Situated downtown in the South Main Arts District, South of Beale’s intimate atmosphere is the perfect spot to begin a lazy Sunday wandering around the galleries. South of Beale has the distinction of being Memphis’s first gastropub, combining exquisite food with exquisite drink. Pair the huevos rancheros with a bloody mary or try the French toast, made with mascarpone, mint and macerated blueberries, with a classic mimosa. Several other dishes offer contemporary twists on traditional Southern meals, such as the blackened catfish and fried green tomato benedict and chicken and waffle sliders with a Maker’s Mark glaze.
In the heart of Cooper-Young, there once was a beauty shop. In fact, this beauty shop was Priscilla Presley’s choice for her curling and dyeing needs. Now, this beauty shop is a fabulous restaurant that serves a delicious brunch. Chefs Karen Carrier and Shay Widmer offer a generous menu featuring beignets, grits, and fourteen different egg dishes, not to mention mimosas and bloody marys. Guests will enjoy their meals on the patio or in the dining room, brimming with 1950’s kitsch, including the original Belvedere hair dryers. The Beauty Shop offers meals and an atmosphere like no other.