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2018/05/01 15:32:17 (permalink)

Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report

I know you're all champing at the bit to post your thoughts and photos from this year's Crawl, so fill up the space!
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/01 17:20:40 (permalink)
Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for the wonderful and much-needed mini-vacation.
 
This was our third year coming to a full Crawl, and this time around we really felt like a part of the group. The first year we were just learning to connect names to faces and by the end of Kansas City we finally figured out who everyone was.
 
Nashville was more special for us because it got us to everyone's level. We now completely understand why you look forward to the annual crawl: Yeah, the food is always excellent but having friends to enjoy it with makes this such a memorable event.
 
Everyone in the group has been more than accepting of us, even when I'm obsessing about getting everyone a taste of Martin's sausage or Cathy mysteriously acquires a Canadian accent as soon as she comes into contact with John and Jen.
 
And for that we are ever thankful to a group of some of our closest friends.
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/01 17:35:51 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/01 18:20:23
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Everyone in the group has been more than accepting of us, even when...Cathy mysteriously acquires a Canadian accent as soon as she comes into contact with John and Jen.



I don't have the slightest idea what your talking aboot.
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/01 18:01:24 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/01 18:20:27
What do you mean by that, eh?
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/01 18:48:31 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2018/05/01 19:22:53
And please, no slopper photos....Pueblo or otherwise!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/01 20:39:56 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/03 20:23:34

I feel like I missed something.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 08:36:59 (permalink)
So are you guys going to start here or with the stops you hit on the way to Nashville?

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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 09:24:54 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby chickenplucker 2018/05/03 09:44:18
I'm working on my report, which will include my days in Memphis. I'm not sure how to do it, if I should do my own report, or add it to this thread, whenever it's ready.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 15:09:35 (permalink)
My vote is to include it here.  It was part of the journey.
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 16:28:25 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/03 20:24:39
My wife Linda and I headed out early Wednesday from Georgia and stopped for lunch in Chattanooga at Zarzour's Cafe. It has been well covered here in the past. 

Linda had a plate that consisted of chicken livers,mashed potatoes,creamed corn,and corn bread. Everything was very good.

I had the cheeseburger and was extremely happy. It was cooked perfectly and the beef taste was incredible.

We split a piece of lemon icebox pie that was served ice cold with a wonderful tart flavor.

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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 16:59:00 (permalink)
Great start.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 16:59:54 (permalink)
Wednesday evening we met at Husk with ChiTownDiner,CNW,Davidsanders,and ChiBears15. This was a grail stop for me and it proved to be all I had hoped for. 









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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 17:18:31 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/03 20:27:29
We started with a bag of wonderful rolls for the table. They disappeared quickly.

The table ordered 6 or so apps and I am including 2 of them. Hopefully the others will add pics of what they ordered as we go along. My pics of our main courses are useless but we had the same entree as others at the table. Their pics hopefully show them well. My app was called Ol'Fuskie Crab Rice which is a Sean Brock specialty. The dish is layered with crispy blue crab, a crab roe sofrito,Carolina Gold Rice,and salted and cured egg yolk. 

Linda's app was a real sleeper and we all enjoyed it. Barbecued Spaghetti Squash Johnny Cakes with Sorghum Butter. 

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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/03 17:20:24 (permalink)
I will stop here so that the rest of our dinner crew will hopefully chime in.
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 10:19:47 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby chickenplucker 2018/05/04 11:04:44
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Such great looking food at Zarzour's
 
We have only been there once (mostly because they are only open on weekdays), but were blown away by the food, especially those Southern vegetables.  How do they get them to taste so good, especially considering they don't use pork or any other meat in their preparation?
 
