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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 1:50 PM
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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! 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 1:51 PM
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Buddy-
So we can take credit away from wanderingjew?  I need no convincing for that!
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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 1:54 PM
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A little background on my experience at Payne's.  A few years ago, a handful of us stopped in at another Payne's, located on Elvis Presley Boulevard and it was truly awful.  The meat was incredibly fatty, the service was painfully slow, the toilet in the bathroom had overflowed (okay, that may have been my fault, but luckily we had a plumber with us) and the place was just dirty.  Looking back on it, we should have walked out rather than eaten there.  This has made me not want to eat at Payne's ever again. 

Since then, the Sterns named Payne's their top choice for barbecue pork sandwich in their 500 Things To Eat book.  That got my attention.  On top of that, wanderingjew visited the other Payne's location on Lamar Avenue and declared it his favorite, also.  Okay, those two things convinced me to give them another try.
Ahem.  Also, IIRC, it was moi who convinced wanderingjew that he should disregard his bad experience at the Elvis Presley Blvd location and check out the one on Lamar.  If I'm mistaken on that count, I apologize, but still...
Buddy

 
He's always stealing credit!  +


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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 1:58 PM
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A little background on my experience at Payne's.  A few years ago, a handful of us stopped in at another Payne's, located on Elvis Presley Boulevard and it was truly awful.  The meat was incredibly fatty, the service was painfully slow, the toilet in the bathroom had overflowed (okay, that may have been my fault, but luckily we had a plumber with us) and the place was just dirty.  Looking back on it, we should have walked out rather than eaten there.  This has made me not want to eat at Payne's ever again. 

Since then, the Sterns named Payne's their top choice for barbecue pork sandwich in their 500 Things To Eat book.  That got my attention.  On top of that, wanderingjew visited the other Payne's location on Lamar Avenue and declared it his favorite, also.  Okay, those two things convinced me to give them another try.
Ahem.  Also, IIRC, it was moi who convinced wanderingjew that he should disregard his bad experience at the Elvis Presley Blvd location and check out the one on Lamar.  If I'm mistaken on that count, I apologize, but still...
Buddy


mmmmmmmmmm..............not so fast......
 
That wasn't me...
Besides the fact that I take all the credit for you discovering  Sokolowski's,  I had previously visited Paynes on Lamar back in April of 2005 (see my "Deep South Baseball trip" for confirmation.
 
When we revisited in 2009. we went to the Elvis Presley Blvd location because it was the closest to where ever we were coming from and we assumed that they were affiliated with the Lamar Blvd location
 
So once again...I take ALL the credit

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 2:03 PM
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I thought Carolina Bob while breakfasting at the Arcade Restaurant across from the old station had put in a good word for Payne's also! 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 2:04 PM
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Hey guys...fantastic report. I can almost taste that Payne's sandwich. A pure thing of beauty. Just a note..."AFI"=A Fire Inside.....They're OK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yzu-4kJg6g
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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 2:12 PM
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I thought Carolina Bob while breakfasting at the Arcade Restaurant across from the old station had put in a good word for Payne's also! 


Carolina Bob was a complete figment of your imagination....
He never really existed
We were just humoring you.


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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 2:25 PM
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wanderingjew


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I thought Carolina Bob while breakfasting at the Arcade Restaurant across from the old station had put in a good word for Payne's also! 


Carolina Bob was a complete figment of your imagination....
He never really existed
We were just humoring you.


 
What about the three wishes he granted me? 


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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 2:26 PM
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I think the next Roadfood poll should be, who do we believe should get the credit for Payne's, BuddyRoadhouse or wanderingjew.  Since Buddy is from Chicago, I plan on voting for him at least a half dozen times!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 2:29 PM
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I'm throwing Carolina Bob into the mix based on my comments above...looks like a three-way!  
 
