A Hidden Gem
At first glance, the Amoco Food Express is not a place where most people would go to for lunch or breakfast. At it's location on S. Third St. near G.E. Patterson (across from the Post Office) in Memphis, the place looks shabby and has panhandlers loitering around it. However, when you go inside and walk over to the the food counter, you'll probably see something hot and fresh cooked up. Amoco Food Express serves lunch and breakfast from Monday through Friday, and it is some of best Southern/Soul food in Memphis, and that's saying a lot. The place serves Southern meat staples such as fried chicken, baked chicken fried pork chops, hamburger steak and other items, along with vegetables such as turnip greens, green beans, mashed potatoes, fried okra and rice and gravy. No matter what you get, you'll probably get a very satisfying meal.
With the food being this good, I am so glad I found this place. When I initially discovered their food counter, it was completely by accident. I believed this happened on a day when I needed gas to get back to work after mailing something at the post office across the street. When I saw the food counter containing pork chops that looked like my mom used to make, I couldn't resist and got a plate lunch and tasted some of best fried pork chops that I've had in a long time. The initial meal impressed me so much that I try go there for lunch whenever I can. By the way, it only offers take-out service, which is fine with me because the environment there isn't conducive with dining.
I recently had the baked chicken with green beans and rice and gravy, and it was one best meals that I've had for the week. The baked chicken was seasoned and very tender (so much that the meat falls off the bone) and was moist, not dry. The chicken had just the right amount of oil that made it juicy, but not greasy. I also really liked the rice and gravy, for it was nicely seasoned with just enough salt to make it tasty (I hate it when anything is over-salted). The rice and chicken are a great combination that I highly recommend.
For all of its faults, the Amoco Food Express is a great place to get breakfast or lunch. If you can look past the panhandlers and everything else that gives the place a negative vibe, you'll be rewarded with a great meal.