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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...
450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The site of everything from lunch counter sit-ins to the sanitation workers’ strike of 1968 that inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have been to the mountaintop” speech, Memphis occupies an important place in the history of civil rights....
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...
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....
707 W Brookhaven Cir, Memphis, TN 38117, USA
Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer operate several restaurants around Memphis and across the Southeast, but none of them express the duo’s Italian heritage and Southern sensibility better than Hog & Hominy. The food served up by these...
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...