Guidebook for Memphis

Karen
Guidebook for Memphis

Food Scene

Authentic, small-batch BBQ. Located on gritty Lamar Ave. in a converted auto garage. Family operated. Try the chopped pork sandwich with SLAW! Via SAVEUR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKK11qUlzFs
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Payne's Bar-B-Que
1762 Lamar Ave
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Authentic, small-batch BBQ. Located on gritty Lamar Ave. in a converted auto garage. Family operated. Try the chopped pork sandwich with SLAW! Via SAVEUR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKK11qUlzFs
Reliably good BBQ. I recommend the ribs (dry is my favorite)! Also serving salads, veggies, BBQ NACHOS, homemade BBQ chips, and a handful of local brews. Live music on the deck during nice weather.
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Central BBQ - Midtown
2249 Central Avenue
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Reliably good BBQ. I recommend the ribs (dry is my favorite)! Also serving salads, veggies, BBQ NACHOS, homemade BBQ chips, and a handful of local brews. Live music on the deck during nice weather.
Great ribs, sandwiches, appetizer cheese & sausage plates. Also serving something rarely seen outside Memphis: BBQ spaghetti. One of the top five BBQ restaurants according to Food Network.
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The Bar-B-Q Shop
1782 Madison Avenue
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Great ribs, sandwiches, appetizer cheese & sausage plates. Also serving something rarely seen outside Memphis: BBQ spaghetti. One of the top five BBQ restaurants according to Food Network.
My favorite coffee shop in Memphis! Buy a cup of coffee and hang out all day--eclectic, hippie feel, tons of plants, creative types. Good coffee plus breakfast and lunch. Live music some evenings.
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Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 Cooper Street
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My favorite coffee shop in Memphis! Buy a cup of coffee and hang out all day--eclectic, hippie feel, tons of plants, creative types. Good coffee plus breakfast and lunch. Live music some evenings.
Southern food! Catfish, fish tacos, po boys, great veggie sides: fried okra, beans, broccoli, green beans, collards, cornbread and mac and cheese (yes, cornbread and mac and cheese are veggies).
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Soul Fish Cafe
862 S Cooper St
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Southern food! Catfish, fish tacos, po boys, great veggie sides: fried okra, beans, broccoli, green beans, collards, cornbread and mac and cheese (yes, cornbread and mac and cheese are veggies).
Irish pub and sports bar serving up soccer I mean football, pints, Irish breakfast, and great fish and chips. Live Irish music for Sunday brunch.
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Celtic Crossing Irish Pub
903 Cooper Street
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Irish pub and sports bar serving up soccer I mean football, pints, Irish breakfast, and great fish and chips. Live Irish music for Sunday brunch.
Really good pizza and pints--sit on the roof in nice weather!
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Aldo's Pizza Pies - Midtown
752 Cooper Street
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Really good pizza and pints--sit on the roof in nice weather!
Cheap, authentic, great little tacos, good tamales and tortas. Salsa and CHIPS especially are out of this world.
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Las Delicias
4002 Park Avenue
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Cheap, authentic, great little tacos, good tamales and tortas. Salsa and CHIPS especially are out of this world.
The Deli has the best fries in Memphis if not the entire South—I’m serious. Tons of beers on tap, and a good bar food menu with lots of great sandwiches.
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Young Avenue Deli
2119 Young Avenue
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The Deli has the best fries in Memphis if not the entire South—I’m serious. Tons of beers on tap, and a good bar food menu with lots of great sandwiches.
I am in love with the lunch buffet. Also open for dinner.
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Golden India
2097 Madison Avenue
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I am in love with the lunch buffet. Also open for dinner.
The food here is good--has a sort of date-night feel. That said, I really enjoy skipping the tables and heading straight to the bar. Excellent service. Try an old fashioned! (1/2 price wine Weds.)
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Sweet Grass
937 Cooper Street
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The food here is good--has a sort of date-night feel. That said, I really enjoy skipping the tables and heading straight to the bar. Excellent service. Try an old fashioned! (1/2 price wine Weds.)
I think this is Memphis' first "really good" coffee house (yay coffee!). Half coffee shop and half boutique shop featuring small handmade brands from across the U.S.
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City & State
2625 Broad Ave
