The popcorn aficionados at Yum Yum's Gourmet Popcorn craft a veritable rainbow of snack-worthy popped corn in a huge variety of flavors, daily. The staff scoops classic flavors like buttered popcorn, caramel corn, and kettle corn into big tins, or serves up bags and even popcorn balls for ideal on-the-go munching. They stock more unique varieties, too, ranging from colorful rainbow popcorn to pink watermelon and spicy jalape?o.
The bakers at J's Fancy Creative Cakes want their creations to be the center of attention at events. They pull it off by decorating fluffy cakes to look like roller skates, Green Bay cheese hats, purses, and even a steak. They also bake fancy cupcakes in flavors such as strawberry, butter pecan, and pineapple cream.
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.
In an attempt to combat his food allergies and hypoglycemia, Steve Kuhnau began to concoct drinks in his home blender in the late '60s, tossing in various combinations of fruit, supplements, and proteins. Quickly discovering that the right fusions drastically improved his health, he worked to refine his revolutionary nutritional smoothie, and he opened a health-food store in 1973. He and his staff started slinging vitamins alongside the blended drinks, and the word quickly spread about the healthful beverages—Smoothie King was born. Since its noble birth, Kuhnau's smoothie empire grew to more than 600 franchised locations around the world, and there are more than 600 locations on this planet, too. Today, each location serves a long list of drinks to trim down, shape up, stay healthy, and occasionally indulge. Each of these verb-named mixes is made fresh to order.
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.
At City East Bagel and Grille, cooks craft New-York-style bagels from scratch right in the restaurant kitchen. The doughy rings come in 16 flavors, ranging from banana nut to sun-dried tomato, and visitors can choose from eight toppings—including butter, jelly, and four flavored cream cheeses. In the dining room—decorated with black-and-white photos of old Memphis—they can also tuck into hearty breakfast and lunch dishes, from a piping-hot pastrami sandwich to breakfast skillets brimming with eggs, grilled potatoes, and peppers.