BTW, Chicago rules applied, Buddy wins in a landslide much like JFK! 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 4:55 PM
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Wouldn't it be great if our toughest day consisted of fitting in more pie after an amazing day of eating?!! We did spend some time with the owner - Tim had found this place after reading that the owner won a national pie championship with the chocolate pie, and last year won for both the chocolate and strawberry pie. When you walk in their small storefront, there are two cases on each side of the room with the multiple awards and trophies that she has won for various pie contests. She told us a story of entering a pie contest recently in Miami and driving down there with her chocolate pie. The night prior to the contest, she unfortunately placed the pie near the edge of the bed and it flipped upside down on the floor.  While it would make me cry, I bet the part that wasn't actually touching the carpet still tasted pretty good :-)

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 9:12 PM
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JB-ME


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Thank you JB-ME! What pie or pies would you have chosen?

I think the  German chocolate, pecan, custard, blueberry, and key lime would be in the running for potential top picks. It is so hard with so many choices! My favorite pies to make as well as eat are fruit and berry pies. I can control the sugar and not make them too sweet.
Considering how great the blueberry pies are in Maine, it probably wouldn't live up to your expectations.  Still, some solid choices there. 

    This probably sounds strange, but I can't remember the last time I had pie in a restaurant in Maine. I don't usually have the room for dessert. You are probably right about the Maine blueberry pies being great. They start with wild Maine low-bush blueberries, which are smaller, sweeter, and more flavorful than their high-bush NJ cousins. Just my opinion. I know some like the others!
   I am pretty sure the last blueberry pie I had was one I made. I like it with a regular top crust or with a crumb/streusel crust. Which I make depends on how the baking muse strikes that day. I used to buy half-flats or full flats (10 or 20 lbs) of fresh Maine blueberries in late July or early August and freeze most of them. That's roughly 7 or 14 quarts of berries. Yummy for making blueberry muffins, pancakes, cake, or pies.
   Add that wonderful-looking strawberry pie to my list. I, too, was thinking of the gel-type strawberry pie. That picture changed everything. 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 9:45 PM
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I thought Carolina Bob while breakfasting at the Arcade Restaurant across from the old station had put in a good word for Payne's also! 

 
 
Nope CTD, it wasn't me. I still haven't been to Payne's but hopefully one of these days...

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 10:22 PM
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We were thinking about you while we were in Memphis CB!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 10:40 PM
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A little background on my experience at Payne's.  A few years ago, a handful of us stopped in at another Payne's, located on Elvis Presley Boulevard and it was truly awful.  The meat was incredibly fatty, the service was painfully slow, the toilet in the bathroom had overflowed (okay, that may have been my fault, but luckily we had a plumber with us) and the place was just dirty.  Looking back on it, we should have walked out rather than eaten there.  This has made me not want to eat at Payne's ever again. 

Since then, the Sterns named Payne's their top choice for barbecue pork sandwich in their 500 Things To Eat book.  That got my attention.  On top of that, wanderingjew visited the other Payne's location on Lamar Avenue and declared it his favorite, also.  Okay, those two things convinced me to give them another try.
Ahem.  Also, IIRC, it was moi who convinced wanderingjew that he should disregard his bad experience at the Elvis Presley Blvd location and check out the one on Lamar.  If I'm mistaken on that count, I apologize, but still...
Buddy
mmmmmmmmmm..............not so fast......

That wasn't me...
Besides the fact that I take all the credit for you discovering  Sokolowski's,  I had previously visited Paynes on Lamar back in April of 2005 (see my "Deep South Baseball trip" for confirmation.

When we revisited in 2009. we went to the Elvis Presley Blvd location because it was the closest to where ever we were coming from and we assumed that they were affiliated with the Lamar Blvd location

So once again...I take ALL the credit
My apologies.  It was The Travelin Man whom I encouraged to revisit Payne's on Lamar, as evidenced here.
 
And yes, you did steer me toward Sokolowski's, thank you very much.  Are we never going to hear the end of it for cryin' out loud?
 
Buddy

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 10/25/13 11:00 PM
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Buddy R -
 
WJ & TTM aren't the same guy? Really?
 
-  Dazed & Confused
 
 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sat, 10/26/13 2:39 AM
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I know--when was the last time you saw them together at the same time?
 
