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MEMPHIS/NASHVILLE DAY 1

This trek begins early on a Saturday morning as we took flight out of Houston International Airport…we were flying into Little Rock, Ark. as the price to fly there was loads cheaper than flying into Memphis….we picked up a rental car and headed down I40 the couple hours to Memphis…..or so……we thought….

About 25 miles outside of Little Rock we found ourselves on our side of a four lane highway and because of construction our side had been reduced to one lane…..and right at that 25 mile mark we came to a stand still….this wasn’t slow-moving traffic….this was no-moving traffic…we sat and watched the wooded scenery not passing by….luckily we had rented a book on tape from a Cracker Barrell and listened to the beginnings of a mystery novel and waited for the 18 wheeler in front of us to inch forward….

After about an hour and a half we began moving again…the road soon opened back to two lanes and we zoomed towards Memphis…Arkansas turns to Tennessee right over the Mississippi River and as we crossed the huge bridge we began our search for Tom’s BBQ & Deli, the first stop in the Triple D Tour…with our trusty Tom-Tom  gps device and a mapquest we made our way into the heart of Memphis…

It wasn’t long before we found Tom’s and after a few outside pics we were strolling towards the counter to order…the building seems to have had the dining area added later…you walk through it down into the  kitchen/ordering area….there is a large menu board hanging on the wall above the counter….

Side note….

What almost seems a miracle about this little journey is that the Friday night before we left the Food Network ran Guy’s Memphis BBQ Tour episode…it was if the BBQ Gods were ordaining our trip….so, just a few hours before we stood in Tom’s BBQ….there was Guy standing in the very same spot….showing us what to order….I almost fell to my knees and offered praise to those who sit in the BBQ Heavens….

I found the Rib Tips, Guy had raved about, and added them to some Ribs to make my two meat combo meal….for sides….well…..this is a very curious thing…..they offer spaghetti….. (a lot of Memphis places do)…..weird, huh?….I added some seasoned fries to complete my BBQ and Italian….

As The Wife was trying to decide, I began to talk to the lady behind the counter…..I told her we had just traveled from Houston to eat at Tom’s….that seemed to impress her and as we made our way to pay the woman taking our money asked about our trip…..as we were settling up with her she said she would bring us something special while we ate….

The Wife had gone with sausage and rib tips….adding potato salad  and spaghetti….

We got our trays and found a table….and sat with an incredible amount of food…..we were both hungry but even after our long morning travel, neither of us thought we were going to clean our trays….no way.,.,…no how….

I picked up a Rib Tip and began to devour it….OH MY GOODNESS.,….this was beyond fantastic….I couldn’t put it down….with every bite I discovered a depth of flavor that was rich and smokey…..I looked at the wife as she was starting her’s and we both seemed to say….without speaking….this had been worth every mile….

As we were working on our first pieces of BBQ the lady from behind the counter shows up with another plate full of meats….she seemed thrilled to have us all the way from Texas and as she sat the plate down she said she wanted us to try a little of everything….we looked down at the overflowing plate and shook our heads….we were going to eat enough to last the whole trip at the very first place….

We worked on what we could and found it most of it to be wonderful….now there were things that were heads and shoulders above the others but everything we tasted was well worth our trip…

The rib tips and ribs were excelent….the sausage, pulled pork, bologna and spaghetti were good….

If every place was this good…..this was gonna be a trip for the ages…

We left….stuffed and looking forward to a nap…

The nap stretched into the early evening and after the meat overload at Tom’s we were glad that joint #2 was open late….we were gonna need extra time to recover…

As night fell on the Memphis skyline we waddled back out to the car and began the drive to Marlowe’s….neither of us sure if we could eat again…..but…..we were here to eat….and by goodness we were gonna eat!!!

After a few minutes we were driving down Elvis Presley Blvd……and low and behold there was Graceland…..and since we were heading there the next day, finding it was a nice little bonus….

We found Marlowe’s and it was all Elvised-out…..this was a place The King would have loved….

Walking into Marlowe’s is like walking into an Elvis shrine….every inch of this place is dedicated to EP….it’s pretty dang cool….I mean you can think whatever you think about Elvis….but you have to admit…..he changed our music, culture and left his thumbprint on  generations to come….

The waitress showed us to a booth and handed us menus…..Guy had raved about Marlowe’s ribs….but….and I hate to admit this…..I was on BBQ overdose…..Tom’s had been sooooo good and there had been so much of it….. I wasn’t sure if I could shove another piece of smoked meat into my pie hole….

Looking over the menu I wrestled with wanting to complete my mission (trying what Guy had) vs. the unforseen BBQ-Burnout…..

The Wife gravitated to a burger…and after what seemed forever I picked the pulled pork samich….it wasn’t the ribs, but it was BBQ and I would at least get a taste of what Marlowe’s could do….

There was a gift shop near our table so while we waited we made our way inside to see what they had….I found a t-shirt,  to add to my extensive wardrobe…..my suveniour of choice…

It didn’t take long for our food to show  up and both my samich and The Wife’s burger looked great….

My samich came with sauce on the side and slaw…..a lot of Memphis pulled pork has the slaw piled on the samich….and after tasting the pork with and without the sauce I dumped the slaw on the top….

Now, I will kinda give Marlowe’s the benefit of the doubt…..I had od’d on BBBQ earlier and this wasn’t exactly what Guy had recommend…..but I was less than impressed with this samich….the pork was ok……the sauce was nothing special and the slaw was not what a good Texas joint might serve…. I’ll admit that with each bite I had to remind myself that I prolly wasn’t being fair….Marlowe’s wasn’t getting FatJoe at his BBQ-Best….

The Wife did say the burger was great….and the corn nuggets (deep fried cream corn) were out of this world good….

But for a place that was featured on Triple D…..I was disappointed to say the least….

We did order some Nanner-Puddin’ and I hoped for the best….

This saved the day….this was some good puddin’……as stuffed asa we were we were determined to finish this stuff off….I’m sure somewhere Elvis was smilin’ down on us as we cleaned the bowl….

Well, after two of the joints we had come to conquer, we loved one and I, at least, was lukewarm on the other …..

Tom’s had been everything Guy had said it would be and Marlowe’s wasn’t…..

Day two would begin at Graceland and end in a blues joint on Beale Street…..

The adventure was just beginning….

http://www.tomsbarbq.com/

http://www.marlowesmemphis.com/

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