So it’s been a
couple few days since I last posted on my blog and now that I’m all settled and back in town I thought it would be a good time to jump back in the saddle! I went to visit my cousin (more like sister) in Memphis for a few days and did all the typical Memphis-y things. You know, BBQ, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Gibson’s Donuts, Bar Louis, the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, and more donuts (we may or may not have visited Gibson’s on 3 different occasions – NO judging)! In-between the food tour of Memphis we met a new cat friend and named him Clive, played with Tipsy Tripsy (RIP), watched all the best episodes of Gilmore Girls featuring the lovely Logan Huntzberger, and played more rounds of Yahtzee (Clive played too) than anyone ever has before. As if we hadn’t already eaten enough, we ended the trip on a high note and ordered approximately 60 dollars worth of Mexican food from Chef Shuttle (what a delightful service).
Gus’s Fried Chicken…I don’t know what there is to say about this place other than it’s the best fried chicken I’ve ever consumed…in my life. It was perfectly crispy and the flavor was divine. The baked beans and fried okra were just as heavenly, and those fried pickle chips with ranch dip were nothing short of amazing. If you’re ever near a Gus’s and you love fried chicken I would HIGHLY suggest you stop in, you won’t regret it!
Gibson’s Donuts…I’m mean just look at those pictures!!! I am a huge donut lover (aren’t we all?) so I’m always down to try a new spot! I was told that these were some of the best donuts in all the land and I just had to see for myself. I live in Atlanta, and like most people, I think that Krispy Kreme has the best original glazed donut in the world, I’m not sure anyone can top it. As for specialty donuts…it’s all about Sublime (IMO) here in Atlanta. I’m sure there are some other places, but their Nutella donut is to die for. It’s quite possibly the most delicious thing I have ever put in my mouth. With that being said, I looooooove donuts (as I’ve said before) and I’ll eat them from just about anywhere; Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, Kroger, Wal-Mart, QT…you name it, I probably like it. I was fully prepared to love the donuts from Gibson’s and I wasn’t disappointed. The cinnamon roll donut was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and their glazed and chocolate iced donuts were divine as well. They didn’t have a Nutella donut so I didn’t have any direct comparisons between Gibson’s and Sublime, but overall the two places were pretty similar. Gibson’s had an apple pie filled and a chocolate filled donut and man oh man, those were a true delight. Basically what I’m trying to say is, if you like donuts and you find yourself in Memphis, GO TO GIBSON’S!!!!
The next stop on our food tour was Central BBQ. Now I’m not much of a BBQ fan (I know, I know, how can this be?!?), but all I ever hear about is Memphis BBQ so I knew I had to stop in and try it out! I told my cousin to pick her favorite spot and we dove right in. I got the pulled pork plate with greens and mac n’ cheese (duh) and we got a small order of BBQ pork nachos to split! I am happy to report that the food was excellent. The meat had a great smoked flavor on its own, but mixing their mild and hot BBQ sauces together was the perfect amount of spice! The Greens and Mac N’ Cheese were solid and those BBQ pork nachos were awesome. I didn’t get to try the sausage and cheese plate, but next time I’m in town you better believe that will be on the agenda!
On Friday night my cousin and I decided to hit the town (no we didn’t do Beale Street, we didn’t want to die). We went to the infamous Peabody Hotel and watched the ducks and then headed to Bar Louie (a really nice restaurant/bar) for some relaxing conversation! After having some much needed girl time, we went over to the historic district and I met some of her friends…It’s nice to finally be able to put names with faces. They were truly a delight and a half and I can’t wait to go back and see them all again!
As you can see, Clive is simply the best! He loves snuggles, breaking and entering, acting crazy, the Christmas Tree (yes, my cousin is late), his dolphin friend, cheese and Yahtzee…isn’t he a delight?!?! My trip to Memphis was just what I needed, it was fun, relaxing, and full of low-key adventures. Jordan and I laughed until we cried (shocker), played umpteen games on Sporcle, ate ALL the food, swooned over Logan (again), debated the Gilmore Girls revival, fell in love with Clive, played with Tipsy Tripsy (RIP), and ate all the donuts! I can’t wait to go back and see her again; maybe next time I’ll try and catch a Redbirds game while I’m there!