Where to Eat

photo by Robby Virus, Flickr
photo by Robby Virus, Flickr

Let’s face it–it’s tough to be a vegetarian and eat out in Memphis. Everywhere you go, there’s barbecued ribs and pulled pork with a side of ‘slaw and beans. Carnivore heaven! As a visitor to the city, these are some of the best to try:

photo by MartinsRide, Flickr
photo by MartinsRide, Flickr

The Rendezvous
52 South 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 523-2746
Down an alley but you will have no problem finding it–there’s a line-up outside and you can smell the place for blocks. This downtown landmark is always busy.

The BBQ Shop
1782 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 272-1277
Fall-off-the-bone ribs served with fabulous coleslaw and beans. Not far from Sun Records. You’ve gotta love the dancing pigs!

Corky’s Ribs and BBQ
5259 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119
Phone: (901) 685-9744
Reputed to have the best pulled pork in Memphis. Delicious dry ribs, too, to die for.

A & R Barbecue
24 North Third Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 524-5242
Down home rib goodness–either wet or dry–that’s popular with locals. Located downtown near AutoZone baseball park, and also near Graceland.

The Four Way Restaurant
998 Mississippi Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38126
Phone (901) 507-1519
A Southern home-style restaurant that’s still a neighbourhood favourite for sweet potato pie, fried catfish, fried chicken, and peach cobbler. Near the Stax Museum.


Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
730 S Mendenhall Road
Memphis, TN 38117
Phone: (901) 767-2323
Who knew Southern fried chicken could taste this good at this bustling café. Wow! Near the Civil Rights Museum.

The Little Tea Shop
69 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 525-6000
A busy downtown diner serving casual Southern soul food like fried chicken with turnip greens. Profiled on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Near the Cotton Museum.


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