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Oct 15, 2009 05:28 AM

Memphis rookie

I've read all the previous posts and still need some direction.
I'll be in Memphis for two nights (on a Sunday and Monday).
I don't think I'll be free for lunches but will have two dinners.

One BBQ place and perhaps Gus'?

If not both of these places, what's a mid range priced place with music perhaps? Don't want fine dining but more of a fun atmosphere with good food.


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  1. Keep in mind that many of the good BBQ places in Memphis are closed on Sunday. Therefore, you may want to go to Gus's on Sunday and have BBQ on Monday.

    Will you be staying Downtown? Will you have a car?

    4 Replies
    1. re: Ross B

      Yes, I'll have a car and likely not staying in downtown.
      Think we are staying at Hampton Inn-Poplar Ave.

      1. re: rcburli

        If so, then you'll be right across the street from Corky's BBQ. Resist the temptation. Drive into midtown to Central Barbecue or the Barbecue Shop, or out to Germantown and eat at the Commissary for BBQ.

        For non-chains in the area that aren't too pricey, check out Interim (sort of pricey - very good), Jarrett's (a little less pricey - still very good) or maybe (much more downscale) the Belmont for a fun place that I think is open Sunday night. If you're doing Gus', stick with the downtown location as opposed to Collierville.

        I believe they have different owners, but for wahtever reason, downtown is worlds better.

        1. re: Michael H

          We are happy to drive to downtown in the evenings.
          Are their restaurants with music that are less touristy?

          1. re: rcburli

            Sunday and Monday nights can be slow in regards to live music. However, Huey's Downtown and Midtown typically has good bands on Sundays. Huey's is a burger joint, but it's a good burger joint. This may also help...