My Food Bucket List (Update #1)

Back in June, I wrote about how I have a Food Bucket List that is helping guide me in my attempt to eat my way through Memphis.

As I mentioned in the original post, Kerry, from over at I Love Memphis, gets all the credit for coming up with creating my culinary roadmap.

She wrote her original list of “100 Things to Eat in Memphis,” back in May of 2012 and had tried 47 items on the list. I’m sure she’s well past that now. She posted “100 MORE Things to Eat in Memphis” in June of 2013.

Kerry is ready to get away from me. I can barely contain my excitement.

Kerry is ready to get away from me. I can barely contain my excitement.

I actually got to meet Kerry at Best Memphis Burger Fest. I was so excited to meet her, but I think it freaked her out a little that I wanted to take a picture with her.

Me: Kerry?
Kerry: Yeah?
Me: I’m Jason, from The Life of JWo.
Kerry: …..

I went on to explain how I have her “100 Things to Eat in Memphis” lists printed out and hanging on my fridge as my Memphis Food Bucket List. I then asked if I could get a picture with her.

Kerry: Ok… that’s weird.

Tammy snapped a couple of pictures, I talked with Kerry a few seconds and she was off to judge the Best Memphis Burger category.

I know she may not feel this way, but to me Kerry is a local celebrity and I was so excited to meet her. Even though she’s no longer at the helm of the I Love Memphis website, it’s her lists that have me eating at places all over the city, most of which I’d never know about. Thank you Kerry, sorry to have been so creepy.

As of Sept. 23, 2013, I have tried 30 different things from the 200 items she listed and have been to 40 of the places since we arrived at the end of February.

Below are all 200 items from Kerry’s lists. I’ve crossed out the items I have eaten and/or the places we have visited.

I’ve listed my favorite, worst, etc. items at the end of my lists.

100 Things to Eat in Memphis

  1. Tuna sandwich from Chinese Sub Shop
  2. BBQ plate from Germantown Commissary
    Not the BBQ Sandwich Plate from the Commissary.

    Not the BBQ Sandwich Plate from the Commissary.

  3. Fried chicken breast from Gus’s


    Gus’s Fried Chicken Breast

  4. Soul Burger from Earnestine and Hazel’s

    The Soul Burger from Earnestine and Hazel’s.

    The Soul Burger from Earnestine and Hazel’s.

  5. Peach cheesecake from Cheesecake Corner
  6. Chorizo tortuga from Las Tortugas
  7. Sea bass at Tsunami
  8. Ribeye from Folk’s Folly
  9. John Deere snow cone from Jerry’s
  10. Joyce roll from Sakura


    Joyce Roll from Sakura.

  11. Dry rub ribs from Bar-B-Que Shop
  12. San Diegan from Brother Juniper’s

    The San Diegan from Brother Juniper’s.

    The San Diegan from Brother Juniper’s.

  13. Guacamole from Las Delicias

    Las Delicias guacamole.

    Las Delicias guacamole.

  14. Homeroom Chicken and Grids from Lunchbox Eats
  15. Red velvet donuts from Gibson’s
  16. Greek burger from Alex’s Tavern

    Greek Burger from Alex’s Tavern

    Inside the Alex’s Tavern Greek Burger

    Inside the Alex’s Tavern Greek Burger

  17. Gas station sushi
  18. Uptown burger from Roxie’s Grocery
  19. Muffaletta from Kwik Chek
  20. Gyro from Castle
  21. Key Lime Pie ice cream from La Michoacana
  22. Twice-baked potato salad from One and Only BBQ
  23. Cheesesteak from Yang’s
  24. Shrimp and grits from Sweet Grass
  25. Buffalo tenderloin from Erling Jensen
  26. Barbecue pizza from Coletta’s
  27. Cornish game hen from Cozy Corner
  28. Grilled cabbage from Deja Vu
  29. Bulgogi from Du Won Jong
  30. Roast duck from New Asia
  31. Rib tips from Tom’s Barbecue
  32. Capote cupcake from Muddy’s Bakeshop
  33. Barbecue tofu nachos from R.P. Tracks
  34. Chips (aka fries) from Brass Door Tavern
  35. Ravioli from Vanelli’s Deli
  36. Mac’n’cheese from Mollie Fontaine Lounge
  37. Voodoo Chocolate Passion Cake at King’s Palace
  38. Banana pudding from Cozy Corner
  39. Turkey leg from a vendor outside of a Melrose High football game
  40. Salmon cakes from Elegant Farmer
  41. Almond croissants from Off the Square Catering
  42. Crazy noodle bowl from Bhan Thai
  43. Banana pudding from Germantown Commissary