BTW, how long did it take you to drive to Chattanooga in that golf cart?
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 10:29:54 (permalink)
 
Zarzour's has been on my hit list for a long time....
I had a small window of time for a potential  visit on the way back to Atlanta from Nashville last summer but after seeing what Atlanta traffic was like during my visit, with my luck if I did go, I would have hit construction or accident gridlock afterwards and would have likely missed my flight.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 11:44:13 (permalink)
Looking forward to this trip report!  So far it looks great.  What's the history behind The Husk building?  It's stately beautiful!
 
I tried spaghetti squash for the first time last month.  I only baked it and tried it with different toppings.  Did NOT like!  Could not get past the texture.  The Johnny Cake preparation looks promising.  Did it still have that weird "bite" texture?
 
The rice dish is something I'd love... but as a side dish.  I can't eat the heavy appetizers as they fill be up by the time the meal arrives.  Did you like the salted egg yolk?  It's always sounded off tasting to me without my ever trying it.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 11:58:24 (permalink)
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Zarzour's has been on my hit list for a long time....
I had a small window of time for a potential  visit on the way back to Atlanta from Nashville last summer but after seeing what Atlanta traffic was like during my visit, with my luck if I did go, I would have hit construction or accident gridlock afterwards and would have likely missed my flight.

Just make sure what’s open that day. The one day I was there the kitchen was closed. Just the bar with a table top grill was open. They were giving a free shot of booze with each burger.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 12:28:32 (permalink)
That doesn’t sound like a bad thing though.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 14:02:38 (permalink)
Unless it's from the rail.
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 14:34:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/05/04 17:57:17
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...What's the history behind The Husk building?  It's stately beautiful!
 

From their website:
"Husk Nashville, located at 37 Rutledge Street, was constructed into the side of a hill between 1879 and 1882 by Dr. John Bunyan Stephens. Its storied history includes serving as Mayor Richard Houston Dudley’s home, where he lived when elected in 1897. The area was settled by the Rutledge and Middleton families of Charleston who were descendants of two of the original South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. Mayor Dudley added the Carriage House located on property in 1890."
 
It is indeed a beautiful space both inside and out.  The ambiance made for an elegant but comfortable dining experience.
 
Just a side note for anyone thinking about visiting Husk in future; there's a wide price gap between the lunch and dinner menus.  Some folks in our group went to dinner there, independently of the Crawl, and spent several hundred dollars.  The next day, at lunch, they fed the same group for well under a hundred bucks.  This isn't an indictment of Husk's pricing.  Rather it's to let you know you can eat affordably at a world class restaurant if you choose your timing correctly.
 
And eat one of the great CheeseBurgers of your life (not available on the dinner menu).
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 19:40:05 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/05/05 08:09:20
Husk was really good!  At first, I was ascared......I thought it was going to be a typical hipster joint......you know, a place that WJ would go for coffee.  They lived up to their hype! The food was fantastic, and the waitress would describe every item in such detail, right down to where the plant was grown or the animal was killed.  But, I was a little taken aback when they described the burger meat as gently fondled.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 19:45:01 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2018/05/05 06:33:02
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Husk was really good!  At first, I was ascared......I thought it was going to be a typical hipster joint......you know, a place that WJ would go for coffee.  They lived up to their hype! The food was fantastic, and the waitress would describe every item in such detail, right down to where the plant was grown or the animal was killed.  But, I was a little taken aback when they described the burger meat as gently fondled.


I guess we had different servers. 😀 There was no talk of fondling with ours.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 19:51:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2018/05/05 06:33:17
Jen and I had a wonderful time as always. There were some wonderful dishes. Every city we have visited with this group has offered some amazing finds. However it is the people that we have met that keep us excited to head to the springtime crawl each and every year.
Thank you all for an amazing few days in Nashville.
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 22:28:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/05/05 05:11:59
I second that!  The places are fun and the food is great, but the people are second to none!  What great company for a tour of any city!  I had a blast!  A very delicious blast!
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/04 23:55:54 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/05/05 10:16:27
Well, here's my report. 
 
