Whether you rely on public transit, car or bike, there are a number of ways to get around this part of town. The Memphis Area Transit Authority, or MATA, operates a few bus lines in the neighborhood, such as the Route 11 and Route 52 buses. Payment options for the buses include cash fares and passes. If you ride frequently, it might make more sense to invest in a weekly or monthly pass than to pay the single fare each time.
If you’re an avid cyclist or just want the opportunity to see the city on two wheels, the Raleigh Frayser tour takes you around the perimeter of the neighborhood and around neighboring Frayser. The entire bike tour is 17 miles long. Parts of it takes you around Lake Windermere and along the James/Stage road, which was once a stagecoach road connecting Memphis to Nashville.
Mexican restaurants seem to have a large portion of dining market share in the Raleigh neighborhood. Filiberto’s, a small chain from Phoenix, Arizona, has set up shop on Covington Pike and has captured taste buds with its burritos, tacos and enchiladas. The fast food establishment also serves breakfast burritos and platters all day.
Other Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood include Los Reyes, which has been serving classic Mexican fare for more than two decades, and Taqueria Guadalupana. Los Reyes also has a full bar on offer, so you can enjoy a margarita or beer with your meal. Taqueria Guadalupana features a drive-through, so you can speedily pick up your food to-go if needed.
Blast from the Past
You’ll find plenty of classic things to do in Raleigh, Tennessee. One fun activity that’s a blast from the past is the Malco Summer Drive-in. Don’t let the name fool you, the drive-in theater is open all year long. It’s named for the street it’s on: Summer Avenue. The drive-in features four screens and offers double features. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and free for kids under ten. During the summer, the cinema has shows every day of the week. Starting in November, the drive-in is open on weekends only.
Skateland Raleigh offers another retro activity that’s fun for all ages — roller skating. Open seven days a week, the rink offers open skate times daily. You can also rent the rink out for a private event, such as a birthday party. Skate rentals are available for people who don’t own their own pair.
Where to Shop
While you won’t find much in the way of mom and pop stores in Raleigh, the neighborhood does have several well known big box stores, such as WalMart, Home Depot and Kmart. If you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, you might just find it at the Overstock Outlet, which sells furniture, clothing, and other miscellany at a discounted price.
Renting in Raleigh
If you’re looking to live in the big city but keep the small town vibe, Raleigh might be the place for you. Take a tour of the neighborhood, either on a bike, on a bus or in a car, and see for yourself.