Memphis Dishes Out Local Flavor

Some of downtown’s best food can be found at Bardog Tavern, a local pub popular with everyone from executives to law school students. The food is unpretentious but delicious -- the menu is heavy with sandwiches, soup, salads, pasta and steaks. Don’t miss the Islander Club; it’s a local favorite. Another insider tip: Bardog has one of the best breakfasts downtown. It opens daily at 8 a.m.

Kooky Canuck is a rustic, lodge-themed restaurant located across the street from The Peabody Memphis in downtown Memphis. While its menu is full of Northern-inspired fare, it’s the four-pound Kookamonga Burger that draws crowds. If you finish it off by yourself in an hour, it’s on the house. Be warned that while many have tried, few have been up to the challenge.

If you’re in the mood for food that looks as gorgeous as it tastes, head to the Beauty Shop restaurant in Cooper-Young neighborhood. Karen Carrier’s retro-themed restaurant is located in an old beauty parlor. Some of the original details, like hair-dryer seats, mirrors and sinks, are part of the decor. The seasonal menu includes American and Southern classics. Save room for dessert, though -- their cakes are perfection.

A few doors down from the Beauty Shop, you can find award-winning French fries at the Young Avenue Deli. The funky, laid-back deli is a popular place for locals to grab a beer and watch the game or see a band. The menu is loaded with sandwiches, salads and build-your-own quesadillas and pizzas. On the weekends, check out the impressive live music schedule. Everyone from Lucero to the Black Keys have played on the Deli’s stage.

For a low-key romantic dinner, stop by Cafe 1912 in Midtown. The casual bistro has a French-inspired menu that changes seasonally. The cafe also has an extensive wine list and dessert selection that includes lemon icebox pie, chocolate mousse and creme brulee.

Kooky Canuck's 4-Pound Hamburger. Photo Credit: Eli Cloud
The Beauty Shop in Cooper-Young. Photo Credits: Justin Fox Burks

The unique and trendy Beauty Shop Restaurant in Cooper-Young Neighborhood. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Unique craft beer at Wiseacre tap room - Justin Fox Burks

Enjoy a cold Wiseacre craft beer at their Broad Ave taproom. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.