Serious Eats: College Tours: Where to Eat Near The University of Memphis

September 20, 2012

The University of Memphis has undergone a lot of name changes over the years. It opened in 1912 as West Tennessee State Normal School, focusing on training educators. Then it was West Tennessee State Teachers College, then Memphis State College, and then Memphis State University which lasted for most of the second half of the 20th Century. Right when I showed up in 1994, the name was changed to The University of Memphis.

The school has always been something of a commuter campus. Although I lived in the dorms and was a Resident Advisor for a while, nearly everyone has a car and it's not that hard to get downtown, to the casinos in nearby Tunica, MS, or out into the various suburbs. But there are still a lot of great places nestled near the university grounds that provide that unique college neighborhood experience for students, alumni, and locals alike. Read more at Serious Eats.