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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sat, 10/26/13 7:08 AM
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I know--when was the last time you saw them together at the same time?

Buddy

 

 
 
 
??????

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sat, 10/26/13 8:35 AM
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Who's on first?

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sat, 10/26/13 8:55 AM
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Wouldn't it be great if our toughest day consisted of fitting in more pie after an amazing day of eating?!! We did spend some time with the owner - Tim had found this place after reading that the owner won a national pie championship with the chocolate pie, and last year won for both the chocolate and strawberry pie. When you walk in their small storefront, there are two cases on each side of the room with the multiple awards and trophies that she has won for various pie contests. She told us a story of entering a pie contest recently in Miami and driving down there with her chocolate pie. The night prior to the contest, she unfortunately placed the pie near the edge of the bed and it flipped upside down on the floor.  While it would make me cry, I bet the part that wasn't actually touching the carpet still tasted pretty good :-)

Now that you (and others) mention that they participated in the national competition, I think I remember these people!  They compete in the commercial category and decorate their pies on site.  If it's the same person, she's a nice, very fun person--I spent time with her at the 2012 awards party.

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sat, 10/26/13 12:25 PM
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Seven more and you've got enough for a minyan.
 
Gut Shabbes,
Buddy
 
P.S. Notice they have their backs to us.  Could be anybody, proves nothing.
 
Buddy
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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Mon, 10/28/13 7:08 PM
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I saw them-at the  same time-in Mobile. Proof positive.......not a good thing! LOL!
 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Mon, 10/28/13 8:19 PM
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Our plans for the day on Thursday was to spend it in NE Mississippi.  But that doesn't mean we couldn't get breakfast on the way out of town!  Neither CTD or Cousin Johnny had been to Blue Plate Café out in the eastern suburbs of Memphis before, so this was our destination.  I have been here twice before with mixed results.
 
When we pulled up ten minutes before they are supposed to open at 7:00AM,

there were several cars in the parking lot and people sitting inside.  It may not be obvious from the photo, but the exterior is bright yellow.  
 
Cousin Johnny got the waffle, with the apple cinnamon compote.  

I can't really remember him saying he particularly liked it or disliked it.  Sorry.  CTD ordered the spinach omelet (which I want to say he added sausage and cheese),

which contained creamed spinach, something you don't normally see.  I enjoyed the bite I had, but CTD said he tired of it quickly and only ate about half of it.
 
Wanting to save as much appetite as possible for the onslaught of food we would be eating later in the day, I just ordered the biscuits and gravy. 

The biscuits were a little dry and too crumbly for my taste.  Even worse was the gravy which was hopelessly thin.  So thin, I didn't even bother taking a photo.  Sorry, again.
 
The Blue Plate Café is a friendly place, the food is fairly priced and the waitstaff is certainly attractive, but the quality of the food isn't good enough for me to come back.
 
Blue Plate Café
5469 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN
901-761-9696
 
No big deal, we know we have some really good meals just a few hours ahead in Mississippi! 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Mon, 10/28/13 8:32 PM
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Bummer. 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Mon, 10/28/13 9:02 PM
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TnTinCT
 
The night prior to the contest, she unfortunately placed the pie near the edge of the bed and it flipped upside down on the floor.

I can't even imagine how heartbreaking that must have been!  Apparently, it wasn't meant to be.  I can definitely see why that strawberry pie would win awards. 


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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Tue, 10/29/13 7:50 AM
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Not much to add except the Blue Plate is a pretty cool place and I really loved the glow in the pre-dawn darkness.  As for my omelet, the creamed spinach sounded intriguing...and it was for the first dozen bites.  But then it became to overpowering and I soon tired of it leaving behind almost half.  It relay overpowered everything in the omelet and on the table.  Perhaps a lessor portion (I know - heresy!) would have made for a better marriage between egg and fillings! The biscuits were as buffetbuster described non-descript, but the gravy was just plain flavorless and a real low point on the tour. 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Tue, 10/29/13 8:22 AM
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An hour and a half later, we arrived in the city of Corinth, MS, in the far northwest corner of the state.  Our first stop was Abe's Grill, a place I have been eagerly looking forward to since first reading about it in the 2011 edition of Roadfood.  And much of that had to do with those two little magical words, "chocolate gravy!"
 
