100 Things to Eat in Memphis (2012 edition)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 2nd 2012 1947 15008

Ed. Note: This is the 2012 edition of “100 Things to Eat in Memphis”. Some restaurants may have changed their menu since then, so please keep that in mind. If you want to see the 2013 list, click here.

You know that “100 Things to Eat Before You Die” survey that’s been making the rounds lately? There’s now a Memphis-centric version.

The Memphis Yelp community has made a list of 100 Things to Eat in Memphis, a list of the most extreme, most well-known and best local dishes.

How many of these have you tried?

1. Tuna sandwich from Chinese Sub Shop
2. BBQ plate from Germantown Commissary
3. Fried chicken breast from Gus’s
4. Soul Burger from Earnestine and Hazel’s

Soul Burger, Earnestine and Hazel's, Memphis, Tenn.

5. Peach cheesecake from Cheesecake Corner
6. Chorizo tortuga from Las Tortugas
7. Sea bass at Tsunami
8. Ribeye from Folk’s Folly
9. John Deere snow cone from Jerry’s
10. Joyce roll from Sakura
11. Dry rub ribs from Bar-B-Que Shop
12. San Diegan from Brother Juniper’s
13. Guacamole from Las Delicias
14. Homeroom Chicken and Grids from Lunchbox Eats
15. Red velvet donuts from Gibson’s
16. Greek burger from Alex’s Tavern
17. Gas station sushi
18. Uptown burger from Roxie’s Grocery

Burger, Roxie's Grocery, Memphis, Tenn.

19. Muffaletta from Kwik Chek
20. Gyro from Castle
21. Key Lime Pie ice cream from La Michoacana
22. Twice-baked potato salad from One and Only BBQ
23. Cheesesteak from Yang’s
24. Shrimp and grits from Sweet Grass
25. Buffalo tenderloin from Erling Jensen
26. Barbecue pizza from Coletta’s
27. Cornish game hen from Cozy Corner
28. Grilled cabbage from Deja Vu
29. Bulgogi from Du Won Jong
30. Roast duck from New Asia
31. Rib tips from Tom’s Barbecue
32. Capote cupcake from Muddy’s Bakeshop
33. Barbecue tofu nachos from R.P. Tracks
34. Chips (aka fries) from Brass Door Tavern

Brass door fries, Memphis, Tenn.

35. Ravioli from Vanelli’s Deli
36. Mac’n’cheese from Mollie Fontaine Lounge
37. Voodoo Chocolate Passion Cake at King’s Palace
38. Banana pudding from Cozy Corner
39. Turkey leg from a vendor outside of a Melrose High football game
40. Salmon cakes from Elegant Farmer

Cornish Game Hen, Cozy Corner, Memphis, Tenn.

41. Almond croissants from Off the Square Catering
42. Crazy noodle bowl from Bhan Thai
43. Banana pudding from Germantown Commissary
44. Tiger Bleu Chips from Brookhaven Pub
45. Barbecue nachos from Central BBQ
46. Blueberry donuts from Gibson’s
47. Hot wings from Ching’s
48. Pimento cheese stuffed okra from Restaurant Iris (this item no longer available)
49. Shrimp salad from Bogie’s
50. Chilean sea bass from McEwan’s
51. Wedding cake supreme snow cone from Jerry’s

52. Hummus and falafel from Casablanca
53. Chicken salad sandwich from Young Ave. Deli
54. French fries / sweet potato fries from Young Ave. Deli
55. Pineapple shake from Shanghai
56. Coconut cake from Beauty Shop
57. Spicy crab soup from Ryu
58. Goat taco from La Guadalupana
59. Turkey and dressing from the Four Way
60. Reuben from Trolley Stop Market
61. Thai Gumbo from Tao
62. Honey gold wings from All-Star
63. BLT from Links of Galloway
64. Pan-fried dumplings from Panda Garden
65. Hot wing rolls from Blue Monkey
66. Barbecue pizza from Pete and Sam’s
67. Mussels from Bari
68. Ribs from A&R Barbecue
69. Salsa Tayde from Las Tortugas
70. Baklava from Cafe Med
71. Pickled green tomatoes from Soul Fish
72. Vegan Memphis barbecue sandwich from Imagine Vegan Cafe
73. Lentil tacos from Fuel Food Truck
74. Brussels sprouts from South of Beale
75. Bi Bim Bop from Kwik Check

Bi Bim Bop, Kwik Check, Memphis, Tenn.

