Memphis is known for it. It's all pork BBQ here, none of that beef BBQ stuff -- and none of that "cooked in sauce" or "heated in the sauce" stuff either. With Memphis BBQ, you see the meat. If you want to add sauce, you can. Sandwiches are served with cole slaw on the sandwich. If you want your slaw on the side, you better ask for it that way -- but try it on the sandwich; you'll discover why it's there!
Of course, our favorite is the famous Corky's BBQ! We only make it to Corky's for ribs and "pulled pork" once or twice (preferably twice) during each visit to Memphis. They even have a number of other dishes, including some for those few people who don't like pork BBQ (pity those poor, confused souls).
Not nearly so well known, Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ is on South 3rd St (Highway 61) about 1/2 mile north of I-55. Good ribs, fine pulled pork, tasty slaw and yummy beans. It's not fancy, just good eatin'.
My favorite for sandwiches, though, isn't either of those -- although they make some mighty fine ones. There is a little country store on Macon Road, almost to Fayette County, called Morris's Grocery! "Lattie" smokes pork shoulders and offers huge, stuffed BBQ sandwiches. He pulls the pork from the shoulder in front of your eyes, chops it for the sandwich, adds black pepper, and asks if you want sauce and slaw. In true Memphis style, you can get them with or without cole slaw on the sandwich. No atmosphere, nor tables, nor chairs -- it's a country grocery -- just eat in the car for a fine BBQ sandwich. You can try to take it home, but the smell is just too tempting.
We like Jim's Place East for steaks, seafood, their Greek specialties and their sinfully rich desserts. Jim's Place is on Shelby Oaks Drive, off Summer Road, just east of Memphis. Pay attention -- it looks like a sprawling, landscaped one-story-house, but there's a small hanging sign. If you miss it, go back and find it -- you'll be glad you did. I've been there for several private dinners and the food and service were superb.
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