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Their ribs, seasoning and sauce have been featured on The Food Network’s “Bobby Flay Show”
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Blues City Cafe
138 Beale Street
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Their ribs, seasoning and sauce have been featured on The Food Network’s “Bobby Flay Show”
Known for the best bbq in Memphis. Even the Presidents have had the rendezvous on Air-force 1
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Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley
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Known for the best bbq in Memphis. Even the Presidents have had the rendezvous on Air-force 1
Tastemade's Heritage series tells the personal stories of some of the country's most brilliant chefs and what inspires them. This episode shows how Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman honor their Italian roots while embracing the local Southern culture. Maw Maw's ravioli is made with fresh pasta and formed with the trays their grandmother brought from Italy. Be sure to also stop by their other two hot spots: Porcellino's and Andrew Michael Kitchen. Their newest restaurant, Catherine & Mary's is opened it's doors in 2016 in the historic Hotel Chisca building in downtown Memphis.
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Hog & Hominy
707 West Brookhaven Circle
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Tastemade's Heritage series tells the personal stories of some of the country's most brilliant chefs and what inspires them. This episode shows how Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman honor their Italian roots while embracing the local Southern culture. Maw Maw's ravioli is made with fresh pasta and formed with the trays their grandmother brought from Italy. Be sure to also stop by their other two hot spots: Porcellino's and Andrew Michael Kitchen. Their newest restaurant, Catherine & Mary's is opened it's doors in 2016 in the historic Hotel Chisca building in downtown Memphis.
Triple D host, Guy Fieri, became a deep-fried believer after learning the secrets of Uncle Lou’s delicious chicken. Lou seasons up fresh chicken and fries it until it’s golden and crispy. Now you can stop there, and you’ll have his home style version. Or, Lou can dip your chicken in a tangy and savory concoction he calls “sweet spicy love” sauce. Either way, make sure to order a couple of honey butter biscuits; they make the perfect accompaniment for the chicken.
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Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken
3633 Millbranch Road
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Triple D host, Guy Fieri, became a deep-fried believer after learning the secrets of Uncle Lou’s delicious chicken. Lou seasons up fresh chicken and fries it until it’s golden and crispy. Now you can stop there, and you’ll have his home style version. Or, Lou can dip your chicken in a tangy and savory concoction he calls “sweet spicy love” sauce. Either way, make sure to order a couple of honey butter biscuits; they make the perfect accompaniment for the chicken.
Extreme eater, Adam Richman, accepted the king of all food challenges when he took on the Kookamonga burger. Anybody who can consume this four-pound burger plus the bun and all the toppings (seven pounds total) in 60 minutes will be inducted into the Kooky Canuck hall of fame. Though the challenge has been successfully completed over twenty times, Richman fell short of the mark. Feel free to bring a couple of friends to help, but only solo eaters win the grand prize.
Kooky Canuck
1250 N Germantown Pkwy
Extreme eater, Adam Richman, accepted the king of all food challenges when he took on the Kookamonga burger. Anybody who can consume this four-pound burger plus the bun and all the toppings (seven pounds total) in 60 minutes will be inducted into the Kooky Canuck hall of fame. Though the challenge has been successfully completed over twenty times, Richman fell short of the mark. Feel free to bring a couple of friends to help, but only solo eaters win the grand prize.
Surf and Turf – The Best Thing I Ever Ate Memphis chef and television personality, Claire Robinson, declared Kelly English’s signature dish as one of the best things she’s ever put in her mouth. If you’re a meat lover, you don’t want to miss this hearty entrée. Chef English stuffs a NY strip with fried oysters, smothers it in a creamy bleu cheese sauces and serves it over a potato and bacon hash. It's like New York and New Orleans got married in Memphis. Memphis chef Kelly English combines his New Orleans background with his appreciation for modern Southern cooking at this cozy-house-turned-fine-dining-spot near the bustling Overton Square. Impeccable service in comfortable quarters are paired with flavorful dishes like the lobster knuckle sandwich and a fried oyster and blue cheese stuffed New York strip. Yum.