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I think this is Memphis' first "really good" coffee house (yay coffee!). Half coffee shop and half boutique shop featuring small handmade brands from across the U.S.
SO GOOD. New Orleans style food. Awesome poboys. Really good cocktails. Very nice service. Good Southern sides (collards, etc.). No complaints! Wonderful outdoor patio in good weather!
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The Second Line
2144 Monroe Avenue
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SO GOOD. New Orleans style food. Awesome poboys. Really good cocktails. Very nice service. Good Southern sides (collards, etc.). No complaints! Wonderful outdoor patio in good weather!
Probably my favorite restaurant in Memphis! Italian meets Southern. Pizzas are so good. Collard greens, sweet breads, constantly changing small plate menu using seasonal and local fresh ingredients.
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Hog & Hominy
707 West Brookhaven Circle
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Probably my favorite restaurant in Memphis! Italian meets Southern. Pizzas are so good. Collard greens, sweet breads, constantly changing small plate menu using seasonal and local fresh ingredients.
Authentic Memphis Soul Food! Plate lunches with all the southern veggies you could want. If you want comfort food, this is where to find it! Located in Soulsville neighborhood near the Stax museum.
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The Four Way Soul Food Restaurant
998 Mississippi Boulevard
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Authentic Memphis Soul Food! Plate lunches with all the southern veggies you could want. If you want comfort food, this is where to find it! Located in Soulsville neighborhood near the Stax museum.
If you are cold, if you are hungover, if you just really like soup: you must go here! Korean ramen restaurant with a wide variety of soups. Lots of nice spicy ones.
The Crazy Noodle
2015 Madison Avenue
If you are cold, if you are hungover, if you just really like soup: you must go here! Korean ramen restaurant with a wide variety of soups. Lots of nice spicy ones.
Great Ethiopian food, really fresh. The veggie platter is excellent, and so are the tibs.
Blue Nile Restaurant
1792 Madison Ave
Great Ethiopian food, really fresh. The veggie platter is excellent, and so are the tibs.
My favorite Vietnamese food in the city, and there's lots of it here! Really fresh and good. They have a roasted duck soup that is awesome. I love the lemongrass vermicelli bowl.
Vietnam Restaurant
74 N Cleveland St
My favorite Vietnamese food in the city, and there's lots of it here! Really fresh and good. They have a roasted duck soup that is awesome. I love the lemongrass vermicelli bowl.
If you're into BBQ, you must try this place, because it's like no other. On the menu in addition to classics such as pulled pork sandwiches: BBQed cornish hens! BBQ spaghetti!
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Cozy Corner Restaurant
735 North Parkway
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If you're into BBQ, you must try this place, because it's like no other. On the menu in addition to classics such as pulled pork sandwiches: BBQed cornish hens! BBQ spaghetti!
Railgarten is a welcome and unique new addition to Cooper-Young. This is an all-ages, family-friendly restaurant and bar space with a little bit of something for everyone. In addition to the excellent diner and ice cream shop (serving scoops plus MemPops popsicles), check out the huge grounds in the back, with tons of family-friendly space and activities, including a stage for live music, beach volleyball court, tree swing, and outdoor seating.
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Railgarten
2166 Central Ave
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Railgarten is a welcome and unique new addition to Cooper-Young. This is an all-ages, family-friendly restaurant and bar space with a little bit of something for everyone. In addition to the excellent diner and ice cream shop (serving scoops plus MemPops popsicles), check out the huge grounds in the back, with tons of family-friendly space and activities, including a stage for live music, beach volleyball court, tree swing, and outdoor seating.
La Michoacana is not close to Cooper-Young but is worth the drive for their huge selection of Mexican-style paletas and ice creams!
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La Michoacana
4091 Summer Ave
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La Michoacana is not close to Cooper-Young but is worth the drive for their huge selection of Mexican-style paletas and ice creams!
The latest Memphis restaurant by the folks that brought you Hog & Hominy, Porcellino's, and Andrew Michael Kitchen (all also excellent)--located in an abandoned-for-decades-and-just-revamped historic hotel downtown, creative and delicious menu, excellent staff, great cocktails. This place is great for happy hour or for dinner.
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Catherine & Mary's
272 S Main St
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The latest Memphis restaurant by the folks that brought you Hog & Hominy, Porcellino's, and Andrew Michael Kitchen (all also excellent)--located in an abandoned-for-decades-and-just-revamped historic hotel downtown, creative and delicious menu, excellent staff, great cocktails. This place is great for happy hour or for dinner.

