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Walking in Memphis: A Bucket List

Attractions:

  • Children’s Museum of Memphis (12.29.09)
  • Civil Rights Museum (induction, 6.18.12)
  • Stax Museum (induction; 8.27.15)
  • Shelby Farms (induction)
  • AutoZone Park, Redbirds game (Round 0)
  • Graceland (8.21.10; 12.10.10; 12.10.15)
  • Mud Island River Park (8.21.10; 8.27.15)
  • Gibson Guitar Factory (8.22.10)
  • Brooks Museum (1.22.11; 2.20.11; 2.26.12)
  • FedEx Forum, Grizzlies game (3.4.11; 5.13.11; 5.9.12; 5.13.12; 10.28.15; 12.29.15; 1.16.16; 4.22.16)
  • Liberty Bowl, Memphis football game (11.12.11)
  • Pink Palace (12.10.11)
  • Tunica (7.4.12)
  • Zoo (7.28.12)
  • Agricenter (5.18.14)
  • Bass Pro Pyramid (12.26.15; 4.30.16)
  • Dixon Gallery & Gardens (4.17.16)
  • Raiford’s (5.14.16)
  • Metal Museum (8.14.16)
  • Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum
  • Sun Studio

Shows:

  • Snowden Grove (now BankPlus) Ampitheater (Sugarland/Little Big Town, 8.13.10)
  • Bartlett Performing Arts Center (DeltaCappella, 4.9.11)
  • Minglewood Hall (Sara Bareilles, 4.23.11; O.A.R./Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, 2.16.12; Haim, 5.24.16)
  • Tom Lee Park (Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, 4.29.11 – 5.1.11; 5.4.12 – 5.6.12; 4.29.16 – 5.1.16)
  • Peabody rootftop (The Venus Mission, 5.26.11; Aquanet, 6.14.12)
  • Memphis Botanic Garden (Goo Goo Dolls/Michelle Branch, 8.12.11)
  • Circuit Playhouse (Camp Rock: the Musical, 9.11.11; Avenue Q, 10.27.11; In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, 2.3.12; Spring Awakening, 3.4.12; Present Laughter, 4.27.12)
  • Hi-Tone Cafe (Ingram Hill, 11.26.11)
  • Playhouse on the Square (Next to Normal, 2.10.12; AbunDANCE: Reflections, 2.18.12; God of Carnage, 3.30.12; New Ballet Ensemble presents Peter and the Wolf & Hip-Hop to Africa, 4.22.12; Xanadu, 6.28.12; 7.1.12; Memphis the Musical, 5.6.16)
  • Mike’s Place (Ben Rector, 2.11.12)
  • Cannon Center for the Performing Arts (Shen Yun, 3.6.12)
  • Levitt Shell (Stax Music Academy, 6.30.12; Memphis Symphony Orchestra & New Ballet Ensemble, 9.19.15)
  • New Daisy Theater (Eric Hutchinson, 5.7.16)
  • Hard Rock Cafe (Jana Kramer, 6.3.16)
  • Mud Island Ampitheater (Alabama Shakes, 7.15.16)
  • 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall (Sawyer Fredericks, 8.15.16)
  • FedEx Forum
  • Orpheum Theater

Restaurants/Bars:

  • Grand Pacific (12.28.09; 9.25.10; 5.25.11; 4.12.12) – thumbs up!
  • The Beauty Shop (7.3.10; 8.29.10; 3.25.12; 6.9.12) – thumbs up on the fish tacos!
  • Celtic Crossing (7.4.10; 4.20.11; countless other trivia nights)
  • Old Venice Pizza Company (Round 0)
  • Young Avenue Deli (Round 0; countless other times) – thumbs up on the food! … thumbs down on the waitstaff
  • Do Sushi (R.I.P.) (7.28.10) – thumbs down
  • El Palmar (8.16.10)
  • Soul Fish Cafe (8.20.10; 3.8.11; 9.4.11; 4.8.12; 3.23.16) – thumbs up on the crawfish po’boy and the sweet potato fries!
