Saturday September 20
I am going to try and do this trip report as I go. Try being the operative word.
I arrived at Bun's on the Run
at 6:50AM this morning. I had called earlier in the week and they told me they open at 7:00AM on Saturdays. But there were no lights on inside as if they were preparing to open. At two minutes 'til, a woman pulled in the driveway and went inside. I waited until five after and it was obvious they were nowhere near opening yet.
Luckily, my ol' reliable for breakfast in Memphis, Barksdale Restaurant
was only a half mile away.
Above the big opening leading to the kitchen is this sign.
Needless to say, the service here is very friendly, even to a Yankee taking photos of his food like me.
The restaurant is one room, with well worn boothes and some tables in between. After always hearing about other classic Roadfood places closing (like Ma Glockner's
earlier in the week), it is nice to see a place like this not only surviving, but thriving. By the time I left, just about every seat was taken.
Five minutes after I placed my order, my waitress came over and apologized, saying they were waiting for the biscuits. When she brought my plate over, she said, "Y'all ready to eat?" I know it is early, but I can safely say that is the silliest question I will be asked all day!
These biscuits were well worth any wait.
Soft, light and piping hot, this is why I love eating in the South so much.
The real star of breakfast, though, is the country ham.
Salty, with a powerful flavor, there is nothing like it back north. Some hash browns and eggs completed my meal. Oh, and of course, the ham comes with the red eye gravy.
As I was taking photos of the outside before I left, I noticed four of the kitchen workers all standing outside, obviously discussing me. One of them made his way over and asked if I liked my breakfast. When I said I very much did, he said he was relieved, because he didn't know why I was taking photos. I told him about the Sterns and Roadfood and showed him the review of Barksdale
, which he seemed to enjoy. He then walked back to the group and seemed to be telling them about our conversation. So, I walked over and gave them the review, which they seemed happy to read. One young guy, who introduced himself as Ron, asked if I liked the biscuits. When I said I loved the biscuits, he proudly told me he made them. They obviously take great pride in what they do here. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=219&RefID=219
So, what is better than a breakfast in Memphis? Two breakfasts, of course! Since I wasn't nearly full, I made my way back to Buns on the Run
They were now open and had lots of customers already. The sign said seat yourself, so I did. I waited about ten minutes and still no waitress to be found. Thinking I just wasn't meant to eat here, I was just about to get up to leave when a woman came over and apologized, saying she didn't hear me come in.
I ordered the potato pancakes
and thank goodness I stayed. These were fantastic! I loved the combination of the soft, creamy inside with the crispy, gnarled outside edges. The bright red cinnamon apple sauce was the perfect topping. These were the best potato pancakes I have ever had.
The Sterns review talks about the great bakery items they make here, but the waitress told me they didn't have today. Still, on the way out, I grabbed a lemon bar. I will take a photo of it later and add it. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=1258&RefID=1258
Much more to come.....