To say that the outside of Abe's Grill

is busy is an understatement.  There are vintage signs everywhere.  My favorites include this long one

declaring it the Mid-South's favorite biscuit and a trio of weather beaten signs,

including one for a funeral parlor.  The inside is tiny and there is nothing but tightly packed in counter seats.  It is so cozy that when I went to go use the bathroom, two guys sitting down eating had to get up to let me get around the corner of the counter.  And every square inch of the interior


is also decorated in signs, license plates and anything else they could get their hands on.  It is so cluttered that they deemed it necessary to hang a sign declaring which way to the exit

and even that is upside down!
 
The menu is a big board on the back wall. 

The first thing we were asked is what we wanted to drink.  My sweet tea was delivered in a frosty glass jar

and since I love my tea as cold as possible, I really appreciated this small touch.
 
There was one man cooking the food and taking some orders, while one woman was refilling coffee and also taking orders.  There was no room behind the counter for a third person.  The man yelled in our direction and asked if we wanted eggs.  Sure we said.  Then we were asked what meats we wanted with our eggs.  Soon, our plates were delivered and I still hadn't even been able to order my biscuits and chocolate gravy yet.  When I asked for it, the lady seemed a little annoyed, but there was no way I coming here without trying it.
 
My country ham was wafer thin, but still packed a salty punch. 

And I love dipping my ham in the red eye gravy.  The biscuits were hard topped, but the insides were moist and flaky.  Johnny had the sausage,

which came in thin patties, with crispy exteriors.
 
CTD got a cheeseburger,

which was excellent.  You could tell that they use fresh ground beef here and this was another thin patty, with nice crusty edges on a grilled bun.  Hey CTD, what kind of cheese was that on there?  Whatever it was, they melted it well.  It is a little bit of a pet peeve of mine when restaurants don't melt the cheese on a burger.
 
Unfortunately, the chocolate gravy was a disappointment. 

My one previous encounter with chocolate gravy was at the Wagon Wheel in Arkansas and the gravy was rich and full flavored.  Here, it was too liquidy and sweet and reminded me of Hershey's syrup.  I would not order it here again.
 
Food-wise, Abe's gets a mixed review, but we sure did enjoy the atmosphere.
 
Abe's Grill
206 Old Highway 72
Corinth, MS
662-286-6124
 
Next up, slugburgers!
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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Tue, 10/29/13 8:43 AM
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I thoroughly enjoyed Abe's...it's a great show without the cover charge!  We were fortunate to have timed our entrance to find 4 empty seats all in row.  We sat down in the corner three, and then shifted right as part of an audible to get a better view.
 
Minutes later, Abe yelled for us to move back down because by now, folks were standing behind other folks waiting for a stool to open up.  We shifted back left and boom...the food was out so fast it only minutes since we had sat down.
 
I am not sure what cheese was on my burger as I never did see it listed but it was really good.  Crispy, fresh, hot, cheesy...I loved the burger as did Cousin Johnny and buffetbuster. 
 
The banter was nonstop with regulars, strangers and Yankees alike!  Guess which category we were sized up for immediately!  Lots of to go orders were flying out the door.  Nothing was ever written down...it was orally transmitted or just plain yelled across the room!  Same when it was time to pay...tell Abe what you had and he tells you the price, always in round dollars!
 
The biscuits were really good and I was amazed at the number being baked.  Tray after tray had a 6 inch paint brush applied coat of melted butter swished on and then the were placed under the heat lamp.  It seemed a tray of 30 biscuits was added to the holding area every 5 minutes. 
 
Abe mans the flattop and keeps everything cooking at once....no small feat with the number of orders coming in.  This is Roadfood America at its finest!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Tue, 10/29/13 8:46 AM
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Ahhh, I forgot about the paint brush.  Thanks so much CTD!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Tue, 10/29/13 9:07 AM
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Not much to add except the Blue Plate is a pretty cool place and I really loved the glow in the pre-dawn darkness. 