76. Ribs from Central Barbecue
77. Wings from Molly’s La Casita
78. Burger from Huey’s
79. Cheese grits from Republic Coffee
80. Homemade chips from Pop’s Deli
81. Nachos from Interstate Barbecue
82. Steak sandwich from Jack Pirtle’s
83. Pork chop sandwich from Tom’s BBQ
84. Stone Hero hoagie from Skunx Chef’s Pub
85. Meat-stuffed pizza at Little Italy
86. Chocolate milkshake from Wiles-Smith
87. Breakfast sampler from Bryant’s
88. Crab eggs benedict from Sweet Grass
89. All-in-one from Las Delicias
90. Pronto Pup
91. Lobster roll from Slider Inn

Lobster Roll, Slider Inn, Memphis, Tenn.

92. Nuts and chocolate from Peanut Shoppe
93. Lunch buffet from Pho Hoa Binh
94. Self-serve frozen yogurt from Yolo
95. Dirty Fries from Revival Food Truck
96. Island Club from Bardog Tavern
97. Lobster pronto pup from Rizzo’s Diner
98. Monte Cristo from Half Shell
99. High tea from Chez Philippe
100. Chili pineapple paleta from La Michoacana

I’ve tried 47 of the items on the list, which is slightly disappointing given how much I eat / write about eating.

Is there anything that should be added? Add them in the comments or to the discussion on Yelp.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Aaron says:

    Have to have the AM Breakfast at Andrew Michael Italian kitchen.  Creamy Polenta with a 63 degree egg, BBQ pork belly, and made to order pork rinds.  A death row meal!!

  2. Erica B says:

    Aaron- I have read the description of this so many times while compliling the Weekly Yelp and it never fails, it ALWAYS makes me drool.  It's on my short list!

  3. Andrea says:

    Chicken supreme pizza from Memphis Pizza Cafe
    hamburger from Tops BBQ
    Vegas plate at Republic Coffee

  4. Mike says:

    Definitely need East End Grill's Fried Pickles!
    Also should have something from Fresh Slices…
    Grilled Halibut, Sweet Potato Fries, something.
    Also need to have

  5. Donald says:

    The fried catfish at The Cupboard is highly underrated and highly delicious!

  6. dade says:

    how did you leave off fried chicken from Uncle Lou's??

  7. Colleen says:

    Where are the MOJO cookies?!!!  

  8. Victoria Simmons says:

    I haven't lived in Memphis in a long time, but are the Rendezvous, Corky's, and Leonard's no longer necessary (if mainstream) barbecue stops?  Or tea at the Peabody?
    For less famous deliciousness, my travels have not brought me a roast-beef sub as delicious as the one at the Chinese Sub Shop (Mama's Super Sub in my day).  O the sauce!  O the spices!  Add a little mayo for sake of sin, and it was perfection!

  9. Brenden says:

    How could the rendezvous not be mentioned? Good list but wow. Lays chips with crap blue cheese made it. Might wanna rethink list a wee bit.

  10. Someone really did their homework hear with great choices on the 100 Things to Eat in Memphis list. I'd like to add eggplant gratin served on Sundays only at Stone Soup on south Cooper St.

  11. Philip says:

    Tamales (or anything else for that matter!)  from Taqueria El Kora
    Burger from Local (best in Memphis in my opinion!)
    Krispy Kreme Donut Bread Pudding from Revival Food Truck
    Pimento Cheese Burger from Sweet Grass Bext Door
    Bacon Pancakes from Pancake Shop
    BBQ Nachos on the HOUSE CHIPS from Central BBQ (the ONLY way to do it!)
    Chicken Salad on Crassiant from La Baguette

  12. Larkin says:

    Miss Mary's Italian Salad – Frank Grisanti's  

  13. Liz says:

    Chive dumplings at Asian Palace (dim sum hours only). The barbecue pork is great, too. Actually, it's all great. My kids even snarf down the tripe there.

  14. Halberstram says:

    how did something I really like get omitted from this subjective list?

  15. Jen says:

    If you want a real good bbq sandwich, hands down go to Morris'.  It's on Mt Pisgah Rd, inside the convenience store.  Some of the best.  Nice to see some tourist traps are not mentioned!  So many small businesses out there that are 100% better than those places!

  16. Betsy says:

    the almond croissants at Off the Square are wonderful but have you tried the petit fours or the fantastic cheese straws!!!

  17. Tyler says:

    What about Mortimer's Restuarant??? That place is awesome. Better than Huey's. And what about the Lunch specials from Formosa??? Or BBQ Nachos from Central BBQ. The list seems incomplete, and there are a few restuarant repeats…boring. Cool list overall, and great idea. Memphis is a great city for food. You should probably have made it 200.

  18. EricW says:

    I've got a lot of eating to do looks like. I'd like to throw Ryu's spicy crab soup into the mix too.

  19. CM says:

    Would now be a bad time to tell you that is not 100? #57-59 are missing.

