Gibson’s Donuts

Gibson’s is Memphis for donut.  To the Memphian, Dunkin, Krispy Kreme, and all other challengers are second best.  Gibson’s is open 24/7 and in prom season you can find lots of tuxedos and sequins late into the evening as the kids come here for a donut nightcap. 
Special Advisory: If you are from out of town and tasked with bringing donuts for church, work or school, this is the expectation.  All other stores will win you the social equivalent of the participation ribbon. Consider yourself warned. 
Gibson’s offers an excellent variety ranging from standard glazed, chocolate and blueberry to more extravagant red velvet cake and maple bacon.  Yes, I said bacon donut. 
Its real bacon. Its real good.

Local’s tip: After 11, donuts go to 6 for $1.25.  

Local’s choice: Maple Bacon and Red Velvet cake (below)

One and Only BBQ



#1 One and Only BBQ – MLL’s favorite place and a Memphis best kept secret.  It has two locations, and its a relative unknown on the Memphis BBQ Scene.  Everything is good.  Its not a hit on Trip Advisor or Food Network, but when this local wants Memphis BBQ, its where I go.  I’m not a rib guy, but these are the best I’ve ever had.  My wife loves the pulled chicken.  Sweet potato fries, baked potato salad, Memphis Style Brunswick Stew, etc.  The Banana Pudding may be the best in Memphis that wasn’t made by someone’s grandmother.

Brother Juniper’s

Brother Juniper’s – There’s a small, dated home on the south side of the University of Memphis which clings to vestiges of a bygone era when this area was quaint neighborhood instead of the bustling university district. From this modest home, the Koplin family serves breakfast to college students and Memphis power players alike.  The coffee mugs are a mixed bag and the sodas come in a can, but the meals they produce are outstanding.  Everything from breakfast standards to open faced omelets to black bean burritos.  The food here is hearty and excellent.

Local’s Choice: Black bean burrito with hash browns