Gettin' Around Downtown & Beyond


Trip through historic downtown Memphis & along the Mighty Mississippi!

Combining Memphis' rich past with its promising future, the Main Street Trolley's vintage trolley cars roll up and down Main Street, from one downtown landmark to another. Authentically restored to original elegance, down to the solid brass seat and window accents and antique lighting fixtures, these rail cars follow the path of their mule-drawn predecessors, running from Auction Ave. to Calhoun St. They also service the 2.5 mile Riverfront Loop and the Medical Center, via the Madison Avenue Trolley Line.

There is no better vehicle for downtown sightseeing. The trolley runs from the Pinch District and the Memphis Cook Convention Center, past Civic Center Plaza and Court Square, all the way to Peabody Place and Beale Street, the FedEx Forum, Nationals Civil Rights Museum and the South Main Historic Arts District.

Traveling the Riverfront Loop, visitors can take in the Tennessee Welcome Center, Mud Island and the Mississippi River Museum and the panoramic beauty of the 5-block long River Walk.

Each of the 24 trolley stations throughout downtown, the riverfront and Madison Ave., are equipped for those with disabilities and unable to use steps. The trolley runs daily on every line, with a car pulling into the station about every 10 to 15 minutes. On the Madison Avenue Line, frequency slows to about every 25 minutes after 6 p.m. and on Sundays.

Check the map on the back of the magazine for station locations, schedules and fares. Or call 901-274-MATA (6282) or visit matatransit.com.

Memphis Trolley Unplugged!

Like The Trolley Song? How about 2 hours of Memphis music ON the trolley?

Well, that's what you'll get on board the Riverfront Trolley line, Apr. 18-19 & 24-25, Friday and Saturday nights, 6-8 p.m. Live music by Memphis musicians traveling & performing aboard the clang, clang, ding, zing, trolley!

What a way to see Ole Man River!

For more information call 901-576-6850, or visit www.matatransit.com.

Delicious, Flavorfully Roasted Meats At Texas De Brazil!

At 150 Peabody Place in downtown Memphis, Texas de Brazil offers a fixed price menu that features select cuts of Certified Angus beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage. Slowly roasted over an open flame and served with garlic mashed potatoes, fried bananas, Brazilian cheese bread and a variety of specialty sauces, any cut is a meal fit for a king.
There's also a 40-item seasonal selection bar offering a Texas-sized variety of appetizers, soups, salads and side items. Selections include imported cheeses, made in-house salad dressings, fresh buffalo mozzarella, steamed asparagus with strawberry sauce, shrimp salad, imported Italian salamis, spicy surimi sushi, soup du jour and more.
Stuffed? Have some Brazilian cheesecake anyway. Texas de Brazil has an extensive wine list, and offers hand-rolled cigars.
Texas de Brazil is open daily for dinner; lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Fri. Major credit cards accepted. 901-526-7600 or www.texasdebrazil.com.

Backbeat Is History! "We Know Memphis History Like No One Else!"

"We wanted to change the whole nature of sightseeing tours," said Backbeat Tours owner Bill Patton. He decided the best way to present Memphis' compelling local history -- a history that has shaped & influenced popular American culture far beyond other comparably sized cities -- was through music, story & fun.

So, in 2006, he founded Backbeat Tours. And the rest, as they say, is history.

"Our goal," he said, "has always been to give visitors & locals alike not simply a traditional tour with stories, dates & a lot of talk, but a unique & special interactive experience they'll never forget."

To that end Backbeat offers a variety of tours like the Memphis Mojo Tour, a "best of Memphis" sights & music, & the Hound Dog Tour, delving into the life of Elvis Presley.

Other tours include: Graceland Tours; their newest offering, the Memphis Discovery Tour; the Memphis Ghost Tour; & the Historic Memphis Walking Tour.

All tours depart from the Backbeat Tours ticket window at 2nd & Beale, at the Blues City Cafe. For tour times & schedules call 901-527-9415 or 1-800-979-3370. Or visit backbeattours.com.


At 645 Marshall Ave., & originally launched in Memphis in 1984 by one of Schecter Guitar Research’s early founders, Tom Keckler, Saint Blues became one of the sought-after boutique guitar brands in the mid & late 80’s, but closed the production line in 1989.  The line was restarted in 2006 with Tom Keckler once again involved.  Artists who played or still play, original Saint Blues are a who’s who of rock & blues including Bono, Albert King, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Carlisi, Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton & Billy Squire.  Based in Memphis, Saint Blues’ line of handmade, Workshop Series custom guitars & their roots instruments line including electric washboard & cigar box guitars are available at a discount in factory showroom.  Open Mon.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm, Sat. 11 am-5 pm., Sun. by appointment. Factory floor tours: 11 am Mon.-Fri., 2 pm Sat. Tour price $4.00. Group rates for 20 or more. Call 901-578-3588, or visit www.saintblues.com.

Getting around downtown?