  • Gus’s Fried Chicken (8.21.10; 3.5.11; 12.6.11; 5.12.12; 8.26.15; 1.13.16; 5.1.16) – two thumbs up!
  • Kooky Canuck (8.22.10) – thumbs down
  • Memphis Pizza Cafe (8.31.10; 10.12.10; 2.22.11; 7.9.12) – thumbs up on Hey Meat!
  • Lou’s Pizza (R.I.P.) (9.13.10)
  • Cafe Ole (10.3.10, 8.5.11, 2.2.12, 6.25.12) – thumbs up!
  • Central BBQ (10.4.10; many, many more times) – thumbs up on the barbeque nachos!
  • Bosco’s (10.8.10) – thumbs up!
  • Swanky’s (10.9.10; several more times) – thumbs up!
  • Los Compadres (10.15.10)
  • Huey’s (10.16.10; 1.29.11; 1.31.16)
  • Fresh Slices (10.18.10)
  • The Bar-B-Q Shop (11.11.10; 2.17.12; 12.26.15; 1.18.16; 4.29.16) – thumbs up on the ribs!
  • Dan McGuinness Pub (11.13.10; 9.3.11; most Penn State game days) – thumbs up!
  • Little Italy (11.19.10) – thumbs up on the cannoli!
  • Bluefin (11.20.10; 11.11.15)
  • Coletta’s (11.24.10) – two thumbs up!
  • Melting Pot (1.5.11) – thumbs up!
  • Deja Vu (1.21.11, 4.30.11, 5.17.14; 8.25.14; 8.24.15) – two thumbs up!
  • The Silly Goose (1.21.11; 1.16.16)
  • Earnestine & Hazel’s (1.28.11; 5.18.12; 1.21.16) – two thumbs up on the soul burger!
  • Asiana Garden (2.19.11; 4.13.12; 12.24.15) – two thumbs up on the kimchi pancake!
  • Golden India (3.1.11; 10.27.11) – two thumbs up on the lamb korma!
  • The Cheesecake Corner (3.4.11; 5.17.13; 1.21.16) – two thumbs up on the coconut almond!
  • Bhan Thai (3.9.11) – thumbs up!
  • Rum Boogie Cafe (3.19.11)
  • Yo-Lo (3.20.11; many, many more times) – a million thumbs up on the froyo, gelato, and the cupcakes (cherry cordial & milk and cookies)!
  • El Toro Loco (3.23.11; 3.6.16) – two thumbs up on the fajitas and cheesecake burrito!
  • Three Angels Diner (3.24.11) – two thumbs up!
  • The Bayou (4.3.11) – two thumbs up!
  • Sekisui (4.5.11; 12.17.11) – thumbs up!
  • Happy Mexican (4.8.11; 7.22.12) – thumbs up!
  • South of Beale (4.8.11; 7.30.11; 4.7.12; 5.18.12; 6.18.12; 5.19.13; 5.14.16; 5.21.16) – thumbs up!
  • Automatic Slim’s (4.15.11, 9.24.11; 3.6.12; 3.7.13; 5.23.16) – thumbs up on the happy hour martinis!
  • Half Shell (4.28.11) – thumbs up!
  • Blues City Cafe (4.29.11)
  • Local Gastropub (5.1.11; 7.16.12) – thumbs up on the root veggie and bacon hash!
  • Dyer’s Burgers (5.1.11)
  • Cafe Eclectic (5.14.11; 3.19.16) – two thumbs up!
  • Mayuri (5.20.11) – two thumbs up on the dinner buffet!
  • Las Delicias (7.12.11) – two thumbs up on the chips and the pork torta!
  • Cozy Corner (8.13.11) – two thumbs up on the ribs and the sweet tea!
  • LUNCHBOXeats (8.27.11; 4.14.12, 5.5.12, 5.20.12; 12.28.15) – two thumbs up on absolutely everything!
  • Taqueria de Guadalupana (8.28.11)
  • Sweet Grass Next Door (9.3.11; 4.18.12; 7.27.12; 8.7.16) – two thumbs up on the arugula salad and deep-dish sour cream apple pie!