April 2018 Memphis and Nashville Roadfood Crawl
 
 
Saturday, April 21st
 
 
Having loved my first Roadfood Crawl last April in Kansas City, I had been looking forward to the next trip for most of a year, especially once the decision was made to have the Crawl in Nashville.
 
I decided to take advantage of the trip being in Nashville by going to Memphis for three days before the start of the Crawl. While Nashville isn’t specifically known for barbecue, Memphis is, and that called to me. 
 
I had planned to leave Sunday morning at 6 am, but because I had a concert Saturday night, I decided to leave immediately after the concert instead. I had also planned to stop along the way in Marion and go to two barbecue places, 17th Street Barbecue and, highly recommend by Jeff Sanders, Triple E Barbecue. Since I was hoping to hit two barbecue places in Memphis on Sunday, I decided to pass on the Marion stops and not begin my trip with four barbecue restaurants in a 12 hour period. I stopped for the night in Effingham, Illinois and headed to Memphis Sunday morning.
 
Sunday, April 22nd
 
 
I arrived in Memphis at around 1 p.m., and headed directly to A&R Bar-B-Que. Highly recommended with wonderful reviews, I was really looking forward to it. 

 
 
The menu.

 

 
A lineup of desserts.

 
My pork sandwich, beans and barbecue spaghetti picked up from the counter.

 
My pork sandwich with slaw. 

 
Close-up of the sandwich and slaw.

 
The unique to Memphis barbecue spaghetti. It’s a very interesting and tasty side dish.

 
Good barbecue baked beans.

 
I enjoyed this meal, although I realized almost immediately how much I prefer barbecue from North and South Carolina.
 
A&R BBQ
1802 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN
(901) 774-7444
http://aandrbbq.com
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/ar-bar-b-que/
 
 
Next came a palate cleanser. 

 
Even very late in the day on Sunday, they had a very large selection of tarts and other goodies. And they have minis, which is helpful. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I had a chocolate, coconut-orange, pecan cream cheese and lemon. 

 
And a very good and chewy oatmeal raisin cookie. 

 
 
La Baguette
3088 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN
http://labaguettememphis.com
 
 
 
My next stop was the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. There were banners up around the museum commemorating the 50th anniversary of the murder.

 

 

 
The wreath is attached to the spot on the balcony where he was killed.

 

 

 

 
National Civil Rights Museum
Lorraine Hotel
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN
https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org
 
 
My next stop was a highly recommended fried chicken restaurant. It had gotten better reviews than Gus’s, which I have never been to, but since there is a Gus’s in Chicago, I decided to go with Uncle Lou’s. 

 
A perfect Roadfood dive.

 

 
The chicken was rather dry inside, with a burned taste to part of the skin. You can see how dark it is. The biscuit was actually pretty good.

 

 

 
I got one wing with their mild hot sauce, and it was more than hot enough for me. I didn’t enjoy it much.

 
 
Rather mediocre fries.

 
The slaw was okay.

 
I got a fried cherry pie. It wasn’t very good, and I didn’t eat much of it.

 

 
 
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t find this chicken particularly special in any way. Maybe it was too late in the day to get their best.
 
 
Uncle Lou’s fried chicken
3633 Millbranch
Memphis, TN
http://www.unclelousfriedchicken.com/menu/
 
 
 
Also highly recommended on Roadfood is the Germantown Commissary BBQ. It’s a very attractive and interesting restaurant…..

 
 
 
….. with a large and interesting menu.

 

 
I got the half slab or ribs, bean, slaw, mac and cheese, and a tamale.

 
Close-up of the slaw, which comes with half a deviled egg. I didn’t really like the egg, although the slaw was fine.

 
 
Close-up of the beans. These were quite good, with lots of flavor and plenty of pork mixed in.

 
Close-up of the mac and cheese. It was mostly lukewarm, and a bit flavorless. I just ate a few bites.

 
The excellent tamale. I liked this a lot, but I was unable to finish it. Too much food!

