Saturday, February 14
The Saturday evening meal was the theoretical "Main Event" of the weekend. The group reconvened around 6 pm at Leonard's Pit Barbecue
, which was too early in the evening for the complete darkness needed to secure this photo...
...a sign that buffetbuster
regards as one of the best Roadfood signs around (IIRC, as stated in a previous thread).
Decorations around Leonard's include an antique car theme - carried over into having an actual antique car in the main dining room.
A cool sign....a funky interior design...things do look promising.
The crowd is seated around the table, and mayor al
is ready at the helm to snap pictures of unsuspecting Roadfooders taking pictures of their food. Poverty Pete
decided on the buffet, and made the first move. Really, in this group, if you're going to do buffet, you SHOULD make a bee-line to the head of the class. You don't want to get caught behind anyone making critical buffet decisions. Here, PP shows off his wares - I can spot wet ribs, barbecued spaghetti, pulled pork, and who knows what else?
I did the buffet, too, and all I know is that I think I made a big mistake. Most of the buffet items were weak, at best. From table conversation, it appears that the handful of folks who chose to order off the menu made out better than those that ordered buffet. The key to the buffet was snagging items just as they were put out for consumption. If you weren't on an item within five or so minutes, it just didn't click. The menu meals all appeared to be well-maintained prior to table delivery.
Two items that I did think were winners (likely do to my timely arrival at the holding tray) were the dry ribs and the catfish.
I also secured the last piece of lemon icebox pie, which was to be my virgin encounter with lemon icebox pie. However, there was one obstacle....
One of the annual highlights of the Glee Club meet-up is the exchanging of door prizes. Despite the absence of the perpetual can of burgoo, the usual mayhem ensued. While this was obviously not something voted on by the masses, I would like to award my personal Rookie of the Year Award (based solely on these gifts) to nocarolina
Bob embraced the idea with true youthful enthusiasm. I walked away with a great collection of jellies, honeys, sauces and such put together by the Mayor, but I was truly jealous of wanderingjew's
win of Bob's gift.
Maurie and Flaurie would have gone well on my shelf with my Thomas Jefferson bobblehead doll and other assorted miscellanea from years gone by.
The group began to disperse, with a small group planning to head off to Beale Street, some making plans for breakfast and yet others saying their farewells. Realizing that I wouldn't see ayersian
(both of 'em) at breakfast the following morning - and that they had cool plans to catch a drive-in movie - and thereby not head towards Beale, we managed to secure a few minutes catching up like the long-lost, never-met friends that we always were. Quality bonding time in the parking lot of a Roadfood event is another semi-longstanding tradition. Sure, we didn't have Bushie hacking off bits of sausage, but the wide-ranging conversation was surely fruitful.
Running a touch later than I'd planned, I did eventually make it back to my hotel and then out to Beale to see some of Memphis' notorious well-lit neon.
Memphis really does look cool all lit up!
I am not sure if the joke here is "Best meal on Beale" or "Put some South in your mouth" - but, either way, I am too much a gentleman to make it!
With Memphis being the home of Graceland - maybe the tackiest of all tacky tourist attractions, it would only make sense to have some wonderful tacky tourist photos.
Exhausted from a long, long day, I made my way back to the hotel, bid farewell to friends, and began to pack for the next day's journey...
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