  20. Lauren says:

    I highly recommend ordering the BBQ nachos from Central on the homemade chips- totally different level!  (and doesn't cost extra)
    and to the Rendezvous die-hards- I think this list is for food only and not food experience.  I think the actual bbq at Rendezvous is slightly overrated but the experience of going to the restaurant is awesome.  So maybe that's why it was left off the list? 

  21. Barbara says:

    Gotta try Baked Brie with cranberries or apples from Off the Square Catering.  Serve it with Anna's Ginger Thins!!

  22. Joe says:

    With no listing from Frank's Deli, this list is per se invalid.

  23. Korey says:

    Goodness… great selections, but I've got to chime in with a few of my local favorites too:
    1) The Original Hot Fudge Pie – Westy's [aka the "crack brownie" among friends – you think you're okay, then a week later you awake in the middle of the night without warning with a craving to go downtown & order another one]
    2. Roasted Quail (appetizer) &/or Carmelized Catfish (entree) – Pho Saigon [earthy & cleanly cooked, like everything on the menu here; the quail is a particular delicacy, and the catfish pieces are slow cooked with a seasoned broth in a ceramic ramekin to which you add rice at your table]
    3. Deep Fried Spicy Crunchy roll – Ryu Sushi House [Memphis, for being in the middle of the country, has a surprisingly good amount of sushi, but the best in town honors have to go to Ryu; whether you get the 3-roll early bird (great for college kids on a tight budget) or the sushi boat (two-foot long sashimi platter in the shape of an Asian vessel), or anything in between, you won't be disappointed.  This roll is especially good because of the flavor fusion (crunch, flavorings, sauce, rice warmed & covered in tempura batter & fried – what is more consummately Southern?]
    4. BBQ Nachos – Rendezvous @ Autozone Park [alright, don't get me wrong, I think BBQ nachos are the signature dish of Memphis, and I agree that the ones @ BBQ Shop, Central BBQ, & Corky's are all top notch, and it really just depends on the flavor mood of a given day; but, it's not every ballpark where you can get such an iconic dish in the given setting, and this deserves to be on the list of "something every local should eat, just because you're in Memphis"]
    5. Shrimp & Cheese Grits – Bosco's Squared [coming from someone who had never liked grits in the past, this dish made me a believer (in thiers, at least); one of many outstanding Brunch dishes they have to offer, this is a Southern favorite done no better anywere else] 
    Throwback Mention:  Tiramisu & Creme Brulee Hot Chocolates – Ugly Mug coffeeshop [alas, I give an homage this one; the Ugly Mug, well known for their flavored, blended, and organic coffees also had a stellar line of hot chocolates for those people who tried to not run on coffee; these blends hit all the right flavor notes, and the shop is sorely missed] 

  24. JBradley says:

    Spaghetti Carbonara from Bari. Bayou Burger from Bayou Bar and Grill. Broadway Pizza. Last but not least, the hole of all holes in the wall, Lemongrass Chicken at Lotus Vietnamese(FRESH everything)

  25. Molly says:

    I've had 55 on the list, not too bad…

  26. stymiesbro says:

    Mexican Deli-Germantown Road Red Snapper Sandwich

  27. judy flurry says:

    I love the petit fours at Off the Square Catering and live out of state and have their homemade cheese straws shipped to me regularly.  Gotta try them!!

  28. Jimmy says:

    Strawberry Cake from Curb Side Casseroles and their Chicken Salad is Awesome too!!

  29. Carly says:

    I was sad to see Tsunami's Sea Bass on this list.  Sea Bass is one of the most overfished species in the water and is dangerousliy close to becoming endangered.  Tsunami has many other great items on its menu… their mussels come in a curry broth to die for and their bacon wrapped dates are melt in your mouth.  Perhaps promoting one of these other items would be more responsible.  

  30. Barnaby says:

    Banh Xeo and Banh Cuon- Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant … nothing quite like it for sure!

  31. Becky says:

    I feel like this list could be done for every neighborhood in Memphis! There’s so much yummy food in this town!

  32. Allie says:

    My only additions would be the burrito al pastor from Las Delicias (but they're already on the list twice, so maybe that would be cheating) the stone roll from Sekisui Midtown (a must for BBQ eel lovers), and the hot and sour soup from Panda Garden (no matter what sickness you have, it will cure you). Great list, though! The Castle gyro belongs on there for sure.

  33. Elizabeth says:

    I can't believe Chilean sea bass is on the list. Both Seafood Watch and Greenpeace have listed it as a type of seafood to avoid. Chilean sea bass is overfished and often caught illegally. Fishing methods used to catch Chilean sea bass often put other animals in danger.

