Dinner at the Farmer - Justin Fox Burks

Beyond Barbecue: Dining Out in Memphis

While Memphians love their barbecue, there’s more happening in the city than shoulder. Here are a few local restaurants that serve excellent food beyond barbecue:

Soul Fish: Catfish is king at Soul Fish in Cooper-Young. You can get it blackened, fried, or grilled; on tacos, on salads, or plain. Don’t miss the side dishes - their Southern-style vegetables are excellent. 

Felicia Suzanne’s: Chef Felicia Suzanne Willett serves upscale takes on Southern classics like shrimp and grits, pimento cheese and bread pudding at her downtown restaurant. 

Restaurant Iris: James Beard Award winner Chef Kelly English’s midtown restaurant is an award-winning favorite. Make reservations for dinner or brunch ahead of time - Iris’ Louisiana-inspired fare is popular with locals and visitors alike.

South of Beale: Memphis’ first gastropub is more than a neighborhood watering hole - it’s a restaurant with great chef-driven food. The menu changes seasonally, but favorites like the duck fried rice, SOB Burger and daily bar pies are always available.

Bari: Bari specializes in Italian food from the region of Puglia. Their menu is divided into small plates of pasta, salad, entrees and appetizers to encourage lots of sampling. Don’t miss their extensive selection of Italian meats and cheeses.

Las Delicias: Mexican food lovers will love Las Delicias. Their menu is full of authentic Mexican dishes, and their handmade (read: no mix) margaritas are excellent. Insider tip: their homemade, fresh guacamole is the best in town.

Sweet Grass Next Door: Chef Ryan Trimm's has taken the delicious Low Country cuisine of Sweet Grass coupled with a fantastic beer selection and has created a great neighborhood bar in Midtown Memphis. This is a great spot to catch the game, have a drink or enjoy some delicious food in a more casual setting.

Itta Bena: Found above the glowing lights of Beale Street, you won't find a neon sign for Itta Bena. Actually, you won't find a sign at all. This fine dining hidden gem serves southern cuisine with a Delta twist. This is the spot to celebrate with that special someone. 

Majestic Grille: Housed in an old movie theatre, the Majestic Grille serves classic American food and cocktails in an impressive downtown setting. Grab a seat on the porch and people watch while you eat salads, flatbreads, burgers and daily special entrees.

Bounty on Broad: Bring a big group to this farm to table restaurant in the Broad Ave. Arts District, dishes are served family style and inteded to be shared. They source our items and ingredients locally, therefore the menue may vary slightly based on availability. Enjoy a selection of rotating artisinal cheeses, fried gulf oysters, or half chicken "under a brick". Please note that Bounty accepts credit cards only, no cash. 

Hog & Hominy: GQ named it one of their 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013, Best New Restaurant in the South according to Conde Nast Traveler, and two chefs that have been James Beard semi finalists in 2015 & 2016. See what happens when you cross-pollinate a brick oven, family meals, southern cooking and a love of pork. Ten-to-one, you'll be yelling "Dang, that's succulento!"