Top Choice Southern US in Memphis

Restaurant Iris

Chef Kelly English crafts special, avant-garde Southern fusion dishes that delight foodies, hence the James Beard noms. He's got a fried-oyster-stuffed steak, a sublime shrimp and grits and some scrumptious brussels…
Top Choice Barbecue in Memphis

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 pulled pork – almost always voted the city's best – can and …
Top Choice Barbecue in Memphis

Payne's Bar-B-Q

We'd say this converted gas station has the best chopped-pork sandwich in town, but we don't want to have to fight anyone.
Southern US in Memphis

Sweet Grass

Contemporary Lowcountry cuisine (the seafood-heavy cooking of the South Carolina and Georgia coasts) wins raves at this casual Midtown restaurant, split between a more rambunctious bar side called Next Door (go for …
Southern in Memphis

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 since it opened in 2011 from publications ranging from GQ to Fo…
Fast Food in Memphis

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Fried-chicken connoisseurs across the globe twitch in their sleep at night, dreaming about the gossamer-light fried chicken at this downtown concrete bunker, with a fun, neon-lit interior and vintage jukebox. On bus…
Fusion in Memphis

Beauty Shop

All the many strands that make a contemporary restaurant appealing are here. There's a sleek design, excellent lighting and soundtrack, and a creative menu. We love the Thai steak or the grilled pear salad to start.…
Southern US in Memphis


The only thing sweeter than Alcenia's famous 'Ghetto-Aid' (a diabetes-inducing fruit drink) is owner Betty-Joyce 'BJ' Chester-Tamayo – don't be surprised to receive a kiss on the top of the head as soon as you sit d…
Vegan in Memphis

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 and fried chicken, pulling off all the iconic Southern staple…
Breakfast in Memphis

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 man standing, and it's pretty much unanimously voted the best…