  34. catherine says:

    Saigon Le Special Spring Rolls…
    Iris brussel sprout salad
    ACRE's homemade truffle potato chips w/ malted bacon
    Fuel's fries w/ dipping sauces
    Cupboard fried green tomatos
    Ciao Bella pizza
    Belmont burger
    Nagasaki hibachi
    Bryant's sausage biscuit
    Seesel's cowboy cookies (RIP)
    Paulette's popovers
    Sweetgrass fried green tomato BLT
    Majestic flatbread
    Brushmark biscuits
    Ronnie Grisanti toasted ravioli

  35. christy roberts says:

    cheese straws, petite fours, and the piminto cheese from off the square really are a must try!

  36. Price says:

    41. Got work to do. 

  37. Molly says:

    Some additions to your list…
    -World Famous Original Chipsticks from Ricki's Cookies
    -Carbonara from Bari
    -Pastries (my favorite is the almond poppyseed) from La Baguette
    -Ocean Pyramid from Sekisui Midtown
    -Cactus Quesadilla from The Happy Mexicn (downtown)
    -Corn Sticks from The Little Tea Shop
    -Garlic Parmesan Fries from Boscos
    -K-Pie from Paulette's

  38. Richard says:

    The list was created by Yelp members (www.yelp.com).

    Every member was invited to offer up 3 or more of their Memphis must eats. No conditions. Duplicate restaurants allowed, high brow or low brow dishes welcome and no matter the reason why, if you liked it you were encouraged to offer it up.

    The list is by no means complete for the 30 or so people that participated let alone for the masses of culinary adventure seekers. I contributed and have since thought of a dozen more entries that I could have shared.


  39. Christiana says:

    Missing –
    Frank’s Turkey sandwich, Broadway Pizza, catfish and/or hush puppies from Soulfish, Memphis Pizza Cafe, The Little Tea Shop corn sticks, Arcade sweet potato pancakes

  40. Jane Kaman says:

    The almond croissants are really great but the cheese straws from Off The Square are out of sight!!  The petit fours are the best dessert in Memphis!!

  41. Georgann says:

    You need to list Off the Square Catering's food! The cheese straws are amazing, as well as the salted caramels and the sugar cookies. Fantastic!

  42. Amber says:

    Paulette's popovers and their palachenta (lunch/brunch is more affordable than evenings). I like the Thai Cobb salad at The Beauty Shop. The fried avocados at South of Beale. The stuffed biscuits at Miss Cordelias.  I think that The Brushmark has the best chicken salad sandwich I've ever had, but it's been awhile since I had one. Big props to Muddys being on the list. All of the cupcakes (my favorite is the Prozac) at Muddy's are so good that I now rate all other desserts by how many cupcakes I could have purchased instead. lol. I wish we'd read the comments before ordering dinner tonight. I'm trying to increase the number of these I have tried, so we ordered Central's nachos not knowing that we should've subbed their house chips instead. :) oh wells. :)

  43. Amber says:

    oh… and Dinsthuls strawberries should probably get a mention. :)

  44. Am says:

    The nutella and strawberry stuffed French toast from Cafe Eclectic!

  45. Jules says:

    The mini pizzas at Pete n Sams

  46. TIMOTHY says:


  47. drew says:

    How could the Rendezvous not be mentioned on a list of 100 foods to eat in Memphis.  Not only being one of the most historical restaurants in the entire city, it is also one of the most famous.  Having people from US presidents, foreign prime ministers, grammy winning actors and actresses, professional athletes of all kind, and nationally known musicians walking through the Rendezvous daily makes it one of a kind.  Oh yeah, the food is top notch also since 1948. Greeks know how to cook

  48. Cssy says:

    Homemade ravioli and meat sauce from Dino’s. Saigon rolls from Saigon Le.

  49. Josh says:

    1. Spicy Asian Nachos, Seafood Tostada from Tsunami
    2. Farm Fresh Deviled Eggs, Mushroom Risotto, Red Fish dish from Elegant Farmer
    3. Chicken Spaghetti (or anything else) from Germantown Baptist Church Plate Lunch (weekdays)
    4. Coconut Cake, Homemade Meat Sauce Ravioli from Cafe Piazza (Collierville)

  50. Meredith says:

    Redfish-The Elegant Farmer
    Thai Noodle Salad- Local Gastropub
    BBQ Nachos- Alfreds

  51. Kristina says:

    Corn sticks and Hoppin John from The Little Tea Shop.  Fried eggplant from Patricks.

  52. […] Kerry over at the I Love Memphis Blog posted a list of over 100 things to eat in Memphis.  As a proud Memphis foodie, I immediately scoured the list to check off the items that I had […]

  53. Victoria says:

    Cheese Straws – Off The Square Catering!

  54. Jim says:

    Bardog Tavern's Meatball Hoagie is the best example of a true home-cooked Italian sandwich in Memphis.  I think a lot of their great food is still a secret.

  55. stymiesbro says:

    BBQ fried balognansandwich from Payne's.
    Aunt Martha's iced tea.

