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Project Pat, Big Star's Jody Stephens, and Ex-Cult's Guide to Memphis

There's a bazillion rad things to do in Memphis, but these guys are here to help narrow it down…
August 5, 2014, 7:15pm

For the sixth installment of Made In America we went to Memphis, a city riddled with sweet spots, from parks to a divey former brothel-turned-bar, to museums and delicious eateries. Below these Memphis artists reveal their spots.

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Lance bangs Kim Taylor Bennett Project pat

Made In America director Lance Bangs, Noisey's Kim Taylor Bennett, and Project Pat. BARS:
1. Fox and Hound
5101 Sanderlin Ave Ste 100 Memphis, TN 3811RESTAURANTS:

2. Osaka
3402 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38111
3. Carraba’s Italian Grill
5110 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38117 4. The Capital Grille
6065 Poplar AveMemphis, TN 38119 VENUES:


5. The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
255 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103

6. Minglewood Hall
1555 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 7. Newby’s
539 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111


8. Beale Street
203 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103 9. The River
125 North Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103



1. Folk's Folly
551 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
"The best steaks in the city and some wonderful seafood as well. Locally owned and a very comfortable vibe as it once was someone's home. If by ourselves, Diana, my wife, and I usually eat down in the bar. Pretty classy, but not stuffy."

2. Soul Fish Cafe
862 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
"Soul food but with a healthier twist. In addition to the best fried catfish (maybe not so healthy) I've ever had, they serve some tasty vegetables and salads. I usually stick to the veggies and salads but it's nice to have the catfish option from time to time."

3. Central BBQ
4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
"My favorite barbeque in a city where even the fast-food BBQ chains are good too. Love their dry ribs and sides. They also hire some very cool local musicians to play out on their patio."


4. The Levitt Shell
1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"An outdoor venue right smack dab in the middle of Overton Park. A really nice variety of free shows including a performance of Big Star's Third live to kick off their season this year."


5. The Hi-Tone
412-414 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104
"Really like the folks that run it. It's capacity is 350 to 400 maybe." 6. Minglewood Hall
1555 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"More of a performance hall that tops out at around 1,500 but can be partitioned off for smaller shows. Just saw Spoon there!"

Isaac Hayes' cadillac

FAVORITE PLACES: Sweet wheels. Those would be Isaac Hayes'.

7. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38126
"The opening film is worth the price of admission. Otis Redding, Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, Booker T and the MGs, Rufus Thomas and on and on. So much great music was created here right in my own backyard."

8. Overton Park
1914 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

9. Shelby Farms
500 N Pine Lake Dr, Memphis, TN 38134

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ernestine's and Hazel's

1. Earnestine and Hazel’s
531 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103
"One of the oldest bars in Memphis, it's kind of a tourist spot but still cool." 2. Printers Alley
322 S Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104
"When you wanna feel good about the decisions you've made in life, go rub elbows with some of the freaks that hang out here. Cocaine abounds." 3. Young Avenue Deli
2119 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"During the day this is the best spot to drink craft/local beer by yourself, but make sure to leave before the frat boys take over."

RESTAURANTS: 4. Alex's Tavern
1445 Jackson Ave, Memphis, TN 38107
"A dive bar with amazing cheeseburgers."


5. Cozy Corner
745 North Pkwy, Memphis, TN 38105
"Best ribs in Memphis."

6. Pho Binh
1615 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"Good and cheap Vietnamese food."


7. The Buccaneer
1368 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"Legendary Midtown Memphis dive bar where the Reatards, The Oblivians, and everyone else cool has played. I don’t think I have any other favorite venues."


8. Ebbo Spiritual Supply House
1331 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"A weird and kind of stupid "spiritual supply" full of all kinds of shit mostly under 10 bucks."

9. Gary's Antiques
2158 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"Cool thrift store that has all kinds of paintings and furniture and everything in between."

10. Goner Records
2152 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"The best record store in Memphis, stocking all kinds of punk reissues and bootlegs that you can't find anywhere else. Except the internet."


11. Overton Park
1914 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
"A huge park in Memphis that also serves as the grounds for the Levitt Shell and the Zoo. Only a couple blocks from my apartment."

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12. Butler Park
500 N Pine Lake Dr, Memphis, TN 38134
"This is where we did the interview for Made in Memphis. Cool views of downtown and the Mississippi River." 13. Elmwood Cemetery
"An awesome cemetery to go drink a beer in, old graves dating back to the yellow fever that nearly wiped out the city."


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