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Iris
2146 Monroe Avenue
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Surf and Turf – The Best Thing I Ever Ate Memphis chef and television personality, Claire Robinson, declared Kelly English’s signature dish as one of the best things she’s ever put in her mouth. If you’re a meat lover, you don’t want to miss this hearty entrée. Chef English stuffs a NY strip with fried oysters, smothers it in a creamy bleu cheese sauces and serves it over a potato and bacon hash. It's like New York and New Orleans got married in Memphis. Memphis chef Kelly English combines his New Orleans background with his appreciation for modern Southern cooking at this cozy-house-turned-fine-dining-spot near the bustling Overton Square. Impeccable service in comfortable quarters are paired with flavorful dishes like the lobster knuckle sandwich and a fried oyster and blue cheese stuffed New York strip. Yum.
Rachael Ray got a satisfying start to her one-day excursion at this East Memphis eatery. The San Diegan is an open-faced omelet topped with home fries, sautéed portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, green onions, and feta and cheddar cheeses. It’s served with cheese grits and diner’s choice of toast or a biscuit (get the biscuit). Lines can get long, so be prepared for a wait, especially on the weekend
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Brother Juniper's
3519 Walker Avenue
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Rachael Ray got a satisfying start to her one-day excursion at this East Memphis eatery. The San Diegan is an open-faced omelet topped with home fries, sautéed portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, green onions, and feta and cheddar cheeses. It’s served with cheese grits and diner’s choice of toast or a biscuit (get the biscuit). Lines can get long, so be prepared for a wait, especially on the weekend
This is our fave BBQ place around .
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Memphis Barbecue Company
709 Desoto Cove
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This is our fave BBQ place around .
AMAZING BBQ CLOSE TO HOME
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Germantown Commissary
2290 South Germantown Road
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AMAZING BBQ CLOSE TO HOME
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Boscos Squared
2120 Madison Avenue
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BRINGING THE GULF COAST TO YOU! Missing your favorite seafood restaurant on the gulf coast? Then, come to Pearl’s Oyster House and save yourself the drive! Bringing gulf coast favorites to Memphis, Pearl’s offers a wide variety of menu options including a fresh seafood selection, crab legs, lobster, shrimp & crab buckets, gumbo, Po-boys, steak & chicken, salad, shrimp & grits, pasta jambalaya, and more! And, of course our specialty, OYSTERS! Best known for our Pearl's Char-grilled Oysters, Memphis style. Now two locations to better serve you. Pearl's downtown features a vintage oyster house feel, while Pearl's Cordova boosts a beachy theme. Both are known for their casual atmosphere and southern hospitality. Come make Pearl’s your new favorite!
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Pearl's Oyster House
299 South Main Street
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BRINGING THE GULF COAST TO YOU! Missing your favorite seafood restaurant on the gulf coast? Then, come to Pearl’s Oyster House and save yourself the drive! Bringing gulf coast favorites to Memphis, Pearl’s offers a wide variety of menu options including a fresh seafood selection, crab legs, lobster, shrimp & crab buckets, gumbo, Po-boys, steak & chicken, salad, shrimp & grits, pasta jambalaya, and more! And, of course our specialty, OYSTERS! Best known for our Pearl's Char-grilled Oysters, Memphis style. Now two locations to better serve you. Pearl's downtown features a vintage oyster house feel, while Pearl's Cordova boosts a beachy theme. Both are known for their casual atmosphere and southern hospitality. Come make Pearl’s your new favorite!
ONE OF THE BEST BBQ PLACES
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Memphis Barbecue Company
709 Desoto Cove
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ONE OF THE BEST BBQ PLACES
This ramen spot that started as a weekend pop-up now has a permanent space on a busy corner in midtown, with plans to expand. Lucky Cat’s pork broth is made with local Marmilu Farms pork bones, simmered for days and seasoned with barrel-aged soy sauce imported from Japan. Choose classic or special ramen bowls, or go for the inventive steamed buns like crispy pork belly bao or octopus with fried tomatoes.
Lucky Cat Ramen
247 Cooper St
This ramen spot that started as a weekend pop-up now has a permanent space on a busy corner in midtown, with plans to expand. Lucky Cat’s pork broth is made with local Marmilu Farms pork bones, simmered for days and seasoned with barrel-aged soy sauce imported from Japan. Choose classic or special ramen bowls, or go for the inventive steamed buns like crispy pork belly bao or octopus with fried tomatoes.
Folk’s Folly is a beloved Memphis steakhouse boasting a traditional atmosphere and fresh prime cuts of succulent steak paired with sides and appetizers that shine, like the she-crab soup and au gratin potatoes. The skilled staff and their impeccable preparation techniques (try the popular bone-in filet and New York Strip) make this a spot for celebrations large and small.