CTD, I love this observation--I can totally visualize your experience.  You must be a morning person, because who else would appreciate this.
 
BB -  Abe's Grill looks wonderful!  The signage outside is fabulous, the menu looks great (funny pricing, huh) and reasonably priced, and it's a perfect RF destination, which I've now bookmarked.  I'll skip the chocolate gravy, though--thanks for the tip on that!
 
On their FB page, they mention that they've created a new Web site, so I'm sharing that link here:  http://www.abesgrill.com/
 
I'm enjoying your trip immensely!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Tue, 10/29/13 9:20 AM
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L2B - I am a morning person often enjoying several cups of coffee before the dawn of day!  There was so much neon and other forms of lighting, it really cast a wonderful glow! 
 
I also need to add that I also ordered the bologna - when don't I? - and it was fried up on the flattop in short order and served with my eggs, biscuits and sausage!  I love bologna and as it contains all of life's essential nutrients, I continuously ordered it on this trip!  

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Wed, 10/30/13 7:45 AM
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Next stop in Corinth was the White Trolley, a small rectangular building

on the busy highway.  I was a little bummed that the restaurant wasn't inside an old trolley car.  When you walk in, all the seating is at one long counter running the length of the building.  Unlike Abe's Grill, this place was far roomier and wasn't as crowded.
 
Even though it was still morning, we came here not for breakfast, but the specialty of the house.....  the slugburger.  In fact, White Trolley declares itself "Home of the World Famous Slugburger"! 

Knowing that this most likely wasn't going to be the food highlight of the day, we decided ahead of time to split one slugburger three ways.  After looking at the menu board

and seeing that they were only .85 cents each, we ordered one slugcheeseburger each at .99 cents. 

 
 
So, what is a slugburger?  Well, CajunKing is the expert here on the forums and he will be visiting many of the slugburger restaurants in the area (keep an eye out for a future report), but it started as away to extend meat during war times when food was being rationed.  Originally, from what I read, flour and potato flakes were mixed in with the meat, but soybeans is more popular now.  Anyway, none of us particularly liked them.  In your mind, you are ordering a burger and when you bite into it and don't get that taste of beef, you don't react well.   I do think there is bread in the slugburger at White Trolley.  It certainly doesn't taste bad, but this isn't one of the more popular regional specialties for a reason.  Maybe it was because I knew what to expect, because it was still much better than my previous experience with one at Borroum's Drug Store here in Corinth.
 
Luckily, the rest of the food at White Trolley is pretty good.  My ham biscuit

was fattier than normal, but still provided big flavor in a fine little biscuit.   CTD liked his regular burger and Johnny enjoyed the creamy cole slaw on top of his slawdog. 

 
The young man who waited on us was very nice to these strangers with odd accents, wielding cameras.  I wouldn't mind coming back and exploring more of their regular menu.
 
White Trolley
1215 Highway 72E
Corinth, MS
662-287-4593         
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Only in this area is the default burger a slugburger!  If you want a "regular" burger, you need to order a beef burger...with or without cheese of course! 

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Guess I'm making Corinth a stop next trip through to see sister, instead of Tunica.  Can't wait for the Arkie stops.  There'd better be the pie and BBQ in Dewitt showing up.

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I don't know anything about pie or bbq in Dewitt, AR.  Please tell us more!

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Corinth was a sleeper in that we made 5 stops and they were all really different!  

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crew84row-
I don't know anything about pie or bbq in Dewitt, AR.  Please tell us more!

 oops my bad  I meant DeValls Bluff with Craig's Q and the Pie Shop.  Thanks for the catch.

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DeValls Bluff will be coming right up when we get to Saturday!  

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For slugburgers are the soybeans and meat ground together or is a soy paste added to the beef?  I'm thinking that if it's the latter an Asian bean paste would do a lot for the flavor.
 
