Muddy’s Bake Shop & Grindhouse

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Muddy’s Bake Shop – several years ago, local girl Kat Gordon was out of school and decided to collect her grandmother’s (Muddy) cake recipes and have a go at the world.  She makes excellent cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pies that are now a staple of the East Memphis Sweet Tooth.  With creative names like Grasshopper (chocolate mint), Frankly Scarlet (red velvet) and Prozac (chocolate + chocolate).

Muddy’s is more than a bakery.  Its become a local cultural hub.  For all the sugar that goes out the doors on pickup, they have cafe tables and outside patio reminiscent of a European street cafe.

With a book club and their support for local community development, their support runs deep too.  Some ill-advised troll falsely accused them for picking sides in an overblown political issue, social media roiled with support for Kat and her business causing a groundswell of new customers.

Local’s Choice: Grasshopper Cupcake – pinch off half of the cake bottom and flip it over to place it on the top, now you have a gourmet Oreo.  Level Up.


Tamp and Tap

Tamp and Tap in Downtown Memphis is a great spot for coffee, a light lunch or a pint after work. Nestled across from the Peabody in the Gayoso alleyway.  I have to admit, I didnt expect much from a coffee shop sandwich.  However both my compadre and I were blown away by the sandwiches we got.  They were just really really tasty and filling. This space and its accessibility to the rest of downtown Memphis are a great place to meet after work or a great place to start for an evening downtown.

Local’s Choice: The Imperial and a WiseAcre Draft

The Ugly Mug

The Ugly Mug is the original local Memphis coffee shop and coffee roasters.  If you’re a Memphian and you like coffee, this is where you get your coffee.  If you’re looking for a great local alternative to the Green Mermaid from Seattle, then swing by the Ugly Mug Coffee shop at Poplar and Perkins to get a latte or a bag of high quality locally roasted coffee.

  The original Ugly Mug was a cavernous hangout near the University of Memphis campus full of used couches.  The new location is a former drive through Fox Photo film developing kiosk.  Its compact with a couple of bistro tables and a bar, but the legacy of great local coffee lives