Memphis Fire Barbecue Review

Last updated on April 23rd, 2021 at 08:25 pm

It’s smaller than it looks. And yes, it looks pretty small already!

FRIED CHICKEN

Southern Fried Goodness!

We all enjoy fried chicken, and at Memphis, it’s a labour of love. We hand butcher fresh boneless chicken breast and then marinate it in our savoury buttermilk marinade for at least 12 hours. This allows the flavours to deepen and produces moist tender chicken. Each 10 oz portion is double dredged by hand and presented with apple slaw, sweet pickets, house Ranch dressing and a buttermilk biscuit.

The perfect combination of savoury, sweet, salty and sour, this plate is meant to be enjoyed all together, therefore, there are no modifications or additions allowed.

We think all this fuss is worth the wait, please be advised that wait times for this dish are longer than other items at Memphis.

Starting at 5:00 pm Monday through Wednesday only.

Fried Chicken—$16.99

— The fried chicken description in the Memphis Fire Barbecue Company menu in Winona, ON

I swear Justin is an undercover American. Most people wouldn’t drive 1½ hours outside of Toronto for fried chicken, but Justin swore that this fried chicken was the business.

True to form, Mr. Baisden didn’t disappoint—but be careful what you wish for—what Memphis Fire Barbecue Company had to offer was more than any of us could handle!

Which Came First?

Having the farthest to travel, Lily, Sarah and I decided to leave Toronto at 5:20 to arrive in Winona, ON for 7 PM since we had no idea how bad rush hour traffic would be. As luck would have it, traffic was pretty awesome and found ourselves at Memphis Fire with 20 minutes to spare, which was just as well, since they told us it’d be a 60-90 minute wait for our group of 10!

Hot Tip: If travelling with a large group (8 or more), Memphis Fire does take reservations. It isn’t a big place (it probably seats about 80 or so), so the less surprises they have, the better.

The wait itself wasn’t the biggest problem—it was that we were all coming to Memphis Fire hungry. In Lily’s case, there was the threat of her being hangry—when you get so hungry that it makes you angry… and you don’t want to see her when she’s hangry! But when you wait for something this long, you start to celebrate the little things. When a table would finally get called up, we’d high-five them or (half-)jokingly tell them to toss some chicken back to us so we didn’t die of starvation. Ideal situation or not, it was a friendly atmosphere at the least.

Guest Stars

Being out in the Wild Wild West and a couple of Trolls short of the full clique, Justin decided to introduce us to some of the lovely women known to join him on his Eating Your Content adventures—Steph, Marie and Rachel (okay, Rachel’s Merwin’s girlfriend, but we’d never seen her before either, so she’s going in that group)!

It was great to meet them all and they did a great job at keeping up with our hijinks while adding some of their own!

Bring the Fire!

To keep the grumbling tummies from turning into grumbling customers, the awesome Memphis Fire staff would play us with free fries—free delicious fries—that would ultimately be our undoing….

In an indefinite amount of time later (it didn’t feel like 60-90 minutes because of all the jokes we were telling) we were finally one step closer to getting our nom on—shout-out to Marie for noticing when they counted out 10 menus for us!

This Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard

Casey Palmer holding the Elvis Special at the Memphis Fire Barbecue Company in Winona, ON
Elvis Special: Chocolate ice cream, chocolate milk with peanut butter
That’s the shake on the right and the EXTRA shake on the left!

First up for me was a milkshake. Generally, I’m not overly fond of combining peanut butter and chocolate, but The Elvis was way better than I’d expected! Probably has something to do with the fact that they make it by hand and use the real ingredients and not a mix! In hindsight, I should’ve caught on to the “go big or go home” mentality of Memphis Fire when they brought me more milkshake than what actually fit in the glass.

AWESOME.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

There’s only so much chicken to go around at Memphis Fire! By the time we sat down, there were only 4 pieces of chicken left in the back—and with 10 of us looking to sink our teeth into a cornucopia of flavour that Colonel Sanders could never have imagined, this posed a problem. Eventually, they’d check again and Marcel, Merwin, Rachel and Steph would each take one for the team so we could sate our appetites.