Take the Main Street & Riverfront Trolleys. See the riverfront, shuttle from the Memphis Cook Convention Center to Beale St. & back again with plenty of stops for shopping & site-seeing along the way. Or you can take the Madison Avenue Line out to the Medical Center. Travel, site-see & shop & never worry about traffic & parking. It's the way to go. Schedules are below. Check the map on the back page for stops.

MADISON AVENUE LINE - Terminates at S. Court Station, Main & Madison.

MONDAY - FRIDAY (Outbound about every 16 minutes) - 7:00 AM - 5:45 PM; SATURDAY (every 25 minutes) - 9:20 AM - 5:45 PM; SUNDAY - NO SERVICE.

(Inbound about every 16 minutes)

MONDAY - FRIDAY - 7:15 AM - 6:00 PM; SATURDAY (every 25 minutes) - 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM; SUNDAY - NO SERVICE.

RIVERFRONT LINE - Counter-clockwise loop Southbound only on the Riverfront; Northbound only on Main St. (About every 13 minutes)

MONDAY - FRIDAY - 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM; SATURDAY - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; SUNDAY - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

MAIN STREET LINE - (Northbound about every 10 minutes)

MONDAY - THURSDAY - 7:20 AM - 10:40 PM; FRIDAY - 7:20 AM - 11:40 PM; SATURDAY - 8:40 AM - 12:00 AM; SUNDAY - 10:15 - 6:15 PM.

MAIN STREET LINE - (Southbound about every 10 minutes)

MONDAY - THURSDAY - 7:00 AM - 10:20 PM; FRIDAY - 7:00 AM - 11:20 PM; SATURDAY - 8:20 AM - 11:45 PM; SUNDAY - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

For more information call 901-274-MATA (6282) or go to www.matatransit.com.

Golf & Games Family Park Is The Place For Family Fun!

After 51 years, Golf & Games Family Park has the same focus on family fun, the same commitment to customer service, and the same eye towards building for the future to service their guest, as when the park first opened.

A different sort of feature at Golf & Games is The Golf Academy of Memphis, offering golf lessons, club sales and club fitting. The Golf Academy of Memphis is an authorized dealer of Adams, Callaway, Mizuno, Ping, and TaylorMade.

Golf & Games Family Park serves a plentiful menu of delicious foods, including chicken sandwiches, bbq nachos, hot wings and funnel cakes. 

Golf & Games not only offers 3 Putt-Putt Golf courses but a host of other terrific family features, including: Lighted Golf Driving Range with chipping and putting greens, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Kiddie Rides, Sky-Trail Ropes Course, Game-room, Maxflight Virtual Roller Coaster & Lasertron, "The Ultimate Laser Action Game."

And they host birthday parties! And church groups, school groups, lock-ins, and approximately 100 corporate and family reunion picnic events throughout the year.

Open at 8 a.m. daily and as late as 1 a.m. on weekends during the summer season, Golf and Games Family Park is ready to provide a summer of fun in its 47th year. To join our email club go to www.golfandgamesmemphis.com. You can also stay in touch with the park on Facebook and Twitter.

Golf and Games Family Park is at 5484 Summer Avenue at Bartlett Road. Call 901-386-2992 for more information.

#1 Barbecue in Memphis? Corky's!

Corky's ribs have been voted #1 throughout the South! Lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs. Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake and served wet or dry, they are the flavor of Memphis, and a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef. And both deserve to be enjoyed with a side of Corky's fantastic barbecue beans. Corky's also offers barbecue salad, barbecue chicken, barbecue & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili & Cajun shrimp.  And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings for everyone at the table to share.

And just remember, when you're licking your fingers to get every bit of that delicious flavor, you saw it in Key Magazine! 

Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted.

There are 3 Corky's BBQ Restaurants in the Memphis area: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar and I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; and 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville. Visit www.corkysmemphis.com for information.

Premier Transportation Services

For more than 150 years Premier Transportation Services has been transporting Memphis area residents safely and securely to their destinations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Yellow and Checker Cabs, manned by experienced, professionally trained and permitted drivers, are clean and well-maintained; drivers are experienced and professional, helpful and polite. Twenty-four hour, on-demand Courier and Package Delivery Services are also available. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Call 901-577-777 or order on-line at www.yellowcabofmemphis.com.

Premier also offers airport shuttle services (call 901-577-7700 or 1-800-796-7750); group and meeting transportation;  and VIP Executive Sedan Services -- no airport lines; no hassle. Chauffeured sedans are also a worry-free way to enjoy a night on the town -- no parking hassles; no designated driver. A minimum 24 hour notice for all service is requested. Office hours are 8 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Metro Cab & Advantage Cab

901-322-2222. Fast, friendly, professional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area’s largest fleet features a professionally trained staff & safe, clean sedans & vans. Serving Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Olive Branch, Millington, Southaven, West Memphis & Memphis. Quick access; local or long distance fares; fully insured. Visa, MasterCard & American Express accepted; corporate direct billing available

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