 
Close-up of the ribs and garlic bread.

 
Close-up of a rib. I enjoyed the barbecue, but I was surprised that the ribs were fall off the bone. In general I don’t like this style of ribs, even when the flavor is good, as it was tonight. 

 
The lemon icebox pie. This was my favorite part of the meal. I loved this pie.

 
 
Germantown Commissary BBQ
2290 D Germantown Rd
Germantown, TN
(901) 754-5540
http://www.commissarybbq.com/
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/germantown-commissary/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 00:37:30 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/05/05 10:17:58
Monday, April 23rd
 
 
Monday started early with the first of three breakfast stops. First up was the Arcade Restaurant, the oldest diner in Memphis. 

 
The restaurant is brimming with old time charm.

 

 

 
I had my usual breakfast of a biscuit and bacon. It was pretty good, but not warm enough. 

 
The bacon was good.

 
For some reason the biscuit came with this.

 
The restaurant is noted for their beignets, so I decided to try them. They weren’t anything like the beignets I’ve had before, and I frankly didn’t like them very much. They also weren’t warm enough. They took a long time to come to my table, and I wonder if they were sitting in the back cooling off.

 
 
 
Arcade Restaurant
540 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN
(901) 526-5757
http://arcaderestaurant.com
 
 
The second breakfast spot was Bob’s Barksdale, another small diner with lots of atmosphere.

 

 

 

 
 
I had another biscuit with bacon. I liked it quite a bit, and I liked the bacon more than at the Arcade. The biscuit was a little on the small side. I would have had another one, but I still had another stop.

 

 
 
Barksdale Restaurant
237 S Cooper Street
Memphis, TN
(901) 722-2193
https://www.yelp.com/biz/barksdale-restaurant-memphis
 
 
 
My third breakfast spot was at Muddy’s Bake Shop. It’s a very welcoming space.

 

 
I love the name of this cupcake. I should have had one!

 

 

 
I had a toffee bar with toasted pecans on a cookie crust and a ginger scone. Both were really good. 

 
 
Muddy's Bake shop
585 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN
(901) 443-4144
https://www.muddysbakeshop.com
 
 
 
Lunch was at Leonard’s Barbecue, one of the older barbecue establishments in Memphis, open since 1922. I enjoyed this more than either of the places yesterday.

 

 
For some reason there’s a car in the middle of the restaurant.

 
I had the pork sandwich with slaw, the pot of beans, a little extra slaw, and an order of onion rings. I had no idea the order of onion rings would be so large. The pig sandwich, pulled pork on a bun, drenched with sauce and toped with coleslaw, was invented at Leonard’s in 1922.

 
The sandwich was quite good, and the sauce had a very good flavor, with a little kick. It did start do dry out a bit, but adding a little extra sauce helped.

 
I liked the mustardy slaw a lot. 

 
The beans were also very good, with a lot of meat and very good flavor.

 
The onion rings were another story. They were awful. The breading was rubbery and lukewarm. I ate part of one and left them. This was one of the very few times that I’ve been asked how everything was that I actually told the waitress how bad these were. She took them off my bill, and I left her a 50% tip.

 
 
Leonard's BBQ 
5465 Fox Plaza Drive
Memphis, TN
(901) 360-1963
http://leonardsbarbecue.com
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/leonards/
 
 
 
Next was a visit to Frost Bake Shop, another very good bakery. I liked that they have mini pies.

 
Lots to choose from.

 

 

 

 
I had a chocolate gooey cookie…..

 
….. and a mini chocolate silk pie. It was all pretty good. I didn’t love the crust on the pie, but the chocolate flavor was very good.

 
 
Frost Bake Shop
394 S. Grove Park
Memphis, TN
(901) 682-4545
http://www.frostbakeshop.com
 
 
Later in the afternoon I walked over to the Memphis Pyramid, which is a monstrosity originally built as a 20,000 seat arena. In 2015 it reopened as a Bass Pro Shops megastore, which includes shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an elevator up to an observation deck. It is about 32 stories tall. 

