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(07-19-2021 01:05 PM)SouthernMSTiger Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

I was just about to post this. Having just come back last night from eating my way through New Orleans for the past 8 days, it's quite difficult to imagine any city topping it. And that's certainly not to disparage Memphis BBQ, which is the absolute best in my book.

New Orleans is a better overall food scene (I’ve done food trips there more times than I can count and not just Cajun/creole), but if you think Memphis is just “bbq” you need to get out more.

There’s more good food on summer avenue than most cities have in entire areas. There’s a reason Memphis is Alton Brown’s favorite food city.
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The food in New Orleans is second to none, but the food in Memphis is amazing, and as many have pointed out, it is so much more than barbecue.
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Houston at #11 and Boise at #7 are both ridiculous. Whoever made this lost definitely came from a place where no one uses spices. Every nice restaurant in Boise essentially tastes exactly the same
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(07-19-2021 09:09 PM)TGTiger Wrote:  
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(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

I was just about to post this. Having just come back last night from eating my way through New Orleans for the past 8 days, it's quite difficult to imagine any city topping it. And that's certainly not to disparage Memphis BBQ, which is the absolute best in my book.

New Orleans is a better overall food scene (I’ve done food trips there more times than I can count and not just Cajun/creole), but if you think Memphis is just “bbq” you need to get out more.

There’s more good food on summer avenue than most cities have in entire areas. There’s a reason Memphis is Alton Brown’s favorite food city.

I agree wholeheartedly. I only referred to barbeque since it's what others were mentioning. To your point about Summer Avenue, Lotus is my favorite Vietnamese restaurant of all time--preferable to me than Lilly's Cafe, Tan Dinh, and others in New Orleans. (See, I've been out.)
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(07-19-2021 05:02 PM)k2tigers Wrote:  
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(07-19-2021 11:50 AM)UOFMGLENN Wrote:  Agreed, I like the food in Memphis but hell I visit New Orleans several times a year just to go eat there.

yep.

Yep. I have lived in both cities. New Orleans is better.

There are many fine restaurants in New Orleans. The Creole cooking of New Orleans is the distinctive native cuisine. It differs from the Cajun cooking of French Louisana (south and west of the swamp). I tend to avoid Cajun food in New Orleans and Creole food in French Louisana.

In New Orleans, Creole has always meant a melange of styles in an attempt to find the finest or best dishes. The food like the people is a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African. Cajun is down home cooking. Hearty but mainly it reflects it Acadian French roots.

Those are distinctive styles that are attributed to Louisiana. Cajun of course is pure gator coon ass, but there were Creole up and down the Mississippi Delta.

The thing about Memphis cooking that is distinctive to this city is our slow cooked pork style dry rub. It seems this is more appetizing to a Saturday football crowd than ettoufee (creole or cajun) or jambalaya (creole of french, west african, spanish influence and a bit reminiscent of paella). I believe a tailgate with any of these dishes might cause you to miss the opening kick-off!

Totally agree with you if it's a possible tailgate situation. But if there's a one or two night stay, NO is my easily my favorite. There is no shame for Memphis to be #2 on this list. I'm more pissed that Nashville is now rising on these social media polls because of their "eclectic" places, bars and new raunts downtown.

Yeah, Nashville rises on these polls just on the sheer volume of tourist or maybe their visitors bureau pays to appear there. I've been in and out of Nashville most of my life including having lived there and never found anything special about the food. Every chain restaurant you could think of but no signature dishes, not really known for any food until something called "Nashville Hot Chicken" started being sold in a KFC commercial five or six years ago.
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(07-19-2021 05:56 PM)TripleA Wrote:  
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(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

a college football fan might decide that Memphis is more enjoyable -- you can only go to so many places while on a road trip - Memphis has great casual food -- the best BBQ in the world and possible the best fried chicken and damn good wings -- is New Orleans' 50th best restaurant better than Memphis' 25th best restaurant , yes-- but for a college football fan coming to a game on a medium sized buget for 1-1/2 to 3 days Memphis would be hard to beat

My impression is the poll is not measuring game day food. It's the entire food scene in a particular town, regardless of football, basketball, etc.

And I agree with those who say NOLA is better than Memphis. I LOVE Memphis, and the Tigers, and BBQ, but when it comes to food, it's hard to beat the variety in NOLA.

Gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, red beans & rice, crawfish boils, boudin, muffalettas, po boys, king cakes, pralines, BBQ shrimp, oysters, bread pudding, snowballs, etc.

I think we should be second.

pretty spot on

the variety, within walking distance, helps set NOLA apart
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(07-19-2021 02:31 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:03 AM)gusrob Wrote:  And Arky St is #7 on Worst Cuisines LOL 03-lmfao

Jonsboro has constructed a massive new dining area downtown, has recruited many among the top 100 chefs in the country and now have competent councilpeople running food and beverage, along with tourism and infrastructure. I know Memphis has always been better than Jonsboro, up to now, but everything is different now.