Everything Else

Open year round. Local and locally made veggies, eggs, meats, fresh flowers, breads, honey, goodies. Live music, and usually at least one food truck for prepared breakfasts or lunches. Bring cash.
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Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market
1000 Cooper Street
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Open year round. Local and locally made veggies, eggs, meats, fresh flowers, breads, honey, goodies. Live music, and usually at least one food truck for prepared breakfasts or lunches. Bring cash.
The most adorable coffee shop in town! Local owner. Cupcakes and other homemade treats, and great coffee. Small gift area. Nice outdoor patio. Kid friendly.
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Muddy's Bake Shop + Coffee
585 Cooper Street
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The most adorable coffee shop in town! Local owner. Cupcakes and other homemade treats, and great coffee. Small gift area. Nice outdoor patio. Kid friendly.
The independent bookstore is an endangered species, and we have one right in our neighborhood! Mix of used and new books. Nice selection of local authors and topics.
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Burke's Book Store
936 Cooper Street
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The independent bookstore is an endangered species, and we have one right in our neighborhood! Mix of used and new books. Nice selection of local authors and topics.
Constantly rotating menu of craft brews--drink a pint in house or order a growler to go. Always something new here.
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Hammer & Ale
921 Cooper Street
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Constantly rotating menu of craft brews--drink a pint in house or order a growler to go. Always something new here.
I am in love with every local beer made by Wiseacre. Family-friendly taproom. Dog-friendly, too! Picnic tables and decks for sitting/playing/drinking; food trucks evenings. Open Wednesdays-Saturdays.
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WISEACRE Brewing Co.
2783 Broad Avenue
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I am in love with every local beer made by Wiseacre. Family-friendly taproom. Dog-friendly, too! Picnic tables and decks for sitting/playing/drinking; food trucks evenings. Open Wednesdays-Saturdays.
Great little giftshop! Home goods, jewelry, art, and my favorite--locally made, delicious-smelling candles.
Falling Into Place
2613 Broad Ave
Great little giftshop! Home goods, jewelry, art, and my favorite--locally made, delicious-smelling candles.
If you want to buy locally made gifts, this is your place. T shirts, art, buttons, candles, coffee, you name it. Also hosting "adult kindergarten" craft nites regularly. Check them out!
Five in One Social Club
2535 Broad Avenue
If you want to buy locally made gifts, this is your place. T shirts, art, buttons, candles, coffee, you name it. Also hosting "adult kindergarten" craft nites regularly. Check them out!
Not the Superman store so much as the big red taco truck parked out front! Totally busy (and quick) all the time! This is just one of many excellent taco trucks up and down Summer Avenue. Horchata!
Superman Discount
4590 Summer Ave
Not the Superman store so much as the big red taco truck parked out front! Totally busy (and quick) all the time! This is just one of many excellent taco trucks up and down Summer Avenue. Horchata!
Yes it looks like a convenience store, and it is, but it also has an awesome food menu: Korean bi bim bap (my fave), and lots of really good and creative sandwiches. Eat there or to go.
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Kwik Chek
2013 Madison Ave
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Yes it looks like a convenience store, and it is, but it also has an awesome food menu: Korean bi bim bap (my fave), and lots of really good and creative sandwiches. Eat there or to go.
Closest full grocery store--lots of organic, nice meats, seafood and cheeses. Good coffees and a "candy bar." This is a "fancy" grocery, and it's fun to shop at and has all the essentials.
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The Fresh Market
2145 Union Avenue
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Closest full grocery store--lots of organic, nice meats, seafood and cheeses. Good coffees and a "candy bar." This is a "fancy" grocery, and it's fun to shop at and has all the essentials.
I am totally biased (I'm a part owner), but this is one of the best vintage shops in Memphis! Vintage vinyl, tee shirts, clothing and accessories for men and women. Also local art and jewelry.
2491 Broad Ave
2491 Broad Ave
I am totally biased (I'm a part owner), but this is one of the best vintage shops in Memphis! Vintage vinyl, tee shirts, clothing and accessories for men and women. Also local art and jewelry.