    Banana Pudding & Coconut Pie from The Commissary

    Banana Pudding & Coconut Pie from The Commissary

  44. Tiger Bleu Chips from Brookhaven Pub
  45. Barbecue nachos from Central BBQ
  46. Blueberry donuts from Gibson’s

    Blueberry donut from Gibson’s

    Blueberry donut from Gibson’s

  47. Hot wings from Ching’s
  48. Pimento cheese stuffed okra from Restaurant Iris
  49. Shrimp salad from Bogie’s
  50. Chilean sea bass from McEwan’s
  51. Wedding cake supreme snow cone from Jerry’s

    Wedding Cake Supreme from Jerry’s Snow Cones

    Wedding Cake Supreme from Jerry’s Snow Cones

  52. Hummus and falafel from Casablanca
  53. Chicken salad sandwich from Young Ave. Deli
  54. French fries / sweet potato fries from Young Ave. Deli
  55. Pineapple shake from Shanghai
  56. Coconut cake from Beauty Shop
  57. Spicy crab soup from Ryu
  58. Goat taco from La Guadalupana
  59. Turkey and dressing from the Four Way
  60. Reuben from Trolley Stop Market
  61. Thai Gumbo from Tao
  62. Honey gold wings from All-Star
  63. BLT from Links of Galloway
  64. Pan-fried dumplings from Panda Garden
  65. Hot wing rolls from Blue Monkey
  66. Barbecue pizza from Pete and Sam’s
  67. Mussels from Bari
  68. Ribs from A&R Barbecue
  69. Salsa Tayde from Las Tortugas
  70. Baklava from Cafe Med
  71. Pickled green tomatoes from Soul Fish
  72. Vegan Memphis barbecue sandwich from Imagine Vegan Cafe
  73. Lentil tacos from Fuel Food Truck
  74. Brussels sprouts from South of Beale

    Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts from South of Beale

    Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts from South of Beale

  75. Bi Bim Bop from Kwik Check
  76. Ribs from Central Barbecue

    Ribs and Homemade Chips from Central BBQ

    Ribs and Homemade Chips from Central BBQ

  77. Wings from Molly’s La Casita
  78. Burger from Huey’s
  79. Cheese grits from Republic Coffee
  80. Homemade chips from Pop’s Deli
  81. Nachos from Interstate Barbecue
  82. Steak sandwich from Jack Pirtle’s

    Jack Pirtles Steak Sandwich

    Jack Pirtles Steak Sandwich

  83. Pork chop sandwich from Tom’s BBQ

    Pork Chop Sandwich from Tom’s BBQ

    Pork Chop Sandwich from Tom’s BBQ

  84. Stone Hero hoagie from Skunx Chef’s Pub
  85. Meat-stuffed pizza at Little Italy
  86. Chocolate milkshake from Wiles-Smith
  87. Breakfast sampler from Bryant’s
  88. Crab eggs benedict from Sweet Grass
  89. All-in-one from Las Delicias
  90. Pronto Pup
  91. Lobster roll from Slider Inn
  92. Nuts and chocolate from Peanut Shoppe
  93. Lunch buffet from Pho Hoa Binh
  94. Self-serve frozen yogurt from Yolo
  95. Dirty Fries from Revival Food Truck
  96. Island Club from Bardog Tavern
  97. Lobster pronto pup from Rizzo’s Diner
  98. Monte Cristo from Half Shell
  99. High tea from Chez Philippe
  100. Chili pineapple paleta from La Michoacana

100 More Things to Eat in Memphis

  1. After School Scooby Snack from Lunchbox Eats
  2. All the cheese (as in, the cheese menu sampler) from Bari
  3. AM Breakfast from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
  4. Bananas Foster from Deja Vu
  5. Bar popcorn from South of Beale