I would be shocked if Memphis beats Jonsboro at food in September. J

Next you'll be telling us the whiskey is better in Canada than Tuckessee.
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(07-19-2021 02:31 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:03 AM)gusrob Wrote:  And Arky St is #7 on Worst Cuisines LOL 03-lmfao

Jonsboro has constructed a massive new dining area downtown, has recruited many among the top 100 chefs in the country and now have competent councilpeople running food and beverage, along with tourism and infrastructure. I know Memphis has always been better than Jonsboro, up to now, but everything is different now.

I would be shocked if Memphis beats Jonsboro at food in September. J

Live here. Been there a lot. I guess you will be shocked come September.
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RE: Top 20 "Group Of 5" College Towns With The Best/Worst Food Scene
(07-19-2021 09:09 PM)TGTiger Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 01:05 PM)SouthernMSTiger Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

I was just about to post this. Having just come back last night from eating my way through New Orleans for the past 8 days, it's quite difficult to imagine any city topping it. And that's certainly not to disparage Memphis BBQ, which is the absolute best in my book.

New Orleans is a better overall food scene (I’ve done food trips there more times than I can count and not just Cajun/creole), but if you think Memphis is just “bbq” you need to get out more.

There’s more good food on summer avenue than most cities have in entire areas. There’s a reason Memphis is Alton Brown’s favorite food city.

Agree that we've got much more than BBQ. Visitors come to spend a week and they just rave about the food. I have family that just moved to town, and they can't believe all the different quality choices other than BBQ.

I do need some new Summer Ave recommendations for lunch, now that I'm back in the office. My rotation of Elwoods, Central BBQ, Tops needs 1-2 more options...
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(07-19-2021 10:23 PM)k2tigers Wrote:  
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(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

a college football fan might decide that Memphis is more enjoyable -- you can only go to so many places while on a road trip - Memphis has great casual food -- the best BBQ in the world and possible the best fried chicken and damn good wings -- is New Orleans' 50th best restaurant better than Memphis' 25th best restaurant , yes-- but for a college football fan coming to a game on a medium sized buget for 1-1/2 to 3 days Memphis would be hard to beat

My impression is the poll is not measuring game day food. It's the entire food scene in a particular town, regardless of football, basketball, etc.

And I agree with those who say NOLA is better than Memphis. I LOVE Memphis, and the Tigers, and BBQ, but when it comes to food, it's hard to beat the variety in NOLA.

Gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, red beans & rice, crawfish boils, boudin, muffalettas, po boys, king cakes, pralines, BBQ shrimp, oysters, bread pudding, snowballs, etc.

I think we should be second.

pretty spot on

the variety, within walking distance, helps set NOLA apart

Although I love Cajun/creole, NO has even more - Andreas is incredible Italian, there are great fine dining places, great breakfast and more.
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(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

I was just about to post this. Having just come back last night from eating my way through New Orleans for the past 8 days, it's quite difficult to imagine any city topping it. And that's certainly not to disparage Memphis BBQ, which is the absolute best in my book.

New Orleans is a better overall food scene (I’ve done food trips there more times than I can count and not just Cajun/creole), but if you think Memphis is just “bbq” you need to get out more.

There’s more good food on summer avenue than most cities have in entire areas. There’s a reason Memphis is Alton Brown’s favorite food city.

Agree that we've got much more than BBQ. Visitors come to spend a week and they just rave about the food. I have family that just moved to town, and they can't believe all the different quality choices other than BBQ.

I do need some new Summer Ave recommendations for lunch, now that I'm back in the office. My rotation of Elwoods, Central BBQ, Tops needs 1-2 more options...

Summer is full of hidden gems. It’s the best food street in the city.

Jerusalem cafe next to Charlie’s is great. The taco place that is now in a parking lot on the south facing side of summer (can’t remember the name) is incredible and stays busy. Edit: just remembered it’s Tacos nganas

Lotus is good Vietnamese but be prepared to wait for your food.
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(07-20-2021 06:46 AM)Tigerx3 Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 02:31 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:03 AM)gusrob Wrote:  And Arky St is #7 on Worst Cuisines LOL 03-lmfao

Jonsboro has constructed a massive new dining area downtown, has recruited many among the top 100 chefs in the country and now have competent councilpeople running food and beverage, along with tourism and infrastructure. I know Memphis has always been better than Jonsboro, up to now, but everything is different now.

I would be shocked if Memphis beats Jonsboro at food in September. J

Live here. Been there a lot. I guess you will be shocked come September.