  56. Mike says:

    Hoppin' John and cornsticks from the Little Tea Shop (only on Tuesdays)

  57. Mike says:

    Margarehita Pizza from the Trolley Stop Market.

  58. MK says:

    anything – broadway pizza
    dessert shooters – majestic grille
    bbq pizza – garibaldi's
    stoner pie – the cove
    mr. beefy – the cove

  59. AJ-Memphis says:

    Cheeseburger from Tops BBQ (Union's my fav)
    Parmesean and Garlic Fries at Bosco's

  60. Emily says:

    106. ANY of the Gelato at YoLo
    107. Curry Tofu from Pho Hoa Bhin
    108. Tuna Entree from Tsunami
    109. Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish
    110. Margarita Pizza from Trolley Stop
    111. Rigatoni from Bari
    112. Cuban Sandwich from Soul Fish
    113.  Veggie burger from Houston's
    114. Carrot Cake from Soul Fish
    115. Girl Scout Mocha from Republic Coffee
    116. California Veggie from Bogie's Deli
    117. Beauty Shop has THE BEST Bloody Mary EVER!
    118. Crab Cakes from Sekisui Pacific Rim
    119. Buffet on Sunday's at India Palace/Golden Indian has better Veggie Korma
    120. Onion Kulcha at India Palace
    121. Veggie Platter at Abyssinia 
    122. Margarita at Ciao Bella
    123. Green Salsa at La Guadaulapana

  61. Go Tigers says:

    Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen – AM Breakfast

  62. todd adams says:

    Newbys World Famous Marinated Chicken Sandwich grilled since 1975

  63. Shantih says:

    Banana Cream Pie from McEwen's
    Lamb Ribs from Alchemy

  64. Dawne DD says:

    Memphian by birth, but now a Nashvillian, sadly I’ve only accomplished 7 out of 100 (including 3 of top 4) Gotta get back :) !

  65. CWest says:

    Burger and fries made in 100 year old grease – Dyer's

  66. Ken says:

    Cheeseburger from Sweden Kream
    Barbecue Ribs from Cozy Corner
    Honey Gold Wings from Adline Hot Wings Express
    Memphis Strip from Blues City Cafe
    Egg Rolls from Shanghai

  67. Elizabeth says:

    BBQ spaghetti from Interstate BBQ

  68. Colleen says:

    Alfredo roll at Sakura
    Chicken fried rice at Osaka
    Fries at the Beauty Shop
    Blackened tilapia or fish tacos at Bonefish
    Chicken alfredo at Dino's
    Cajun catfish at the Cajun Catfish Co.
    Caprese pizotto at Russo's (and their bread!)
    Spinach dip and greyhound drink at Houston's

  69. I love Thai Food says:

    Pad Thai from Bangkok Alley! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

  70. Riyadh Ismail says:

    80. Pop's Deli is listed for their chips. Although great, the Philly Cheesesteak is the must have in this place. Ranked 1# for cheesesteaks on Urbanspoon.com. Then try the Burgers, or Gyros.

  71. Amber says:

    Emily's suggestion of Abyssinia is a great one. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Memphis.

  72. Posey 4 Shosey says:

    Shrimp and Grits from Felicia Suzanne's!

  73. Jennifer says:

    Just chiming in to say that this post (and all of the comments) make me love Memphis even more.  

  74. Kelcey says:

    The crab stuffed mushrooms, bread pudding, and sizzling steaks from Ruths Chris Steak House!!!

  75. Kelcey says:

    Anything from cafe 1912!

  76. Patty says:

    Sunday Brunch at the Peabody, Dry Rub Ribs at the Rendevous, Pancho's  Cheese Dip

  77. Linda says:

    Dont forget the Lacy Special at the Little Tea Shop!!!

  78. GCP says:

    Bologna Sandwich and Fried Chicken from Uncle Lou's
    Tom Yum soup (with tofu) at Chao Praya
    BBQ Sandwich at Leonard's BBQ
    Hamburger + Pimento Cheese from the Trilley Stop Market
    Pimento Cheese Patti Melt from the Grive Grill
    Lamb Burger from Jim's Place
    Pepperoni Pizza from High Point Pizza

  79. Sarah says:

    BBQ Nacho's from a Red Birds Game

  80. Maria says:

    Pimento Cheeseburger from sweet grass/ next door. Off the hook amazing!!!

  81. Ken says:

    I forgot to mention this in my first reply:
    Mr. Good Burger from Roxie's Grocery – It is an amazing concoction of meat and cheeses that will blow your mind.

  82. Meg says:

    Anything from Lotus.  Slooooooooooow service, because it's just Joe and his wife doing everything, but worth the wait every time.

  83. Gary says:

    Hummus from Raffe's!

  84. Amber says:

    Anything from the little tea shop!! Its awesome home cooking with the best sweet tea ever!!

