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Nov 7, 2011 07:29 PM

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.

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  1. Lunch on Friday in downtown Memphis calls for the Rendezvous.

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    1. re: Michael H

      That would be my first choice for the experience and to say "I've been there." But, my wife is not a big BBQ fan. She does not like ribs at all (I know something is wrong with her). I did see they have grilled chicken though.

    2. 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.

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      1. re: bulldogx2

        Walking is no problem for us (mid 20s) and actually would prefer it if the weather is nice. Majestic looks good and I assume they have daily specials? We have seen Gus's on TV but not to sure if they are the same. I know there is more than one Gus's. Are they the same?

        1. re: smm0022

          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:

          Felicia Suzzane's:

          Automatic Slims:

          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

          1. re: klebb

            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

            1. re: bulldogx2

              I hate to hear that about Slims. I went for dinner and had a good meal and always enjoyed their lunch prior to the new chef/owner taking over.

          2. re: smm0022

            The weather today turned out beautiful. I hope that y'all enjoyed it. Where did you end up dining?

        2. I second Majestic. There's outdoor dining there too. McEwen's is fun too.

          McEwen's on Monroe @ 122 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 901 - 527 - 7085. FD/LD.