Food scenes are overall - not just chefs IMHO. Fine dining and mom and pops should be part of the entire consideration.
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(07-19-2021 03:13 PM)Browning Hall Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 02:52 PM)JerryJeff Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 02:31 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:03 AM)gusrob Wrote:  And Arky St is #7 on Worst Cuisines LOL 03-lmfao

Jonsboro has constructed a massive new dining area downtown, has recruited many among the top 100 chefs in the country and now have competent councilpeople running food and beverage, along with tourism and infrastructure. I know Memphis has always been better than Jonsboro, up to now, but everything is different now.

I would be shocked if Memphis beats Jonsboro at food in September. J

Is this even a serious attempt at trolling? wtf is that? I know stammers like to come on here and start arguments but this can't be real.

He’s mocking Seminole Indian 03-lmfao

Now that makes sense! Thanks!
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(07-20-2021 10:28 AM)JerryJeff Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 03:13 PM)Browning Hall Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 02:52 PM)JerryJeff Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 02:31 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:03 AM)gusrob Wrote:  And Arky St is #7 on Worst Cuisines LOL 03-lmfao

Jonsboro has constructed a massive new dining area downtown, has recruited many among the top 100 chefs in the country and now have competent councilpeople running food and beverage, along with tourism and infrastructure. I know Memphis has always been better than Jonsboro, up to now, but everything is different now.

I would be shocked if Memphis beats Jonsboro at food in September. J

Is this even a serious attempt at trolling? wtf is that? I know stammers like to come on here and start arguments but this can't be real.

He’s mocking Seminole Indian 03-lmfao

Now that makes sense! Thanks!

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I'll answer for the A-State game.

When anywhere close to healthy last year, they were a good team as evidenced by games with Memphis, K-State, and Louisiana, about the only games they were not devastated by COVID-you do remember that COVID thing don't you? It kicked their butt, especially in the trenches after their game with you.

They return the majority of that team, helped their underachieving HC fined another home, and hired a better one.

They were going to be a better team this year without any additions, and more than a handful for the Tigers at their place anyway, but old Butch did not stand pat and added 50+ newbies this week.

The COVID virus ended their 9 years of winning records and bowl games, but it was going to start again this year without these additions. If you get out of Jonesboro with a win it will shock me.
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(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

Many years ago when I went to Memphis State, I was meeting a buddy for lunch after he got out of class. I showed up as his class was letting out and found him chatting with the professor. This went on for a few minutes and I guess I was looking impatient because the prof said to my buddy, "I think your friend is waiting for you to leave." Then he looked at me and said "Where are you guys going?" I said "we're going to get something good to eat." He replied "Really? What time does your plane leave?"

Oh, wow.... You could wait a lifetime to finally be able to use that joke IRL... 03-lmfao
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(07-19-2021 09:49 PM)tkgrrett Wrote:  Houston at #11 and Boise at #7 are both ridiculous. Whoever made this lost definitely came from a place where no one uses spices. Every nice restaurant in Boise essentially tastes exactly the same

Maybe it has to do with Bison, or steaks in general. I Don't know. Plus, Boise is a big town, sorta like Memphis. Maybe they have a really cool downtown foodie scene we just aren't familiar with. I sure would like to find out.
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(07-20-2021 02:47 PM)geosnooker2000 Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 09:49 PM)tkgrrett Wrote:  Houston at #11 and Boise at #7 are both ridiculous. Whoever made this lost definitely came from a place where no one uses spices. Every nice restaurant in Boise essentially tastes exactly the same

Maybe it has to do with Bison, or steaks in general. I Don't know. Plus, Boise is a big town, sorta like Memphis. Maybe they have a really cool downtown foodie scene we just aren't familiar with. I sure would like to find out.

They do have a nice downtown area and a real local food scene there. It's been a few years since I've been, and I don't recall any names. But it was nice.
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(07-20-2021 02:47 PM)geosnooker2000 Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 09:49 PM)tkgrrett Wrote:  Houston at #11 and Boise at #7 are both ridiculous. Whoever made this lost definitely came from a place where no one uses spices. Every nice restaurant in Boise essentially tastes exactly the same

Maybe it has to do with Bison, or steaks in general. I Don't know. Plus, Boise is a big town, sorta like Memphis. Maybe they have a really cool downtown foodie scene we just aren't familiar with. I sure would like to find out.

Boise is super “hip” and has been for several years. Houston is just a massive city - 2.3 million people in the city itself (not including surrounding area) so there’s bound to be some good food for a city of that size
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I've been to Boise a few years back, and it was "hip" back then. One of the fastest growing areas in the country.
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(07-19-2021 02:11 PM)macgar32 Wrote:  
(07-19-2021 11:33 AM)Hernando Hills Tiger Wrote:  Memphis over New Orleans? I don't think so.

Depends on what you like and are used to...

Always thought NYC pizza was good because I had it all the time when I lived there...Now when I go back to NYC

It is out of this world.

I used to say how can you go back to bologna after you've had steak but now I can only afford bologna.
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