One of the cultural hubs of the South, Memphis is also one of the centers of Tennessee gastronomy. You’ll find everything from traditional spots offering up Southern favorites to quirky restaurants offering a unique night out. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Memphis, updated from our previous guide to the restaurant scene.
The Majestic Grille was once the Majestic No. 1 silent picture house, the leading movie theatre in Memphis in the early days of Hollywood and the motion picture industry. The restaurant has retained the Beaux Arts décor of the early days to provide an atmosphere of real glamour and old-style chic. The Grille is also renowned among locals for the excellent brunch on offer.
Majestic Grille, South Main Street, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 522 8555
Muddy’s Bake Shop is a delight for the sweet-toothed. All manner of wondrous cakes and cookies are rustled up by the team of bakers using the best, freshest ingredients and organic free-range eggs. Now a firm favourite of locals in Memphis, Muddy’s Bake Shop offers up an extensive range of pies and puddings, cookies and toffee bars, cupcakes, and muffins and brownies. Try the Capote cupcakes named after the great writer from the South, Truman Capote.
Muddy’s Bake Shop, Sanderlin Avenue, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 683 8844
The name may seem a little bombastic, along with their claim that they produce the best fried chicken on the planet. But Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken has received international recognition and has earned the affection of local Memphis residents. The menu lets you choose up to 20 pieces of fried chicken, a half chicken, or three wings and pieces, all served with beans and coleslaw.
Alchemy aims to be the smartest, most sophisticated cocktail and food joint in all of Memphis. All of the food is sourced locally using ingredients of the highest quality and combined in the Alchemy kitchen to form both classic Southern dishes as well as some more contemporary and exotic dishes.
Alchemy, Cooper Street, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 726 4444