Until he came back and told us there were only 5—someone had stolen one away from our sights while we were ordering.

In a scene that was like the last sacrificial play of a good action flick, Marie’s face darkened as she looked down and asked for another menu. The table fell silent as we mourned our fallen comrade from Team Delicious Chicken, knowing that we would honour her by filling our bellies with the spoils of victory for our patience.

R.I.P. Marie’s Chicken. May you cross paths again once again!

A plate of hand butchered fresh boneless chicken breast marinated in savoury buttermilk marinade for at least 12 hours at the Memphis Fire Barbecue Company in Winona, ON
No matter which angle I shoot it at, it’s a ton of food.

When the plates of chicken came, none of us were ready.

Piled high were four pieces of finely breaded friend chicken with coleslaw and a hearty biscuit. There is no way you would’ve found this much food for $16.99 in Toronto. Sarah and I were only able to polish a piece off apiece (ha, ha)—the rest of it wound up in the freezer and lasted another two weeks easy. The rest of the crew suffered the morning after with their newly acquired “food babies”.

A take-out box of hand butchered fresh boneless chicken breast marinated in savoury buttermilk marinade for at least 12 hours at the Memphis Fire Barbecue Company in Winona, ON
Yeah, no. There’s no way we were finishing all this.

Don’t Teas Me, Bro!

Teas supplied by the Jet Set Spice Co. at the Memphis Fire Barbecue Company in Winona, ON including Vanilla Vision, Caramel Sutra, Frostea Vines and Crimes of Orange
Numerous delicious flavours of tea from The Jet Set Spice Company

Memphis Fire also inexplicably carries loose leaf teas from the Jet Set Spice Company—which was perfect, because an old boss and good friend of mine is a huge fan, so I had to get her some. They even have jars of the different flavours that you can sniff to get an idea of what each flavour has to offer.

Thanks for the convenience and thoroughness, Memphis Fire!

Final Verdict

TeamTrolling at the Memphis Fire Barbecue Company in Winona, ON
The smiles of well-fed Trolls!

If you’re looking to get quality chicken, value in your wallet and want to quell any fears of leaving a restaurant hungry, Memphis Fire Barbecue Company is what’s up. You’ve gotta be ready to straddle the line between hungry and starving, though, because if you’re not coming ready to eat, the portions here will get the better of you!

It’s a big world out there, and travelling an hour or so outside of Toronto isn’t gonna kill ya!

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A Team Trolling Win in Nissan Canada’s NFL Giveaway

Last updated on May 17th, 2021 at 10:40 pm

A TeamTrolling Christmas portrait.
Ain’t nobody better than my clique. Clique. Clique. Clique. Clique.

When it comes to the things that life has to offer us, I’m pretty sure that Snoop Doggy Dogg put it best:

“Ain’t no fun, if the homies can’t have none”

— Nate Dogg on Snoop Doggy Dogg’s, “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’ Have None)”, Doggystyle, 1993

Nissan Canada and #NissanNFL: The Set-Up

I was sitting around at work when I got this in a group chat on my WhatsApp:

A screenshot from WhatsApp of Justin asking us to retweet his picture for the Nissan Canada #NissanNFL contest

It looks like Nissan Canada was topping off a week of Super Bowl-related generosity with a massive giveaway of a $2000 gift card to the NFL.com website:

I’m no football fan, but I knew damn well that Justin was, so—and pardon the pun (or don’t; I’m still going to say it, though!)—I knew it was game time.

The Year That Was… 2012.

Last updated on April 2nd, 2021 at 02:33 am

Another year gone, another year where we reflect on what happened, what we wanted to happen, what we wish had happened, and what we hope happens in the next year—our next attempt at getting life right.

I don’t even need to think about it—2012 stands out as one of the craziest years I’ve had yet. From mountain climbing to cutting loose to bending the very nature of probability, dull moments weren’t something I was really concerned with these past 366 days.

