There's something about good soul food that does something magical to you. Well, maybe it just does something incredible to me. It always takes me back to my grandmother's house with all my family around. Everyone is laughing and talking and life is so easy and simple. Pure bliss. Food always takes me to happy places. It's probably the reason I catch myself dancing when I eat something good. 

This love of soul food led me directly to The Four Way in the heart of South Memphis. The Four Way has a rich history and is celebrating its 65th year of operation.   Dr Martin Luther King, Jr was known to visit whenever he visited Memphis during the Civil Rights Movement. Rumor has it he loved the catfish. 

Smothered porkchops with Macaroni and Cheese and cornbread dressing

Baked catfish with mac and cheese and okra

The Memphis VIP aka the Arnold Palmer.

Needless to say, the food was amazing. The porkchop was sensational and oh so tender. No knife required. The cornbread dressing, which is totally different from stuffing, was seasoned just right with a hint of spiciness. The mac and cheese was adequate, but it wasn't the worst I've ever had. 

I was allowed to have a very small piece of the catfish and it too was very good. I think the fried catfish would have been better, but it was still pretty good. I'm no fan of okra, but it was devoured rather quickly by my guest, so i'm going to assume it was delicious. 

All in all, i enjoyed my experience at The Four Way. The restaurant was very clean and organized and the staff was very welcoming and friendly. They treated everyone like a part of the family. I was convinced that i was the long lost nephew of the waitress because she made me feel so at home.  So if you're downtown or midtown and looking for a good lunch, try out The Four Way. Get there early if you can, because it is usually busy around lunch time. 

The Four Way is located at 998 Mississippi Blvd at the corner of Walker Ave and Mississippi near Stax Museum of American Soul Music. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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