Memphis Travel Guide

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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.

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 & Wine Bar
    #1 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2472 reviewsTripAdvisor (2472)
    $$ | Contemporary
    39 South Main Memphis Southwest Corner of Main and Monroe, Memphis, TN 38103
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  • #2
    Gibson's Donuts
    #2 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1129 reviewsTripAdvisor (1129)
    $ | American
    760 Mount Moriah Rd, Memphis, TN 38117-5304
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  • #3
    Muddy's Bake Shop
    #3 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 304 reviewsTripAdvisor (304)
    $ - $$ | American
    5101 Sanderlin Ave #114, Memphis, TN 38117-4362
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  • #4
    Maciel's Tortas & Tacos
    #4 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 149 reviewsTripAdvisor (149)
    $ | Mexican, Latin
    45 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103-5101
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  • #5
    Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
    #5 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4075 reviewsTripAdvisor (4075)
    $ | American
    310 S Front St, Memphis, TN 38103-4112
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  • #6
    Jerry's Sno Cones
    #6 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripAdvisor (413)
    $ | Street Food, American, Fast Food
    1657 Wells Station Rd, Memphis, TN 38108-2963
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  • #7
    Folk's Folly Prime Steakhouse
    #7 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 311 reviewsTripAdvisor (311)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    551 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117-4217
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  • #8
    Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
    #8 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 178 reviewsTripAdvisor (178)
    $$ | Italian
    712 W Brookhaven Cir, Memphis, TN 38117-4504
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  • #9
    Brother Juniper's
    #9 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 712 reviewsTripAdvisor (712)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Diner
    3519 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38111-5917
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  • #10
    Bryant's Breakfast
    #10 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 211 reviewsTripAdvisor (211)
    $ | American
    3965 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-5209
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  • #11
    Itta Bena
    #11 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 464 reviewsTripAdvisor (464)
    $$ | American, Cajun & Creole
    145 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713
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  • #12
    Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
    #12 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 875 reviewsTripAdvisor (875)
    $ | American
    730 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117-5216
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  • #13
    McEwen's On Monroe
    #13 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 615 reviewsTripAdvisor (615)
    $ - $$ | American
    120 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103-2512
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  • #14
    Cozy Corner
    #14 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 419 reviewsTripAdvisor (419)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    735 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105-2033
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  • #15
    Terrace At The River Inn
    #15 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 444 reviewsTripAdvisor (444)
    $ - $$ | American
    50 Harbor Town Sq, Memphis, TN 38103-8918
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  • #16
    Soul Fish Cafe - Poplar Avenue
    #16 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 179 reviewsTripAdvisor (179)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    4720 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117-4402
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  • #17
    Majestic Grille
    #17 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1121 reviewsTripAdvisor (1121)
    $ - $$ | American, Grill
    145 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103-3615
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  • #18
    Elwood's Shack
    #18 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 266 reviewsTripAdvisor (266)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    4523 Summer Ave In Lowe's Side Parking Lot, Memphis, TN 38122-4122
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  • #19
    Central BBQ
    #19 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3919 reviewsTripAdvisor (3919)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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  • #20
    The Soul Fish Cafe Inc
    #20 of 1,709 Places to Eat in Memphis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 314 reviewsTripAdvisor (314)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    862 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
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