So, last Saturday morning we woke up early to take the girl to meet her dad in Memphis. Normally, we meet a little closer for us, but we thought it'd be fun to spend the evening in Memphis and see the sights. We love Memphis Beat, Jason Lee's new tv show. Ironically, it's shot in New Orleans and not Memphis, but they do throw shots of downtown Memphis in occasionally. Something about the state taxes.
Friday morning after work, I took the girl to Chuck E Cheese and let her blow $10 worth of coins on the games. She had a blast, then we went to The Olive Garden where we shared a Chicken Parmesan. Yum! Then we rented Gnomeo & Juliet and went home to pack and snuggle with the movie.
I had to do some major girl fun with her before she left! Gnomeo & Juliet rocks socks. Way fun. Elton John songs throughout. And with voices by James McAvoy (wow, what a sigh-worthy voice), Jason Statham, Emily Blunt and Patrick Stewart. They threw Shakespeare tid-bits in, but it was mostly this fun, campy movie. We loved it.
So, back to Memphis. We dropped her off at her dad's hotel around 6pm. It was seriously hard, but she was excited, so that helped. It was a long drive and she had slept a lot of the way, but we got some snuggly time on the road.
There was a Corky's BBQ near their hotel that they went to eat at, it's supposed to be really great. They enjoyed it. We were waffling between 2 places, one was Rendezvous by Charles Vergos'. Apparently he's one of the Memphis great's. I had no idea until I did some research on Memphis. Guy Fierri did a show on him on Diner's Drive Ins & Dives. We love that show. The other restaurant we were considering was Neely's BBQ. I guess they're the other old BBQ family in Memphis. I just thought they had a Food Network TV show and that was it. How little I know about BBQ!
So, we decided on Rendezvous, cause it was downtown and we thought Neely's would be more commercialized. Not that that's a bad thing, but you know. Downtown Memphis has very little available on street parking. We had to use a paid parking lot for $2 and walk. We went to the store front and there was a sign that said the entrance was down the alley in the back. Weird.
Then we walked down to Beale St to see the sights.
We walked around and through some of the shops. Then hubby pulled me into a club and we danced to the music for a bit. It was a good night.