The Best Restaurants In Cordova, Tennessee

Grilled meat and vegetables dish
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Steeped in history — it was a small railroad town — Cordova, Tennessee, is a community located east of Memphis in Shelby County. The city hosts locally owned restaurants along with regional chain selections. We’ve rounded up the best spots.
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Chang’s Bubble Tea Café

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Opened in 2004, Chang’s Bubble Tea Café is a friendly spot serving authentic Chinese cuisine and other Asian delicacies. Between the friendly environment and the variety of dishes and beverages, including smoothies made with fresh fruit, this cafe is a place the entire family will enjoy. Meat and poultry lovers will love the Hunan beef, with vegetables. They’ll also enjoy the chef’s special spicy Hunan sauce, and the Thai chicken: slices of lightly battered and fried chicken with sweet and spicy sauce. Vegetarians can savor the vegetable tofu dish. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a tasty bubble tea, including mango, lychee, and red bean varieties. Chang’s serves lunch and dinner every day.

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ is a small, local chain featuring succulent, Southern-style ribs and BBQ. A meat lover’s paradise, this award-winning restaurant specializes in slow-cooked — over hickory and charcoal — meats and hand-pulled pork shoulder. Within a rustic interior, complete with wooden accents salvaged from old barns, guests have a host of flavorful options. This includes the fried Delta catfish sandwich served with made-from-scratch hushpuppies and coleslaw; the ribs and pulled pork combo plate, with BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, and freshly baked rolls. Another good pick is the hickory-smoked turkey dinner with sides. Corky’s is open every day for lunch and dinner.

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is a regional chain offering guests a host of cold brews along with an array of American and German food. Open every day beginning at 11am, this gastropub features a lively ambiance great for getting together with friends to unwind after a long day at work. Some of the tasty dishes found on the menu include the hippie burger with a vegetarian patty, topped with jalapeño-pesto mayo, cucumber, red onion, lettuce, tomato and avocado and the Reuben-esque sandwich, with pastrami, jalapeño kraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on toasted rye. There’s also the German plate, with two grilled bratwursts, red skin potato salad and sauerkraut.

Green Bamboo Noodle House

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Open every day for lunch and dinner, Green Bamboo Noodle House is a warm, inviting place specializing in authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Striving to use the best ingredients available, the culinary team procures fresh and organic produce from local sources when possible for its healthy fare. The menu is large, ensuring that every palate is sure to be satisfied. For vegetarians, the tofu lemongrass and the canh chua chay — a mild sweet-sour soup, with sprouts, tomatoes, chayote, okra and tamarind broth — are two flavorful options. Meat lovers can savor the mi xao mem, which are egg noodles cooked with mixed veggies, chicken, beef and shrimp.

Tannoor Grill

Chicken, beef and lamb

While it is a Mediterranean restaurant, Tannoor Grill prides itself on being different from all the others, as it serves Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. Using authentic spices and sauces for their dishes, this restaurant also uses a special grill to prepare its offerings. All of these are all-you-can-eat. For meat lovers, there is the turnstile option with chicken legs, shish tawook, shish kabob, filet mignon, lamb, sirloin and rib-eye. Vegetarians will have unlimited access to the appetizers, including but not limited to baba ghanoush, sautéed potatoes, tabouleh and rice. Tannoor Grill is open every day for lunch and dinner.

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