anyone familiar with Memphis?

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  1. bonneb

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    What to do, what to do??

    DD and friends want to go to Memphis for a day, will end up driving all night, well several hours, to get back to college. I am not too keen on Memphis, not keen on late night driving in the middle of nowhere, not keen on big city middle of the night stuff at all. (Keep in mind this kiddo comes from the middle of nowhere.)

    Anybody have any info for me to reassure this late-blooming mom - and even later blooming and protective father - that it is ok for college kids - 2 girls, 2 boys, one a brother to one of the girls - to be in Memphis downtown at night?

    Mrs. C - I know you understand! I know DD and the others are super responsible. It just makes me feel a lot of anxiety as I have heard that Memphis is a very rough town. Help!
     
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  3. Hoot Owl

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    Mempis is a rough town, you don't want to get caught in the wrong part of town after dark.

    Beale Street has some great food, and the Peabody Hotel has the ducks marching in twice a day.

    "They" say the casinos are safe and nice.

    If you're traveling at night make sure you have plenty of gas and don't stop unless you have to.

    Germantown has some nice malls and it's safer.

    You can check out Graceland if you're an Elvis fan, I've not personally been to Graceland though.
     
  4. Major

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    Memphis can be a very dangerous place to visit. Keep your car doors locked. Be especially careful when your have to stop at stop sign or red light. Stay alert.

    When in Memphis I'm always armed...... but then again I'm always armed no matter where I am.

    Be safe......:)
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Barbeque? We had a layover in Tennessee last year and they had a Neelys at the airport-DH and sons LOVED It. the Neelys are on the Food Network.


    Central BBQ

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN



    Since opening in 2002, Central BBQ has built quite a name for itself. Among the city's many barbecue joints, Central stands out thanks to its reliable Memphis-style fare. Ribs and pulled pork are some of the best in the city, which is no small feat. Sides like mac n' cheese, BBQ beans, and cole slaw are all as they should be, made-from scratch...




    Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103



    This well-known establishment has been serving ribs since 1948 and welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The walls are adorned with interesting bits of historical memorabilia, but the real draw is barbecued ribs, which can even be shipped throughout the USA if you're not near Memphis. The pork loin plate is reason alone for a trip....





    Corky's Bar-B-Q

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119



    The original location of a now-regional chain, Corky's can ship to you if you're not near a franchise. However, when you're in Memphis, you won't mind waiting in line for the place's incredible pulled pork shoulder barbecue. Whether you choose ribs or a pork platter, you're sure to get a tasty, lip-smacking meal. Go early to avoid crowds, and...





    Cozy Corner

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105



    You'll get a huge bang for your buck at this family-run restaurant. What's missing in ambience is more than made up for by the food. Served on paper plates and set on plastic tablecloths, barbecue comes in the form of baby back ribs, regular ribs and sandwiches. A house specialty is scrumptious Cornish game hen.




    Germantown Commisary

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 2290 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138


    Like most BBQ joints around Memphis, you may have to wait a little here, but you can be sure that it will be worth it. Located in a century old former country store in downtown Germantown, Germantown Commissary serves some of the best barbecue around. Old stand-bys like pulled pork and barbecued ribs are to die for but so are additions like smoked...





    Jim Neely's Interstate Bar-B-Q

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 2265 S 3rd St, Memphis, TN 38109



    At this local favorite, barbecue lovers have a variety of choices, including pork and beef ribs, hash, chicken, bologna, hot wings and even spaghetti – all barbecued! Top-rated Interstate is a family-owned and -run business, and it shows. Service is friendly, and the family recipe for barbecue sauce is outstanding.




    Leonard's Pit Barbeque

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 5465 Fox Plaza Dr, Memphis, TN 38115



    Since 1922, Leonard's has been serving famous pork sandwiches, ribs and more. An à la carte menu and serve-yourself buffet are always available, featuring dishes like fried catfish and country fried steak. If your appetite is large, try the rib feast for two or one of the "all you can eat" specials – real bargains, both. Leonard's motto is "what...



    Neely's Bar-B-Que

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 5700 Mt Moriah, Memphis, TN 38115



    Neely's Bar-B-Q, started in 1988 by the four nephews of Jim Neely, has since expanded and built itself a reputation as one of the top barbecue restaurants in the state. Reasonable prices, good service and of course, scrumptious barbecue are what make this place great. Stop in for a sandwich or ribs and see what Memphis barbecue is all about.




    Payne's

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737


    Located in an old gas station, Payne's defines barbecue to Memphians and visitors alike. Although you won't be impressed by the exterior of the restaurant, the taste of this barbecue will knock you off your feet. Barbecue is served sliced or chopped with hot or mild sauce as well as in the form of ribs piled high on a plate with coleslaw on the...




    The Bar-B-Q Shop

    Category: Barbecue - Memphis Restaurants
    Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104


    The friendly waitstaff and unpretentious setting of this locals' favorite are a perfect backdrop for the time-tested perfection that is Bar-B-Q Shop. For fifty years the Vernon family has been serving mouthwatering pork and beef plates. They've even developed a line of Dancing Pigs barbecue sauces and seasonings that can be purchased in the...
     
  6. bonneb

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    Thanks everyone. My main concern is these young people in Memphis after dark then traveling out of Memphis after dark. Is this safe?
     
  7. Major

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    bonneb, for what it's worth Forbes ranks Memphis as the second most dangerous city in America..... Detroit barely beat out Memphis for the "most dangerous" title.:(

    Just make sure these young people are very cautious, very alert, and very aware of their surroundings.....:):)
     
  8. rachaelski

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    I lived in Memphis for 2 years. Female, mid twenties... I never had an issue of personal safety.

    Downtown revitalization has resulted in lots of cops and tour directors downtown. It's a cool place.

    Stay on main roads and highways...it should be fine.

    Feel free to PM about anything.

    I loved my time in Memphis. The BBQ Shop is tops for BBQ, in my opinion...Especially since they are traveling in a group it should be okay.
     
  9. scholarteacher

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    I lived in Memphis for many years--my daughter even named her son Memphis! All of the above are true! Stay in Germantown or Cordova, travel in groups, and lock your doors. Beale Street, Overton Square, and the Peabody are great. And my first date with my ex was the Rendezvous--just be sure you can handle the smoky atmosphere!
     
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  11. DizneeTeachR

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    Haven't been to Memphis in quite a few years. The last time I was there we didn't stay overnite, so I can't help you there.

    When I was MUCH younger we did stop at Graceland coming home from a trip. I LOVED it, of course I LOVE ELVIS!!! I would love to go back again as an adult!!!
     
  12. loves2teach

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    Graceland is crazy expensive (like $50+ a person expensive)! I did not care for Charlie Vergo's (sp?) bbq either.

    Personally, I like the Germantown side of Memphis. Nice shopping and nice places... but I am a scary cat!
     

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