My wife lived in Memphis before we met, my older brother Randy moved his family there for several years after we married, and my niece is attending college there now. But we have one more connection to that Tennessee city, the most important of all: Red Hot & Blue, the chain restaurant where they serve Memphis-style pit BBQ.
Thankfully, there is a Red Hot & Blue franchise near our home. When my wife celebrated her 40th birthday (er, 29th — again), pulled pork was the main course. We always look for excuses to go to Red Hot & Blue.
We had a good excuse today. “Grandma Betty,” the mother of one of our best friends and sister in spirit, was in town. Grandma Betty let Elli pick a restaurant for lunch today, and Elli quickly chose “The Pig Place.”
The tax tab: $1.60.