While in Memphis taking in the sights (Stax Museum, Civil Rights Museum) my teacher group stopped here for lunch. Apparently, Civil Rights leaders including Dr. King made regular trips to this restaurant, and so it has a special place in Memphis history.
The food did not carve a particularly special place in my gastronomical memory, however. As a Southerner who lives in the north, I was excited for the opportunity to finally have sweet tea again...tea BREWED sweet. Unfortunately, this tea tasted like it had sugar added afterward, which is not the way to do it. The mac and cheese tasted like it was out of a box, and the mashed potatoes tasted instant. Seeing as how those three items are almost the pillars of southern cuisine, I was discouraged.
However, the chicken is amazing, and makes up for the subpar sides. You will not be disappointed I assure you. And for dessert, the cobbler is insanely good. Service is incredibly friendly and attentive; your drinks will always be full. We had a large group of teachers (who eat a lot) and they did a fabulous job keeping us all in line. Kudos to the staff.
The Four Way is not bad by any means, and it's history alone probably makes it worth a visit. But when a restaurant of this type struggles with mashed potatoes and sweet tea, it's a little disconcerting.
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