Reasons to Love Memphis #28: Downtown’s Favorite Afternoon Snack
There’s possibly no better combination of flavors than when salty things and chocolate things are allowed to mingle in a Zip-Loc baggie. For example, the mix of homemade malted milk balls and salted pistachios that I picked up Peanut Shoppe downtown.
The Peanut Shoppe is one of my favorite parts of working downtown. First of all, it smells good. Really good. Walking down Main between Monroe and Madison, it’s easy to get a big whiff of roasted goodness without even opening the door. Secondly, they’re willing to mix up any combination of their fresh nuts and chocolate by the quarter, half or whole pound.
Inside, the shop is long and narrow, lined on one side with ancient glass cases full of candy, peanuts and chocolate. The opposite wall is often lined with hungry lawyers and bankers taking a break from their work.
The downtown Peanut Shoppe has been in business since 1949, selling nuts that are roasted in the store (which explains the amazing smell). It’s one of the friendliest places in town. The shop is currently owned by an ultra-friendly husband and wife team (Riddah and Ameera), who tend to greet their customers by name, ask about their jobs and remember orders. Today, I watched Riddah greet an analyst from First Tennessee, then carry on a lively conversation with him in French.
The Peanut Shoppe is decorated with old school peanut kitsch, like this guy waving a wand in the front window:
The Peanut Shoppe is open daily until 5 p.m. They accept cash and credit cards on orders over $5.