Friday, February 13th -
We were up early...and hungry. Brother Kerry
choose to sleep in but for buffetbuster, Cousin Johnny
and myself, sunrise meant breakfast. Memphis is relatively easy to navigate and fairly compact, so we arrived at our destination in under 15 minutes. Bob's Barksdale Restaurant
or the Barksdale.
A small neighborhood joint...
...the American Flag, in a larger than life rendition, sets the tone.
We studied both the breakfast menu...
...and the lunch menu so we could make informed decisions.
We began with a breakfast appetizer of biscuits and gravy. The biscuits - highly recommended by buffetbuster
- were light, airy and fresh from the oven. The man behind the biscuits even came out to our table by request to receive our congratulations.
Here's a close-up...
...before being dressed.
As you may have guessed, we opted for breakfast, and here is beautiful sausage, bacon and cheese omelet with some mighty fine home fries. The omelet was cooked perfectly and loaded with fillings.
Add in a little country ham and red-eye gravy....
...some French Toast...
...with bacon and a ham biscuit...and you have the start of a great breakfast. buffetbuster
joined the proprietor for this shot...
for this one.
A solid breakfast spot with mighty friendly folks, heavenly biscuits and delicious omelets and country ham. Barksdale Restaurant 237 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104 Tel: 901-722-2193
After breakfast, we headed back to the hotel and watched everyone partaking in the "free" continental breakfast plus! We just kept grinning! It was time for a brotherly show of love...and with that, Brother Kerry
was up and at 'em! An hour later, we were loaded up, checked out...and on the road again. Next stop, an early mid-morning snack.
At the Wiles - Smith Drug Store
, established in 1935...
I think this fellow above our heads came in right after opening...but here's (l-r) Brother Kerry, ChiTownDiner, Cousin Johnny
in the photo take by the proprietor.
We weren't sure what we would order, but we knew it would include ice cream. Note the offering of beer on the menu!
We started with milk shakes....
Here's the strawberry being poured!!! out of the beaker!
Lime freeze right after serving, note the frost on the beaker...
...and during the pour!
And a cherry shake...
...paired nicely with a grilled cheese and bacon.
Let's see the hot dog lovers try to pick up this chili dog!
Here's the opposite shot from the Roadfood review....
If you're looking for Memphis' oldest independent drug store, you've found it! Wiles-Smith Drug Store 1635 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 Tel: 901-278-6416
After our early mid-morning snack, it was time for our late mid-morning snack, and we were just down the road from the Cupboard.
As it was still only 11:00am, we beat the crowd and were seated right away.
You just knew veggies were going to play a part in this order!
We began with a four veggie plate to accompany our six desserts! Fried green tomatoes started this clockwise rotation, followed by greens, corn pudding and Italian spinach. The selections were democratically selected with each of us having a selection!
The banana pudding was rich and creamy and loaded with bananas and crumb topping.
Apple cobler was more like stewed apples, but was served hot out of the oven.
The bread pudding was a surprise and as such, was finished first!
But the star of the show was the Lemon Ice Box Pie...
...and required two pieces to satisfy the troops! Cold, lemony, sweet, delicious! Cupboard Restaurant 1400 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 Tel: 901-276-8015
Well, we were fast approaching lunch time...so it was decision time.
Stay tuned for more from day2!