Travel · USA

First trip to USA: Memphis, Tennessee & Denver, Colorado

I was very lucky to spend some time in the great United States of America recently. Let’s not pretend, I pretty much ate and drank my way through the entire country. It was a dream.hey there JackWithout further a do, here’s some good old fashioned American food porn and restaurant recommendations.

Restaurantsfood in my face

Address: 690 S Perkins Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

How expensive: Expensive. Go for a treat, or if someone else is paying :o)

For: Great fish, and lovely (strong!) cocktails


Address: 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

How expensive: Like a slightly more expensive Nandos. But the beer comes in a jug.

For: The best dry ribs you’ll probably ever eat. Trust me, just go. If it’s good enough for Princes William and Harry


Address: 7956 Winchester Rd, Memphis, TN 38125-2306

How expensive: The American version of a slightly fancier Wetherspoons..

For: Reliable, standard pub food.


Address: 130 S Ridge Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Price: Expensive. Go for a treat.

For: Beautifully cooked fish and meat; small but lovely desserts.


  • Name: McDonalds (don’t judge me, it had to be done)

Address: Every freakin’ street corner

How expensive: Cheap and cheerful

For: A quick bite. The quality is not quite as good as in the UK, but is still reliable (if you’re amenable to that sort of thing)


Address: 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

How expensive: No more than a similar English version

For: Afternoon-tea, American-style. I must say, it wasn’t quite as good as Betty’s in York, but service was great and the atmosphere was relaxing. The Peabody Ducks are the real highlight, and march from the lobby fountain every day at 5pm. Intelligent ducks, what’s not to love?


Weird American snacksyum yum yum yum

  • Food: Elk Steak Jerky

From: Denver, CO

Why and what: Because you can’t go to Denver and not try elk. Think beef jerky but thicker. Strangely addictive (and fantastic protein, if you’re that way inclined).


  • Food: Cake pops

From: Starbucks

Why and what: Moist bite-sized pieces of cake on a stick. Perfection?


  • Food: Original Cheesecake

From: The Cheesecake Factory (via Starbucks, Barnes & Noble)

Why and what: Because cheesecake makes the world a better place. It wasn’t quite as good as Gail’s Bakery, but still up there as an out-of-body experience.


  • Food: Birthday Cake M&Ms / Peanut Butter M&Ms

From: Walgreen’s

Why and what: Because they sounded inappropriately weird. I just had to try them. My body go into sugar-shock before half the packet was gone, and boy was it good.


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