A waiter, hands full of fresh avocado, peppers, and tomatoes, approaches the table. He expertly slices and stirs the ingredients in a lava-stone bowl with the nimble precision of a seasoned chef. Along with whipping up fresh guacamole prepared tableside, Santo Coyote cooks also grill sizzling fajitas, bake spicy seafood specialties, and roll freshly made tortillas that have been lauded by the Arkansas Times at two locations, with one recently opened on Pleasant Ridge Road. Meanwhile, bartenders blend their staggering selection of more than 100 tequilas into specialty margaritas beneath the metal sun sculptures that adorn the walls.
The decorative photographs and hand-placed tiles in Bar Louie may emanate a cosmopolitan elegance, but, at the core, the bar persists as a local establishment known for its signature martinis. The Pom Peche and S’Mores martinis represent just a fraction of a libation list longer than Rapunzel's motorcade; this list also includes margaritas and mojitos, beer, and wine. The food menu fills space left after cocktails with traditional American eats, including the Louie Burger, topped with grilled onion, provolone cheese, and spicy giardiniera sauce, and beer-battered fish 'n' chips.
At W.T. Bubba's, the decor has the gleeful clutter of a neighborhood yard sale or a friend’s basement. Moose antlers hanging over the bar, as though they were a tangible trophy from the Big Buck World machine in the arcade. A trailer adorned with Christmas lights flickers, punctuating the wailing slide guitars and meandering bass of country music, whether it's coming from live bands every weekend or karaoke. Line dancing helps build up appetites for slow-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches and a sliders trio that includes a smoked burger with bourbon onions.
Sporting 4,000 Christmas lights and conversation-sparking quotes upon its freshly black interior, this Little Rock stalwart has been rechristened with an abbreviated name and a Prohibition-themed ambiance. Choose from a creamy cornucopia of American, cheddar, pepper jack, or swiss cheeses to top your house burger served with potato chips ($5.95) while rocking to the racket of local bands, which appear on select nights. Subterranean patrons can savor Welsh chicken served atop a hoagie roll, which comes smothered in hot pepper cheese sauce and further accosted with fried onions ($6.95). The balance of the bar menu proffers myriad other fried fare, not to mention a guarantee of tasty times and absolutely no attacks from sentient flatware.
A rotating menu of comfort-food favorites, including chicken-fried steak and roast beef with gravy, bolsters the hearty bar fare at The Spot Restaurant & Entertainment Complex, helping to fuel evenings of live entertainment. Attendees 21 and older gather to catch live bands, DJs spinning tunes, and comedians making wry observations or facing their fear of microphones. During DJ sets, patrons can take a break from dancing in a private VIP room with bottle service or by starting a games of darts or pool.
The interactive exhibits and programs compiled by the Pink Palace Family of Museums reinforce a mission that has stayed constant for 80 years: to "inspire people to learn how history, science, technology, and nature shape the Mid-South." Attached to Clarence Saunders' mansion built in the 1920s, the museum's permanent exhibits take an eclectic approach to chronicling the past, revealing everything from ancient fossils to contemporary southern history. Inside, visitors can chart the history of Memphis from the early Spanish explorers through the Civil War or walk through a replica of Saunders' original Piggly Wiggly—the country’s first self-service grocery store, and even see a shrunken head. Global adventures are chronicled on a four-story screen at the CTI-IMAX theater, and the Sharpe Planetarium explores the cosmos from the comfort of a 130-seat theater.
Traveling to east Memphis, one can discern the natural side of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Lichterman Nature Center encompasses 65 acres of lush gardens filled with native wildflowers, trees, and wildlife. The center combines self-guided nature walks with plant sales and educational activities to expose visitors to the natural world.