Trippin’: Killin’ Kili and Caribbean Dreamin’

Killin’ Kili

So as you might recall, this year I managed to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaroone of the Seven Summits of the World! Even though it wasn’t initially my idea, once I got there, I knew I couldn’t turn back and learned a lot about myself in the process.

What I didn’t talk about and share as much was the experience on safari after.

While I won’t go into elaborate detail in this post on the sights I saw and the things I did while on the dusty trail, I definitely hope to share it all with you someday—nothing you get in the big city compares to the experiences you can have while on the Savannah!

Caribbean Dreamin’

I’d hoped to write an entry on our Caribbean cruise as part of the November to Remember series, but the holiday season took over and it never happened (which I’m okay with, as I still have 200 photos waiting for post-production from that trip!)

One day I’ll tell you all about it.

One day.

The Man Behind the Camera

I did more photography this year than any before, covering events like Social Media Week Toronto, Toronto Pride 2012 and several tweetups and networking events. Wherever I would go, one of my cameras was sure to follow.

In 2013, I hope to continue capturing the experiences people have around me daily, honing my craft with better equipment, more experimentation and refining my technique.

#TeamTrolling and my Tweeps

2012 would see a group of friends come together that’re unified by a love of laughter, a fiending for food and just being all-around good people to spend time with.

I was very blessed this year to get to know friends like Christine even better, while still developing many relationships that I’ve made over the last decade!

Mansformation

Sometimes you have to be a one-person army to get things done, and for me, that meant blowing the dust off of my graphics tablet and working on the logo for Mansformation in Adobe Illustrator. After a lot of tweaking and input from my wife and good friends, I was able to come up with this—something that I think I’m going to be pretty happy with for a good while!

One of the more unexpected things that happened this year was developing Mansformation—an idea that’d started as a bit of a joke and developed into a project with real potential!

I love everyone who’s supported Mansformation so far, and look forward to all the things I can do with it in 2013! I feel like this year’s will be one for the history books!

2012 had no shortage of celebration going on! Between a private Halloween party, a birthday party that easily went down in infamy and just about any other event that Twitter could throw at us—there’s been no rest for the wicked!

In some ways, I’m surprised that I managed to get anything done in 2012!

Even though the year will likely start slow with people worn out from December and trying to fill the gaping wounds left in their wallets, as the weather warms up, so will the events as they get bigger and badder throughout the year!

Better get that rest while you can!

Dating Lady Luck

A common theme in the latter part of 2012 was winning stuff.

To the point where it was ridiculous.

Winning bottles of booze and conference tickets was one thing, but top-of-the-line phones? Trips to Vegas??? Lady Luck was way kinder to me than I could’ve ever anticipated in 2012!

Love & Marriage

A shot of Casey and Sarah at the "Thermae Romae" TIFF premiere!
Thanks to Meg, we were able to check out the premiere of “Thermae Romae”!

And of course, this was my first full year as a married man. No more wedding planning, no more trying to figure out honeymoon details—just continuing to learn about each other and figuring out how to co-exist so that we both win.

It was a good year for both of us to relax since you never know what the future will bring!

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for many decades yet to come!

It Was a Good 2012. Here’s to 2013!

Most of all, I think this is the year where it all started to click. Where social media became a bit less of just being another place to have fun and started being somewhere that could help define the future of not only me but a whole heap of people who I know!

Have a happy new year, mes amis—something tells me that 2013’s will be amazing!!!

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#SaugaTweetup

Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 12:39 pm

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#SaugaTweetup was undoubtedly a success on Wednesday night.

The best event bloggers in the city must be getting paid to write about the things they go to because there’s no way you can hold a full-time job down, maintain a social life, be in a relationship (or a family, to take it one step further), and still find the time to write some quality prose on where you were a night or two ago.

With that said, here I am writing up an entry on #SaugaTweetup—originally the morning after on the subway, notebook in hand, scrawling notes out that I hope to assemble into a post sooner than later.