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Folk's Folly Prime Steak House
551 South Mendenhall Road
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Folk’s Folly is a beloved Memphis steakhouse boasting a traditional atmosphere and fresh prime cuts of succulent steak paired with sides and appetizers that shine, like the she-crab soup and au gratin potatoes. The skilled staff and their impeccable preparation techniques (try the popular bone-in filet and New York Strip) make this a spot for celebrations large and small.
Many have tried, but no one has yet created a scientific rubric to determine Memphis’ best barbecue restaurant. Still, the local consensus must count for something and that’s why Central BBQ deserves your attention. The casual joint—at each location, walls are filled with employee photos and Memphis Tigers memorabilia—earns its popularity thanks to the smoked pulled pork, tender dry rub ribs, BBQ nachos, hot wings and legendary mac and cheese that diners love.
Central BBQ - Poplar
6201 Poplar Ave
Many have tried, but no one has yet created a scientific rubric to determine Memphis’ best barbecue restaurant. Still, the local consensus must count for something and that’s why Central BBQ deserves your attention. The casual joint—at each location, walls are filled with employee photos and Memphis Tigers memorabilia—earns its popularity thanks to the smoked pulled pork, tender dry rub ribs, BBQ nachos, hot wings and legendary mac and cheese that diners love.
There’s an addictive quality to the perfectly crispy, amazingly moist and slightly spicy chicken that Gus’s fries up daily for hordes of Memphians and visitors from all around the world. The batter recipe is a carefully guarded family secret and the downtown Memphis location is a classic hole-in-the-wall boasting checkered tablecloths, neon beer signs and world-famous fried chicken served with a slice of white bread and sides like greens and fried okra. What else could your palate ever wish for?
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
505 U.S. 70
There’s an addictive quality to the perfectly crispy, amazingly moist and slightly spicy chicken that Gus’s fries up daily for hordes of Memphians and visitors from all around the world. The batter recipe is a carefully guarded family secret and the downtown Memphis location is a classic hole-in-the-wall boasting checkered tablecloths, neon beer signs and world-famous fried chicken served with a slice of white bread and sides like greens and fried okra. What else could your palate ever wish for?
The fifth Memphis eatery from James Beard Award-nominated chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, The Gray Canary's mix of industrial modern and Old World decor is the perfect background to a menu focusing on small plates inspired by the chefs’ Italian roots and the use of local ingredients. A raw bar and classy cocktail program round out the stellar experience.
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The Gray Canary
301 S Front St
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The fifth Memphis eatery from James Beard Award-nominated chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, The Gray Canary's mix of industrial modern and Old World decor is the perfect background to a menu focusing on small plates inspired by the chefs’ Italian roots and the use of local ingredients. A raw bar and classy cocktail program round out the stellar experience.
This colorful soul food restaurant may remind you more of the family dining room than a popular downtown lunch destination, and that’s part of the charm. Look around while you wait for a table, as owner BJ Chester-Tamayo personally greets diners with a hug before taking orders and cooking the meals herself. The menu is full of mouth-watering Southern comfort food like fried chicken, catfish, yams, spaghetti (as a side) and meatloaf.
Alcenia's
317 N Main St
This colorful soul food restaurant may remind you more of the family dining room than a popular downtown lunch destination, and that’s part of the charm. Look around while you wait for a table, as owner BJ Chester-Tamayo personally greets diners with a hug before taking orders and cooking the meals herself. The menu is full of mouth-watering Southern comfort food like fried chicken, catfish, yams, spaghetti (as a side) and meatloaf.
Those who know Memphis quirkiness won’t be surprised to find delicious eats in a humble building in a Lowe’s parking lot, nor will they bat an eye when sitting at picnic tables to enjoy the big flavors of Elwood’s huge menu. Think fish tacos made with steelhead trout, a 7-Up biscuit sandwich stuffed with bacon and pimento cheese, grilled beef franks slathered in BBQ sauce and blue cheese jalapeño slaw, and the must-try barbecue ribs and brisket.
