Matt Bonner's Sandwich Hunter: March 15: Memphis
Entry #20 - Subway: Memphis
by Matt Bonner
Memphis is a very historic city. It was founded in 1819 by John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson. Perched high upon a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi, it is named after the ancient capital of Egypt on the Nile River (the famous Pyramid Arena pays tribute to Memphis' namesake). The city grew in size and prominence throughout the 1900s as it became the largest cotton market in the world. During the 1960s, Memphis became the focal point of the Civil Rights Movement. At the culmination of which, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel on April 4th, 1968. That is now the sight of The National Civil Rights Museum.
Memphis is also well known for it's cultural contributions. Most notably, music. Local musicians include legends such as Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes and Al Green… And let's not forget Justin Timberlake and Three 6 Mafia! Graceland, Elvis's home, has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the South. And Beale Street has also capitalized on Memphis's music rep by transforming itself into a mini Bourbon Street, jam packed with Barbecue and Blues joints.
You would think a city with so much history and culture would have many local sandwich staples. But I know from experience that downtown Memphis has slim pickings. I normally go to Bogies Deli, but it was closed. I learned from our last trip to M-Town that there was a Lenny's Sub Shop not two blocks from the hotel. It was closed last time around because we were there on a Sunday, but I used my photographic memory to recall the sign on the door, which said it was open Saturdays.
I walked with assistant coach Brett Brown and approached the front of Lenny's. Lo and behold, it was closed! We couldn't believe it. It was 12:30 on Saturday afternoon and it should have been open. They need to change the sign on their door. That's false advertising. I was quite disappointed because Lenny's has great subs. Any sandwich fan in the San Antonio area could tell you the same thing (there are 3 locations in San Antonio).
So it was on to plan B: Subway. Old Faithful. When all else fails, I can always count on finding an open Subway nearby. Sure enough, I found one only a block away.
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