Road Trip | Arkansas Derby

On the road to somewhere we have never been before, The Arkansas Derby!

 

 

 

 

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Pork ‘N’ Pimento @Topgolf  Texas toast + pimento cheese + smoked pulled pork tossed in white barbecue sauce

 

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Louisville to Nashville

The perfect spot to stop for lunch and stretch our legs, Top Golf!

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Nashville to Memphis

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Rec Room in Memphis was really cool. We had an hour to kill before dinner so we rented a living room, chose a game console and played games until it was time to eat.

We chose Hog + Hominy for dinner in Memphis and it was fantastic.

 

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Polenta | parmesan, brisket, brussels sprouts, demi glace, 63 degree egg
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Peanut Butter Pie @hogandhominy | nilla wafer crust, vanilla pudding, bananas, whipped cream, peanut brittle

Memphis to Little Rock

We like seeking out boutique hotels that are fairly modern to stay in. The Burgundy Hotel in Little Rock was a fantastic place to stay.

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This is the atrium dining room
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This was the living room section of our room
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Breakfast

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Crab Cake Benedict | poached eggs atop a sautéed lump crab cake and toasted English muffin finished with hollandaise sauce with Yukon gold potato pancakes

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Little Rock to Hot Springs

Oaklawn Park!

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The American Pharoah Statue
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Right up agains the rail and ready for the races

 

 

 

 

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The Infield

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We noticed the Arkansas Derby was a lot more casual compared to the Kentucky Derby. There were people who were dressed up, but a lot more people were dressed comfortably. The crowd was diverse and fun!

We really enjoyed the infield. There were areas where you could bet, a lot of craft beer options, food trucks, bounce houses and a petting zoo. It felt like we were in a garden surrounded by a horse racing track. The grounds were beautiful!

Winning the Superfecta was an added bonus to our amazing experience!

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Hot Springs to Memphis

 

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The Sausage & Cheese Plate…the best!
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Ribs, Slaw, Beans
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Pulled Pork

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If you ever find yourself in Memphis, do yourself a favor and stop at Charlie Vergos Rendezvous. It’s in a basement off of an alley in downtown Memphis and you will know you are close because the smell will lure you right inside the door.

Memphis to Nashville

 

 

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Trying a local IPA at The Stillery
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Two house-made semi-soft pretzels w/ spicy pub cheese + honey-mustard
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Cavatappi, house cheese sauce, baked with buttery breadcrumbs
+Top w/ Hot Chicken

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Cast Iron Wings | One pound [house-brined] wings, choose BBQ, House Hot, or ‘Nashville’ HOT
Our final stop, The Stillery, in Nashville. Do not pass up the chance to get some of their Mac and Cheese topped with hot chicken.

We were blessed to encounter so many salt of the earth people on this trip that made us feel right at home even though we were on the road. It was a journey that we will not soon forget!

Until next time…

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