  • Side Street (9.3.11; 11.27.11)
  • Spaghetti Warehouse (9.9.11)
  • Cortona (R.I.P.) (9.10.11; 4.20.12; 7.21.12) – two thumbs up!
  • Los Reyes (9.13.11, 9.23.11)
  • Itta Bena (9.24.11, 11.17.11; 12.31.15) – two thumbs way up on the she-crab soup!
  • Blue Monkey (9.24.11)
  • India Palace (9.30.11; 12.28.15) – thumbs up!
  • El Patron (10.7.11) – thumbs up!
  • Asian Palace (10.22.11; 5.18.14; 9.6.15; 12.27.15) – thumbs up on the dim sum!
  • La Michoacana (10.22.11, 2.12.12; 7.23.12; 9.20.15) – thumbs up on the paletas!
  • Trolley Stop Market (10.29.11; 5.20.13; 9.30.15; 10.27.15) – two thumbs up on the honey pecan milkshake!
  • Burly’s Burgers and Shakes (R.I.P.) (11.9.11) – two thumbs up on everything, especially the garlic fries!
  • Chez Philippe (11.18.11) – a billion thumbs up on the Downtown Dining Week menu!
  • Felicia Suzanne’s (11.19.11; 1.8.16) – two thumbs up on the BLFGT salad!
  • Ubee’s (11.21.11; 5.7.12; 5.14.12) – thumbs up on 50-cent wings on Mondays!
  • Le Chardonnay (12.2.11) – two thumbs up on the sliders!
  • Abyssinia (12.10.11; 3.4.12) – two thumbs up!
  • Alchemy (12.13.11) – thumbs up on the Denver lamb ribs!
  • Golden Coast (R.I.P.) (12.17.11) – two thumbs up on the dim sum!
  • El Mezcal (12.18.11) – thumbs up!
  • Sweet Grass (1.6.12) – thumbs up on the Sweet Grass Cocktail and the braised pork belly!
  • Larry’s Pizza (1.7.12) – thumbs up on the loaded baked potato pizza and the cheesecake pizza!
  • Tsunami (1.14.12) – thumbs up on the wasabi deviled eggs!
  • Pete and Sam’s (1.26.12) – thumbs up!
  • Chao Praya (2.12.12) – thumbs way down on the service
  • Shang Hai (2.14.12)
  • Jerry’s Sno Cones (2.11.12; 2.23.12; 5.18.13; 5.22.13; 8.27.15; 4.30.16) – two thumbs way up on the John Deere Supreme!
  • The Brass Door (2.25.12; 5.17.12; 7.12.12) – a million thumbs up on the B.E.L.T. sandwich!
  • Mulan (3.1.12; 4.1.12; 7.28.12; 12.25.15) – thumbs up on the braised pork!
  • Arcade (3.10.12) – thumbs up!
  • Eat Well Buffet & Grill (3.16.12) – thumbs up!
  • Muddy’s Bake Shop (3.16.12)
  • Texas de Brazil (4.6.12) – a million thumbs up!
  • Flying Saucer (4.13.12; 5.15.12; 6.14.12; 7.16.12; 3.6.13)
  • Flight (4.19.12; 3.7.13; 8.29.15) – two thumbs up on the salad flight and lamb!
  • Imagine Vegan Cafe (4.26.12) – thumbs up on the cheap beer!
  • Skunx Chef’s Pub (R.I.P.) (4.26.12) – thumbs up!
  • Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen (4.30.12) – a million thumbs up on No Menu Monday!
  • Las Tortugas (5.3.12; 4.28.16; 8.6.16) – two thumbs up on the sandia, guacamole, pork tacos, and tortugas!
  • The Green Beetle (5.9.12; 5.18.12) – thumbs up on the B.E.L.T.!
  • Bardog (6.14.12; 6.18.12; 7.26.12) – two thumbs up on the “Amazing” Island Club and the Gemini dog!
  • City Market (6.25.12; 9.12.15) – thumbs up on the Blazing Beale!
  • McEwen’s on Monroe (6.29.12) – two thumbs up!
  • The Majestic (7.8.12; 3.20.16; 8.8.16) – thumbs up on the brunch!
