I visited my wife’s family in Memphis for Christmas. I had an awesome time with the family, but I thought I’d do a review of the places we went instead of discussing the festivities.
Place: Thrifty Car Rental
Pros: We rode down to Memphis in a gigantic, brand new, Expedition. This is the only way to do a 24 hour road trip (aside from a fully stocked camper).
Cons: Customer service was abysmal. Front desk gave me a LOT of attitude, and over-drafted my account by billing me incorrectly.
Grade: D. I just can’t get past the fact that the manager who was “helping” me got frustrated and left in the middle of our conversation, turning responsibilities over to a dude in a UPS shirt. Next year we’ll go Enterprise; I hear they’ll pick me up.
Place: Commissary BBQ
Pros: Great, smoky BBQ. Excellent ribs. Nice selection of sauce. Company catch phrase: “So good yu’ll slap yo’ mama.”
Cons: Waiter was a dick. Acted put out and aloof.
Grade: B. The food made up for the waiter.
Place: Corky’s BBQ
Pros: Excellent BBQ sauce. I’d put it over Commissary by just a fraction. Excellent potato salad.
Place: Memphis Judo and Jiu-Jitsu
Pros: Everyone I rolled with was good. A guy named Virg taught the class, and he was super friendly.
Cons: The place was torn apart, but that’s because they’re moving in to a 24,000 sq. foot facility after Jan. 3rd. Bad ass!
Pros: Awesome greasy dive. Everything is deep fried, even twinkies (which I had). The burger made a list called “7 Hamburgers of the Apocalypse.” They haven’t changed the grease they use to cook with since 1912 (seriously).
Cons: They haven’t changed grease they use to cook with since 1912.
Place: Taco Johns or Steak and Shake
Grade: Die in a fire.