 
 
Click on the link to see a video of the inside of the Pyramid.
https://youtu.be/e0u3tAX60xw
 
 
 
For dinner I went to yet another highly regarded restaurant, the Bar-B-Q Shop.

 

 

 

 

 
For some reason, when I came into the restaurant, even though the main dining room was virtually empty I was led to a rather cramped corner of the bar. I figured maybe they were expecting a big crowd and wanted to save the dining room tables and booths. My table wasn’t bad, except when I tried to stand up and kept hitting my head on the chandelier directly above me. A few minutes after I came in, a party of two was seated at one of the other bar tables nearby me, and after a short while they asked to be moved to the dining room. At any rate, I ordered the half slab of ribs, beans, slaw and barbecue spaghetti. I was amazed that the ribs came out smothered in the sauce, but luckily it had a good flavor, and a bit of a kick to it. These ribs were also fall off the bone style, which I was now assuming was all I was going to be finding in Memphis. And again, the food really wasn’t warm enough for me. Maybe that’s also the Memphis style, but I’ve never found this anywhere else as a regular, common occurrence. Even though I wasn’t going to eat more than a few bites of the toast, it was so lukewarm I asked for it to be replaced, which it was. The new serving was a little warmer, but not much.

 
Close-up of the ribs drowning in sauce.

 

 
Close-up of one rib.

 
I found the beans and slaw to be fairly ordinary.

 
While I more or less enjoyed the barbecue spaghetti, it also wasn’t really warm enough, even though it had taken a while to come to my table. The waitress had apologized for the wait, saying that it had to be prepared fresh. It was also different than the others I had, with the pork just put in a mound on the top, under the sauce, instead of being mixed through. 

 
 
The Bar-B-Q Shop
1782 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN
(901) 272-1277
http://thebar-b-qshop.com
 
 
 
Following dinner I went back to Muddy’s Bake Shop. I had noticed a few pies there in the morning, but decided against them. When I got back there weren’t any left. They did have this very good cupcake.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 01:09:34 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2018/05/05 10:19:27
Tuesday, April 24th
 
 
Today the plan was to have one breakfast stop. I went to the Cupboard, another older, well respected local establishment.

 

 
I really liked the old time feel to the place.

 
Once again I went with the biscuits and bacon. I really enjoyed these quite a bit. 

 
 
The biscuits were fluffy and buttery, and the bacon was quite good.

 
Since the Cupboard is also known for their pies, I did something I normally don’t do, and had pie for breakfast. I went with the lemon icebox pie, which was different than the lemon icebox pie I had had at the Germantown Commissary. It was definitely much colder, actually a bit icy at the first bite, although that changed as I made my way through it. I just loved the tanginess of it.

 

 
 
Cupboard Restaurant
1400 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN
901-276-8015
https://thecupboardrestaurant.com
 
 
 
My next stop was the Memphis Botanic Gardens. I love going to different botanical gardens on my trips, just to have a chance to relax among the gardens, and to give myself a chance to walk.

 

 

 

 

 
The beautiful Koi were swimming under a bridge that led to the Japanese Gardens, which unfortunately I didn’t get to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Some wildlife and her young.

 

 
 
Memphis Botanical Gardens
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN
http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com
 
 
Lunch was at the barbecue restaurant that I had heard the most about in preparing for my trip. I had been pretty underwhelmed so far, and wasn’t expecting things to change too much. I’m glad I was wrong. Payne’s is a complete dive, a perfect Roadfood experience, and it has one of the best barbecue sandwiches I’ve ever had. I don’t know if I would call it my absolute all time favorite, but it’s certainly up there with some of the others. It was a pleasure to be there.

 

 

 

 
They invited me behind the counter to look at and take pictures of the pit. It’s wonderful.

