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Popular Restaurants in Memphis

If you're a first time visitor to Memphis, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a smaller local eatery could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the restaurants may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about restaurants in Memphis.

What are some good restaurants in Memphis?

Here are some of the most recommended restaurants in Memphis.

Central BBQ
2249 Central Avenue Memphis, TN (901) 272-9377
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
310 S Front St Memphis, TN (901) 527-4877
Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
52 S Second St (entrance is in the back on Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley) Memphis, TN 901-523-2746 (Restaurant) 1-888-HOGS-FLY (shipping department)
Payne's Bar-B-Q
1393 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, (901) 942-7433
Cozy Corner Restaurant
745 North Parkway Memphis, TN (901) 527-9158
Coletta's Italian Restaurant
1063 South Parkway E Memphis, TN (901) 948-7652
2146 Monroe Ave Memphis, TN (901) 590-2828
Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ
2265 S 3rd St Memphis, TN (901) 775-2304
Blues City Cafe
138 Beale St Memphis, TN (901) 526-3637
BB King's Blues Club and Restaurant
143 Beale St Memphis, TN (901) 524-5464
Rendezvous Charles Vergos
52 S 2nd St Memphis, TN (901) 523-2746
The BarBQ Shop
1782 Madison Ave Memphis, TN (901) 272-1277
Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken
3633 Millbranch Road Memphis, TN (901) 332-2367
Alchemy Memphis
940 South Cooper Memphis, TN
51 S Main St Memphis, TN

Here's what Trippy members had to say about restaurants:

"Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, Central BBQ, Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken, Babalu Tacos & Tapas are a few other restaurants worth checking out!"  See More

"As far as food, visitors typically head for Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken (personally, I think their chicken is meh, nothing special), Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Alley (best ribs in town) and Corky's Ribs & BBQ, but locals tend to head to East Memphis and Germantown (Tennessee) for more creative menus and better food."  See More

"Perhaps I'm not a huge BBQ fan (or it's hard to remember what "bad" 'cue is when you're having the good stuff), but I thought the ribs at Charlie Vergos Rendezvous and the pulled pork at Central BBQ (Downtown) were fine—nothing to write home about."  See More

"For barbecue, you need to go to Central BBQ and Payne's Bar-B-Q but only go to Paynes if you are a man of the people."  See More

"For dinner, I'd recommend making a reservation at one of these: Iris, Alchemy (cool neighborhood, Cooper Young), Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar."  See More

"Try Coletta's Italian RestaurantColetta's Restaurant or Frank Grisanti's Restaurant for lush Italian food."  See More

"Iris and The Second Line"  See More

"So yeah, I know them well :) Anyways, here are some of my favorites: The Bar-B-Q Shop: You can order anything here and it's guaranteed to be good."  See More

"I would recommend Blues City Cafe or BB King's Blues Club."  See More

"BB King's Blues Club and Restaurant."  See More

"Though I've never been there myself, I have heard DeJAVU has some good vegetarian food as well."  See More

Mentioned in this answer:
  1. Central BBQ
  2. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
  3. Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
  4. Payne's Bar-B-Q
  5. Cozy Corner Restaurant
  6. Coletta's Italian Restaurant
  7. Iris
  8. Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ
  9. Blues City Cafe
  10. BB King's Blues Club and Restaurant
  11. Rendezvous Charles Vergos
  12. The BarBQ Shop
  13. Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken
  14. Alchemy Memphis
  15. DeJAVU
Where can I find out more about Memphis?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Memphis locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Memphis.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

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