Minnesota Girls in Memphis
Hi, all. Myself and two friends are visiting Memphis for Elvis week, and are looking for some restaurant recommendations. We are staying downtown at the Holiday Inn. We plan to visit Rendezvouz tomorrow night - we've heard great things. Tonight we tried Blue Fish - yummmm. In particular, we are looking for a great breakfast joint, other BBQ joints, and any other must-try joints you can recommend.
For breakfast, try Bryant's on Summer Avenue. I know that things like bacon, country ham, grits and eggs seem pretty basic, but I promise you that if you try this place just once, you will eat breakfast there every day for the rest of your trip- especially if you have the country ham, egg, and cheese on a biscuit! If Elvis were to ever make another appearance on Earth, I'm pretty sure it would be here...
For ribs, we did a little rib throw down last Friday- I picked up a couple of slabs from Central BBQ, Jacks Rib Shack, Interstate BBQ (wet), and The BBQ Shop and we did a blind tasting- all were great, but the hands down winner was the BBQ Shop. It is on Madison, and worth the trip. My personal favorites were the ribs from Central, but everyone else thought they were too salty.
Since you are downtown, you might want to give Gus' Fried Chicken a try- mighty tasty!
Bar-B-Q Shop Restaurant
1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Jack's Bar-B-Q Rib Shack
5099 Old Summer Rd, Memphis, TN 38122
2265 S 3rd St, Memphis, TN 38109
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
310 S Front St, Memphis, TN 38103
Bryant's Bar-B-Q & Breakfast
3965 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
If you don't mind driving a bit try Blue Plate on Poplar for a traditional diner type of place. They have excellent biscuts and gravy. Or Brother Junipers near University of Memphis is good for home made bread/pastry, best potatoes in town and smooth coffee.
For breakfast, Brother Juniper's is a MUST. Bryant's is good too. Don't bother with Blue Plate cafe--very average in my opinion. King Biscuit Diner in Cordova is excellent also.
For a dinner, try Big Foot Lodge--downtown on 2nd street across from The Peabody.
BBQ/Ribs? Rendezvous is just a tourist trap. It's just the novelty of it that's the draw. Although they don't do ribs, I still think the best BBQ is Tops BBQ.
For a really excellent meal, if you're not afraid of the price, Jarrett's is the place! Great seafood, bistro type place. A little pricey but not at all stuffy.
On my visit during Memphis in May this year, I thought the Cozy Corner beat the hell out of Rendezvous for about everything.
Rendezvous is a tourist trap, but it's fun and the ribs can be good. Cozy Corner and Central BBQ are better food, but lack the ambience. I second Gus's for chicken; it's amazing.
If you want to spend some money, there are some great places downtown: Stella, Felicia Suzanne, Circa. If you want to get out of the downtown/Graceland area and barhop, you'll find great places all within walking distance in Cooper Young - Dish (tapas/bar), Celtic Crossing (Irish), Young Ave. (beer/deli), Do (sushi), and some nice places (Tsunami, Beauty Shop).