  • Wiles-Smith Drugstore (7.12.12) – two thumbs up on the milkshakes!
  • Cockadoo’s (R.I.P.) (7.15.12) – two thumbs up on the BBQ omelette and sweet tea!
  • Interstate BBQ (7.17.12) – two thumbs up, but thumbs down on the sweet tea!
  • Four Way Restaurant (7.19.12) – a million thumbs up, especially on the service!
  • Acre (7.20.12) – two thumbs up!
  • Brother Juniper’s (7.22.12; 5.22.13; 8.26.15) – a million thumbs up on the home fries!
  • Restaurant Iris (7.25.12) – two thumbs up on the scallops!
  • Hog & Hominy (3.7.13; 5.17.14; 4.30.16) – a million thumbs up on the Red Eye pizza!
  • Marmalade (5.17.13) – thumbs up! and a million thumbs up on the service!
  • Aldo’s Pizza (5.19.13; 11.11.15; 12.29.15; 1.17.16; 4.22.16) – two thumbs way up on the Yoda and thumbs up on the Memphis!
  • Interim (5.20.13)
  • Bronte Bistro (5.21.13) – thumbs up!
  • Bar DKDC (5.21.13) – thumbs up on the drinks and the fried egg sandwich!
  • Tamp & Tap (5.17.14; 8.25.15; 9.5.15) – two thumbs up on the Packard BLT, Hummingbird, and service!
  • Blind Bear (5.17.14)
  • Robata (8.25.14; 9.5.15; 8.9.16)
  • Blue Plate Cafe (8.28.15)
  • Alcenia’s (8.29.15) – two thumbs up on everything and a million thumbs up on the service!
  • Ciao Bella (9.2.15)
  • The Second Line (9.18.15; 5.13.16) – two thumbs up on the oyster/shrimp po boys!
  • One & Only BBQ (Germantown) (9.19.15) – thumbs up on the banana pudding!
  • Babalu (9.20.15) – thumbs up!
  • Germantown Commissary (9.21.15) – two thumbs up on the ribs and coconut cream pie!
  • Agave Maria (9.23.15; 10.19.15; 3.9.15; 5.25.16) - thumbs up!
  • Vietnam Restaurant (10.4.15) - thumbs up on the bahn mi!
  • Maciel’s (10.12.15; 12.14.15) – thumbs up!
  • Bar Louie (10.23.15)
  • Belly Acres (10.29.15; 5.24.16) – thumbs up!
  • Oshi Burger Bar (11.10.15) – two thumbs up on the Grasshopper milkshake and the truffle fries and bacon aioli!
  • eighty3 (11.13.15) – thumbs up on the chicken sandwich and gumbo!
  • Rizzo’s Diner (12.10.15; 1.2.16) – thumbs up on the cheeseburger soup and lobster pronto pup!
  • Lafayette’s Music Room (12.12.15) – thumbs up!
  • Ray’z BBQ (12.31.15)
  • Osaka (1.8.16) – thumbs up on the hibachi!
  • South Main Sushi (1.21.16)
  • Blue Nile (2.19.16)
  • Local on the Square (2.29.16; 6.30.16; 8.15.16)
  • HM Dessert Lounge (3.9.16) – thumbs up!
  • Phuong Long (3.18.16)
  • Muddy’s Grind House (3.19.16) – two thumbs up!
  • Cafe Keough (4.13.16) – thumbs up on the Cubano!
  • Broadway Pizza (4.13.16) – thumbs up on the garlic bread!
  • Bangkok Alley (5.12.16; 5.26.16; 8.9.16) – thumbs up!
  • Side Porch Steakhouse (5.17.16) – thumbs up!
  • Five Spot (4.13.16) – two thumbs way up on the Monsieur Jacques!
  • Maximo’s on Broad (7.20.16) – thumbs up!
  • Strano (8.17.16) – thumbs up on the bolognese!
  • Rendezvous
  • Elwood’s Shack
  • Jim & Samella’s House
  • Staks Pancake Kitchen
  • Cafe Pontotoc
  • Alex’s Tavern