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.
Top Choice New Southern 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…
Gumbo in Memphis

Blues City Cafe

Coined 'the best meal on Beale', the Blues City Cafe is a great choice for chowing on some good old Southern fare while listening to local bands. Take you're pick from ribs, steaks, tamales...whilst listening to liv…
Barbecue in Memphis

Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

Tucked in its own namesake alleyway off Monroe Ave, this subterranean institution sells an astonishing five tons of its exquisite dry-rubbed ribs weekly. The ribs don't come with any sauce, but the pork shoulder doe…
Fried Chicken 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 the fun, neon-lit interior and vintage jukebox. On bu…
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The lunch buffet here is popular with downtown office workers, though lord knows how they get any work done afterwards. Pile on the turnip greens, corn pudding, hot-buttered peaches and - oh! - the most succulent, a…
Barbecue in Memphis

Cozy Corner

Slouch in a torn vinyl booth and devour an entire barbecued Cornish game hen ($11.75), the house specialty at this pug-ugly cult favorite. Ribs and wings are spectacular too, and the fluffy, silken sweet-potato pie …
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Neely's Interstate Bar-B-Q

Two words: barbecued spaghetti. It's just as weird as it sounds, but not half bad. Jim Neely's ribs and chopped-shoulder sandwiches are superb, and the atmosphere is homey and family-friendly.
Diner in Memphis


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 and eat griddle-fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches and w…
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Automatic Slim's Tonga Club

This sleek, artsy bistro has fusion fare like jerk duck and coconut shrimp, and huge, crayon-colored cocktails.