Reasons to Love Memphis #36: The Smell

Reasons to Love Memphis #36: The Smell

Last night, a friend and I were driving through my neighborhood with the windows down. Someone was grilling out and the smell of delicious, charcoal-cooked meat was hanging in the air.

"You know," my friend said, "Some cities smell like trash."

Thankfully, Memphis is not one of those cities.

Wonderbread Bakery, Memphis, Tenn.

The edge of downtown consistently smells like Wonder Bread, the suburbs are sweet with honeysuckle in the spring, and there are days when the entire city smells like food.

What are your favorite Memphis smells?

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Honeysuckle and magnolias.
May 19, 2010 10:48am
I agree that the smells are a wonderful pleasure. I can also smell Wonder Bread at my house. There is noting like it.
May 19, 2010 10:58am
The smell of honeysuckle and grilled meat in some areas is awesome. The smell of Beale Street isn't.
May 19, 2010 11:26am
Downtown often smells like cinnamon toast crunch. But like...dirty cinnamon toast crunch.
May 19, 2010 11:38am
BBQ on Beale St
May 19, 2010 12:27pm
Sometimes parts of Midtown smell like Corn Flakes, thanks to the Kelloggs factory.
May 19, 2010 12:38pm
Definitely last week in Memphis - BBQ Fest! But on a normal basis, I LOVE driving past Wonderbread factory. There is just something about freshly baking bread...
May 19, 2010 1:44pm
The smell of Central BBQ on my way home, and the smell that hits you when you walk into Gibson's doughnuts :)
May 20, 2010 2:18am
I LOVE the smell of fresh cut grass when driving down East Parkway in the summertime!
May 20, 2010 9:47am
I used to live behind the Malco Studio on the Square. Driving home I could always smell pizza at the Memphis Pizza Cafe across the street and then I could smell popcorn at night.
May 27, 2010 1:26pm
Honeysuckle around my house in the spring, people grilling out all throughout the year, the crisp smell when fall finally comes, that scent that tells you that winter has once again decided to visit us. Memphis smells wonderful, I love my city.
July 28, 2010 12:28pm
It smells like poop when you walk by the peabody mall.
August 3, 2010 12:03am
I love the way you can smell garlicky Greek food for blocks around the Greek Food Festival at Summer and Highland (on Mother's Day weekend every year). That whiff of grilling shish-ka-bobs... unbelievable. And driving past a Top's or Corky's with the windows down... any time!
September 6, 2010 9:25pm
the smell of beer and barbeque and burgers when traveling down midtown.. kinda the smell you'd get when walking into Huey's. Then in the spring and summer, the smell of flowers and fresh grass, especially when walking down Shady Grove on the side west of White Station (away from CBHS).
February 8, 2011 3:11pm