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Eating in Memphis is an experience for the soul. Our specialty may be barbecue — Memphis is home to more than 100 barbecue restaurants and two BBQ fests — but make no bones about it: Dining out (or taking out!) in Memphis doesn’t stop at 'cue. In fact, Memphis might be just as famous for our wings. You’ll find just as many wing joints — tossing their wings in that sweet, sticky Memphis honey gold sauce — as you do barbecue spots around town. 

And it doesn’t end there. We dish up soul food, fine dining, twists on Southern classics, authentic Italian and Mexican cuisine, burgers, vegan fare and so much more. And our award-winning chefs and restaurateurs, brewers and distillers will welcome you with a dose of Southern hospitality every time. Check out the best of Memphis eats below, or head over to the I Love Memphis Blog for an in-depth look at the Memphis culinary scene.

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Choose from the Memphis BBQ Trail or Hops Stops Pass for recommendations, directions, hours and more delivered right to your mobile device (no app download required). What's more, when you check in at participating local businesses, you can earn points toward rewards.   

Memphis BBQ Trail Pass

The Memphis BBQ Trail Pass guides you to 15 local barbecue restaurants. Check in and win prizes including stickers and Memphis' secret-recipe barbecue sauce. 

Memphis Hops Stops Pass

The Memphis Hops Stops Pass guides you to 15 local breweries and distilleries. Check in and win prizes including stickers and coolers. 

Owner Eric Vernon showcases a platter of ribs at his Midtown Memphis restaurant, The Bar-B-Q Shop
A variety of taps representing Memphis-brewed craft beers | Craig Thompson
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