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.
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.
Ugly Mug Coffee aims to protect the farmers harvesting each bean by sourcing organic, pesticide-free, and fair-trade coffee from around the world. Integrity pervades every phase of its buying process, as the company selects farmers who cultivate bird-friendly, shade-grown coffees without the use of toxic chemicals, and pay them a fair, livable price to incentivize their growing. Their fair-trade philosophy extends to what Ugly Mug hopes will one day be a hands-on collaboration with the farmers; until then, partnerships with economic-development programs and Growers First keep Ugly Mug's coffee ethical without reading it transcripts of the long dialogues Socrates often had with his percolator.
Ugly Mug's stringent vetting and buying process results in nuanced, aromatic coffee roasted right in Memphis. Single-origin coffees from Brazil or Mexico showcase each country's character with a gentler roast, and blends include Hardy Passion, a dark, rich roast, or Saving Grace, a balanced Peruvian/Guatemalan brew with a clean finish. Flavored coffees sweeten mornings with tastes such as Cinnamon Sticky Bun or Buttermoon, a popular mix of roasted-nut and sweet-caramel flavors.