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Memphis for a day (lunch and dinner)

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I'm flying into Memphis this Saturday for a gig, and I'll have time for lunch somewhere between 2-3pm and drinks/dinner after the gig (around 8-9pm?).

I've never been to Memphis before, so I'm looking for something that's tasty and local, but I don't really have any strong requirements.

I'd prefer lunch to be something light, but dinner can be no-holds-barred.

Thanks in advance for wading through this mess of a post and offering your suggestions!

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  1. Where is the gig and where are you staying?

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    1. re: Ross B

      The gig is at the Memphis Botanical Gardens, and we're staying at the DoubleTree on Sanderlin.

      1. re: dcrulz

        Actually, Interim, which is across the street from your hotel is very good for dinner and has a lively Bar as well. Las Tortugas is not too far from you, and is exceptional for lunch. You can eat light there.

        1. re: dcrulz

          I can't argue with Las Tortugas and Iris if you don't mind driving a little bit. If you want to stay close then Interim is a great choice. As mentioned by Michael H, you can walk across the street.

          Bogie's Deli is a good choice nearby for a light lunch.

          Jim's Place right down the street also has good dinner and a lively restaurant bar scene at night.

          Andrew Michael is also very close.

          Napa Cafe is less than 100 yards from the hotel.

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          Jim's Place Restaurant
          5560 Shelby Oaks Dr, Memphis, TN 38134

      2. Las Tortugas for lunch, Restaurant Iris for Dinner. Best options in Memphis. Period

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        Restaurant Iris
        2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

        1. If you are looking for a bar then Brookhaven Pub is close. I forgot to add the Half Shell as nearby place where you can get a light lunch.

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          Half Shell
          688 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

          1. Awesome! Thanks so much for the quick and helpful replies.

            Can I get away with jeans and a button-down shirt at Iris, or is it fancier?

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            1. re: dcrulz

              Definitely! Ive worn t shirts lol. Ask for jeff when you make reservations (which you'll want to do pretty far in advance) and tell chef kelly ,evan sent you when he comes around!