The Pittsburgh Food Diaries: Memphis Edition.

This one is for you, Hailey Wood Cash.

March 7, 2015. A date that we’ve all been looking forward to since Valentine’s Day of last year: Hailey and Dan get hitched! So, about a zillion people packed up their bags and drove/flew/hitchhiked/teleported/fought the winter storm wizards, all in an effort to make it to Memphis, the blues capital of the world.

Although the winter storm didn’t hinder our travel, the fact that I locked both sets of keys in the car a little over two hours before our flight took off… well, that was a little bit of a downer.  AAA couldn’t come to the rescue for at least an hour and a half, effectively ensuring that we would miss our flight. With a little help of right-place-right-time stranger, he broke into the car and off we went to the airport.

After we checked into The Peabody, we walked across the street to Huey’s, a legendary blues, brews and burger tavern in Memphis. Huey’s has won the Best Burger award by Memphis Magazine every year since 1984, and is famous for having a crutch in the ceiling, as well as who knows how many toothpicks. Graffiti covers the walls, leaving behind reminders of burger lovers from all over the world that have come to eat one of these infamous burgers.

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I’ll admit it. I had no idea about Huey’s. We had never heard of it before, nor did we understand its history and celebrated burger selection. We just happened to be fortunate enough to be starving and staying right across the street. I ordered the World Famous Huey Burger, a medium well burger patty with mayo, lettuce, tomato, mustard, pickles, onion and Swiss cheese on a buttered, toasted sesame seed bun. We shared a side of thick, steak fries and  a few beers and we soaked in all of the wonderful things about Huey’s.

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We darted back across the street to get ready for the wedding of two incredible, beautiful people, and for the 16 hours that we were in Memphis, we were smiling, dancing, happy.

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(All wedding photos courtesy of Russell Hays Photography. Check him out here!)

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