Memphis was a rainy but delicious stop for us on the road trip mentioned in our Waco Birthday Trip post. This was stop number three and it did not disappoint. We made our way straight to BB Kings for lunch and dove into the best ribs we’ve had in a while. Their barbecue sauce is something out of this world. Thankfully, you can buy it to take home and TRY to recreate this masterpiece!

Beale Street is a bustling place even when the top drops out, and while we strolled the street in the rain, we found a familiarity with it to Nashville. They remind us so much of one another, which is great because we love both places. Instead of boot statues on the sidewalks though, Memphis has guitar statues and music notes for their walk of fame. Also, there are many places to treat your ears to some live tunes while you shop or dig into some grub.

We finished up by checking out Graceland. Now this is a little ways outside of the downtown area, so plan ahead for a short commute if you’re going to make your way over there. It is also a big place, so you’ll need to dedicate some time to check that all out. Hopefully our next trip to Memphis will have clearer skies, but either way, we know we would be in good hands with BB Kings on our itinerary.

FAVORITE FOOD FINDS

• CASUAL: B.B. King’s Blues Club, Blues City Café, Bounty on Broad

• DRESSY: Bari Ristorante e Enoteca, CHAR Restaurant, Restaurant Iris

• DESSERT: 17 berkshire, Beale Sweets Sugar Shack, Margie’s 901

WHERE WE WALK

• MULTI: Shelby Farms Greenline

• FULL: Mississippi Greenbelt Park

• HALF: Tom Lee Park

ARTS AND ATTRACTIONS

• HISTORY/ARTS: Blues Hall of Fame Museum, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, National Civil Rights Museum – Lorraine Motel, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

• SPORTS: AutoZone Park, FedExForum

• ATTRACTIONS: Graceland, Memphis Botanic Garden, Sun Studio