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Elwood's Shack
4523 Summer Avenue
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Those who know Memphis quirkiness won’t be surprised to find delicious eats in a humble building in a Lowe’s parking lot, nor will they bat an eye when sitting at picnic tables to enjoy the big flavors of Elwood’s huge menu. Think fish tacos made with steelhead trout, a 7-Up biscuit sandwich stuffed with bacon and pimento cheese, grilled beef franks slathered in BBQ sauce and blue cheese jalapeño slaw, and the must-try barbecue ribs and brisket.
This swanky Cooper Young restaurant is located in the former beauty shop where Priscilla Presley styled her beehive. The 1950s style hair dryers, washing sinks, mirrors and mint-green mod features are still on display. The menu offers a truly eclectic mix of international and Southern cuisine that includes a watermelon and hot wings plates, daily crepe specials, grilled whole fish dinners and a popular cosmopolitan brunch.
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The Beauty Shop
Cooper Street
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This swanky Cooper Young restaurant is located in the former beauty shop where Priscilla Presley styled her beehive. The 1950s style hair dryers, washing sinks, mirrors and mint-green mod features are still on display. The menu offers a truly eclectic mix of international and Southern cuisine that includes a watermelon and hot wings plates, daily crepe specials, grilled whole fish dinners and a popular cosmopolitan brunch.
A faded, hand-painted sign and cornflower-blue awning greet guests of this charmingly shabby-looking BBQ joint downtown. The Cozy Corner serves Memphis barbecue classics like ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, but the restaurant truly shines when focusing on other unique offerings. Go for the barbecue cornish game hen slathered in sauce, the barbecue spaghetti and the delectable banana pudding—you won’t regret it.
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Cozy Corner Restaurant
735 North Parkway
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A faded, hand-painted sign and cornflower-blue awning greet guests of this charmingly shabby-looking BBQ joint downtown. The Cozy Corner serves Memphis barbecue classics like ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, but the restaurant truly shines when focusing on other unique offerings. Go for the barbecue cornish game hen slathered in sauce, the barbecue spaghetti and the delectable banana pudding—you won’t regret it.
A converted East Memphis home featuring several cozy dining rooms and a rustic minimalist bar area, this eatery serves as the flagship restaurant from famed local chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. The menu is a uniquely Southern-meets-Italian fine dining experience focused on fresh, handmade pastas, creative pork preparations and seafood dishes paired with fine imported wines and
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Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
712 W Brookhaven Cir
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A converted East Memphis home featuring several cozy dining rooms and a rustic minimalist bar area, this eatery serves as the flagship restaurant from famed local chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. The menu is a uniquely Southern-meets-Italian fine dining experience focused on fresh, handmade pastas, creative pork preparations and seafood dishes paired with fine imported wines and
Flight’s elegant two-level downtown dining room serves all dishes and beverages in flights, so you have a chance to try trios of soups, entrées, wines, desserts and more. Choose from a carefully curated selection that includes the steak flight—with a boursin-stuffed filet, Kahlúa-glazed elk tenderloin served with truffle macaroni and the bison rib-eye with wild mushroom risotto—or create your own meal with small portions of different dishes. OUR FAVE RESTAURANT
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Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
39 South Main Street
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Flight’s elegant two-level downtown dining room serves all dishes and beverages in flights, so you have a chance to try trios of soups, entrées, wines, desserts and more. Choose from a carefully curated selection that includes the steak flight—with a boursin-stuffed filet, Kahlúa-glazed elk tenderloin served with truffle macaroni and the bison rib-eye with wild mushroom risotto—or create your own meal with small portions of different dishes. OUR FAVE RESTAURANT
Good soul food is worth the wait and, while you can find delicious Southern-style meals at several worthy locations around Memphis, Alcenia’s comes with an extra personal touch. Owner B.J. Chester-Tamayo often greets customers with hugs and personalized service before she prepares each meal: choose from dishes like fried chicken, battered catfish, greens, cornbread, mac and cheese, meatloaf yams and more.
Alcenia's
317 N Main St
Good soul food is worth the wait and, while you can find delicious Southern-style meals at several worthy locations around Memphis, Alcenia’s comes with an extra personal touch. Owner B.J. Chester-Tamayo often greets customers with hugs and personalized service before she prepares each meal: choose from dishes like fried chicken, battered catfish, greens, cornbread, mac and cheese, meatloaf yams and more.
