Located 45 minutes from Memphis, Robinsonville is home to nine separate casinos. In addition to providing an abundance of gaming opportunities, these pleasure palaces constitute the area's nexus for fine dining and nightlife. For even more of the latter, head into Memphis, the birthplace of blues, rock ’n’ roll, and soul. All of these genres can be heard nightly in the bars on Beale Street. Blues guitar legend B.B. King still puts in an appearance a few times a year at his establishment. Music lovers should also make a pilgrimage to Sun Studios, where Elvis dropped his first track, and Graceland, where he sampled his first peanut-butter-and-Twinkie sandwich. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Fresh juice straight from the truck?that is the MO at Healthylicious, a food truck that vends nutrient-packed juices and smoothies to the public. Food-truck captain Karen Febles makes her concoctions using exotic fruits and vegetables, such as kale, dragon fruit and berries, straight from her very own farm, mixing up made-to-order smoothies and detoxifying cleanses. The latter includes two green blends made from leafy veggies and two red blends that contain beets, carrots, apples, and organic lemonade. Together, these elixirs help boost the immune system just in time for flu season or Bring Your Sick Relative to Work day.
Offering diners a varying selection of Southern classics and 14 protein-and fruit-packed smoothies, the chefs at Scales Café whip up healthy snacks and filling dishes anchored around farm-raised catfish. A dusting of seasoned cornmeal prepares their signature catfish fillets to swim laps in the deep fryer before emerging triumphantly with either a crispy golden coat or a gold medal. Cajun or ranch spice blends can flavor the fresh fish, or diners can forgo the crispy crust in favor of a grilled or skillet-blackened fillet. Although house-made hush puppies, french fries, and coleslaw accompany most entrees to the table, eight other side options, including velvety mac 'n' cheese and sweet-potato fries, can smother hunger like a mother who cleans her son’s dorm room. Straws plumb the creamy depths of Scales Café's smoothies, which are made from fresh fruits, crushed fruit concentrates, and protein boosts. Each sippable meal is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but steers clear of fat, lactose, and artificial flavors.
Roasted and brewed in-house, Republic Coffee’s global-savvy coffee drinks roll out a steamy rug for sandwiches stacked with smoked meats and soups made from scratch daily. Leafy greens and veggies burst from salads drizzled with just the right amount of dressing, and crostini dive into creamy baths of garlic hummus. The cozy coffeehouse’s doors open as the sun rises to greet diners with fluffy eggs, breakfast sandwiches, and malted belgian waffles. Sleek black chairs and leather booths scattered throughout the interior keep night owls comfy until closing time at midnight, when the overcaffeinated crowd works off excess steam by bouncing against exposed-brick walls.
The Cosmic Coconut indulges cravings with a full menu of specialty vegan smoothies, juices and snacks as well as fair-trade, organic coffee drinks. Futuristic light fixtures and repurposed furniture unite beneath hues of blue and lime green and surround a counter of bowls of fresh fruit, which transform into charming princes or specialty drinks such as the Chimps in Space smoothie with bananas, coconut milk, vanilla, nutmeg, and stevia ($3.50+) or the Grass Roots juice with wheatgrass, carrots, ginger, beets, apples, and chard leaf ($5.50). Embark on digital excursions in the café with WiFi access and a boost of energy courtesy of a café latte ($2.85+) or a Blood Transfusion juice shot, crafted from fresh-pressed wheatgrass and young coconut ($6.50). In addition to straw-centric refreshments, The Cosmic Coconut serves items such as fresh guacamole ($3.99) and apples with almond butter ($4.50) to keep molars from feeling left out.