 
 
Click this link to see a video of the pit.
https://youtu.be/cFaFp_PsOOU
 
Click this link to see a video of the preparation of my barbecue sandwich.
https://youtu.be/vCebkIkx7Hk
 
This is a very bare bones operation. 

 

 
The sandwich was just great. The mustard slaw is wonderful and the meat has a great combination of the more chewy outside meat and juicier inside meat. I got the medium spicy sauce, which had a wonderful flavor but wasn’t too hot.

 

 
Close-up of this incredible sandwich. 

 
The beans also were great, so full of flavor. A small topping of chopped pork on top. And everything was nice and hot!!!

 
 
Payne's BBQ 
1762 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN
(901) 272-1523
https://www.yelp.com/biz/paynes-bar-b-que-memphis
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/paynes/
 
 
What could possibly follow the experience at Payne’s? Pie, of course! 

 

 
The Pie Folks have won a number of national competitions, for this chocolate pie.

 

 
And for their strawberry pie. I thought about getting another couple of slices, pecan and peanut butter, but decided against it. 

 

 
 
The Pie Folks
1028 N Germantown Parkway
Cordova, TN
http://thepiefolks.com/#&slider1=2
 
 
There was a sweet looking cat as I drove away from the pie shop.

 
 
I had thought about going to another barbecue place for a second lunch today, but decided to go back to Payne’s instead. Here is their rather limited menu. I have been told that the bologna sandwich is spectacular. Maybe someday?

 
I did get a tamale this time, which was quite good, but I couldn’t finish it.

 
And the second sandwich was just as good as the first.

 
After my second incredible sandwich, I went back to my hotel and walked around downtown Memphis for awhile.

 
Beale Street is blocked to cars, at least late in the afternoon and evening. 

 

 

 

 
I went into Schwab’s for awhile, but couldn’t find anything that interested me, except maybe the old fashioned ice cream sodas, but I was still pretty full.

 
 
Roadfood starts their review of Cozy Corner by saying, “if you have time for just one barbecue meal in Memphis (or anywhere on planet earth), go to Cozy Corner.” Along with that review, plus recommendations from several Roadfood.com stalwarts, this was my dinner for my last night in Memphis. Danny had recommended the ribs, Cliff recommended the Cornish Hen, sausage and bologna. They were out of the Cornish Hen and sausage by the time I arrived, and I’m not a huge fan of bologna, so the ribs it was. I was so relieved that the ribs were not fall off the bone. And while they were very tasty, they were a bit on the stiff side, possibly because I was so late in the day. But I enjoyed them, and I liked the mild sauce. 

 

 
My dinner of ribs, fries, barbecue spaghetti, beans and slaw.

 
Close-up of the ribs.

 
Close-up of the beans. They had good flavor, but weren’t overwhelming.

 
Close-up of the barbecue spaghetti. I liked this spaghetti a lot.

 
Close-up of the slaw, which was pretty good.

 
Close-up of the fries. These weren’t too good.

 
 
I was very happy to have had a chance to go to Cozy Corner. While I certainly don’t agree with the Roadfood.com review that it is the best barbecue restaurant on planet earth, it was very good, my second favorite barbecue in Memphis. How could a writer actually make that claim? First of all, everyone’s tastes are different, and there are so many different styles of barbecue, how do you judge something like that? Second of all, I have read, and I have found from my travels, that barbecue is an inexact science. I have had fantastic barbecue from a favorite place on one occasion, and the next time I was there it was “only” very, very good. But it’s certainly fun and interesting to try to track down the places that others have written about and see what it’s all about.
 
 
 
 
 
Cozy Corner  
735 N. Parkway
Memphis
(901) 527-9158
http://www.cozycornerbbq.com
 
 
 
After this fine dinner I decided to go back to Muddy’s Bake Shop. As I pulled into their parking lot I saw a group of five getting out of a car and heading in. When I got inside they were already on their way out. The shop was completely sold out, except for a couple of vegan pastries, which I wasn’t about to try. I had wanted to try Gibson’s donuts, open 24 hours a day, but hadn’t made it there, so I thought I would give them a try.