Drinks & Nightlife

Boscos holds a special place in the hearts of Memphians—Memphis’ first small craft brewery! Cozy atmosphere. Menu highlights include pizzas and garlic fries. Family friendly, with a lovely patio.
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Boscos Squared
2120 Madison Avenue
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Boscos holds a special place in the hearts of Memphians—Memphis’ first small craft brewery! Cozy atmosphere. Menu highlights include pizzas and garlic fries. Family friendly, with a lovely patio.
This place is fun! Creative tacos and locally sourced small dishes meant to share. Margarita of the day. “I Love Lucy” projected onto the walls. Fun patio. Expect to wait!
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Babalu Tapas & Tacos - Overton Square
2115 Madison Avenue
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This place is fun! Creative tacos and locally sourced small dishes meant to share. Margarita of the day. “I Love Lucy” projected onto the walls. Fun patio. Expect to wait!
Seafood with an asian feel. Always really good. Nice spot for a date. Right down the street!
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Tsunami
928 Cooper Street
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Seafood with an asian feel. Always really good. Nice spot for a date. Right down the street!
This is a swanky bar, and the drinks are good too! They take care while crafting their cocktails. Good small plates as well. Valet parking. But you can just walk the two blocks. :)
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Alchemy Memphis
940 Cooper Street
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This is a swanky bar, and the drinks are good too! They take care while crafting their cocktails. Good small plates as well. Valet parking. But you can just walk the two blocks. :)
A "nice" sports bar--great food, I especially recommend the "farmer's platter," which includes awesome pates, sausages, pickles, cheese, mustards, and breads. Good beers and drinks. Several screens.
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Next Door
937 Cooper Street
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A "nice" sports bar--great food, I especially recommend the "farmer's platter," which includes awesome pates, sausages, pickles, cheese, mustards, and breads. Good beers and drinks. Several screens.
Another local brewery, this one right in Cooper Young! Usually a food truck parked out front, and family friendly (pinball machines and free popcorn!). Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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Memphis Made Brewing Co.
768 Cooper Street
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Another local brewery, this one right in Cooper Young! Usually a food truck parked out front, and family friendly (pinball machines and free popcorn!). Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
DKDC is one of the best bars in Memphis. Eclectic decor, old-fashioned photo booth, outdoor seating, awesome bartenders, and (best of all) they almost always have live music, whether it's a local favorite, a touring group, or a live DJ. Great atmosphere!
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Bar DKDC
964 Cooper St
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DKDC is one of the best bars in Memphis. Eclectic decor, old-fashioned photo booth, outdoor seating, awesome bartenders, and (best of all) they almost always have live music, whether it's a local favorite, a touring group, or a live DJ. Great atmosphere!

Parks & Nature

Our neighborhood elementary school opens its playground to the public on weekends! Great if you are travelling with children, and just two blocks from the house. (Weekends only, please.)
Peabody Elementary School
2086 Young Ave
Our neighborhood elementary school opens its playground to the public on weekends! Great if you are travelling with children, and just two blocks from the house. (Weekends only, please.)
A new attraction in downtown Memphis: now you can walk across the Mississippi River! Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. It serves as the connection point of Main Street to Main Street, a 10-mile multi-modal corridor that also features the Delta Regional River Park and Big River Trail, creating ties to attractions between Memphis, TN and West Memphis, AR. Good for biking, running, and walking.
Big River Crossing
A new attraction in downtown Memphis: now you can walk across the Mississippi River! Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. It serves as the connection point of Main Street to Main Street, a 10-mile multi-modal corridor that also features the Delta Regional River Park and Big River Trail, creating ties to attractions between Memphis, TN and West Memphis, AR. Good for biking, running, and walking.
Huge and diverse park with natural spaces and trails, boating and paddle boats, zip line, excellent playground, and fine dining.
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Shelby Farms Park
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Huge and diverse park with natural spaces and trails, boating and paddle boats, zip line, excellent playground, and fine dining.

Shopping

This is a huge antiques mall with something for everybody. They have a great mix of mid-century/vintage and older antiques, including furniture, jewelry, artwork, clothing, Memphis memorabilia, you name it. Also an interested outdoor area great for picking up project pieces or outdoor items. Everything is 20% off once a month on the first Saturday of the month.
Antique Warehouse Mall
2563 Summer Ave
This is a huge antiques mall with something for everybody. They have a great mix of mid-century/vintage and older antiques, including furniture, jewelry, artwork, clothing, Memphis memorabilia, you name it. Also an interested outdoor area great for picking up project pieces or outdoor items. Everything is 20% off once a month on the first Saturday of the month.
Disclaimer alert, I am a co-operator of this store! So of course it is one of my favorites! We carry vintage women's clothing and accessories, a great selection of vintage tee shirts, and vintage records. A different local artist is featured on our walls every month, with artwork for sale as well. Come hang out for First Fridays, when our doors (and the doors of many of our Broad Street Arts District neighbors) are open late every first Friday of the month.
Found Memphis
2491 Broad Ave
Disclaimer alert, I am a co-operator of this store! So of course it is one of my favorites! We carry vintage women's clothing and accessories, a great selection of vintage tee shirts, and vintage records. A different local artist is featured on our walls every month, with artwork for sale as well. Come hang out for First Fridays, when our doors (and the doors of many of our Broad Street Arts District neighbors) are open late every first Friday of the month.