Where to dine:
• Highlands Bar and Grill: Cited as one of the best restaurants in America by the James Beard Association, Opinionated Dining, tripadvisor.com and others, fans of fine dining have flocked here for French-inspired American cuisine since 1982. Information: 2011 11th Ave S.; 205-939-1400; highlandsbarandgrill.com.
• Saw’s BBQ: Lauded by locals and websites like Yelp and Urbanspoon as the place to go for barbecue with heaping helpings at a budget price, it is legendary for its mouth-watering ribs, chicken and pulled pork. It’s a bit off the beaten path but well worth the drive. Information: 1008 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood; 205-879-1937; www.sawsbbq.com
Perhaps known best for its mix of blues, barbecue and Elvis Presley, Memphis is also the site of King’s death. On April 4, 1968, the iconic civil rights leader was slain on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Information: www.memphistravel.com.
The former Lorraine Motel has been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum. With building additions and restoration to the motel, the site houses multiple permanent interactive exhibits and takes visitors on a tour through the room King stayed in at the time of his death. Ongoing updates to the facility are currently prohibiting full tours of the Lorraine, however, a special balcony tour to the scene where King once stood will be available until work is completed in the first quarter of 2014. Information: 450 Mulberry St.; 901-521-9699; www.civilrightsmuseum.org.
Where to stay:
• The Peabody Hotel: This sumptuous hotel was built in 1869 and is known around the globe for its daily march of mallard ducks to and from the hotel’s fountain. With 464 guest rooms and 11 stories, it also offers pet-friendly rooms and such modern amenities as a day spa, art galleries and more. Information: 149 Union Ave.; 901-529-4000; www.peabodymemphis.com.
• The Roulhac Mansion: Recently added to the National Registry of Historic Places, the mansion — built in 1914 — boasts six breathtakingly beautiful rooms and includes a dining area, living room, hearth room and full-size kitchen. Information: 810 E. McLemore Ave.; 901-775-1665; www.roulhacmansion.com.
Where to dine:
• Chez Philippe: If you’re staying at the Peabody, don’t pass up the opportunity to experience the classical French cuisine of executive chef Andreas Kisler. Dinner and afternoon tea are available Wednesday through Saturday. Information: 149 Union Ave.; 901-529-4188.; www.peabodymemphis.com.
• Soul Fish Cafe: Popular local favorite offers big servings of tasty comfort food like fried seafood, smoked chicken and a variety of fresh vegetables. Information: 862 S. Cooper St.; 901-725-0722; www.soulfishcafe.com.