    Popcorn from South of Beale

    Bar Popcorn from South of Beale

  6. Barbecue nachos from FedExForum
  7. Benton’s Bacon from all kinds of good places (Iris, Andrew Michael, Hog and Hominy)
  8. Banh mi from Pho Saigon
  9. Black cherry milkshake from Sweden Kream
  10. Brussels sprouts from Alchemy
  11. Bubble tea from Asia Palace
  12. Buffalo deviled eggs from Eighty3
  13. Buffalo pig tails from Hog and Hominy
  14. Burger (fried in 100 year old grease) from Dyer’s Hamburgers
    Dyer’s Burger fried in 100-year old grease

    Dyer’s Burger fried in 100-year old grease


  15. Carne Asada Fries from Elena’s Taco Shop
  16. Ceviche from Playita Mexicana
  17. Cheesecake from Aldo’s Pizza Pies
  18. Chef’s TV Dinner from River Oaks Restaurant
  19. Chicken Hash from Calvary Waffle Shop (open annually during Lent)
  20. Chicken wing pizza from Ski-mo’s
  21. Chocolate covered pineapple from Dinstuhl’s
  22. Key lime chocolates from Chocistry
  23. Cold sesame noodles from East Tapas
  24. Combo Duet No. 1 from Kabob International
  25. Cookie sliders from Bluff City Coffee

    Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sliders from Bluff City

    Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sliders from Bluff City

  26. Corn fritters from Bar DKDC
  27. Corn ice cream from La Michoacana
  28. Crab eggs benedict from Cafe 1912
  29. Deep dish apple pie from Sweet Grass / Sweet Grass Next Door
  30. Any of the dessert shot glasses from Majestic Grille
  31. Drunken noodles from Bangkok Alley
  32. Elote from Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana
  33. Ezekiel bread from Bluff City Bakery
  34. Falafel from Al Rayan
  35. Fino sandwich from Fino’s
  36. Flaming Fireball of Freedom from Kiwk Chek
  37. Fried oysters from Flying Fish
  38. Fuul from Derae Restaurant
  39. Ginger donuts from Tsunami
  40. Green detox juice from Cosmic Coconut
  41. Green goddess popcorn from OC Vegan (sold at Whole Foods Poplar)
  42. Halo Halo from VGM Market and Deli
  43. Hey Meat! pizza from Memphis Pizza Cafe

    Hey Meat!! Pizza from Memphis Pizza Cafe

    Hey Meat! Pizza from Memphis Pizza Cafe

  44. Hibiscus mint popsicles from Mama D’s
  45. Home fries from Brother Juniper’s

    Home Fries from Brother Juniper’s

    Home Fries from Brother Juniper’s

  46. Homemade cinnamon rolls from Shoaf’s Loaf
  47. Honey butter biscuits from Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken

    Honey Biscuit from Uncle Lou’s

    Honey Biscuit from Uncle Lou’s

  48. Honey gold wings from Bosses
  49. Honey rosemary cookies from Muddy’s Bakeshop
  50. House chips from Central Barbecue
  51. Jerk chicken skewers from Side Street Grill
  52. Juantons from Chiwawa


    Juantons from Chiwawa

  53. K-Pie from Paulette’s
  54. Kanisu roll from Ryu
  55. Kobe beef gnocchi from Ciao Bella


    Beef gnocchi from Ciao Bella

  56. Kobe beef noodle soup / vegetarian noodle soup from Beauty Shop (They’re the same soup, but one has meat and the other doesn’t.)
  57. Kookamonga Burger from Kooky Canuck

    Not the Kookamonga, but an awesome burger from Kooky Canuck

    Not the Kookamonga, but an awesome burger from Kooky Canuck

  58. Lacey Special from Little Tea Shop
  59. Lardo from Bari
  60. Late-night ramen noodles from Hog and Hominy
  61. Lemongrass tofu from Pho Hoa Binh
  62. Live burger from Balewa’s
  63. Lobster knuckle sandwich from Restaurant Iris
  64. Lotus wrapped chicken and rice from Asian Palace
  65. Lunch buffet at Bharat Indian Restaurant
  66. Macarons from Pistache Pastry
  67. Mango lassi from India Palace
  68. Maple bacon blondie from Local Gastropub
  69. Maple bacon donut from Gibson’s