 
The problem is, they had very little selection left, and when I asked if they were going to be making any more, the rather unhelpful and not particularly pleasant person said “no”. I was there at about 8:30, and since they’re open all night long, I think he was just lying to me. I don’t understand why. At any rate, I bought a vanilla glazed or cake, I don’t remember which, and three chocolate cake donut holes. I found that, for some reason, he had put about six or more of the holes in my bag. I had one bite of the glazed/cake and ate one of the holes and threw them away. They were pretty bad. I just don’t get it. Even now, as I read the yelp reviews, it’s astounding to me that there could be so many, or any, five star reviews. Maybe they were just having an off night? I don’t know. And I most likely never will. I just don’t believe that they don’t make more donuts throughout the nighttime hours.

 
 
Gibson's Donuts
760 Mount Moriah Rd.
Memphis
https://m.facebook.com/gibsonsdonuts/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 01:30:06 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2018/05/05 06:49:02
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Husk was really good!  At first, I was ascared......I thought it was going to be a typical hipster joint......you know, a place that WJ would go for coffee.  They lived up to their hype! The food was fantastic, and the waitress would describe every item in such detail, right down to where the plant was grown or the animal was killed.  But, I was a little taken aback when they described the burger meat as gently fondled.
 


Gently fondled, eh?  Maybe THIS guy had something to do with it...

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Re: Biscuits, BBQ, Meat & 3, and Hot Chicken: The 2018 Nashville Crawl Trip Report 2018/05/05 01:38:07 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2018/05/05 06:56:06
Wednesday, April 25th
 
 
My last meal in Memphis was at Bryant’s Breakfast. In their present location since 1977, they were at one time voted the best biscuits in Memphis, one of the top places to eat breakfast in the US, and best breakfast in Memphis. Because they are closed Monday and Tuesday, I wasn’t able to try them until the day I was leaving. 

 
The view from the line that snakes around the restaurant to the counter. They work very hard.

 

 
It’s a very interesting interior. 

 
I really liked the biscuits and the bacon. The best I had in Memphis.

 
Very fluffy inside.

 
Bryant's Breakfast
3965 Summer Ave.
Memphis, TN
(901) 324-7494
http://bryantsmemphis.com
 
 
My next stop was a legendary restaurant, Helen’s Bar B Q in Brownsville, about an hour from Memphis. Helen is one of the very few women pit masters in the country, and she does a fantastic job! My pork sandwich at Helen’s was a very close second to what I had at Payne’s. Payne’s and Helen’s were by far the best barbecue I had on this trip. 

 
The smoker.

 
The wood pile, although I’m assuming there’s more around somewhere.

 

 
There are just a couple of picnic tables to eat outside, which I did. There are a few tables inside, but it was so hot inside, I couldn’t stay there.

 
Both signs were accurate: best barbeque in town and barbeque heaven!

 
The wrapped sandwich and “cup” of beans.

 
A fantastic sandwich.

 
The slaw mixed in with the meat and the sauce was great. You can see the difference between the lighter and darker pork. A great experience.

 
The beans also had good flavor, with strands of pork mixed throughout.

 
 
Helen’s Bar B Q
1016 N Washington Ave
Brownsville, TN 38012
https://www.yelp.com/biz/helens-bar-b-q-brownsville
 
 
                                                And on to Nashville it is!
 
 
About 2 1/2 hours after leaving Helen’s, I arrived in Nashville, at Gabby’s Burgers and Fries, the first stop I was able to meet up with my comrades in arms, Gregg, Danny and Gary. They were the first Roadfooders that I met last year in St. Louis, before the start of the Kansas City Crawl, and while I had seen both Gregg and Danny during the past year, I hadn’t seen Gary, and I was very happy to see all three.