  85. Jon says:

    A malt or grilled cheese and tomato soup from Wiles Smith. Best rainy day November lunch ever.

  86. Judy Hyde says:

    #43 and #9 at Pho Saigan
    Sausage cheese plate at Redbirds game

  87. Amy says:

    Central Bar B Que – jerked wings
    The Crazy Noodle- anything
    Young Ave Deli- fried cheese, like their fries, they make them by hand!
    Memphis Pizza Cafe-  their calzone, any way

  88. Amy says:

    oh yeah…Patrick's- Black and Blue Burger, their bun is the best
    and Zinnie's for lunch- Ms.Puddin's chicken breast with the works or her Chicken and Dumplin's

  89. Chris says:

    Hot and Sour soup from Formosa (or Mosa, its Fusion-style son)
    Shrimp and Grits from Buckley's
    Slap Yo Mama chocolate pie – the Pie Folks
    Dutch Oven shrimp – Rendezvous (not on the menu – order 24h in advance)
    +1 on Yang's deli – a hidden jewel on Summer Ave.!!

  90. Shelley says:

    Pecan crusted catfish – Jim's Place East
    Blue cheese stuffed burger – P&H

  91. Anything from Fino's????  Just needin' a little shout out!! –Jerry

  92. Mary Helen Lovett says:

    Spicy Tomato Soup from La Baguette

  93. Olivia Lunsford says:

    Cheese Fries – Huey's
    Nachos – Swankys 
    Veggie Burger – Hard Rock Cafe
    Deviled Eggs – Germantown Commissary 

  94. Dizzy says:

    How can you have a list of Memphis food and leave out a Double Double from Dyers?

  95. Sam Shaw says:

    Oreja de elefante tacos (elephant ear tacos) and Elote (corn) at Las Tortugas!

  96. Cassandra says:

    A must try is a Chicken Shawarma Pita (the #4) from Pita Cafe (3950 Park). It's to die for, and no one seems to have heard of this place! I go at least once a week.
    -brussels sprouts salad w/ bacon and sherry and lobster knuckle from Restaurant Iris
    -porkchop sandwich at Broadway Pizza
    -gyro at Kwik Check

  97. Melissa says:

    The Big Cheeser Burger at El Toro Loco!

  98. Jess says:

    Everyone should try a sandwich from finos (off Madison). Everything they have is delicious!!

  99. Guilherme says:

    and . Oh, Baby ! ooowee..! Does that look good or what I do aolpogize, but I’m going to have to eat some of this right in front of you ! Are you hungry or what?.. So the next time you’re looking for some recipes for your barbecue, you check out the bbq pit boys dot com classic pit boyz

  100. Kate says:

    Mempho sandwich- Patrick's
    Chicken Pot Pie- Patrick's (Thursdays only)
    Fried Oysters – Flying Fish

  101. Renee Dichtel says:

    Chesses dip and Panchos dressing from Panchos Mexican Restrants

  102. Borys T says:

    Hamburger steak and sides from Bryant's and the absolute best hamburger in town at the Brooks

  103. Mary says:

    Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp – Cafe Ole

  104. Becca says:

    I know that Jerry's Wedding cake supreme gets all the buzz but you have to try a blackberry-raspberry cheesecake supreme! Sooooo much better than the wedding cake! 

  105. lj says:

    i think they are forgetting the barbeque from the rendevous!

  106. Chelsea Barnett says:

    Rendevouz BBQ is the best. Spaghetti Warehouse is located near Memphis and is also very yummy.

  107. CK says:

    Chelsea, there is a Spaghetti Warehouse downtown…I think they were trying to stay away from chain restaurants.  I'm surprised that Yolo is on here, Rendezvous and Blues City aren't…and Jerry's is on here twice.

  108. teresa e says:

    Really?   WTH is VEGAN BBQ?  I would be ashamed. what about  SHOWBOAT BBQ? the best!  and Corky's. And Rendezvous ribs and cheese plates? OMG!!   Paulette's K- pie?  and  Paulette's coquille St Jacques? Paulette's anything…who are you people? Some new-age-pukka-bead-wearing hippies? However, Coletta's BBQ pizza is  a true champ in the food lineup in MFS. we used to go there on dates in the early 70's just for the BBQ pizza!  ditto for Pancho's cheese dip. Probaly no cheese in there anyway…Chain establishments do not count…

  109. teresa e says:

    oh yeah..first date with hubby at the old half shell, over french dip and oysters on the half. I knew he was the guy for me. A foodie!

  110. Amy J says:

    Crawfish etouffee from Bayou, sausage plate from Corky's, and cheesefries from Hueys

  111. POPS says:

    Honey-dipped fried chicken at Uncle Lou's. Hollah!!!

