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145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
You need to be in the know to find Itta Bena. Tucked away above B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street, you have to climb an alley fire escape just to access the restaurant. The extra effort is worth it: Itta Bena serves memorable Southern cuisine...
191 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
In the South it’s hard to find a more perfect combination than live music and barbecue. At the Blue Note Grill in Memphis, that means nightly jazz, bluegrass, or country performances with a generous side of ’cue—pulled pork, chicken, and ribs—...
182 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Part bar, part restaurant, and part music venue, Rum Boogie Cafe is a one-stop destination for an evening out. Choose from a curated selection of rum and beer, and sample Southern fare with the Memphis platter (hickory-smoked ribs, catfish, and...
706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The birthplace of rock and roll—it’s that simple to describe what makes Sun Studio significant. In the summer of 1954, a young, unknown truck driver picked up a guitar during a session at 706 Union Avenue and made history with his recording of “...
450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The National Civil Rights Museum symbolizes one of the darkest moments in the history of Memphis while serving as one of its great tourism points of pride. The museum opened in 1991 at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King...
118 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The Corner Bar is popular with Downtown workers looking for an after-work drink, and has several weekly specials, but one of the more popular ones might just be Winedown Wednesdays, with affordable pours of house wines during Happy Hour. The bar,...
109 GE Patterson Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The merchandise at Hoot + Louise is part vintage, part new, part handmade, and all fun. Or at least that's the way my wife seems to feel every time she sets foot in the Downtown Memphis boutique, which is pretty often. It's her favorite shop in...
52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Ask 10 Memphians their favorite barbecue restaurant and you're likely to get 10 unique recommendations. Downtown's Rendezvous restaurant, if it doesn't make the top choice, is often on everyones list. The Greek-flavored, dry-rub ribs are the main...
118 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
At the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis,TN, every morning, 5 ducks (North American mallards) clamber down from their rooftop Royal Duck Palace. They ride the elevator down several flights to the lobby floor. Accompanied by the Duck...
147 E Butler Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Want to witness a "heated discussion" among Memphians? Ask five people for a favorite barbecue joint, and the answers are sure to be five different restaurants. But there is one spot most Memphians agree is at least on their list of finalists, and...
288 S 4th St, Memphis, TN 38126, USA
One of the city’s more obscure and geographically isolated restaurants is also one of its best. Lunchbox Eats, located a block south of FedExForum at 288 S. Fourth St. near Pontotoc Avenue, serves good down-home cooking in a nondescript building....
Stax Museum, 926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38126, USA
“Well, after Graceland and Sun Studio we just didn’t save time for Stax. Guess we were a little music-museum’ed out.” -People who recently visited Memphis, offering an excuse that simply won’t fly! Memphis definitely has a great share of musical...
707 W Brookhaven Cir, Memphis, TN 38117, USA
The atmosphere at Hog & Hominy was bustling with people, flavor, and great food! As a person who has traveled throughout the US and Overseas I must say the PIZZA was awesome! The different variations one can try amazes me! An Italian experience,...
205 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
It’s hard to beat the classic burger-and-shake combo, and it doesn’t get anymore old school than Dyer’s. Cooked the same way since 1912, the burgers here are fried in a cast-iron skillet and topped with mustard, pickles, and onions. While they...
444 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38105, USA
It's not the most efficient mode of public transportation used by locals, but when Downtown Memphis residents, workers and visitors want to move around the city's core, they often board the Main Street Trolley. The Memphis Area Transit Authority's...
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