The barbecue at Central BBQ is probably the best Memphis style pork you will have in your life. Everything they serve, be it their brisket, potato chips, sandwiches or starters will be beyond your expectations, great quality with spicy flavors and delightfully low prices. Naturally, the place is crowded at all hours of the day and one almost always has to wait for a while for a table. Luckily, they also take online orders.
The menu at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken offers tasty sides, such as fried green tomatoes and fried dill pickle spears along with crispy, juicy fried chicken. Travelers who desire a hearty, home-cooked type meal can grab a snack pack or family meal to go. The snack packs include eight to 20 pieces of the fried chicken and white bread. The meals include baked beans, slaw and bread. You can choose spicy or mild fried chicken or even fried catfish. Homemade biscuits, country-style sides, such as onion rings and fried okra, and a variety of desserts ensure that you won't leave hungry from this family-friendly restaurant.
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.
Do not let the unlikely location put you off - the specialties here are worth it. This place is a Memphis tradition, and you may have to fight the regulars for a table or a seat at the counter. The barbecued Cornish game hens are the specialty here, perfectly cooked and succulent. Other choices include ribs and pork sandwiches. Cozy Corner is indeed cozy, but also casual. Everything is served on paper plates—the plastic cutlery can make eating a bit of a struggle, but fingers are allowed.
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.
Come here for a taste of real pit barbecue, made from the same recipe for more than 50 years. This is a classic, down-home restaurant with a cozy dining room. In addition to the pork or beef plates, which come with ample helpings, you might want to try an appetizer cheese plate with peppers and barbecued bologna to whet your appetite. If you like the original Dancing Pigs barbecue sauce served here, take home a bottle in either the mild or hot variety. You can also pick up the famous sauce at Kroger or Piggly Wiggly grocery stores.
Situated atop the spectacular Memphis Pyramid, The Lookout At The Pyramid is a must visit to get an uninterrupted view of the city and the Mississippi River. For a fee of USD10, you can ride to the top of the tower in a detached elevator, where from the observation deck on the 28th floor, you can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views. When you are done, head inside to dig into a meal of New-American cuisine dishes, in the quirky retro space. With a massive aquarium set in the center and an array of decor that is inspired by a steam-punk theme, this eatery has a casual and fun ambiance. Sip on a crafted cocktail and sit back as you lose yourself to the incredible sights.
Aldo’s Pizza Pies offers a dizzying array of New York-style specialty pizzas. The Trippy Truffle made in mushroom alfredo sauce with 4 kinds of mushrooms, The Other Side made with poblano cream and grilled chicken are particularly delightful. You also have the option to build your own pizza with a choice of more than 30 toppings. If you are not in the mood for one of their scrumptious pizzas, they also serve an array of sandwiches that will certainly delight your taste buds. You can opt for Florentine or Uncle Carmen among other delicacies. Complement the meal with a sumptuous dessert if you still have any room left or go for one of their delicious brews. With so much goodness on offer at affordable prices, you simply have no excuse to skip Aldo’s Pizza Pies.
Home to both Sun Records and Stax Records, Memphis has always been foremost in finding talent, and the rollicking live music scene is still kicking hard today. Maybe that's why Memphis is mentioned in more songs than just about any other city. So if you're out "Walking In Memphis," just do the electric slide or "Memphis Boogie" right on into the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis and let them ease you into "Memphis Bliss." Their historic building has done time as a recording studio and a saloon, plus the restaurant has an electrifying menu that will make you stomp and shout.
Dyer's Burgers may not be the most glamorous place to dine in Memphis, but it's survived since it's opening in 1912 because the burgers are out of this world. The burgers come in singles, doubles, and a stack of three patties and three slices of cheese. The secret to making such mouthwatering burgers? They've been using the same grease for the entirety of the restaurant's 100 year history. Add some fries or onion rings and a drink to your order, and you're in for a satisfying lunch.
Catherine & Mary's is a fabulous restaurant located at the south main street. This simple but magnificent space is known for their happy hours and Prix Fix menu. An ideal place to celebrate or simply repose in the company of friends or family. The food is prepared by James Beard Foundation and Food & Wine Award winning chefs that serve intriguing and well planned dishes to their guests. You can make your way to the strong, sturdy and glittery marbled bar that serves some amazing and creative cocktails and drinks. They also have an open kitchen that gives you a full view of the dishes being prepared by the chefs. At Catherine & Mary's you'll experience an exceptional dining experience.
Lunchbox Eats offers appetizing and creative sandwiches with a Southern twist. A crowd favorite here is the Homeroom Chicken and Grids, where fried chicken is sandwiched between two waffle halves. Add a side of mac and cheese for a dash of decadence to the whole meal. Moreover, they also offer homemade juices that changes often, incorporating a variety of fruits like green apples, peaches, or blueberries.