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Stops for the road...

(post, S John Gorss)

Being away from my computer the last couple days has been...well difficult to say the least.  Not because I couldn't check my favorite foodie blogs, although I did miss that, but because I had so much to write about!  

I just finished a four day road trip taking me from somewhat cosmopolitan Hampton Virgina to Wichita Falls, Texas.  A slight change of scenery to say the least!  Being a new Lieutenant in the Air Force, I am stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls for training.  I will be here for around 3 1/2 months.  

Anyways...my road here was filled with rest stops, loud car music and for the most part, good food.  I was fortunate enough to make a stop at one of the BBQ capitals of the world...Memphis Tennessee!  Nothing was more soothing then curling up to a bar after a long drive to indulge in a cool beer and absolutely succulent rack of ribs.  In Memphis, the happening place is without a doubt Beagle Street.  Located downtown you can compare the block to Bourbon Street of New Orleans.  In both places you will find after 5pm the road closes down and you are able to walk the street poking into funky specialty stores, watch street performers, and listen to music all while holding an alcoholic beverage in hand.  Sounds like heaven right?  Well it is :)

It was Friday night and I had just had an amazing dinner of half rack of ribs from Blues City Cafe...argued as the best ribs on Beale.  Hint Hint ... in the real authentic BBQ places of the world, such as Blues City...the later you go in the night... the better.  Because ribs and other pork smoke for up to 14 hours a day...if you get to the restaurant to early in the evening, you will be served food from the previous day.  For perfection...go around 8pm.

Long story short about Memphis...its a great road stop.  You can see Graceland...famous of course by Elvis, Beale Street, the Waterfront and much more all within a 48 hour time frame.  

Places I recommend looking up...
Blues City Cafe  
Germantown Commissary 
Flight 
Central BBQ
Circa 

I had great experiences at all and would go back to again :)
Eat up!!