    Maple Bacon donut from Gibson’s

    Maple Bacon donut from Gibson’s

  70. Mapo tofu from New Asia
  71. Mascarpone gelato from YoLo
  72. Pancho’s cheese dip from just about any local grocery store
  73. Peppermint patty from Felicia Suzanne’s
  74. Potato salad from Bogie’s Deli
  75. Potato soup from Huey’s
  76. Pretzels with cream cheese and mustard from Flying Saucer
  77. Ramen noodles from Edo
  78. Ribs from Alex’s Tavern (Best in the city, according to Kerry.)
  79. Cheese pizza from Rock’n’Dough
  80. Ropas Vejas from Havanas Pilon
  81. Salmon cakes and grits from Evelyn and Olive
  82. Santa Fe Wrap from Elliot’s
  83. Sausage and cheese plate from the Rendezvous
  84. Scotch eggs from Celtic Crossing
  85. Sea salt caramels from Shotwell Candy
  86. Smoked sausage from Payne’s Barbecue
  87. Steak on a stick from Stick’em Food Truck
  88. Swedish crepes from Stone Soup Cafe
  89. Sweet potato cobbler from Alcenia’s
  90. Tacos el pastor from Caminos de Michoacan
  91. The Other Side pizza from Aldo’s Pizza Pies
  92. Tom Yum Soup from Shanghai
  93. Tomato bleu cheese soup from Booksellers Bistro
  94. Tuscan butter from Spindini
  95. UFOs from Arepa & Salsa
  96. Vietnamese pancake from Saigon Le
  97. Water ice (any flavor) from Parker’s Water Ice
  98. Yuk Gae Jang from Crazy Noodle
  99. Yum Scallops from Jasmine
  100. Zydeco Wings from Bayou Bar and Grill

Favorite Item: I love food so much that it’s really hard for me to pick one item as my favorite, so I’ll do it like this.

Breakfast: San Diegan or the Maple Bacon Donut
Ribs: Central BBQ
Burger: Dyer’s, Alex’s, Soul Burger
Fried Chicken: Uncle Lou’s, Gus’s
Dessert: Banana Pudding (Commissary), Jerry’s Snow Cones

Most Disappointing: Pork Chop Sandwich from Tom’s BBQ
The pork chop was very flavorful, but I’m sure it’s a good idea to have a bone-in pork chop in a sandwich. I’d preferred to just have the chop and two slices of bread.

Strangest Item: Joyce Roll at Sakura (deep-fried Crawfish, shrimp tempura, avocado, fish eggs, sauce)

Most Surprising Item: Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts from South of Beale.
The were so good that I would seriously consider just ordering a double order of them as my meal.

Sweetest Item: Maple Bacon Donut from Gibson’s

Longest Wait: Jerry’s Snow Cones
It was a 20-25-minute drive, each way, and a 45-minute wait once we got there. From what I’ve been told there’s a wait like that almost every night. While Jerry’s was REALLY good – I had 4 brain freezes before we were five minutes away – we won’t go back very often just because it takes so long.

Jerrys_WaitHealthiest: HAHAHAHAHA….

Unhealthiest: Let’s see… Gus’s, Uncle Lou’s, Gibson’s, Banana Pudding, etc.

Spiciest: Gus’s Fried Chicken
Unfortunately I can’t take Tammy to Gus’s because the chicken is just too spicy for her. She had a tiny bite of a tender I brought home and her mouth was on fire.

Place Visited the Most: R.P. Tracks
A coworker LOVES him some R.P. Tracks and because of that we’ve been there at least 7 or 8 times. To be perfectly honest, I’ve actually lost count. However, we haven’t been there in at least a month so we’re due for a trip soon.

Most Looking Forward to Tasting: Lobster Pronto Pup from Rizzo’s and/or the Lobster Slider from Slider Inn

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  10. Kyla says:

    Greatt post thankyou

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