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Restaurants in Memphis

Memphis takes its barbecues seriously. Mouthwatering ribs, chicken and even barbecued spaghetti are in restaurants all around the city, the best food often in the most modest establishments, including Downtown's Neely's Bar-B-Que and Rendezvous. Germantown has trendy eateries like Swanky's Taco Shop, and Memphis' most famous high-end restaurants are near the South Main Historic District, including Chez Philippe, mixing Southern and contemporary flavours. Many Memphis restaurants close on Sundays.

Neely's Bar-B-Que, Memphis. Courtesy of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

Top-end

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  1. 1. Erling Jensen-The Restaurant - Top-end

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    Chef Erling Jensen made a name for himself at the popular La Tourelle and has now ventured out on his own at this eponymous restaurant located in a converted home just off Poplar Avenue at I-240. Understated elegance and contemporary art set the tone for Jensen's innovative cuisine. The Danish-born chef offers escargots, mussels, and other appetizers. A diverse entree assortment makes decision-making difficult.

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    Cost

    Main courses $31-$46

    Opening hours

    Daily 5-10pm

    Address

    1044 S. Yates St, Memphis, USA

    Telephone

    901/763-3700

  2. 2. Chez Philippe - Top-end: (More than $24 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Located in the luxurious Peabody Hotel, Chez Philippe welcomes visitors into a French-influenced dining room with cathedral ceilings, marble, crystal and impeccable service. The perfect spot for a special night out, this Downtown restaurant serves an inventive menu of fresh seafood dishes with a French and Asian twist.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

    Address

    149, Union Avenue, Memphis TN 38103

    Telephone

    +1 901 529 4188

    Transport

    Main Street Trolley to Union Avenue

    Website

    Chez Philippe

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  1. 3. Rendezvous - Mid-range: ($12-$24 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    You'll find barbecue eateries all over Memphis, but few are as well-loved as Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous, located Downtown. Since 1948 this basement-level alleyway restaurant has dished out charcoal-broiled meats to celebrities, presidents and thousands of Memphians. If you like the ribs, you can buy a bottle of seasoning or hot sauce to take home.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Thu 4:30pm-10:30pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 11.30am-11pm

    Address

    52, South Second Street, Memphis TN 38103

    Telephone

    +1 901 523 2746

    Transport

    Main Street Trolley to Monroe Avenue

    Website

  2. 4. The Grove Grill - Mid-range: ($12-$24 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Patrons to the Grove Grill in East Memphis find a dining room of white linens, fine art and casual diners, who arrive dressed as they are. The dinner menu relies on Southern flavours, with lots of grilled meats and seafood, including Gulf oysters, blackened redfish with crawfish cakes, jambalaya and barbecued quail.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm (until 9pm Sun)

    Address

    4550, Poplar Avenue, Memphis TN 38117

    Telephone

    +1 901 818 9951

    Transport

    Bus 50 to Poplar Avenue at Perkins Exit

    Website

    The Grove Grill

Budget

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  1. 5. Neely's Bar-B-Que - Budget: (Less than $12 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Neely's Bar-B-Que, Memphis. Courtesy of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Memphians take their barbecue seriously, and nowhere more than at Neely's Bar-B-Que. This modest family-owned restaurant, located Downtown, barbecues the traditional ribs, pork and chicken, as well as serving barbecue salad, barbecue spaghetti and even barbecue bologna luncheon meat. There's another branch in East Memphis.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 10:30am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10:30am-11pm; Sun 12pm-8pm

    Address

    670, Jefferson Avenue, Memphis TN 38105

    Telephone

    +1 901 521 9798

    Transport

    Bus 10 to Jefferson Avenue at Hamlin Place

    Website

  2. 6. Swanky's Taco Shop - Budget: (Less than $12 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Swanky's Taco Shop, Memphis. Courtesy of Swanky's Taco Shop

    Swanky's is no ordinary taco shop. This restaurant in the heart of trendy Germantown is sleek with chrome-and-earth-tone décor and large windows, and attracts a hip, young crowd for people-watching. Swanky's tacos are out-of-the-ordinary, too. You can choose from taco shells or tortillas, seasoned meats, vegetables and sauces to make your perfect combination.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-10pm

    Address

    6641, Poplar Avenue, Memphis TN 38138

    Telephone

    +1 901 737 2688

    Transport

    Bus 50 to Poplar Avenue at Kirby Parkway

    Website

    Swanky's Taco Shop Website

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