Day 50: Memphis

Wednesday,  October 23, 2013

Central BBQ gave us delicious food with a dollop of southern hospitality!

Central BBQ gave us delicious food with a dollop of southern hospitality!

We make it to Memphis, Tennessee in time for lunch. The search for a good barbeque place pops up Central BBQ, 2249 Central Avenue. It’s pork has been voted #1 over and over. It’s the typical barbeque place. We can’t decide on sides. The sweet young woman taking orders at the cash register passes us a basket of handmade potato chips with a small dish of chunky blue cheese dressing and says it’s on the house, try it. If we like it we can order it next time. Now, doesn’t that just ring of true southern hospitality?!? We split a three meat platter and roll out happy!

Mysterious motorcade

Mysterious motorcade

Leaving town, we pass what could be six motorcycle cops and a line of black SUVs waiting at the beginning of the bridge. We cross over the bridge into Arkansas and suddenly see a l-o-n-g line of black jacketed motorcyclists with lights on, cruising toward Memphis. At the end of the procession, an ambulance with lights on flies by. If anyone knows what happened at 2:35p today, please fill me in!

West Memphis, Arkansas visitors center is a great place for a break

West Memphis, Arkansas visitors center is a great place for a break

We stop by the West Memphis, Arkansas visitors center. It has some of the cleanest restrooms and the nicest staff!

West Memphis, Arkansas visitors center staff is efficient and friendly!

West Memphis, Arkansas visitors center staff is efficient and friendly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrive in Little Rock with plenty of time for a good night’s rest. For dinner, we walk through a Chinese grocery store to get to Mr. Chen’s restaurant. How interesting. That gives it character and the security guard for the store makes me feel protected!

The Gai lan, beef with noodles was good.

The Gai lan, beef with noodles was good.

 

Mr. Chen's restaurant's appearance was a pleasant surprise

Mr. Chen’s restaurant’s appearance was a pleasant surprise

 

Fried Soft Shell Crabs must have been fried in old oil. Not a good flavor.

Fried Soft Shell Crabs must have been fried in old oil. Not a good flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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