Great report so far, BB!

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crew84row


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crew84row-
I don't know anything about pie or bbq in Dewitt, AR.  Please tell us more!

oops my bad  I meant DeValls Bluff with Craig's Q and the Pie Shop.  Thanks for the catch.
Darn, I was hoping you knew about another great pie shop in Arkansas.  There certainly is a lot of great pie in that state.  And man, did we hit DeValls Bluff hard!


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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Wed, 10/30/13 1:39 PM
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There used to be a catfish place in DeWitt.  Hole in the Wall-cash only, as I recall.  Not sure if it's still around or how good.  Nearest thing to bakeries/pie shops/coffee shops were in Pine Bluff or Stuttgart.  Again apologize for the "teaser".   I'll just "shut up and let you guys eat"

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No apology necessary crew84row!  It sure sounds like you know Arkansas well and we look forward to hearing more from you.

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For slugburgers are the soybeans and meat ground together or is a soy paste added to the beef?  I'm thinking that if it's the latter an Asian bean paste would do a lot for the flavor.

Great report so far, BB!

 
Pretty sure they are as it is served as one patty just like a regular beef burger.  I had mine side by side and they look pretty much the same especially as you dress with cheese and the toppings of choice were mustard, pickle and onion (raw).  It was slightly lighter in color. 

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L2B - I am a morning person often enjoying several cups of coffee before the dawn of day!  There was so much neon and other forms of lighting, it really cast a wonderful glow! 

I also need to add that I also ordered the bologna - when don't I? - and it was fried up on the flattop in short order and served with my eggs, biscuits and sausage!  I love bologna and as it contains all of life's essential nutrients, I continuously ordered it on this trip!  

Mmmm... fried bologna.  I haven't had that since I was a kid, as I don't seem to buy bologna now.  I do buy salami, though, and fry it. 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Wed, 10/30/13 10:38 PM
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ok here is the skinny on the slugburger.
 
White Trolley "claims" to have invented it, but the honor actually goes to the Weeks Diner, it was originally called a "Weeks" Burger.
 
The standard mixture is about 1/3 beef to 2/3 filler, whether that be potato flakes or soy grits or bread crumbs.  The meat and the filler is combined and the balled out and pattied, and then deep fried usually in a modified flat top grill that has been modified to hold about 1 1 1/2 inches of oil, the paties are then deep fried and then typically served with mustard, pickle and onion.
 
Cheese can be added as well as other condiments.
 
The original "Weeks" burger was created when times were tight in the Chicago area, when the weeks originator worked for a meat processor in chi town, then moved to Corinth, and that area and brought the burger with him.  Over time the the name was changed to slugburger because you could get a beef burger for a dime, but a "Weeks" burger was only a nickel (slug) hence the name has stuck and the slugburger has become a VERY, and I do mean VERY regional specific item. 
 
Only in NW MS, NE AL and SSW TN do you find them.  Other names for a slugburger include:
 
Weeks Burger
Dudie Burger
Breaded Burger
Doughburger
are the most common
 
I am in TN now and starting next week I will be on the hunt of the best slugburger.  So stay tuned for the thread in the trip report sections
 
 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Thu, 10/31/13 7:24 AM
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We never called it a slugburger, but I grew up thinking that you had to add moistened bread and an egg to your ground beef before making burger patties.  Then they were grilled outside.  After I grew up and left home, I realized that it was simply my Mom being thrifty and trying to make the meat stretch.  Imagine my surprise - and delight -  when I tasted my first 100% beef burger! 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 11/1/13 8:09 AM
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Thanks so much for the history lesson on the slugburger CK!  It is one of the more interesting regional specialties, just not one of the tastier ones!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 11/1/13 8:44 AM
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We never called it a slugburger, but I grew up thinking that you had to add moistened bread and an egg to your ground beef before making burger patties.  Then they were grilled outside.  After I grew up and left home, I realized that it was simply my Mom being thrifty and trying to make the meat stretch.  Imagine my surprise - and delight -  when I tasted my first 100% beef burger! 

