NMCA WORLD FINALS
Since the LSX Shootout is being held in conjunction with the NMCA World Finals, there's a lot more action in Memphis! Eleven other classes will be competing during the weekend as NMCA class championships are decided. Classes range from 6-second, 220-mph Pro Street cars to wild, wheelstanding 8-second Xtreme Street cars, and some classic iron in the nostalgia classes. Other action includes Jet car action where a jet-powered dragster will be shooting for the 300-mph zone. One of the crowd favorites during the weekend is the burnout contest, which will be held Saturday afternoon. Contestants heat the tires to the boiling point, and whoever wins the crowd over with their tire-blazing antics is the winner.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN MEMPHIS
If you're looking for some great places to grub and have a few after a day of racing, downtown Memphis is where it's at.
DINNER AND DRINKS:
Spindini-Trendy Italian restaurant, but has very good seafood and steak as well. Always packed with Memphis' young and attractive professionals. This place is always busy, so get there early. Valet parking, street parking. $25-40 plates.
Mesquite Chop House-A steakhouse that's very good. Typically busy, so plan accordingly. Right in the heart of downtown, so a good starting place to kick off the night. Street parking. $25-40 plates.
Rendezvous-Memphis' famous dry-rub rib-and-barbeque joint. Cool place that you find by going down an alley and into a basement. Pretty good at handling crowds so you won't have trouble getting in. Street parking and next door to a large parking garage. $15-30 plates.
Encore-Trendy place with exceptional seafood and steaks. You need reservations and it is a small place, so plan for it. If you can't eat here, stop for a drink at the bar. Valet parking, paid parking lot across the street. $25-40 plates.
Bigfoot Lodge-A Memphis burger place. Home of the Sasquatch big-ass burger, they serve beer in gigantic mugs. If this is your kind of place, go for it. Paid parking lot around the corner, street parking if you get very lucky. $10-25 plates.
Huey's-Memphis' famous burger joint. A good casual place, family and kid friendly. Paid parking lot around the corner, street parking if you get very lucky. $10-25 plates.
Blue Fish-Premium sushi, trendy bar, central location. Good place for sushi, or to start a night out for some drinks and light sushi. On the 'trolley' path. $ varies.
Swig-Martini specialists, full bar with casual indoor/outdoor seating. Great place to kick off the night or finish the night, as it's in a central location. They serve some appetizers, and you could eat there too. Street parking, or paid parking lot across the street. $8-15 drinks.
Flying Saucer-Memphis' main beer joint. Hundreds of beers for you champion drinkers. Central location, open windows to streets make it fun. They have some food, but we'd just go for the drinking. Paid parking lot behind it, you lushes. $5-10 drinks.
EP's-Young and edgy club. Get your drink on and dance late night at EP's. Plan to be drunk if you want to fit in. Street parking or find a paid lot close by. At the front edge of Beale street. $5-10 drinks.
Ernestine & Hazels-Famous old dive bar and club in Memphis. Typically an excellent late-night crowd, and has sketchy upstairs lounge rooms. Best place for a late-night greasy 'Soul Burger.' If you're loaded, it is really late, and you're hungry, go here. Don't ask for a menu (they don't have them), just ask for a Soul Burger and be happy. Street parking. $3-8 drinks.
Beale street-Memphis' famous "Blues, Beer, Barbeque," all rolled up one street. Party/hangout street, blocked from traffic. Lots of history, lots of people, easy to find live music. This is a 'must experience' Memphis landmark, at least walk the street and grab a beer. Street parking around it, or some paid lots and garages. Several small and local restaurants, clubs, bars. Plenty of souvenirs available. $2.50 for a beer (and up).
Peabody Hotel-The lobby area is a high-class hangout, attached to a few expensive restaurants, and expensive shops, central location. This is the home of the famous 'ducks.' Take a ride upstairs, or catch the ducks in action in the lobby. Lobby bar is posh, excellent see-and-be-seen location. Good for family and kids. Valet parking or garage.
Trolley-Cheap fun, take a lap around downtown, see all the sights, several of those listed on this report. Good for family and kids. If you don't want the trolley, do a similar lap in a horse-drawn carriage.