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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Trolley Tour Night on South Main

Memphis’ South Main historic district is the place to be on the last Friday of each month. That’s the trolley tour night when the trolley is free and the fun is everywhere.

You can visit shops for clothing and jewelry, check out the galleries (including that of our artist friend John Robinette) and, of course, the restaurants. We enjoyed a great meal at Pearl’s Oyster House and noticed a couple of Robinette’s paintings on the walls. In chatting with John that night, we learned that actor Samuel L. Jackson also owns some of John’s work.

Although we liked Pearl’s a lot, if you’re new to downtown we also recommend the Arcade which is the oldest restaurant in Memphis and once was one of Elvis’ favorites. Besides the historic interest, the Arcade has an interesting Southern menu selection and an ample supply of yummy food. More about the Arcade is in this previous post –

Ernestine & Hazel’s is another stop on South Main to check out. It is a popular spot for burgers and brew and has a salty history. Many, many years ago, the site was a bordello, and the word around town is that the building is haunted. We don’t know if the ghosts are those of working girls, their clients or both, but it’s certainly interesting.

On our evening downtown, the street was bustling with people, and bands were playing on the street and inside some restaurants. Mike and I enjoyed our trolley tour evening and will definitely return. Mark your calendars now for the last Friday of July, 6-9 p.m.

Read more about trolley tours at this site.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That sounds like GREAT FUN! Maybe we could ALL do that at the end of July. We will have lots to celebrate.

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