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Best Food in Memphis

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Memphis is an excellent destination for trying a range of great southern dishes. You'll find many of its best and most popular eateries are affordable, casual places with friendly staff serving ginormous portions. What's not to love!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

A. Schwab

Gift & Speciality Shops

Brother Juniper's

Restaurants

Central BBQ

Restaurants

Elwood's Shack

Restaurants

Jerry's Sno Cones

Restaurants

Muddy's Bake Shop

Restaurants

Soul Fish Cafe - Poplar Avenue

Restaurants

UNCLE Lou's Fried Chicken

Restaurants

Chris O's City Tips

  • As in any major city, if you're going out at night around Beale Street or another hot spot, be mindful of your belongings.
  • Memphis gets hot! Drink plenty of water as you explore.
  • Most places listed here are casual or even walk up establishments, but it’s always good to call ahead to avoid disappoint.
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    A. Schwab
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Chris O Says:

    Waaay back in 1876, Abraham Schwab opened his general store on Beale Street, and his historic shop — complete with soda fountain — still thrives today as one of the city’s most popular attractions. Home to a freshly made taste of old-time flavor, a visit to A. Schwab’s, the only original business still in operation on Beale Street today, is hard to beat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Can’t decide which soda to order? The folks behind the counter will be happy to let you try a Soda Sampler.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 37 Shopping in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really fun shop. Reminds me of the old 5&10 cent stores 13/01/2018
    • Hysterical Gifts, Fantastic Ice Cream 03/12/2017
    • A. Schwab
    Address:
    163 Beale St
    Memphis, TN 38103-3713
    Phone:
    +1 901-523-9782
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Wed
    12:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    12:00 - 18:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Brother Juniper's
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Chris O Says:

    Arguably the best and definitely the most celebrated (all day) breakfasts in town are made from scratch here at Brother Juniper’s. This affordable local gem boasts three key ingredients to its tasty home style cooking: food, family, and community.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Baked goodies here include freshly baked bread, biscuits, and pastries, and the coffee is freshly ground per order.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,061 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Finally! 11/01/2018
    • Worth the wait 10/01/2018
    • Brother Juniper's
    Address:
    3519 Walker Ave
    Memphis, TN 38111-5917
    Phone:
    +1 901-324-0144
    Price range:
    USD 2 - USD 20
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 13:00
    Tue - Fri
    06:30 - 13:00
    Sat
    07:00 - 12:30
    Other:
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    Central BBQ
    Restaurants (American, Barbecue)
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    Chris O Says:

    Central is famous for its smoked ribs, pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, sausage, and bologna rubbed with a no sauce/dry spices mix and marinated for 24 hours before a 'low and slow' session in a pit of hickory and pecan woods.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Central has three locations in Memphis. All are open from 11am to 9pm daily.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 1,061 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasty pulled pork sandwich 14/01/2018
    • Good ests 14/01/2018
    • Central BBQ
    Address:
    2249 Central Ave
    Memphis, TN 38104-5507
    Phone:
    +1 901-272-9377
    Price range:
    USD 6 - USD 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 21:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Elwood's Shack
    Restaurants (American)
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    Chris O Says:

    Inspired subs, tacos, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, and more are the draw of this humble but boldly flavored 'shack' located in the parking lot of a Lowes hardware store.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Don’t leave Elwood’s without having tasted his “famous” pimiento cheese or his BBQ sauce.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 1,061 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • best brisket sandwich east of the MIssissippi 03/01/2018
    • a hidden delicious gem 02/01/2018
    • Elwood's Shack
    Address:
    4523 Summer Ave
    In Lowe's Side Parking Lot
    Memphis, TN 38122-4122
    Phone:
    +1 901-761-9898
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    07:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Jerry's Sno Cones
    Restaurants (Street Food, American, Fast food)
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    Chris O Says:

    The best way to keep cool in Memphis is to visit this local favorite for a famous 'sno cone.' Jerry’s menu features all sorts of unique hot treats too, like toasted ravioli, fried pickle spears, corn nuggets, barbecue bologna, cheddar pepper, and 'Frito pie.'

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • You’ll know you’re at Jerry’s when you see the line out front. It moves fast though, and the experience is definitely worth the wait!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,061 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yum 01/01/2018
    • One of the "100 things you have to do in Memphis" 22/12/2017
    • Jerry's Sno Cones
    Address:
    1657 Wells Station Rd
    Memphis, TN 38108-2963
    Phone:
    +1 901-767-2659
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Muddy's Bake Shop
    Restaurants (American)
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    Chris O Says:

    All sorts of freshly made cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, brownies, and more are baked here, and offered alongside an assortment of local favorites such as banana pudding and pimiento cheese. Plus, big taste and portions are all served with a big heart at Muddy’s, where the eggs used are free range, the milk is organic and hormone-free, there’s no use of Styrofoam, and rather than accept tips the staff invite customers to leave change for a different local non-profit each month!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Coffee refills are free at Muddy’s.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 1,061 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Didn't like it at all! 08/11/2017
    • One Sweet Excellent Shop 25/10/2017
    • Muddy's Bake Shop
    Address:
    5101 Sanderlin Ave
    #114
    Memphis, TN 38117-4362
    Phone:
    +1 901-683-8844
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    11:00 - 21:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Soul Fish Cafe - Poplar Avenue
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    Chris O Says:

    Food doesn’t get more southern than a plate of fried catfish with a few sides of vegetables. And Soul Fish is a fine place for such regional delights, whether you’ve enjoyed eating catfish all your life or you’re trying it for the first time. The question is: do you have your catfish served as a po boy? Or tacos? Or classic style in a basket with fries, hushpuppies and coleslaw?

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The list of sides is overwhelming, but you can't go wrong with the collard greens and white beans.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 1,061 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good food and great service 06/01/2018
    • Lunch 05/01/2018
    • Soul Fish Cafe - Poplar Avenue
    Address:
    4720 Poplar Ave
    Memphis, TN 38117-4402
    Phone:
    +1 901-590-0323
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 21:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    UNCLE Lou's Fried Chicken
    Restaurants (American, Fast food)
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    Chris O Says:

    Juicy, southern fried chicken is so tasty here that 'if the colonel had Uncle Lou’s recipe, he’d be the general!' One bite of the Uncle’s chicken and you'll fall in rank and salute him along with his many fans.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to have some of Uncle Lou’s “Sweet Spicy Love” sauce when you visit, and consider taking some home as an edible souvenir.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 1,061 restaurants in Memphis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yeah, BABY! 01/01/2018
    • Try it one time 21/12/2017
    • UNCLE Lou's Fried Chicken
    Address:
    3633 Millbranch Rd
    Memphis, TN 38116-4817
    Phone:
    +1 901-332-2367
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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