Late Nite Eats: Season 2 Episode 4 - Memphis, TN

Welcome to Memphis, TN

The highlights of my trip to Memphis were all food! This city really did have the most surprising food scene that covered many cultures and was nothing like the "southern BBQ" town I expected. Keep reading to learn more about all the places I got to visit.

 

WHERE I ATE:

Restaurants Visited for Show


THE VAULT

Chef Aaron Winters made the best buttermilk biscuit that I've ever had with candied pecan butter. It was so flaky, so light and airy, so flavorful and was undoubtedly one of the best bites of ANYTHING I've ever had in my life. So simple and so perfect!

Food sampled:

  • Biscuit Bread Pudding: Buttermilk biscuits, vanilla bourbon anglaise, cinnamon sugar, homemade vanilla gelato, salted bourbon caramel

 

ATOMIC TIKI

As someone that uses Bao Buns often at my restaurant, I'm always interested to see how creative people can get with these buns. Chef Jeff Johnson did not dissappoint with these awesome brisket baos.

Food sampled:

  • Steamed Bun Sliders: BBQ brisket, roast pork or spicy coconut shrimp, cucumber, cilantro, chili aioli

 

SOUTH OF BEALE

Filipino garlic fried rice with and egg but Chef Zach Parks put duck confit all up in the rice! Really cool idea :)

Food sampled:

  • Duck Fried Rice: Duck confit, scallions, sunny-side egg and five spice

 

Restaurants Visited NOT on Show:


CENTRAL BBQ

I had to try classic Memphis BBQ which is rub based I believe - and it did not disappoint. The half rack of ribs was INCREDIBLE! So tender, so flavorful and clearly done with love for years.

LYFE KITCHEN

I had the same salad 3 days in a row it was so good. Their poke salad was refreshing, light, healthy, and INCREDIBLE in taste. Arguably one of the best pokes I’ve ever had. We didn't go here or the show but should have ;)

GUS'S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN

Guess what I got here? It was incredible but not necessarily the BEST I’ve ever had... but damn good.

BEST OF MEMPHIS, TN

In order, the best bites had to be:

  • The buttermilk biscuit at The Vault

  • The LYFE Kitchen poke

  • Central BBQ's ribs, NOT the brisket!

CITY TIPS

  • From the people in the area, don't go to Beale St. after midnight, apparently it gets sketchy
  • Go and find the ducks in the lobby at the Peabody
  • Head to Central for the BBQ but don't get the Brisket.

IN THIS CITY I COULDN'T STOP PLAYING:

Anything Elvis, but the crew's ensemble rendition of "Can't Help Falling in Love" was unforgettable

 

Missed this episode? Don't sweat it - catch it online or on TV! Here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Memphis, TN:

    Sunday, November 4 at 11 AM ET
    Thursday, November 15 at 11:30 PM ET
    Friday, November 16 at 3:30 AM ET
    Sunday, December 9 at 11:30 AM ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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