ONE OF OUR FAVE PLACES TO EAT
Bahama Breeze
2830 N Germantown Pkwy
ONE OF OUR FAVE PLACES TO EAT
YUMMY PIZZA & THEY WILL DELIVER UPSTAIRS
Marco's Pizza
9014 U.S. 64
YUMMY PIZZA & THEY WILL DELIVER UPSTAIRS
Shopping, sightseeing and Food
Stroll this revitalized entertainment and retail district in Midtown Memphis, where quaint shops and eateries of all varieties line the streets, and festive decorations add to the cheer.
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Overton Square
2101 Madison Avenue
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Stroll this revitalized entertainment and retail district in Midtown Memphis, where quaint shops and eateries of all varieties line the streets, and festive decorations add to the cheer.
Head to Memphis' quirky, artsy Cooper-Young neighborhood for boutique shopping amidst some of midtown's most popular bars and restaurants. Pick up some vinyl or band merch from Goner Records, comics from 901 Comics, and the latest fashions at Peridot, home painting DIY kits or vintage fixtures at Me and Mrs. Jones, new and used books from Burke's Books, or jewel-shaped gourmet chocolates at Philip Ashley Chocolates. Around the corner on Central Avenue, or pursue the antique and vintage offerings of Second Hand Rose, Gary's Antiques, Palladio Interiors, Flashback Inc., and Xanadu Music & Books. Bonus: Grab a beer at a local craft brewery. Memphis Made has an excellent patio where you can challenge an opponent to a corn hole competition and then check out their assortment of t-shirts for the perfect souvenir to take home. Cooper Young Historic District Head to Memphis' quirky, artsy Cooper-Young neighborhood for boutique shopping amidst some of midtown's most popular bars and restaurants. Pick up some vinyl or band merch from Goner Records, comics from 901 Comics, and the latest fashions at Peridot, home painting DIY kits or vintage fixtures at Me and Mrs. Jones, new and used books from Burke's Books, or jewel-shaped gourmet chocolates at Philip Ashley Chocolates. Around the corner on Central Avenue, or pursue the antique and vintage offerings of Second Hand Rose, Gary's Antiques, Palladio Interiors, Flashback Inc., and Xanadu Music & Books. Bonus: Grab a beer at a local craft brewery. Memphis Made has an excellent patio where you can challenge an opponent to a corn hole competition and then check out their assortment of t-shirts for the perfect souvenir to take home.
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Cooper Young Historic District
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Head to Memphis' quirky, artsy Cooper-Young neighborhood for boutique shopping amidst some of midtown's most popular bars and restaurants. Pick up some vinyl or band merch from Goner Records, comics from 901 Comics, and the latest fashions at Peridot, home painting DIY kits or vintage fixtures at Me and Mrs. Jones, new and used books from Burke's Books, or jewel-shaped gourmet chocolates at Philip Ashley Chocolates. Around the corner on Central Avenue, or pursue the antique and vintage offerings of Second Hand Rose, Gary's Antiques, Palladio Interiors, Flashback Inc., and Xanadu Music & Books. Bonus: Grab a beer at a local craft brewery. Memphis Made has an excellent patio where you can challenge an opponent to a corn hole competition and then check out their assortment of t-shirts for the perfect souvenir to take home. Cooper Young Historic District Head to Memphis' quirky, artsy Cooper-Young neighborhood for boutique shopping amidst some of midtown's most popular bars and restaurants. Pick up some vinyl or band merch from Goner Records, comics from 901 Comics, and the latest fashions at Peridot, home painting DIY kits or vintage fixtures at Me and Mrs. Jones, new and used books from Burke's Books, or jewel-shaped gourmet chocolates at Philip Ashley Chocolates. Around the corner on Central Avenue, or pursue the antique and vintage offerings of Second Hand Rose, Gary's Antiques, Palladio Interiors, Flashback Inc., and Xanadu Music & Books. Bonus: Grab a beer at a local craft brewery. Memphis Made has an excellent patio where you can challenge an opponent to a corn hole competition and then check out their assortment of t-shirts for the perfect souvenir to take home.
Take a trolley ride down Main St and let the aromas of hand made soaps lead you to peruse an assortment of soothing array of bath bombs to help relax.
Buff City Soap Company
101 S Main St
Take a trolley ride down Main St and let the aromas of hand made soaps lead you to peruse an assortment of soothing array of bath bombs to help relax.