 
Danny taking a break, while Gregg does his part.

 
Gary resting up for a minute. He was kind enough to let me try his chili, which had good flavor.

 
Even though I wasn’t hungry, I had to order something. I split part of my burger with Danny, and ate some of the fries. I only had a few bites of the burger, which was pretty good, as were the fries.

 
 
Gabby's Burgers and Fries
493 Humphreys Street
Nashville, TN
http://gabbysburgersandfries.com
 
 
The next stop on Gregg’s spreadsheet was Colt’s Chocolates. Opened by Mackenzie Colt, who spent six years on Hee Haw and turned to chocolate making when she got burned out with the music business, this is a small shop that has a very big business. 

 

 
Never having heard of Colt’s I had not idea what to expect. 

 
These chocolates, similar to peanut butter cups, are really good. They also have plenty of other varieties.

 
 
Colt's Chocolates
609 Overton Street
Nashville, TN
http://www.coltschocolates.com
 
 
After chocolate, what could be better than ice cream, our next food stop.

 

 
Some very interesting shake and malt combos.

 
I had a heath and oreo malt, which was really thick and really good.

 
 
Bobbie's Dairy Dip
5301 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN
(615) 463-8088
https://www.yelp.com/biz/bobbies-dairy-dip-nashville
 
 
 
 
 
Dinner tonight was the long-anticipated first visit of the Crawl to Husk. I had been to the original Husk in Charleston in January, 2012, and it was great. At that time, Husk was being called the best restaurant in the US. 

 
It’s a beautiful building in a beautiful setting.

 

 
Our table, clockwise from left, Gregg (ChiTownDiner); Keith (Chickenplucker); Linda (Mrs. Chicken); Chris (CNW); and Danny (ChiBears15).

 
The menu at Husk changes twice daily, lunch and supper, and it’s not published until that day. The dinner menu didn’t appear online until around 5 p.m.

 

 
The meal began with Parker House rolls and pork lard and honey butter. They were wonderful. 

 
Another group from Roadfood had a table next to us. John and Cathy (Bonk and Mrs. Bonk), and John and Jennifer (Nagle and Wawa Mama).

 
We had six appetizers. Pimento cheese and benne wafers. I liked this a lot, and we ordered two of them.

 
Shrimp and Grits.

 
Killed Lettuces.

 
Cheddar Biscuits. These were only listed on the menu as part of another appetizer, but I asked for an order of the biscuits separately. They were terrific. 

 
Barbecued Spaghetti Squash Johnny Cakes with Sorghum Butter.

 
Aged Beef Tartare, with crispy potatoes, which I didn’t have, but I was told it was fabulous.

 
Ol’ Fuskie Crab Rice.

 
Our entrees (two of each were ordered) were a 56 day dry aged bone-in ribeye (a special, not on the menu). I ordered the ribeye, and it was wonderful. But even more wonderful were the fries.

 
A pork steak and sweet potato.

 
And a farm beef, flank steak, with broccoli, sunchoke, Cara Cara and charred onions.

 
We also had an order of cornbread for the table, and I did have a small piece which was very good, but it was mostly left uneaten. 

 
Gregg got dessert, a brown butter ice cream.

 
Everyone at the table thought the meal was fantastic. It really was wonderful.
 
 
Husk 
37 Rutledge Street
Nashville, TN
(615)256-6565
http://husknashville.com
 
 
 
The next stop on the schedule was supposed to be Mike’s Ice Cream, but because parking downtown at that hour, even on a Wednesday night was so difficult and so expensive, we gave up on it. I went off on my own to Pied Piper Creamery, which was on the schedule for a later time.

 

 
 
I got a scoop of cookies and cream and strawberry. I didn’t think it was anything special. 

 
 
Pied Piper Creamery  
114 S. 11th Street
Nashville, TN
(615) 227-4114
http://www.thepiedpipercreamery.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
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