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What to Eat in Memphis

Traditional Memphis cuisine is not for the faint of stomach. Though Memphis boasts many types of restaurants, the city's culinary delight is barbecue. It's some of the best in the country – and each of the city's 100 or so barbecue joints offers its own individual recipe. Memphis specializes in pork; whether it's slow-smoked ribs or pulled and stuffed into a bun, you'll find a variety of dry rubs and tangy and sweet sauces to tantalize your taste buds. Central BBQ is one of the most popular spots in the city, but Corky's BBQ and Cozy Corner BBQ also come highly recommended by visitors and locals alike. Barbecue aficionados will not want to miss the city's annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which takes place every year in May. For help navigating the city's top barbecue joints, sign up for one of the best food tours.

What pairs nicely with a plate of ribs? Local beer, of course. To get a taste of the city's suds scene, check out Memphis Craft Beer, which offers a beer map to help you plan your brewery crawl. Don't miss your chance to sample some of the city's other traditional treats, such as fried pickles, meatloaf and fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches (the only sandwich fit for "the King"). If deep-fried isn't really your taste, you can enjoy some of the city's other dining options, which offer everything from Japanese cuisine to Mexican favorites.

You'll find the widest variety of restaurant options in downtown Memphis. However, finding a barbecue joint in the surrounding areas is not a difficult feat, and hole-in-the-wall spots are both tasty and easy on the wallet.

Find the Best Restaurants in Memphis

  • #1
    Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
    #1 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2684 reviewsTripadvisor (2684)
    $$ |
    39 S Main St Southwest Corner of Main and Monroe, Memphis, TN 38103-5101
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  • #2
    Gibson's Donuts
    #2 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1172 reviewsTripadvisor (1172)
    $ | American
    760 Mount Moriah Rd, Memphis, TN 38117-5304
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  • #3
    Muddy's Bake Shop
    #3 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 320 reviewsTripadvisor (320)
    $ - $$ | American
    5101 Sanderlin Ave #114, Memphis, TN 38117-4362
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  • #4
    Jerry's Sno Cones
    #4 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 421 reviewsTripadvisor (421)
    $ | Street Food, American, Fast Food
    1657 Wells Station Rd, Memphis, TN 38108-2963
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  • #5
    Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
    #5 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4301 reviewsTripadvisor (4301)
    $ | American
    310 S Front St, Memphis, TN 38103-4112
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  • #6
    Maciel's Tortas & Tacos
    #6 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 179 reviewsTripadvisor (179)
    $ | Mexican, Latin
    45 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103-5101
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  • #7
    Folk's Folly Prime Steakhouse
    #7 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 331 reviewsTripadvisor (331)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    551 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117-4217
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  • #8
    Bryant's Breakfast
    #8 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 219 reviewsTripadvisor (219)
    $ | American
    3965 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-5209
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  • #9
    Brother Juniper's
    #9 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 745 reviewsTripadvisor (745)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    3519 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38111-5917
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  • #10
    Itta Bena
    #10 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 508 reviewsTripadvisor (508)
    $$ | American, Cajun & Creole
    145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
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  • #11
    Terrace At The River Inn
    #11 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 465 reviewsTripadvisor (465)
    $ - $$ | American
    50 Harbor Town Sq, Memphis, TN 38103-8918
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  • #12
    McEwen's On Monroe
    #12 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 641 reviewsTripadvisor (641)
    $ - $$ | American
    120 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103-2512
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  • #13
    Sunrise Memphis
    #13 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 106 reviewsTripadvisor (106)
    $ | American, Cafe
    670 Jefferson Ave, Memphis, TN 38105-4912
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  • #14
    Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
    #14 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 891 reviewsTripadvisor (891)
    $ | American
    730 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117-5216
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  • #15
    Cozy Corner
    #15 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 437 reviewsTripadvisor (437)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    735 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105-2033
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  • #16
    Elwood's Shack
    #16 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 282 reviewsTripadvisor (282)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    4523 Summer Ave In Lowe's Side Parking Lot, Memphis, TN 38122-4122
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  • #17
    Majestic Grille
    #17 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1174 reviewsTripadvisor (1174)
    $ - $$ | American, Grill
    145 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103-3615
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  • #18
    Paulette's
    #18 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 874 reviewsTripadvisor (874)
    $$ | American, International
    50 Harbor Town Sq, Memphis, TN 38103-8918
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  • #19
    The Soul Fish Cafe Inc
    #19 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 327 reviewsTripadvisor (327)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    862 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
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  • #20
    Soul Fish Cafe - Poplar Avenue
    #20 of 1,554 Places to Eat in Memphis
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 194 reviewsTripadvisor (194)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    4720 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117-4402
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