  112. Mandee says:

    Uncle Lou's chicken!! I can't believe it's not on this list. It's amazing. They were also on Triple D! Sweet and spicy love sauce baby! 
    Proud that central BBQ made the list twice!

  113. […] genesis of this blog is this list of 100+ things to eat in Memphis. Well, to be fair, perhaps it started with this list of 100 things to eat before you die, that made […]

  114. Jennifer says:

    teresa: vegan bbq sandwich is like a regular bbq sandwich, but made with vegan ingredients. EVERYTHING at Imagine Vegan Cafe is delicious! Non- vegans love it just as much as vegans!

  115. Maggie says:

    The BBQ pizza from either Garibaldi's or Coletta's 

  116. Leah says:

    Rendezvous Ribs, Marlowe's BBQ, Corky's BBQ, Blues City Cafe Ribs and BBQ, Spaghetti Warehouse Spaghetti and Lasagna, and Coletta's just to name a few. Thanks! :)

  117. Megan says:

    Thai Tom yum soup and Thai Tom khai Kai soup at Tycoon Noodle Shop on Kirby. They have the BEST Tom yum soup ever! Not a fancy place but cheap and delicious!! 


  118. Jeanna says:

    Chicken wings from China Wok—-better than even Gus'

    Cheesecake from Guadelapana on Austin Pea—best in the world.

    Hurricane Roll from Sea Bistro



  119. Renee says:

    Sunday Brunch at Cafe Fontana

  120. Corndog says:

    King Creole Salmon from Buckley's with the Buckley Bud!!!! and pretty much anything else from Buckley's

  121. Emily says:

    How can you not have Dyer’s on the list? Everything is good there! Or Ernestine and Hazel’s? And whoever says that vegan bbq is just like regular bbq…hahaha…um no.

  122. Steve says:

    Honey Gold or Seasoned Wings from Bosses. I didn't like chicken wings until I went there.

  123. Marcia Summers says:

    Muddy's cupcakes!

  124. Chelsea says:

    bbq chicken pizza from memphis pizza cafe! 

  125. Erin says:

    Love this list!  I've been working my way through it for a couple of weeks now.  It's fun always having somewhere new to try–with delicious food, to boot.  Here are some of the additions I've made to my personal list already…

    101. gator tators and creme brulatte from Cafe Eclectic

    102. blackened chicken pasta from King's Palace Cafe

    103. bar popcorn from South of Beale

    104. pork chop from The Majestic

    105. B.E.L.T. from Brass Door Inn

    106. mussels from Bar DKDC

    107. Sam I Am from Young Ave. Deli


  126. Sam Tweddell says:

    The Warm Blondie Brownie from Local! Any dessert with bacon should be on everyone's Must Try list!

  127. Rendavvouz anything come on this is Memphis — http://Tkborman@yahoo.com

  128. JWo says:

    This is awesome. I’ve only been in town since the end of February and we’ve already hit nine of the places on the list, but I’ll have to go back to try some of the recommended dishes now.

    I printed this out to hang on my fridge for idea when the wife and I want to go out.

    Can’t wait to see the next list!!

  129. Theresa says:

    omg the tahini and/or Spicy cashew seaweed salad from Get Fresh Memphis is TO DIE 4!!!  Call Holly and/or Nevada and ask for a sample…www.getfreshmemphis.com  They are super healthy, super nice and they cook out of First Congo Church specializing in really yummy Vegan and vegetarian food on the go. 

  130. KAB says:

    No catfish???  Really??

    How about a catfish sandwich from Best Wings in Memphis.  They give you enough catfish for at least 2 sandwiches and it's GREAT.  Oh and the wings are good to – honey hot is what I like.

  131. C Ya says:

    Right now, I'm really wishing these items were downloadable.

  132. Jean says:

    Everything Pizza from Pietro Pizza hwy 70 between Apling & Mfs Arlington

  133. […] word, open mike, concerts, plays, etc.  Lets not even mention the  food in Memphis. What!!!   (http://ilovememphisblog.com/2012/05/100-things-to-eat-in-memphis/ Check this out for a start). Yet when I get out in these streets to attend these amazing events, […]

  134. My husband grew up in Memphis and has the following suggestions: pulled pork from Corky's, dry ribs from Rendezvous, cheese dip from Poncho's, hamburger from Dyers. We actually get Corky's barbecue sent to us in dry ice from Memphis to Utah through FedEx. 

  135. Paula Payuk says:

    The potato salad from one and only is actualy ST CLAIRS, an old Memphis restaurant.

    How can Central BBQ smoked turkeu be left off?

  136. Beka says:

    I would have to say an Omlet from Stone Soup and anything from Second Line is delicious!


  137. […] I Love Memphis Blog posted this list from Yelp and has another 75 comments of suggestions for the list. I might have to go through […]

  138. Carolyn mullinax says:


  139. chris gosch says:

    god i miss memphis!!!

