The Lookout at Bass Pro

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The Lookout at Bass Pro: Normally a giant Big Box store wouldn’t make the cut. But this happens to be the most recognizeable building on the Memphis Skyline with a 30 story restaurant overlooking downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River.

This is like the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s just a unique perspective in Memphis that’s hard to pass up.

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There are tickets that you have to purchase to go up but that keeps the crowd down at the top. The food isn’t particularly exceptional, but it’s good enough. The highlight here is the views and the sheer.

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I like to go about an hour before sunset and get drinks and appetizers while we watch the barges ply the river and evening settle over the city back to the east. Then we typically go into downtown for dinner.

I’ve even bought an annual membership that I use to take family and clients to a truly memorable time for luncheons and apres work socials.

They have a military discount and I’d recommend buying tickets early and calling ahead to reserve tables.

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The Silver Caboose Restaurant and Soda Fountain

The Silver Caboose Restaurant and Soda Fountain – 20 minutes down Nonconnah Parkway out of Memphis is the Collierville Town Square which is like going back to Mayberry. The flagship restaurant is the Silver Caboose. ┬áSouthern to the core, this meat and three restaurant specializes in “honey” “sugar” with a side “sweetie” without being cheezy or cliche.

The vegetables rotate daily, and there are fresh homemade desserts. It’s a great whole experience being on the square, the kids watching the choo-choo (model train) go around the ceiling and eating good country food.

It’s very family friendly with little ones swirling around the tables from mama to Grandpa to Aunt Ellie picking off the best pieces from their plates. It’s fun.

Local’s choice: I’m typically a carnivore with a side of mashed potatoes, but here I’ll get the veggie plate. The squash casserole is a meal unto itself. If you get cinnamon apples and sweet potato casserole it’s like pregaming for dessert. The chicken and gravy is a win too.