Friday, May 19, 2006

Speaking of tripping

Next week, RSA in Memphis. My colleague R. and I are driving there. (I should say, R. is driving, since she's taking her car and I don't do manual.)

She wants to make kitschy stops along the way. No problem: Lambert's is on the way.

Home of "throwed rolls."

When we were living in Carbondale and making trips to Texas to visit my family, C. and I stopped a time or two at Lamberts. They really do throw the rolls. You've gotta catch them. Mostly, people catch them. Sometimes they don't, and so a roll is lost. Servers also come round with big bowls of fried okra, black-eyed peas, macaroni and tomatoes. (Which are all free sides, in addition to whatever you happened to order.) Yeah, it's kinda over the top. But kinda southern, too. So, all in all, I kinda like it, in a nostalgic sort of way. It's the kind of place I imagine any member of my immediate family would like quite a lot, if only any of them actually traveled.

But, of course, Memphis itself offers the biggest shrine to kitsch of them all. You know what I'm talking about:

Looks like tickets are available online: maybe reservations are in order?


jeff said...

When we drove from Austin to Detroit, I remember you bringing up the throwed rolls. We saw the sign, but never stopped.

We want to go to Graceland, too, next week. Want to all go together? When do you get in? Or maybe email if you want to go down there together.

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