It's undeniable that Memphis' food scene is the starting point of any vacation or visit. Barbecue classics remain the foundation of the city's culinary charm, but you can expect a variety of cuisines from down-at-home bakeries to 30-story lookout lunches. Get a taste of Memphis' expansive palate through the following new(ish) food destinations.
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A few blocks off Beale and next door to the new Blues Hall of Fame, you can find a curated one-stop shop for charcuterie, dry goods and cold brew coffee or beer. The South Main establishment even offers Porcellino's (an East Memphis bakery/butcher shop) pastries and sandwiches for the hungry, grab-and-go customer.
Find the to-die-for pork nachos and other barbecue brilliance at its multiple locations (including its newest behind the National Civil Rights Museum downtown). The food truck finds itself around town, especially at local brewery Memphis Made and Wiseacre taprooms.
See the best view of the city (and of Arkansas!) from the top of the new Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid. Take a ride up the tallest freestanding elevator 28 stories to the top, and enjoy a 360-degree aquarium bar with seating for lunch, dinner and kids' menus.
The all-natural, healthy restaurant chain with a "fast-fine" disposition just moved its headquarters from Palo Alto to Downtown Memphis. LYFE is illustrating to its new home base that whole and authentic ingredients do not require a hefty wallet. The second location in town stakes a claim in the historic Hotel Chisca, now rebirthed as a mixed-use development in the heart of Downtown.
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens' art museum grounds now offer lunch al fresco among the tulips. Renowned local chef Wally Joe (owner of high-end Acre) created the lunch-only menu with inclusions such as seasonal salads, short rib paninis and gourmet turkey sandwiches.
Family and pancake-addict friendly, Staks' mint-colored breakfast diner in Central East Memphis engages inner-kid nostalgia. Table-top griddles welcome customers to pour their own pancakes, whether chocolate chip or funfetti-flavored.