Arguably the best bbq in a town famous for bbq.
Memphis is another town in which the college is better known as a basketball school than a football school.
But when your team plays in Memphis, know that the stadium is nowhere near the campus and that the near-campus dives are really just that—dives.
No, the place to party and eat in Memphis is downtown.
That means two things: The Rendezvous for the food and Beale Street for the party.
In a town famous for barbecue, the Rendezvous is famous. Try a whole rack of lipsmacking and finger- licking ribs. Don't forget to eat in the basement rather than upstairs, 'cause the basement is a whole world unto itself.
Most waiters at the Rendezvous have been there longer than you've been alive and have waited on the famous and the unknown. They'll share their stories with you for free.
When you've been filled with the delicious 'cue, head over a couple of blocks to Beale Street, the place where blues began. From every doorway, great live music spills out into the night air like thick clouds of smoke, filling you with history and nostalgia. You could hit a different great club every night for a week and still not see it all.
On your way to the game, don't forget that Sun Studios, the place where Elvis, Jerry Lee, Roy, and Johnny all go their starts, is just down Union Avenue about half a mile from Beale.