Travel & Food – Memphis, Tennessee

We left Alabama yesterday morning under a cloud of heavy fog, which very weirdly lifted as soon as we crossed the border into Mississippi! We passed loads of cotton fields that looked awesome against the moody skies.

Cotton fields in AlabamaMississippi state lineWe drove through Mississippi and came out the other side and into Tennessee. Once we arrived in Memphis, we checked into our beautiful hotel, the River Inn at Harbor Town. Check out the view of the Mississippi from our room! Amazing! The bed was like a cloud. I could have stayed there forever.

River Inn of Harbor Town hotel Memphis Suite 401 loungeRiver Inn at Harbor Town hotel Memphis Tennessee suite 401 bedroomView from suite 401 at River Inn at Harbor Town MemphisThen we went out for lots of eating, as usual. First stop was Payne’s BBQ. A simple place that used to be a gas station. Take a look at this pulled pork sandwich with slaw.

Outside Payne's BBQ MemphisInside Payne's BBQ MemphisPulled pork sandwich at Payne's BBQ MemphisNext stop was Gus’s fried chicken. I was really excited about this and it smelt amazing when we were stood outside. Nick forgot to mention that it was famous for being ‘hot & spicy’ which means that I couldn’t eat any. We knew it would be good because it was absolutely buzzing inside.

Gus's fried chicken MemphisInside Gus's chicken Memphis

Given that I couldn’t eat the fried chicken and I hadn’t eaten a bite at Payne’s, we headed to Dyer’s Burgers so that I could have some food. It’s on the main tourist strip of Beale Street but has been around forever. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan. I’ve had some excellent burgers in America (Gotts in San Francisco being one of them) and this just didn’t make the cut.

Dyers Burgers Memphis TennesseeInside Dyer's burgers MemphisDyer's burgers Memphis

Finally, we headed to Hog & Hominy. It’s in East Memphis and has only been open for 10 weeks. It was so cool, I absolutely loved it. They’ve even got a bocce court outside and we got to watch the San Francisco Giants play baseball on TV while we ate. Perfect. We ordered a pizza to share and it was delicious. The staff were so lovely, I think we had a good long chat with nearly every single person that worked there and they were all so pumped and enthusiastic about food, it was really great.

Hog and Hominy MemphisInside at Hog and Hominy MemphisPizza at Hog and Hominy MemphisNight-time Memphis is very pretty.

Downtown Memphis TennesseeI did try and do an outfit post yesterday in front of the Mississippi and it was far too windy and the results were awful. These are the worst of a very bad bunch.

MississippiMississippi outfitToday we had a lie-in! Bliss! And I had a real breakfast of bacon and eggs! My first breakfast in 10 days that didn’t consist of crisps, chocolate or BBQ! Then we headed straight to Cozy Corner for a BBQ brunch where Nick ordered a cornish hen and BBQ spaghetti. We had a good old chat with the owner, Desiree, who was just indescribably amazing. She said she loves coming to work everyday and that it makes her really happy because she gets to be with her family. There’s 4 generations working there and her 5 year old great-granddaughter is picking it up quickly, ready to join the team! She told us that her granddaughter makes the best banana pudding so obviously we had to try some. It doesn’t look like much in the picture but it was immense. Creamy and cakey and beautiful. I could’ve eaten 10 of them. It was easily my favourite BBQ place so far. The atmosphere and the music rocked too.

Cozy Corner BBQ MemphisCozy Corner MemphisCornish hen at Cozy Corner MemphisBanana pudding at Cozy Corner MemphisAfter stopping at Gibson’s for a couple of doughnuts, we went to visit the home of Elvis Presley, Graceland. It was really cool. His house is lovely and the 70’s decor is the best. Seeing all his gold records and awards all in one place was jaw-dropping. I’m not really a huge Elvis fan but it was definitely worth it. I loved checking out his private plane, the Lisa Marie.

Emma from The Style Box at Graceland Memphis TennesseeWearing:

Dress – Zara

Leggings – H&M

Shoes – TOMs

When we’d finished at Graceland, we checked into our new hotel, the Hilton Double Tree in Downtown Memphis. We were handed fresh, warm cookies when we checked in. What more could you want? Our room looks straight out onto the baseball stadium too.

Room 233 at Hilton Double Tree in Downtown MemphisRoom 233 at Hilton Double Tree Downtown MemphisWe went to Rendezvous for dinner but I wasn’t impressed. It’s a bit of a tourist trap and far too busy for my liking. But, the BBQ nachos were pretty damn good.

Rendezvous MemphisTomorrow we’re up early for a 9 hour drive to Dallas, Texas with a lunch stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Travel & Food – Nashville, Tennessee & Decatur, Alabama

Yesterday morning we left Owensboro and drove through Kentucky to Alabama, via Nashville in Tennessee.

Kentucky was absolutely beautiful. It’s not really a place that gets mentioned much and I don’t know how much there is to do in Kentucky but the scenery is beautiful.

Driving through KentuckyRiver in KentuckyWe stopped about halfway through our drive in Nashville, Tennesse. Sorry about all the dreadful photos taken through the car windscreen. I had to crop this particular one quite heavily so it’s a bit rubbish. (Check out the AT&T building on the left though – I thought it looked like Batman!)

Driving into Nashville TennesseeWe went to a place called Arnold’s for lunch. It’s got a couple of James Beard awards and is an institution for Southern food. There’s always a queue out the door too so you know it’s got to be good. I was a bit sceptical at first as it’s basically a canteen. They are well known for doing ‘meat and three’ which is basically their meat of the day with your chosen sides. We both opted for fried chicken and mac & cheese and I had green beans and Nick had sweet potato mash. (I haven’t put any pictures up because it didn’t look very appetising but trust me, it was delicious!) We also had two servings of pie, chocolate pie and chess pie, which tastes a bit like flan and treacle tart mixed together.

Chocolate pie at Arnold's Nashville TennesseeChess pie at Arnold's in Nashville TennesseeArnold's Nashville TennesseeArnold's Nashville TennesseeAfter that we carried on driving to Decatur, Alabama. When we arrived we headed straight for Big Bob Gibson’s to try their chicken and ribs. And more pie. This time it was lemon meringue.

Alabama state line

Big Bob Gibson Decatur AlabamaEmma from The Style Box at Big Bob Gibson BBQ Decatur Alabama