1. You can’t judge a Memphis restaurant by its façade.
Some of the best meals of your life will come out of a building that looks like it should be condemned. Don’t write off an eatery because it’s in a basement, an alley, or possibly boarded up. Don’t let the ramshackle fool you. Elwood’s Shack (and some of the city’s best brisket and trout tacos) stands true to its name because it’s hidden in a Lowe’s parking lot. And our most famous restaurant, the Rendezvous, can be found in the basement of a dirty back alley, the only hints to its location being the protruding sign and the plumes of BBQ-scented smoke billowing from the pipes.