Guide: The Best of Memphis

While you're shakin', rattlin' and rollin', don't let Memphis's charms pass you by. Visit Elvis's old haunts, but be sure to sample some of this city's down-home elegance, too.

317 N Main St
(901) 523-0200
The place to go for Southern home cooking, Alcenia's serves salmon croquettes with biscuits ($6) and a Saturday breakfast buffet ($10).

540 S Main St
Elvis used to order the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich ($6.95), but this diner also serves a popular smoked turkey sandwich ($6.95) for the less adventurous.

2265 S. Third Street
Interstate smokes their award-winning pork ribs ($8.75) for 12 hours overnight, and also serve a local specialty: barbecued spaghetti ($1.35).

McEwen's on Monroe
122 Monroe Ave.
901- 527-7085
The barbecued duck enchiladas ($9) and sweet potato-crusted catfish ($20) are so popular that owner Mac Edwards says he can't take them off the menu.

1393 Elvis Presley Blvd.
The chopped pork shoulder sandwich ($4.50) at this beloved barbecue joint comes topped with a mustardy slaw. Even better, it's only a five-minute drive from Graceland.

Wild Bill's
1580 Vollintine Ave
(901) 726-5473
This old-fashioned juke joint serves beer by the quart and features local blues bands that play until 3a.m.

The Rendezvous
355 North Main St.
(901) 522-8840
This restaurant, a Memphis landmark since 1948, is famous for its ribs

La Tourelle
2146 Monroe Ave
(901) 726-5771
Fine French restaurant that has been in Memphis since 1977

2110 Madison Ave
(901) 726-5128
Their specialty is the File Paulette, filet mignon in a butter cream sauce ($39.95).

La Baguette
3088 Poplar Ave
(901) 458-0900
Authentic French pastry shop with a café.

Ronnie Grisanti and Sons
2855 Poplar Ave
(901) 323-0700
Delicious Italian

Folk's Folly
551 S. Mendenhall Rd.
(901) 762-8200
Known for their steaks.

Peabody Hotel
Luxury suites, rooftop parties, and, of course, the ducks on parade. Recently renovated. $245-$370 per night.

Marriott Memphis Downtown
A trolley stops just outside the door to take travelers to attractions. Rooms $209 - $305 per night.

Westin Memphis Beale Street
Near Gibson Guitar Museum and Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum. Rooms start at $239.

Madison Hotel
Member of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World," 110 rooms and suites. Rooms start at $235 per night. Suites $350.

Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel
Rooms and themed suites, like the "Burning Love" Suite, located in Graceland. Also: a heart-shaped outdoor pool. Rooms start at $110 per night, and theme suites start at $545.

Hampton Inn & Suites Beale Street
Great location next adjoining the Peabody Place Entertainment Center. Rooms start at $180, but are hard to come by on weekends.

National Civil Rights Museum.
Charts the history of civil rights from slavery until the late 1960's. The museum has recently undergone an $11 million expansion project that included the purchase of the rooming house where James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King. Admission $12 adults, $8.50 children.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Home to Tina Turner's iconic gold dress and a century-old church that explains the gospel roots of soul music. Admission $10 adults, $7 children.

Smithsonian's Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Take the digital audio tour to hear a musical history of Memphis. Admission $10 adults, $7 children.

Gibson Guitar factory
45-minute tours at $10 each to watch luthiers hand-craft guitars.

Pink Palace Museum.
This pink mansion was begun by the founder of Piggly Wiggly supermarkets, but he went bankrupt before it was finished. Now, the house offers walk-through exhibits about Piggly Wiggly and Memphis history, as well as a life-size mechanical triceratops. Also: An IMAX theater, Nature Center and Planetarium. Admission $8.25 adults, $5.75 children.

Mason Temple
Where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "Mountaintop" speech.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Impressionists and Post-Impressionists galore. "Like being transported to France, with a Southern flair infused," says Memphis resident Elizabeth Lewis. Admission $7

Brooks Museum of Art
Italian Renaissance, Baroque and Impressionist art. Admission $7.

Memphis Botanic Gardens
Ninety-six acres of gardens, woodlands and lakes. Admission $5.

Zoe Cosmetics
Small, intimate shop with brands like T. LeClerc.

Boutique that specializes in shoes, but also carries apparel, handbags and cosmetics. Find Manolo Blahnik, Kate Spade and Zac Posen here.

Gourmet fine candy shop famous for its chocolate-covered strawberries.

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