The Peabody is probably best known around the world for a custom dating back to the 1930s. The General Manager of the time, Frank Schutt, had just returned from a weekend hunting trip in Arkansas. He and his friends found it amusing to leave their live decoy ducks in the hotel fountain. The guests loved the idea, and since then, ducks have played in the fountain every day.
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The Peabody Memphis
118 Union Avenue
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The Peabody is probably best known around the world for a custom dating back to the 1930s. The General Manager of the time, Frank Schutt, had just returned from a weekend hunting trip in Arkansas. He and his friends found it amusing to leave their live decoy ducks in the hotel fountain. The guests loved the idea, and since then, ducks have played in the fountain every day.
Mall in Memphis
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Wolfchase Galleria
2760 N Germantown Pkwy
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Mall in Memphis
Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment. Our 96-acre property includes 28 specialty gardens, which provide an in-depth look into various families of plants, flowers, and trees.
My Big Backyard at Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment. Our 96-acre property includes 28 specialty gardens, which provide an in-depth look into various families of plants, flowers, and trees.
Herb Parsons Lake
1. Sun Studio Elvis Presley got his start in this small studio just east of downtown Memphis. Today, you can tour Sun Studios, learn all about Memphis’ musical lore from local artists who serve as tour guides, and even stand at the microphone where the King of Rock & Roll himself made history while crooning, “That’s All Right.”
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Sun Studio
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1. Sun Studio Elvis Presley got his start in this small studio just east of downtown Memphis. Today, you can tour Sun Studios, learn all about Memphis’ musical lore from local artists who serve as tour guides, and even stand at the microphone where the King of Rock & Roll himself made history while crooning, “That’s All Right.”
On the surface, Beale Street may seem like a regular tourist destination. But stay a little longer and you’ll experience some uniquely Memphis things: find the Irish jumping goats at Silky’s, take in a world-class concert at the historic New Daisy Theater, scoop up a sundae at A. Schwab Old-Fashioned soda counter, eat a burger cooked in 100-year-old grease at Dyer’s and oh-so-much more.
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Beale Street
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On the surface, Beale Street may seem like a regular tourist destination. But stay a little longer and you’ll experience some uniquely Memphis things: find the Irish jumping goats at Silky’s, take in a world-class concert at the historic New Daisy Theater, scoop up a sundae at A. Schwab Old-Fashioned soda counter, eat a burger cooked in 100-year-old grease at Dyer’s and oh-so-much more.
Built on the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel immerses visitors in the struggles involved in achieving civil rights from slavery through the 1960s movement and today. Experience first-hand accounts of events through artifacts, special displays, video presentations and more.
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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
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Built on the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel immerses visitors in the struggles involved in achieving civil rights from slavery through the 1960s movement and today. Experience first-hand accounts of events through artifacts, special displays, video presentations and more.
Divine abilities are not required to walk across this body of water, as you can use the Big River Crossing’s bike and pedestrian bridge to travel across the Mississippi to West Memphis Arkansas. Take in sweeping views of the river and the downtown skyline while enjoying the bridge’s seasonal light displays.
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Mississippifloden
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Divine abilities are not required to walk across this body of water, as you can use the Big River Crossing’s bike and pedestrian bridge to travel across the Mississippi to West Memphis Arkansas. Take in sweeping views of the river and the downtown skyline while enjoying the bridge’s seasonal light displays.
Take a trip to Soulsville in southern Memphis to visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Built on the site of Stax Records, the museum offers a fun and music-filled look at the origins of Memphis soul focusing on legends like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, and Booker T. & the M.G.'s. You can also get a close-up look at Isaac Hayes’ gold-plated, fur-lined Cadillac.
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E McLemore Ave
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Take a trip to Soulsville in southern Memphis to visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Built on the site of Stax Records, the museum offers a fun and music-filled look at the origins of Memphis soul focusing on legends like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, and Booker T. & the M.G.'s. You can also get a close-up look at Isaac Hayes’ gold-plated, fur-lined Cadillac.
Each day at 11am, a small but mighty parade of adorable ducks make their way from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel across the lobby to the marble fountain, where they spend the day. Led by their red-coated Duckmaster, the feathered friends then return upstairs at 5pm. Kids get front-row seats to the march and adults can enjoy a cocktail from the Lobby Bar. How cool?
