Elvis Presley knew what he liked, and didn’t like. The King of Rock and Roll was selective when it came to his food but completely ruled out this food altogether. Not only for him but also for anyone that entered his home.
According to Factinate, Elvis Presley famously disliked fish. The smell of the food reminded him too much of his childhood poverty. As a result, Presley forbid anyone from eating it in his home.
“Anything but fish,” said Graceland archivist Angie Marchese. “He didn’t like the smell of fish being cooked in the house. There was never any fish in the house.”
Presley’s mother and father did what they could to make ends meet. However, Presley’s father, Vernon often moved from job to job, and the family had to rely on help from neighbors and government food assistance.
Elvis Presley’s Food Preferences
When you’re successful as the King of Rock and Roll, you can have your cake and eat it too. Elvis Presley was born and raised in the south. So as a result, he loved good comfort food.
“Elvis grew up on good ol’ Southern food,” said Marchese. “He loved meatloaf, mashed potato, fried chicken…mac & cheese. Anything that he grew up on were some of his favorites.”
However, one of Presley’s most famous and well-known meals is his fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. There are many restaurants around the country that have this peculiar dish on their menu. What’s more, the Guest House at Graceland, the Presley-inspired resort right across the street from Presley’s homestead, used to serve up peanut butter and banana sandwiches as an evening snack.
But there was a time before the unique sandwich was widely-known. In fact, Presley’s chef Mary Jenkins recounts the first time she made the sandwich for the King.
“The first time I went in, fixed the sandwich and put it on the tray and brought it back, that wasn’t right,” explained Jenkins. “His father was sitting there, and he said, ‘Mary, I’m going with you and help you and let’s see, maybe both of us can get it right.”
The two first toasted the bread, then put peanut butter and banana on a slice. The chef and father added a good amount of butter to the pan and put the toast on top. Jenkins would keep flipping the sandwich until it was heated all the way through.
“He said, ‘That’s what I want! That’s right.’ And then smiled.”
Elvis Presley liked what he liked, and often got what he wanted. Just like the time he flew to Denver, Colorado to specifically get a fix of his famous sandwich.