I read about Dyer’s online and after learning about their cooking secret, I knew we had to try it. According to the article, Dyer’s has been a Beale Street staple since 1912… and they’ve been using the same grease since then! I know, YUCK right? That was my first thought too, but then it turned to interest. What does 100 year old grease taste like? The grease is strained daily and reused; I’m sure there is no actual 1912 oil left in the mix, but the idea is unique. This method has apparently earned them a spot as one of the top 10 burger joints in the country, ranking with a couple different lists. We LOVE a good burger, so we parked, walked down Beale and ordered a couple (with a root beer float and some fries of course). The fries don’t look nice but they taste great, the burgers on the other hand look good and are phenomenal! I loved these so much we had to go back a second time! I’ve had a lot of burgers in my life and this simple meat sandwich is up there at the top of my list.
The menu also features deep fried Twinkies and Suzie Qs. Loving Husband is not a fan of Twinkies so we tried a Suzie Q. I’ve never had any sort of deep fried snacky cakes before so it was something new to me. I was apprehensive at first, but it tasted like a chocolate funnel cake. They dip it in batter, fry it, coat it with powdered sugar and drizzle it with some Hershey’s sauce. Was it awesome? Not really, but it was one of those things you have to try at least once in your life. If you are on Beale Street or in Memphis at all, I STRONGLY recommend eating at Dyer’s. Cheap awesome food.