During Elvis Week it seems appropriate to eat like Elvis or at least eat some typical Southern food. Fried items are a popular choice though by far not the only one Southern fare has to offer. So, here's what I've come up with in keeping with the week's theme if you're dining out downtown:
The Arcade Restaurant at GE Patterson and S. Main, www.arcaderestaurant.com
Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Miss Polly's Soul City Cafe on Beale Street, www.misspollysmemphis.com
Their slogan is "Let's All Get Sancti-fried"
Pork** Salad Annie - pulled pork bbq on mixed greens
Love Me Tender - Chicken Tender sandwich
Jail House Special - Fried Bologna sandwich
An array of hot buttered fried pies
**What the heck is poke/polk anyway?:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokeweed
BB Kings on Beale Street, www.bbkingclubs.com
June Bug - Coconut Rum, Banana Liqueur, Melon Liqueur, Sour Mix served with red sugar rim
CC Rider - Vodka, Blue Curacao and Cranberry Juice
Boll Weevil - Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Grenadine and Lemonade
Wednesday Nights are Bike Night on Beale and BB's offers $5 hamburgers, $6 cheeseburgers and .25 cent chicken wings
Alfred's on Beale, www.alfredsonbeale.com
Offers "meat and three" weekday lunch specials. Choices include fried catfish, country fried steak and chicken tenders as well as daily offerings. Vegetables include fried okra, black eyed peas, corn pudding and fried green tomatoes.
Little Tea Shop, 69 Monroe (no website)
THE meat and three lunch spot that never disappoints. Open Monday - Friday 11 am - 2pm.
The owner, Suhair Lauck was awarded a Center City Commission Vision Award this year for her contribution to downtown. Congratulations Sue!
Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main, www.southernfolklore.com
A cool little place on Main Street with a great gift shop and live entertainment. Menu items include greens, yams, hot water cornbread and cobbler. 901-525-3655 - call about hours.
The garden on Huling now has a famous bride and groom for scarecrows. I saw them out on my walk with Poppy. She didn't notice them until we got right in front of them and freaked out, barking and snarling, they scared her so badly. So I guess they work, though Poppy's not likely to ravage the veggies.