Prior to picking buffetbuster
up from the airport, I had made an opening stop at the Roadfood reviewed Women's Exchange. One of 18 located throughout the US, it is one of 3 or 4 to serve food year round. The gift shop is nicely arranged and was seasonally decorated for Christmas with some very beautiful ornaments and tree decorations.
I had previously visited the Women's Exchange approximately 4 years ago and loved it. Open only for lunch M-F, the hours are 11:30am - 1:30pm. Four hungry guys armed with cameras really caught the attention of the all female volunteer staff and before we knew it, we made their newsletter....probably as strangest group of visitors. I enjoyed it them and was looking forward to enjoying it again.
The entrance guides you right through the gift shop and to a small hostess counter. Once in que, you look at the board for the days menu selections of which there are three. There is typically one hot dish - my visit included a chicken breast with southern sides, a sandwich choice with soup which was ham and veggie platter. I went all in on the veggie plate which is accompanied by a beverage choice. Add ons are either soup or pie...the custard pie proved to be the correct choice!
Grab any seat and sit back. While I had arrived 10 minutes before "opening," the gift shop opens earlier so there were already 20 folks seated. My unsweetened tea arrived in minutes followed by my veggie plate about 5 minutes later.
While the choices rotate, my day had 4 outstanding selections. Candied yams, black eyed peas, greens and an outstanding squash casserole. Each item is separated by a small finger of white bread and the entire foursome is topped with a corn muffin! Pure eating pleasure! I could have devoured several of these, but I knew outside influences would be arriving at the airport in another hour or so.
Instead, I turned in my casino chip and a slightly warmed slice of custard pie arrived. The perfect ending to a great Memphis start!
Heading down the road, it was cherry malt time at the Roadfood reviewed Wiles-Smith Drugstore. Prime lunch time saw 8 guys sitting around eating lunch. I couldn't help but think this place could be a gold mine with the right menu, promotion and presentation. If you like nostalgia, this is the place for you...and the malt was pretty good too!
Before heading to the airport to pick-up you know who, I had spied a sign for Donald's Donuts and made a quick stop. Upon entering, the first sign I saw was for kolaches which really surprised me as I knew I wasn't in the Czech part of Chicago or in Texas. I went with the flow and grabbed a kolache and two donuts. The donuts were fairly standard issue and wouldn't necessarily bring me back. The kolache was really bad and would actually keep me away. My resume does boast about having consumed 42 million kolaches...so I feel comfortable with this assessment.
With time running out...I headed to the cell phone lot to pick-up he whose name must not be mentioned...and the story continues form the top of page 1!