Sounds like a very basic meatloaf!  That's not as a bad sandwich.

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I LOVE meat loaf and I can tell you...this ain't NO meat loaf!  I find it difficult to understand Cajun King's love of these, especially when for 10 cents more, you get a regular burger!  

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 11/1/13 12:39 PM
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CTD - I was only referring to will_work's burgers growing up--not the slugburgers you guys got.  Mystery meat is quite different from bread and eggs added to ground beef.

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Fri, 11/1/13 1:20 PM
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L2B - Sorry - thought you were comparing the slugburger ingredients to meat loaf, my mistake!  Also, I typically enjoy my meatloaf with gravy which adds another layer of desirable flavor to the whole entree.  I think it's the ratio AND the ingredients, it is somewhat baffling in  that it's so small, but so different from the beef burger.  

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I LOVE meat loaf and I can tell you...this ain't NO meat loaf!  I find it difficult to understand Cajun King's love of these, especially when for 10 cents more, you get a regular burger!  

 
It's a SOUTH thang, you damn Yankees just dont understand. 


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Sounds like a very basic meatloaf!  That's not as a bad sandwich.

Yes, it was like a very basic meatloaf!  And it wasn't bad (grilling it outside was a plus)....but it wasn't a 100% pure beef burger either.  I'll go with the 100% beef any day!
Funny story about hamburgers and additives....my Mom had dementia for over ten years.  When I would take her to various doctor appts, I would usually take her out to lunch or supper.  Since she loved burgers, I took her to all the best and most highly praised burger joints around.  We ate big, juicy, beefy burgers all over Birmingham for years.  Then one day, we were running short on time, so I zoomed into McDonald's and got us some burgers from the dollar menu.  Mom was elated!  "What IS this place???  This is the BEST food I ever ate!!!"  Really, Mom???  Well, I guess she lost her memories but not her taste for junk added to her burgers!  And yes (ewww!), since she loved it so much, I continued to take her there whenever I could stomach it.  Ha!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sat, 11/2/13 1:20 PM
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CajunKing,
I've been intrigued by the slugburger since first hearing about it, on good old Roadfood, of course.  Really looking forward to your report(s).  I'm sure you will give us a view of the insides, cut in half.  Also, what kinds of condiments are offered -- pretty much same all over, or different?
 
Do you think there might be an ethnic aspect -- poor people making something good out of what they had at hand?
 
From the comments here, I'm gathering that I won't necessarily love it.  But I still want to try one or three.
 

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sun, 11/3/13 12:11 PM
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Next stop in Corinth was Dilworth's Tamales,

which is drive-thru only place.  What I find interesting is that the building itself is rather large, so they definitely could do inside seating if they wanted.  Maybe it is drive-thru only because the family also lives in the building.  Or because they menu is so limited.  Or both.
 
The menu is simply tamales,

either hot or mild and peach cobbler.  Knowing all the food we would be consuming during our short visit to Mississippi, we decided a half dozen tamales would be enough for the three of us.  Now, two tamales each might still sound like a significant amount of food, but not these tamales.  Here is a half dozen, which come to you first wrapped in white paper,

then aluminum foil and then finally further wrapped in parchment paper. 

Unwrapping them is incredibly messy and luckily they were generous enough to provide us with one whole napkin for the three of us.  We were forced to tear the napkins into three pieces, which we found more amusing than anything else.
 
The tamales are very simple, make with only beef, cornmeal and spices according to the most recent Roadfood book.  And you can easily taste all three with the combination of the spices providing a nice zing more than heat.  Even though it would take at least a dozen of these to come close to a meal, we found two each to be a pleasant snack and a nice change of pace from the other food on this day.
 
At places like this, I usually find any kind of dessert to be an afterthought, but the peach cobbler

surprised us.  It was still hot with lots of soft, sugary sweet breading, though a little light on the peaches.
 
Dilworth's Tamales
111 Taylor Street
Corinth, MS
662-665-0833
 
Despite three stops already in Corinth, we weren't even close to be done.....     

