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The Peabody And Those Famous Ribs

Monday, April 04, 2016

The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. The Peabody is the Paris Ritz, the Cairo Shepheard’s, the London Savoy of this section. If you stand near its fountain in the middle of the lobby, where ducks waddle and turtles drowse, ultimately you will see everybody who is anybody in the Delta and many who are on the make.

--David Cohn, in Where I was Born and Raised

It's true. And there is no better place to while away time, especially with a cocktail in hand, than the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

Shugie has a thing for ducks, so we decided on our last big Memphis trip to stay at the Peabody.

Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

In fact, Av went off to work for a little while and the boys and I came out of our rooms, relaxed in the lobby, and he could have been gone for hours with us happy as little clams. Another adorable thing about the hotel is that you can explore it -- up on the second floor balcony, there's a Frances Scott Key square grand

Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

a menu from when the hotel hosted Charles Lindbergh in 1927
Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

and other beautiful touches
Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

Our room was so much nicer than the last time we stayed, which was before the latest renovations ~2012
Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

For the boys, one special highlight was meeting the duckmaster:

Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

and getting to watch the procession of the ducks from the elevator to the fountain
Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

Just outside
Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

For whatever reason, we'd never gone to the Rendezvous, so we walked over -- not even half a block, really
Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

It had tons of barbecue charm
Rendezvous, Memphis TN

Rendezvous, Memphis TN

...but no matter how much seasoning they poured on the sausage
Rendezvous, Memphis TN

or the ribs, the food was...boring. And barbecue should never be boring. Those ribs were tough and dry. I guess we can check it off our list of Memphis barbecue places but that's the best we can go for. Not going back.
Rendezvous, Memphis TN

Better, though, we took the boys to Lansky Brothers and A. Schwab, visited the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, and soaked up more Peabody lobby.

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