Must see restaurants in Memphis

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    Central BBQ

    The downtown location of this iconic Memphis barbecue joint is the perfect side dish to an afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum. The transcendent…

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    Gray Canary

    Served in a simmering hug of chili-garlic butter, spinach and Parmesan, the grilled oysters are an oh-so-delicious introduction to this newcomer, where…

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    Payne's Bar-B-Q

    It may be a contentious statement, but here goes: this converted gas station has the best chopped-pork sandwich in town.

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    Crosstown Concourse

    It's not your typical food hall – you won't find rows of kiosks – but there's an international array of casual eateries in the city's newest hot spot…

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    Restaurant Iris

    In stylishly revamped digs, chef Kelly English crafts special, avant-garde Southern fusion dishes that delight foodies, hence the James Beard nominations…

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    A flash spot in the Cooper-Young district, serving tasty Southern tapas like truffled deviled eggs with smoked salmon, shrimp and grits with smoked Gouda…

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    Hog & Hominy

    The chef-driven, Southern-rooted Italian at this Brookhaven Circle hot spot has grabbed the nation's attention, winning best new this and best new that…

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    Sunrise Memphis

    Breakfasts are as pretty as a country morning at Sunrise Memphis, where the delicious biscuits and breakfast plates are loaded with eggs, cheese and every…

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    Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

    Fried-chicken connoisseurs across the globe twitch in their sleep as they dream about the gossamer-light offerings at this downtown concrete bunker, with…

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    Sweet Grass

    Contemporary Lowcountry cuisine (the seafood-heavy cooking of the South Carolina and Georgia coasts) wins rave reviews at this casual Midtown restaurant,…

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    Beauty Shop

    All the many strands that make a contemporary restaurant appealing are here. There's sleek design, excellent lighting and music, and a creative menu. Try…

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    The only thing sweeter than Alcenia's famous 'Ghetto-Aid' (a diabetes-inducing fruit drink) at this delicious soul-food restaurant is owner Betty-Joyce …

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    Imagine Vegan Cafe

    Vegans and veggies face an uphill battle in Memphis (hell, all over the South…), but this inventive Cooper-Young cafe swims alone in a sea of pulled pork…

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    Bar DKDC

    Cheap and flavorful – and at times global – street food is the calling at this ever-evolving Cooper-Young staple, which serves up everything from…

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    Brother Juniper's

    This humble breakfast spot started as a chain out of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to feed the homeless; today the Memphis location is the last…

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    Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

    Tucked in its own namesake alleyway off Monroe Ave, this subterranean institution sells an astonishing 5 tons of its exquisite dry-rubbed ribs weekly. The…

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    Majestic Grille

    Set in an old silent-movie theater near Beale St, with pre-talkie black-and-whites strobing in the handsome dark-wood dining room, Majestic serves classic…

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    Cozy Corner

    Slouch in a torn vinyl booth and devour an entire barbecued Cornish game hen ($11.75), the house specialty at this recently renovated cult favorite. Ribs…

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    Soul Fish Cafe

    A cute cinderblock cafe in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, known for delectable po'boys, fried-fish plates and some rather indulgent cakes.

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    Step inside this ultra-retro diner, Memphis' oldest, and wander to the Elvis booth, strategically located near the rear exit. The King used to sit here…