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Memphis

Home of the Blues

Call it grit. Call it soul. No matter how you slice it, there’s something about Memphis. Like the snaking Mississippi River—that great torrent that forms the city’s watery western border—it won’t be tamed. The essence of the city flavors everything from its signature bathed-in-smoke dry-rubbed ribs to the trendiest of small-plate restaurants. After the city celebrated its 200th birthday in 2020, there’s never been a better time to get a taste of its history and culture for yourself. For a state of local delight, there is an abundance of options of working man’s food. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken offers its clientele a lowbrow ambiance for its perfectly spiced, crispy chicken. No-frills is the definition of Payne’s Barbecue, where they pair a perfect pork sandwich with mustard slaw. A taste of New Orleans creole and culture can be found in Midtown at Restaurant Iris and Second Line, with a roast beef po’boy in one hand and a craft beer in another. The most iconic and perfect way to end your night out in Memphis is at Earnestine & Hazel’s, a dive bar that counts a church, pharmacy, jazz club, and brothel among its past lives.

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Snapshot: Memphis, Tennessee

Call it grit. Call it soul. No matter how you slice it, there’s something about Memphis.

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Memphis Chef Gives Back to His Adopted City

Continued from Resetting the Table: Restaurants Helping Hospitality Workers and Their Communities

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Barbecue Reimagined

New ways to use slow-cooked meat and a few smoky alternatives for the non-carnivores from award-winning pitmasters around the South for a new take on the classic holiday 'cue. 

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Boutique Hotels to Enjoy when Traveling to Tennessee

From five-star dining at a picturesque farm in the Smokies to downtown retro digs with global cuisine, the boutique hotels in Tennessee are just as diverse as the state itself.

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Getaway: The Memphian Hotel

Set in the heart of Memphis' Overton Square the Memphian Hotel is a playful tribute to the city's eclectic arts scene, imaginative casual dining, and funky digs.

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Central BBQ Nachos

These BBQ nachos combine a delicious glaze and beloved snack for a cheesy, crunchy appetizer. Serve at any event to get the festivities going!

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Phillip’s Famous Chili

Famous chili from Phillip Ashley Rix combines cocoa powder with roasted jalapeño peppers, and one bottle of hot sauce and beer each.

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Portabella BBQ Sandwiches

These BBQ sandwiches are perfect for the summertime if you're craving that barbecue flavor but don't want to venture into the blistering heat.

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Pulled Pork Tacos

You don't need a slow cooker for this one! These pulled pork tacos are too delicious and easy not to make.

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Roast Beef Po’ Boy

Chef Kelly English of The Second Line in Memphis has a passion for non-fussy, authentic po’ boys and one of his favorites is roast beef.

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Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding

Since opening Phillip Ashley Chocolates in Memphis, Rix has become sought after for his confections like this dark chocolate bread pudding.

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