7 p.m. Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
Going to Memphis without tasting some barbecue is like going to New York City without visiting Times Square. Picking a place that best represents is difficult, but you cannot go wrong at Charlie Vergos Rendezvous. A one-minute walk from your hotel, the restaurant features pork ribs and brisket and has a little history to boot.
9 a.m. National Civil Rights Museum
Located at the site where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the National Civil Rights Museum has been featured on the History Channel and has permanent exhibitions about the 1961 Freedom Rides, slavery in America, Rosa Parks and more.
Noon: The Arcade Restaurant
As one of Memphis’s oldest restaurants, this diner is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been in the scenes of multiple movies. Memphis Magazine named The Arcade Restaurant one of the “Top 50 Memphis Restaurants.” Breakfast is served all day.
3 p.m. Stax Museum
Memphis is the birthplace of numerous types of music, including soul. Second only to Motown in sales and influence, soul music has been responsible for starting the careers of legendary musicians like Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & The MGS and Carla Thomas. Visit Stax Museum (staxmuseum.com) to learn all about it.
7 p.m. Felicia Suzanne’s
Make a reservation online or call ahead to reserve your spot at one of the tastiest spots in the city, Felicia Suzanne’s. With an eye toward sustainable and local products, the restaurant has a menu inspired by the south and offers entrees like shrimp and grits. Sit on the patio during warmer months.
9 p.m. Beale Street
Another absolute must is visiting this wild and crazy strip, Beale Street, home to more than 30 iconic bars and restaurants. Popular in the 1920s, the strip’s mysterious vibes can still be felt today. After 11 p.m., patrons must be 21 or older.