|Roadfood 2013 Fall Eating Tour: Memphis to the Heart of Arkansas
October 18-19, 2013
Is Gus's fried chicken the best on earth? Many who sampled it at FOODFEST thought so. Taste for yourself as the 2013 Roadfood Eating Tour begins on Friday, October 18, with a hearty, family-style, all-you-can-eat fried chicken breakfast (OK, call it brunch if you wish) at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, just off Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
We then head to what is, in our opinion, the #1 barbecue in a city of superb barbecue, the Cozy Corner, where Desiree Robinson has promised to give the Roadfood tour a royal welcome along with smoke-pit wonders from Cornish hen to barbecued bologna.
Memphis is a big Southern-vegetable city, a fact we will enjoy at The Cupboard, where meat-and-three meals star, and where the cream pies and icebox pies are angelic.
Then, on to Germantown Commissary where the menu includes four-star ribs as well as hot tamales, BBQ shrimp, BBQ salad, and such dreamy desserts as banana pudding, caramel cake, and coconut cream pie.
Friday's tour concludes at Central BBQ (another FOODFEST favorite) for rib slabs, pulled pork plates, and pig sandwiches … and, of course, peanut butter pie.
There will be enough time when the tour ends Friday night for adventurers to explore other Memphis eateries, blues clubs, and Elvis World on their own.
Saturday morning, October 19, we travel west out of Memphis to arrive in Little Rock as special guests at the annual Cheese Dip Festival and judging of the World Cheese Dip Championship.
From Little Rock, the road trip leads to Hot Springs to compare and contrast two of the world's greatest barbecue parlors: Stubby's Hik-Ry Pit Bar-B-Que and McClard's.
Saturday's visit to Arkansas then returns to Little Rock and a legendary steak house: Doe's Eat Place, which also serves killer tamales and chili.
Did we mention that along the way we will be sampling some of Arkansas' best pies, from pie purveyors throughout the state?
Please join us for what promises to be a memorable weekend in one of the most Roadfood-rich parts of the country.
The ticket price of $239 includes a place on the bus and a couple of the special meals, but most food will be pay as you go.