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Dec 17, 2011 03:16 AM

Memphis & Nashville

Hello! We will be in Memphis Dec. 31 and departing at some point on Jan. 1 bound for Nashville. I'd love recommendations on where to eat New Years Eve dinner and New Years Day traditional offerings.

In Nashville, any "must eats" before we depart on the 2nd back home for N.C. A real hidden gem?

Any recommendation except for Indian cuisine, and I'd love to keep the prices on the lower-end of the spectrum, as this is part of a larger trip.

Thank you all so much!

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  1. Where are you staying? Stay downtown and walk to Beale Street and enjoy the neat bars and restaurants there. Here's a link to restaurants open on NY's Eve. Majestic Grille would be a great choice.

    The Majestic Grille @ 145 South Main St., Memphis, TN 901 - 522 - 8555.

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    1. re: Littleman

      We're staying at The Peabody (something I have wanted to do since at least 3rd grade!). Thanks so much for the links and the tips! Happy holidays!

      1. re: Littleman

        Walk around Beale Street in downtown Memphis, TN and visit the joints. Go in B B King's and Dyer's Burgers. Walk around the Peabody and then The Rendevous for some BBQ across the street from The PB. There are some nice restaurants in the area including Felicia Suzanne's for fine dining at dinner, McEwen's for fine dining, Restaurant Iris for fine dining at dinner only, Automatic Slims for drinks and bar food, Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken and South of Beale for good bar dining.
        Felicia Suzzane's @ 80 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 901 - 523 - 0877.
        McEwen's on Monroe @ 122 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 901 - 527 - 7085.
        Restaurant Iris @ 2146 Monroe Ave., Memphis, TN 901 - 590 - 2828.
        Automatic Slim's @ 83 South 2nd St., Memphis, TN 901 - 525 - 7948.
        Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken @ 310 South Front St., Memphis, TN 901 - 527 - 4877.
        South of Beale @ 361 South Main St., Memphis, TN 901 - 526 - 0388.
        I know you are interested in trying good Memphis BBQ. Here are the top choices.
        A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444.
        BBQ Shop @ 1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1277.
        Central BBQ @ 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 9377.
        Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous @ 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 523 - 2746.
        Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
        Interstate BBQ @ 2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 775 - 2304.
        Neely's BBQ @ 670 Jefferson St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 521 - 9798.
        One and Only BBQ @ 1779 Kirby Pkwy., Memphis, TN 901 - 751 - 3615.
        Paynes BBQ @ 1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1523.
        The BBQ Shop and One and Only are my favorites but Payne's is famous for their pulled pork sandwich.

        1. re: Littleman

          Oh my gosh - THANK YOU! That was so very kind of you to take so much time. I can't wait to try Memphis BBQ and see the flavor contrast to Eastern NC BBQ. Happy New Years, y'all! :-)

      2. Arnold's and Monell's are great favorites for good country food in Nashville. Pancake Pantry has outstanding breakfast.

        Arnold's Country Kitchen @ 605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 615 - 256 - 4455.
        Monell's Dining @ 1235 6th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 248 - 4747.
        Pancake Pantry @ 1796 21st Ave. South, Nashville, TN 615 - 383 - 9333.

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        1. re: Littleman

          You're so kind! Thanks so much! Happy holidays!

          1. re: Tehama

            Chez Philippe in the Peabody has been awarded 4 starts by Mobil (now Forbes) 22 years in a row. It's not cheap, but isn't New Year's Eve all about splurging? See link below.

            Warning...Downtown will be crazy that night. The Liberyt Bowl is played that afternoon and the Memphis Tigers play at FedExForum (adjacent to Beale Street) that evening. Plus, it's always crowded down there on New Year's Eve. Have funa and enjoy.


            1. re: Ross B

              Hell, we might have to make the trip! Every time I go to Memphis (about once a month on average) I love it more!

              1. re: Ross B

                Ohhh! Thanks for the head's up. I need to think about adjusting our arrival time, then, to make sure we hit it while the game's are still going on. MANY thanks!

            2. re: Littleman

              Good call on Pancake Pantry LM.

              We ate there over the weekend and everyone's food was top notch. One thing I love is when you go to a place that's really good but they have a little something that sets them apart. In this case it's the Cinnamon Cream Sauce. They say it pairs well with the sweet potato pancakes (it does btw) but also goes well with the regular pancakes, toast, French toast, napkins, menus, flip flops, bark, well, just about anything I suspect.

              Ya, it's that good.


              1. re: Littleman

                If you had to choose between Arnold's and Monell's for one country-style meal in Nashville, which would you choose? Thanks for any comments.

              2. I like Grill 83, located in the Madison. There are lots of small plate options, good for sharing, and you can order as much (or as little) as you like to stay within your budget. (Get the TN Blues Fries if you go!)

                1. How was your time in Memphis? Where did you eat?