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The huge BBQ sandwich here is the favorite choice of many and makes an inexpensive lunch by itself. Beef or pork ribs come with beans, slaw or potato salad. (You can get beef ribs in Memphis, but you are likely to get odd reactions when you order them—to locals, "barbecue" means "pork.") The BBQ spaghetti (pasta with barbecue meat and sauce on top) is served with slaw and bread. With most business being take-out, the dining room is small and functional. If you do choose to eat at the restaurant, you will find that the dress is decidedly casual, as are the table manners—the only way to eat ribs is with your fingers.
An Eastern Orthodox Priest runs this unassuming restaurant. It is often difficult to find a table, but worth the wait. Try the huge, fluffy homemade rolls, both wheat and white. The omelets can be ordered with a variety of toppings including spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese. On the side, try the sauteed potatoes, which can be topped with black beans, Swiss cheese, green onions or salsa. The decor is simple with red and white checkered tablecloths and few pictures. There are two dining rooms or you may eat at the bar. Classical music makes this a pleasant place to start the day.
If you love frozen treats, then La Michoacana is worth a try. Set on the east side of the city in a strip mall, this ice cream shop is known for its delectable paletas (Mexican ice pops). Their creative fare come in a wide variety of flavors that range from the basic to exotic. Since none of their frozen desserts are labeled, you can ask their affable staff to know which is what. They will even suggest you the right one as per your palate. Huge delicious scoops and cheap prices will not only satiate your popsicle craving, but also will make your wallet hum with joy.
A favorite on the Memphis dining scene, this local joint is the place to go for traditional Italian fare, such as spaghetti and meatballs, pizza and lasagna. The place is so authentic that you half expect a ninety-year-old Italian grandma to come out of the kitchen and give you a big kiss on the cheek. You can also order for steaks and seafood. A private dining room is available for bookings and carryout is also available. Reservations are recommended on the weekends.
Jerry’s Sno Cones is the answer when looking for some respite from the sweltering summer heat. Its collection of over 40 divine flavors snow cones will have the inner child in you come bursting out. Open every day of the week, this ice cream parlor has a fan following of children and adults alike that flock to have a bite of their favorite snow cone or to try a new one. With old fashioned fruit flavors to the unique Tiger's Blood and Superman, the excitement of each be doubled with a soft serve ice cream added to the middle of the snow cone. Jerry's also offers a variety of scrumptious burgers, pretzels and hot dogs for those looking for a heavier snack.
Tacos Los Jarochos is a popular food truck near the intersection of Summer Avenue (Highway 64) and Mendenhall Road. It specializes in tacos, though it also serves burritos, quesadillas and other Mexican favorites. The tacos are available in numerous varieties like beef, chicken, steak, chorizo and tofu so that kids and adults alike can tailor the meal to their tastes. Enjoy Piña Loc, a wonderful fruit salad served in a bowl made from freshly-cut pineapple, and the traditional Mexican salad Pico de Gallo. All sauces are made from the scratch every morning so you are assured of fresh and tangy food. For a food truck, the dishes are plated very well and are a delight to the eye as well as the palate. The truck is parked next to a small patio with tables and chairs, right next to an ice cream shop.