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The Peabody Memphis
118 Union Avenue
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Each day at 11am, a small but mighty parade of adorable ducks make their way from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel across the lobby to the marble fountain, where they spend the day. Led by their red-coated Duckmaster, the feathered friends then return upstairs at 5pm. Kids get front-row seats to the march and adults can enjoy a cocktail from the Lobby Bar. How cool?
A list about Memphis would be incomplete without the well known home of Elvis Presley: Graceland. Learn all about the artist’s origins and see his '70s home decor—including the famous Jungle Room. Across the street, find a relatively new museum featuring Elvis’ collection of classic cars, next to several cafes and other museums dedicated to music.
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Graceland
Elvis Presley Boulevard
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A list about Memphis would be incomplete without the well known home of Elvis Presley: Graceland. Learn all about the artist’s origins and see his '70s home decor—including the famous Jungle Room. Across the street, find a relatively new museum featuring Elvis’ collection of classic cars, next to several cafes and other museums dedicated to music.
Why is there a pyramid in Memphis? Why is it an outdoors supply store? Can I get to the top? Find out the answers to all of your burning questions when you spend time inside the enormous glass pyramid and ride the nation’s tallest freestanding elevator to the observation decks. More than just an outdoors store, Bass Pro is home to aquariums, a bowling alley, a luxury hotel, a fudge shop, restaurants, shooting ranges and more.
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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
1 Bass Pro Drive
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Why is there a pyramid in Memphis? Why is it an outdoors supply store? Can I get to the top? Find out the answers to all of your burning questions when you spend time inside the enormous glass pyramid and ride the nation’s tallest freestanding elevator to the observation decks. More than just an outdoors store, Bass Pro is home to aquariums, a bowling alley, a luxury hotel, a fudge shop, restaurants, shooting ranges and more.
The Memphis Redbirds Triple-A baseball team gives you a chance to see pro players in action before they’re called up to the big leagues. Grab a local Ghost River brew and some barbecue nachos, enjoy the game and stick around afterwards for Saturday night fireworks at the ballpark.
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AutoZone Park
200 Union Avenue
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The Memphis Redbirds Triple-A baseball team gives you a chance to see pro players in action before they’re called up to the big leagues. Grab a local Ghost River brew and some barbecue nachos, enjoy the game and stick around afterwards for Saturday night fireworks at the ballpark.
FedExForum—just steps away from Beale—is where you’ll find the local sports fans during basketball season. Memphians cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies, an NBA team, and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, called Memphis Tigers, in this state-of-the-art arena that also hosts world-class concerts and tours.
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FedExForum
191 Beale Street
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FedExForum—just steps away from Beale—is where you’ll find the local sports fans during basketball season. Memphians cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies, an NBA team, and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, called Memphis Tigers, in this state-of-the-art arena that also hosts world-class concerts and tours.
In the daylight, Raiford’s looks like little more than a basic storefront on Second Street. At night, the place comes alive with a red carpet entrance, bright lights, disco balls, a light-up dance floor, a fog machine and the absolute best dancefloor to step on. Don’t forget your “sexy” stamp from club owner Paula Raiford.
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Paula & Raiford's Disco
14 South 2nd Street
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In the daylight, Raiford’s looks like little more than a basic storefront on Second Street. At night, the place comes alive with a red carpet entrance, bright lights, disco balls, a light-up dance floor, a fog machine and the absolute best dancefloor to step on. Don’t forget your “sexy” stamp from club owner Paula Raiford.
The Malco Summer Drive-In is one of a few outdoor drive-in theaters still operational in the country. Every month, the staff on premise hosts the Time Warp, an all-night movie marathon of cult classics. Pull up, roll down your windows and enjoy favorites like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, The Neverending Story and Jaws.
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Malco Summer Drive-In
5310 Summer Avenue
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The Malco Summer Drive-In is one of a few outdoor drive-in theaters still operational in the country. Every month, the staff on premise hosts the Time Warp, an all-night movie marathon of cult classics. Pull up, roll down your windows and enjoy favorites like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, The Neverending Story and Jaws.
o where the locals go on sunny days (Memphis has plenty!) and enjoy the outdoors at Shelby Farms Park. One of the largest urban parks in the nation, Shelby Farms offers miles of paved and unpaved trails, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boating, a state-of-the-art playground, a Go Ape! Adventure ropes course, horseback riding, The Kitchen restaurant and a herd of buffalo. What else could you ever wish for?
