Occupying a lovely Victorian house built around 1900, Restaurant Iris has a romantic atmosphere where you can enjoy fine dining. Specialists in French-Creole cuisine there isn't much at served here that won't light your eyes up in excitement. Tease your palate with their choice of signature dishes like the Seared Moulard Breast, Grilled Lamb Loin and Halibut, and complement it with a succinct glass of wine. Restaurant Iris is also known for their seafood, with scintillation options such as Gulf oysters and scallops that send your taste-buds into a tingling frenzy.
B.B. King's Blues Club as the name would suggest is owned by legendary blues musician B.B. King and features some of the best blues music in Memphis. From the regular appearances of Ruby Wilson - who can belt out a tune and entertain a crowd as well as anyone - to the special concerts by groups such as Booker T, this club consistently delights visitors and locals alike. There is a menu of ribs, barbecue and other entrees, as well as snack items, but most people come here for the music, not the food. The dance floor rocks every night of the week. Reservations are required for special concerts.
This bar has wrap-around windows that let you see the dancers bopping and jiving from the outside, or watch the street scene on Beale from the inside. Autographed guitars hang from the ceiling, offering proof that musicians such as Carl Perkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh and others have hung out here. The house act, James Govan and the Boogie Blues Band, performs at Rum Boogie Café when there isn't a visiting artist. The kitchen serves several dinner and snack items, but the Rum Boogie is famous for its red beans and rice.
The Majestic Grille has a long history in Memphis. A century ago, it was known as the Majestic No. 1, a theater that played silent films. It has since been renovated and turned into a restaurant, but it still plays old movies on a projection screen so you can enjoy a show while you dine. The restaurant is involved in the arts, and inside, you'll find local artists' work featured. With a full bar, this restaurant is the complete package. Come for brunch and enjoy mimosas and bloody Mary's. On the menu, you'll find flatbread pizzas, burgers, steaks, and pasta dishes.
Hog & Hominy was lauded as one of the top five newly opened restaurants when it was launched. This place is family-owned and it shows. The service is quite good and the food served is Italian cuisine with a Southern twang. The most famous dishes on their menu are the duck sausages and the bourbon pecan curd pie. There is also a bocce court for patrons to enjoy. They only reserve half their tables and leave the rest for walk-ins, so if you feel like going out for a family dinner or enjoying a wholesome meal with friends, this is the place to head to.
The burgers are definitely big and juicy, but many customers are drawn by the deep fried onion rings and mushrooms, the live music on Sunday afternoons, and the late evening hours. If you are looking for something besides burgers, try the tamales with chili, cheddar cheese, and onion, the chicken or steak on a stick, or the fried mushrooms. There is a full bar, where beer is a specialty.The atmosphere is casual, with a couple of gimmicks. Customers are encouraged to write graffiti on the walls (and to read it, of course), and to shoot toothpicks through straws so they stick in the ceiling. Lunchtime draws area office workers.
Formerly known as The Last Place on Earth, this high-energy club is the first place to come to hear live music from local and touring bands. From "funk to punk," there is something on offer for everyone. Check out show dates and ticket information online at the venue's Web site. You can order tickets online or by phone and tickets of Stop 345 are available at the door for some shows.
The food here is designed to complement the beer. Appetizers include the beer cheese soup, hot tamales, sausage quesadillas, and sausage and cheese plates. Sandwiches make up most of the main dishes. One of the rooms contains a large bar and wooden tables and chairs, and the other room has pool tables and a sports bar atmosphere. The most popular place to eat and drink is on the wrap-around patio at the windows. Cigar smoking is encouraged on the patio, and the restaurant offers a cigar list. The restaurant features live music on weekends and is in the heart of the tourist district, so there are usually plenty of chances for people-watching.
Frequent visitor's to the iconic B.B. King's Club are privy to the alluring Southern restaurant right above it. One of the best-kept secrets in the city, this clandestine restaurant is bathed in hues of blue and amber, with fine Southern-inspired dining to keep guests company. Itta Bena at B.B. King's is where the discerning foodie hangs out, amid contemporary dishes of Jumbo Shrimp and Grits, Grilled Salmon Filet and Jambalaya Pasta. Crafty cocktails is perhaps the only aspect that manages to steal the limelight from the food, with specials like Key Lime Martini and Amaretto Alexander to delightfully dull your senses.