With just 60 hours to explore the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll (while still fitting in work, I was there for the Memphis Auto Show, oh yeah and sleep too), we happily ate our way through the best places we could find in Memphis. With a few sights like a Beale Street and the Lorraine Motel at the Civil Rights Museum being on our list, I’m also sharing here our Memphis City Guide for the best food and our favorite spots… or at least what we found and loved while on our whirlwind tour through the city!
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A classic American treat with a twist… literally! There’s a twist of soft serve ice cream right through the delicious snow cone flavors on their uber popular supreme version (the only way to go in my opinion!). This candy colored shop is like a ray of light right in the middle of the city streets of a northeast Memphis neighborhood. We tried their Wedding Cake flavor (tastes like a cupcake!) with vanilla soft serve and Almond Joy with chocolate soft serve. SO good.
We took a stroll to a cute area for some really great coffee and breakfast. Quiche of the day, waffles with macarpone, fresh croissants and more was enough to draw us in and kept us there for awhile! In fact, we stayed long enough for multiple orders… when it’s good, you always want more.
Just up the street from Cafe Keough, we happened upon a donut shop where I was caught up looking in the window. I think a patron noticed me, opened the door and invited us in saying we just had to try the red velvet donut. How can you say no to that? We did… and The Donut Factory didn’t disappoint.
This classic Memphis BBQ joint was AMAZING. You’re just going to have to see all of the mouthwatering goodness on the video! We kept hearing recommendations for a handful places, including this one, over and over. What made me choose Central is their sweet, original BBQ sauce, a Memphis staple… and I have to say it won me over!
When you just need to walk off some of that food, we found a great park. I’d definitely recommend, whether visiting the park, walking Beale Street or venturing out for snow cones, to be aware of your surroundings and don’t go at it alone, especially at night. This park was beautiful, many of the places we visited were busy and bustling, but we were also cautious. While it’s important to be this way in any city, we also learned that Memphis doesn’t top the safety charts as of late. Regardless, we loved it and all of our short time there! I would have loved to do so much more, like walk the bridge (okay maybe just look at it, ha) and ride the trolly. There’s always next time… and next time will definitely include all of this amazing food again!