Dinner Recommendations in Downtown Memphis
I'm from LA and I'm visiting Memphis for one night, but I don't know where to have dinner! I need some recommendations!
I'm staying in downtown near Union & 2nd St. I'm open to any type of cuisine - though it would be nice to eat something that I couldn't easily get in LA. Within walking distance of my location would be ideal (or a short taxi ride). Price: less than $65/per person (includes a drink or two and tax/tip).
I think you would enjoy Felicia Suzanne. It fits your budget and features fine dining with a southern flair. The fried green tomato and bacon salad is fantastic. Easy walking distance.
Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant
80 Monroe Ave Ste L1, Memphis, TN 38103
Felicia Suzanne's is an excellent choice. I like McEwen's also which is very nice and open for lunch or dinner. Automatic Slims is nice too. It's a bar with music and good food. Circa is wonderul fine dining for dinner. South of Beale is a very nice bar with good food for solo dining. You can walk to all of these restaurants.
McEwen's on Monroe @ 122 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 901 - 527 - 7085.
Automatic Slim's @ 83 South 2nd St., Memphis, TN 901 - 525 - 7948.
Circa @ 119 South Main Street #100, Memphis, TN 901 - 522 - 1488.
South of Beale @ 361 South Main St., Memphis, TN 901 - 526 - 0388.
I like all of Michael H and Littleman's suggestions, and all are pretty easily walkable from your place (South of Beale is a little further than the others but is still walk-able or an easy trolley ride).
As far as things you can't easily get in LA, unfortunately I don't think there's a great barbecue place in the heart of downtown. If you want to go that direction, I'd suggest taking a cab to Cozy Corner on N. Parkway, a little north of downtown. Another thought would be Gus's Fried Chicken on Front St, a little south of Union & 2nd. You might want to cab or trolley that - I'm guessing it would be about a mile walk.
Cozy Corner Restaurant
745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105
Gus's Fried Chicken
505 Highway 70 W, Mason, TN 38049
LA......I hope you have a nice visit to Memphis. And I hope you find some food here that you don't get in LA. It might be some of the same but it will be cooked better maybe. Here's a link to a thread on CH for a single diner downtown Memphis. Skip the BBQ go with FS or McEwen's.