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Stax Soul for Lunch

photo by Steve Snodgrass, Flickr
photo by Steve Snodgrass, Flickr

The Stax Museum of American Soul is hosting their Soul & Blues Brown Bag Music Series from June 23rd to 27th. At noon every day for a week, stop in and have lunch while you listen to some fabulous Memphis musicians like David Evans, The Daddy Mack Blues Band, Vaneese Thomas, and Steve Cropper–guitarist extraordinaire with Booker T. & the MGs!

The concerts are free and open to everyone, held in the amphitheatre behind the Stax Academy. Meals are not provided but you are welcome bring your own lunch. After the music, hang around for Q and A sessions with the artists.

Soulsville USA: The Stax Museum
926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106
Phone: (901) 942-7685

Steve Cropper

The series is co-sponsored by the Memphis Public Library and their Explore Memphis program.

Memphis Public Library

The Four Way Restaurant
If you decide to have lunch afterwards, the nearby Four Way Restaurant is one of the best places in town for classic soul food. Don’t miss their fried catfish platter.

photo by Joanne Kaliontzis, Flickr
photo by Joanne Kaliontzis, Flickr

The Four Way Restaurant
998 Mississippi Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38126
Phone: (901) 507-1519


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.