute! They do have free concerts there, so check out the schedule if you have a trip planned. I think it was just too cold when we visited.

+ Stax Museum: American soul music. Now, I’m not a soul music fan, but when in Memphis, I’d say this is a must. We took our time to read the plaques and soak up all the knowledge we could about soul music. It was really fascinating. And I love that they have their own charter school.

+ National Civil Rights Museum: It’s built around the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. We messed up the hours/days it was open, and we missed out. I’m still really bummed we couldn’t go. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about visiting. Please go. This is an awesome, awesome opportunity to learn.