In this case, I was in Memphis, which means I spoke to my bud Seth at the Best Memphis Burger blog. He directed me to Roxie’s Grocery and asked me to read his post before checking it out, which I suggest you do.
An important thing to do when visiting towns is to connect with the folks who know their cities well. I’m not interested in eating at restaurants listed on Top 10 Lists created by someone who doesn’t even leave their desks to write them.
I also need to agree with him on the Faygo; I’ve never seen so many Faygo sodas in one spot.
A couple of fellas were hanging outside of Roxie’s Grocery on what seemed like guard duty. As I entered the grocery, the rain started trickling down outside.
I went straight to the back, where the deli and kitchen area is. There wasn’t much time to think out my order thoroughly. When it became my turn, I blurted out two cheeseburgers with cheese fries.
I wanted chili cheese fries, but I never corrected myself.
That’s Tough Love
The older lady running the kitchen scolded one of the line cooks like an angry mom talking to a child who ignored her demands. It was brutal to watch, and all of us waiting for food just turned our heads in embarrassment for the poor guy.
Before I knew it, the burgers were done; I grabbed a couple of Cokes, paid, and was out the door. The rain had picked up a little more by then, but my wife Marcela was in the car right around the corner.
With extreme excitement, I jump into the passenger side (over a large puddle) and open up my styrofoam container to see this bad boy up close. Beautifully deformed and hand-painted, this is just how I like my burgers.
I removed the offending LTO on the bottom and could finally dig in. Wow, just wow!
The burger itself reminded me of Ann’s Snack Bar in Atlanta. The American cheese seemed to be extra melty.
As I took bite after bite, I hoped it would never end. Of course, it did end, and then I just sat there and popped some of the cheese fries in my mouth.
The fries were seasoned and pretty good, but no match for that burger.
Let me just put it to you this way: next time I’m in Memphis, this will be my first AND last stop.
Roxie’s Grocery is CLOSED
520 N 3rd Street
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roxies-Grocery/140262092676121
*Roxie’s Grocery picture courtesy of Best Memphis Burger