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sun, 11/3/13 12:15 PM
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  I'm sure you will give us a view of the insides, cut in half. 

I really wanted to get a better photo of the slugburger from White Trolley.  I tried to lift off the top bun, but the cheese was stuck to it and would have ruined the whole look.  It did occur to me to ask for knife to cut it in half, but I would have felt silly since this was such a small item to begin with.  If I had it to do over again, I would have, in the name of Roadfood! 


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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sun, 11/3/13 12:45 PM
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easydoesit
 
I'm sure you will give us a view of the insides, cut in half. 

I really wanted to get a better photo of the slugburger from White Trolley.  I tried to lift off the top bun, but the cheese was stuck to it and would have ruined the whole look.  It did occur to me to ask for knife to cut it in half, but I would have felt silly since this was such a small item to begin with.  If I had it to do over again, I would have, in the name of Roadfood! 

 
Thanks, BB.  Talking one for the team is always the most honorable endeavor.



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We drove around the lovely little town of Corinth, with me telling CTD and Cousin Johnny about my previous visit to town and how much I enjoyed the atmosphere of Borroum's Drug Store

Which you can read about approximately 2/3 of the way down this page.  Besides being the first place I tried a slugburger, they have a really nice old-fashioned soda fountain.  In fact, it is Mississippi's oldest operating drug store and soda fountain!  When CTD parked as if we were going to go in and eat, I was naively surprised.  I was already pushing the limits of my appetite, but CTD wanted to go in for a milkshake.  Well, who doesn't have room for a milkshake?  So, in we went.
 
Since it was just about noon, the place was already filled with people eating their lunch. 

The location just across the street from the county courthouse seems ideal.  Luckily, the counter was wide open, so we plopped down there.
 
The milkshake flavors

provided a few surprises, since you don't see the likes of grape or black walnut very often.  I inquired about the grape and the young, cute waitress just shook her head and said she wasn't a fan.  Since she would be the one who would be making them, I kept looking.  As soon as she suggested the peanut butter/banana combination, Johnny and I jumped on it. 
 
From our counter seats, we had the perfect view of her making the shakes, using real ice cream, scooping peanut butter out of a jar, cutting up a whole banana in each and hand mixing it on an old style mixer.  We expected these to be really good and they were even better than that.  

Thick, with a strong flavor of peanut butter and small bits of banana, this was the best shake I have had in quite a while.  We got 2 1/2 glass fulls out of the silver beaker.  In fact, I was enjoying my shake so much, I have no idea what flavor CTD ordered and enjoyed.
 
While we were drinking our shakes, I looked over the sandwich menu

and casually mentioned that I really liked the pimento cheese sandwich I eaten on my previous visit.  That was all CTD needed to hear and he called the waitress back over and ordered one.  No lettuce on this one,

it was tomato only, on perfectly toasted bread.  The pimento cheese was creamier and tasted wonderfully fresh, making this a big hit with all three of us.
 
In the back of the drug store, they have Civil War relics, plus creepy photos of past owners. 

During our time at the counter, we kept up running conversations with several of the other waitresses, since they all had to go back there to pick up their food.  This is a friendly place, with lots of personality!  Borroum's Drug Store comes highly recommended.  Just not for the slugburger!
 
Borroum's Drug Store
604 Waldron Street
Corinth, MS
662-286-3361
 
One more stop in Corinth to go. 

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I would love to know what that grape shake tastes like!  I wonder if it's green or a deep purple?  Did you happen to see one?  Now I'll be pondering this.....
The pimento cheese looks wonderful!

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Re:2013 Roadfood Bus Tour Memphis/Arkansas - Sun, 11/3/13 1:43 PM
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"Even though it would take at least a dozen of these to come close to a meal, we found two each to be a pleasant snack and a nice change of pace from the other food on this day. "
 
When you consider our previous meal was 6 minutes earlier and our next meal would be 6 minutes later, two was most definitely a pleasant snack!
 
I love my cobblers well spiced and with a crumb style topping and this met both criteria with great success!  I could've downed a few of these little guys! 

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