Lunch within walking distance to Beale St.
My wife and I will be in Memphis for lunch on Friday. What is the best place for lunch within walking distance to Beale St.? Thank you.
If your wife's not big on bbq, I'd skip Rendezvous - the grilled chicken is not going to be anything amazing. The ribs can also be a little hit or miss. Some people love them, some people hate them. I've had good and bad ribs there.
There's a good cajun/creole place on Beale St. called Johnny G's.
Majestic on Main Street is very good.
You could take the trolley down Main St. a few blocks and then walk one block over to Front and eat at Gus's Fried Chicken. You could also walk if you're up for a stroll - it's only a few blocks from Front and Beale, but it would be a bit of a hike. This is probably what I'd do.
Gus's is great and not too far from Beale. There are 4-5 Gus's restaurants around Memphis and they are all essentially the same -- hopefully your wife likes fried chicken because it is some of the best.
if you want something a little more upscale you could check out:
McEwens on Monroe: http://www.mcewensonmonroe.com/
Felicia Suzzane's: http://www.feliciasuzanne.com/
Automatic Slims: http://www.automaticslimsmemphis.com/
I haven't been to lunch at Slims since their new chef took over but I assume, like the dinner, it is good.
They are all a few blocks from Beale. Majestic is good but I've found the service is kind of slow and I think the three places above are about the same price and have better food.
Bardog and Local are both good as well -- they are foodcentric bars
Again, these places are a couple blocks off of Beale -- IMO the food on Beale is pretty lackluster although I haven't been to Johnny G's which is mentioned above
Automatic Slim's Restaurant
83 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103
These are all good rec's, except to klebb's point, I think automatic slim's lunch is very disappointing since the new owner/chef took over. It used to be a really interesting place - now it's mostly sandwiches and it's always empty. I hate to be down on it, because I used to really enjoy it.
Felicia Suzanne is a very nice place and only does lunch on Friday.
Majestic and Felicia both have nice patios - if the weather is as nice as today that would be a plus.
Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant
80 Monroe Ave Ste L1, Memphis, TN 38103