via Central BBQ
OK, I’m upset about something. This morning I was having coffee and checking emails/blogs/Twitter/Facebook. I do this every morning before I can really become a functioning human. Judge me if you want. Sadly, this morning’s “news” told me that Southern Living, a publication known for showcasing the best of our lovely hospitable ways, has lost their freakin’ mind. Well, bless their little hearts. In a contest named The South’s Tastiest Town, you can cast your vote and be entered to win “a $2,500 cash prize for a trip to any Tasty Town of your choice.”
Get ready for this…
Here are the top ten finalists in order of most votes on 1/4/12
3. New Orleans
… and the real kicker…
I mean… aside from the obvious WTF options and seemingly total disregard for geographical location… Memphis is totally left off of this list. How can this be? Memphians enjoy some of the best soul food, country cookin’ and… uh, hello… BBQ in the country.
So–in a traditional southern woman’s way–rather than blow up Southern Living’s comment box I will simply smile, pray for them, and start spreading rumors that they’ve been taken over by The Hippies.
For those who haven’t found a favorite spot in this Tasty Town, here’s a short list of places I love. Feel free to add your own in the comment box. And be sure to click here and let Not-So-Southern Living know how we feel about this.
Central BBQ – Look, everybody has their favorite BBQ joint in Memphis and this is one of mine. Isn’t it nice that we have enough options so that everyone may have their favorite? Makes for one Tasty Town, I’d say.
Restaurant Iris – I’ve only been here once but the food was incredible, the space was cozy and I really can’t wait to get back there.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken – I mean… if you haven’t been here or don’t like fried chicken then you have no business voting on The South’s Tastiest Town.
Lotus – Lotus is a very small, very good Vietnamese restaurant that my mother and I have been going to for years. It’s kind of a one-man show so I recommend ordering take out well before (give them at least an hour) you want to “take out.” But the food is great. I know it’s not traditional southern food but sometimes you just need some Pho, ya’ know?
Pete & Sam’s – Again, this is not traditional southern food. It’s Italian. But the spirit is the same. Great food, bring-the-whole-family kind of vibe… you can’t go wrong here. And shouldn’t a Tasty Town have a wide variety of culinary adventures to be had??
Really the list goes on and on… including downtown spots like Local, The Majestic Grill and Blues City Cafe and “out-east” staples like Folk’s Folly, Owen Brennan’s, and ol’ trusty–Belmont Grill.
Now, tell me yours!