We got up at the crack of dawn on our second day in Tennessee – we had places to be.
While we’re on the subject of early mornings – one travel tip for Tennessee – bring your aeropress, beans, coffee grinder or cafetiere. I couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee in the whole state, and we tried a lot of places while we were there. We were getting pretty desperate, and we are all massive coffee junkies.
Coffee troubles aside, we were all in pretty good spirits during the three hour drive from Nashville – we were headed for Memphis.
I really liked the way the tours were run – each person was given an iPad with preloaded audio content (narrated, bizarrely, by John Stamos), meaning you could take it at your own pace.
The property itself was so much fun to explore. It’s totally garish and gaudy, but great – it’s always fun to have a nosy in someone else’s home, and the touches that would’ve been cutting edge in their day were hilarious. Three TVs next to each other, on at the same time? Sure.
Luckily, we didn’t have to venture too far afield – just further down Elvis Presley Boulevard to Pollard’s Bar-B-Que.
I couldn’t get enough of that Southern Hospitality down there – everyone was so friendly, so welcoming, and so accomodating. Pollard’s was no different, thanks to the attentions of the fabulous Denise! Absolutely starving at this point, I ordered half a portion of ribs, with a side of beans and fried pickles.
If you haven’t tried fried pickles, you’re seriously missing out (I have a recipe here!) These were great – not too greasy, not at all soggy, and the batter was light.
The ribs and beans were great too – the meat melted off of the bone, and the beans were seasoned in a flavoured stock. Again, if you’re looking for fine dining, this isn’t it, but if you’re looking for a good, cheap eat, then this is right up your street.