Travel Review : What is Memphis most known for? Most would say it’s musical heritage with the likes of BiBi King and other musicians. Some would say barbecue and others would say its African American history. Very few would say, this is where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, but in reality you wouldn’t go to Memphis without at least driving by the historic hotel to get a glimpse of where he was killed. Sometimes we forget to think about most of the things we were able to do was because of individuals like him who wanted better for all of us. I’m not going to lecture you about his history or become a civil rights activist on my blog, I just wanted to acknowledge what we sometimes overlook. I drove to Tennessee from Arkansas (Little Rock), which was about two hours away so it wasn’t a bad commute at all. I stayed in downtown Memphis where I was able to see the trolleys, some blues houses, and the historic place where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Memphis is a beautiful city which seemed like it was centered around music. It has a New Orleans feel to it, and if you’ve been to New Orleans you know exactly what I mean, for those who haven’t we’ll be going within six months so be patient. I swore to myself that I would try some barbecue while I was here, but you can’t always “do what the romans do”. Do what (insert your name here) wants to do. It’s your life ya know…
- Restaurant Review : (LUNCH) Food! Let’s get some oysters shall we? I found this hidden gem called Pearls Oyster Bar, mainly off of a recommendation, and this place did NOT disappoint. It was a regular restaurant, and by regular I mean it didn’t have anything fancy attached to it. It was a restaurant catered to a bar feel where you could get burgers, shrimp, fries, etc. I was told to get oysters because this is what this restaurant was known for. I sat at the bar and had a dozen and a half. I was literally only going to eat a half a dozen because dinner was in a few hours but they were soooooo good. No seriously, they were AH-FREAKING-MAZING. I ordered oyster rockerfeller, along with Char Grilled which had a chipotle butter flavor, and Hot Shucks which were topped with a jalapeno pepper jack cheese. The pictures above do these oysters no justice. The service was great and the oysters were better. I noticed they had fried alligator on the menu so I decided to give it a try. The alligator was in the form of a popcorn shrimp or popcorn chicken and has a taste equivalent to roast beef maybe? Maybe I need to try them again to confirm or deny because this was my first time eating them but they weren’t overbearing. The remoulade sauce that was given as a dipping sauce for the meet possibly took away from the actual meat. The alligator wasn’t bad but it wouldn’t be something that I would look forward to eating. I will however try alligator again, maybe when I go to Louisiana. This restaurant is definitely worth going to again and again and again and again, strictly for the oysters!
(DINNER) : For dinner I wanted to try something different. I did alot of research and was able to narrow my choice down to a restaurant called Flight. I didn’t know why the restaurant was called Flight or what was so special about it. After doing research I googled Flight Restaurant and A Flight of Wine. The answer I was given is that Flight is a term used by wine tasters to describe a selection of wines, usually between three to maybe even 50 glasses to sample and compare. I thought that was pretty cool! The restaurant also kept that theme and used it with food. You’re basically allowed to order a “flight” of food, which would consist of 3 small plates or you have the option to get an actual entree. The restaurant wasn’t big but it did have an upstairs and downstairs. I would say it could possibly hold 200 people. It was well decorated and very simple with white table cloths and big open windows. I decided to get a “flight of wine” for my drink of choice which consisted of Miraval rose, Conundrum blend, and Riesling. My favorite out of the three was the Riesling then the conundrum blend and then the Miraval Rose. I’m not big on liquor and I occasionally drink white wines but they have to be sweet. I didn’t get an appetizer although the choices looked very appetizing (no pun) so I went straight for dinner. The menu consisted of things from Red Fish to Lobster Gnocchi with your “not everyday foods” such as Elk and Bison. My choice of dinner was a flight of Lamb Chops, Elk Chop, and Scallop Benedict. My favorite was the Elk Chop. It was accompanied with truffle white cheddar macaroni and cheese, local mushrooms, and a Kahlua Glaze which was freaking amazing! The elk chop tasted like filet mignon and it melted in your mouth. I think I inhaled it, but just for the sake of table manners let’s say that I slowly chewed my food? Cool? Cool. I also got the Australian lamb chop with potato croquette and mint pepper jelly. The lamb was perfectly cooked and the restaurant provided you with one chop but it was pretty good. The last item I got was the Scallop Benedict which had virginia ham, lobster hollandaise, quail egg and sat on a bed of hashbrowns. It was OK, it wasn’t too spectacular. If I had the opportunity I would choose the shrimp and grits, only because I seen my neighbor order it and it was mouth watering. If you’re in this area and want to try something different I would definetly say go to this restaurant. What stood out to me most about this restaurant besides the food and service? The prices! This will not break your bank, all of the small plates were priced under $15 and well worth it. Give this restaurant a try, let me know what you think!
Pearls Oyster Bar- Business Class
Flight- Stuck On The RunWay
- Where to Next?: Dinner Reservations in Kansas. Let’s get on the plane next Saturday Morning to go tour the city before we have dinner. Remember to show up at the airport 2 hours in advance because TSA is moving slower and slower…