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Shelby Farms Park
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o where the locals go on sunny days (Memphis has plenty!) and enjoy the outdoors at Shelby Farms Park. One of the largest urban parks in the nation, Shelby Farms offers miles of paved and unpaved trails, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boating, a state-of-the-art playground, a Go Ape! Adventure ropes course, horseback riding, The Kitchen restaurant and a herd of buffalo. What else could you ever wish for?
Main Street in downtown Memphis gives visitors the chance to experience the city’s culture all on a single street: take a ride on a vintage trolley, eat at dozens of locally-owned eateries, stop by museums like the Blues Hall of Fame and Center for Southern Folklore, grab coffee at a cafe and see plenty of totally Instagram worthy murals and sculptures in one only vivit.
Memphis Main Street Trolley
547 N Main St
Main Street in downtown Memphis gives visitors the chance to experience the city’s culture all on a single street: take a ride on a vintage trolley, eat at dozens of locally-owned eateries, stop by museums like the Blues Hall of Fame and Center for Southern Folklore, grab coffee at a cafe and see plenty of totally Instagram worthy murals and sculptures in one only vivit.
A local favorite, this outdoor amphitheater in the heart of picturesque Overton Park hosts 50 free concerts every year and families flock from all around town with their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy live music coming from the same stage where Elvis first publicly performed.
Levitt Shell
1471 East Brooks Road
A local favorite, this outdoor amphitheater in the heart of picturesque Overton Park hosts 50 free concerts every year and families flock from all around town with their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy live music coming from the same stage where Elvis first publicly performed.
Yes, you can always hear the blues on Beale but, for an off-the-beaten path experience, stay up late and visit Wild Bill’s club in the Vollintine-Evergreen District. Expect music from longtime blues gurus, playing way intoo the wee hours of the morning. Bonus points: Your beverage options, which include domestic beers in 40-ounce bottles or soda setups.
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Wild Bills Memphis
1580 Vollintine Avenue
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Yes, you can always hear the blues on Beale but, for an off-the-beaten path experience, stay up late and visit Wild Bill’s club in the Vollintine-Evergreen District. Expect music from longtime blues gurus, playing way intoo the wee hours of the morning. Bonus points: Your beverage options, which include domestic beers in 40-ounce bottles or soda setups.
There are only four zoos in the entire United States that have giant pandas on display—and the Memphis Zoo is one of them. Come see Ya Ya and Le Le play and eat bamboo, then explore the rest of the top-ranked zoo—home to polar bears, lions, monkeys, plenty of birds and reptiles, penguins and a baby hippopotamus named Winnie.
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Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Pl
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There are only four zoos in the entire United States that have giant pandas on display—and the Memphis Zoo is one of them. Come see Ya Ya and Le Le play and eat bamboo, then explore the rest of the top-ranked zoo—home to polar bears, lions, monkeys, plenty of birds and reptiles, penguins and a baby hippopotamus named Winnie.
The Broad Avenue District is one of several Memphis neighborhoods where you can spend an afternoon shopping, eating and drinking basically all at once. Shop at Five In One Social Club or Falling Into Place for local souvenirs beyond generic tchotchkes. Eat at Bounty on Broad, Maximo’s or The Liquor Store, then have beer at Wiseacre taproom. Finish off your night with live music and craft cocktails at The Cove.
Broad Avenue Arts District
The Broad Avenue District is one of several Memphis neighborhoods where you can spend an afternoon shopping, eating and drinking basically all at once. Shop at Five In One Social Club or Falling Into Place for local souvenirs beyond generic tchotchkes. Eat at Bounty on Broad, Maximo’s or The Liquor Store, then have beer at Wiseacre taproom. Finish off your night with live music and craft cocktails at The Cove.
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Painted Tree Marketplace - Memphis
8045 Giacosa Place
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Autobahn Axe Throwing - Memphis, TN
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Escapology Memphis
2845 Stage Center Cove
Love this place and owned by our friends Locally owned
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Putt-Putt Fun Center
5484 Summer Avenue
fun for family
Fun for family
High Point Climbing and Fitness - Memphis
21 North Humphreys Boulevard
Fun for family
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Paintball Park
9640 E Davies Plantation Rd
Fun
We know the owners really well such a great spot
Belltower Artisans
549 South Highland Street
We know the owners really well such a great spot
Great girls night
Pitter Potter Studio
2150 Exeter Place
Great girls night