  140. me says:

    How did you forget SideStreet Grill. They hav awesome food. Shld hav definitely made the list.

  141. JHB says:

    In no particular order:
    Biscuits and Gravy-Jack Pirtles
    Burger- Jim and Samella's House (In South Memphis)
    Butterroll- Melanie's

    The Buffet at Chow Time
    The Opulence- Crepe Maker
    Shoulder Sandwich-Big Bill's
    Patrick's-Pork Chop and Fried Eggplant
    Maui Wowie- Mellow Mushroom Pizza

    Lemon Bar- La Baguette
    Goey Butter Cake Cupcake-Frost's Bakery
    Honey Gold Wings- Crumpy's
    Hot Wings- D'Bos Wings and Things
    Burger- Double J

    I am fat, so I could go on naming good places to eat for hours!

  142. Lisa M says:

    Bread pudding from Iris

  143. Deanna Johnson says:

    Banana Cream Pie at McEwens

  144. Madison says:

    Hanburger from Broadway Pizza. BEST IN TOWN

  145. Crayfish and dumplings at Felisha Suzannes is the best dish I've had in my 78 years.

  146. jeanetta glass says:

    Broadway pizza

  147. Alison says:

    How can Andrew Michael's AM Breakfast not be on the list? Or H&H pizza of some sort (Shroom or Redeye?!?)???

  148. Victor Hassell says:

    Hamburger from Kudzu's – a little bar 'n' grill around the corner from SunStudio

  149. Mnyama says:

    I was dreaming about Las Delicias quacamole last night!!!


  150. Sarah Lin says:

    I think that mr paos hot and sour soup from mosa is a real Memphis treat. We have lived lots of other places and my husband is Chinese and it is the best that we've had. 



  151. Mike says:

    Memphis pizza cafe!!

  152. Lennie says:

    Fries and burbon mayo from bardog

    lobster pizza from spindini

  153. Charles Lindsey says:

    Everything on the menu at Belmont Grill is great, and the burger is the best in town!

  154. Stephanie says:

    Nagasaki's salad dressing and soup.  Everything is great there.  The tempora mushrooms and shrimp.  Hmmmm


  155. Felicia says:

    Chopped BBQ from Payne's

  156. Esther says:

    Falafal wrap from Gigi's 

  157. Katie says:

    Sweet potato pancakes from Arcade must be added!

  158. Jeremy says:

    Gyro for east parkway grill. I know it's "just a gyro" but I've been to Greece and back it is by far the best I've had

  159. Brian says:

    No love for Uncle Lou's?  Fried, sauced chicken.  Also, Blue Plate Cafe – Banana pancakes with peanut butter syrup.  Pountine from Kooky Canuck.  Pizza from Lucchesi's.  Lots more to try!

  160. Josh says:

    I had to double check but you left dry ribs  from the rendezvous. Should be in the top 5. If you weren't aware of the rendezvous you shouldn't be writing this list!

  161. Keith says:

    Fried pickles from Jerrry Lee's, and Panchos cheese dip.

  162. shelley says:

    Onion Rings from Leonard’s Pit BBQ!

  163. shelley says:

    …and Tacos w/Tropicale sauce & Panchos cheese dip from Panchos

  164. Kip says:

    Hanid from Derae. (anything from Derae, actually)

  165. Erin says:

    Fino sandwitch on soft bread from Finos Italian Deli and Catering

    Cheese Grits from Brother Junipers

    Red Curry from Bangkok Alley

    Toast from Stone Soup

    Creamed Corn from Hog n Hominy

  166. rex johnson says:

    Banana pudding cheesecake, or gumbo from Stone Soup Cafe.

  167. June Wheeler says:

    very obivious you hav never eaten BBQribs at MEmphis BBQ Co.they are the best

  168. Diana says:

    coffee from Tamp & Tap! potato salad from Bogie's!

  169. Miranda says:

    adult mac n cheese from the 3 angels diner…. to DIE for!

  170. Christine J says:

    Shrimp with Boom Boom Sauce from Evelyn & Olive on Madison.  Phenomenal!  

  171. Tundrea Lyons says:

    The STUFFED turkey (or angus, if you prefer) burger at Mot and Ed's (1354 Madison)!! ERMEHGERD!!!

  172. carey says:

    No Uncle Lou’s Sweet Spicy Love chicken?? You should be ashamed!!! I didn’t see Dyer’s burgers on there either!!!

  173. Martin Smith says:

    Turkey burger from Mot and Ed's!

  174. sarah says:

    Vietnamese hot/sor sp from Saigon Le!


  175. Taylor Guardnio says:

    Gator stew from Deja Vu!! That stuff is incredible!! I'm shocked you got it down to 100!

  176. Luke says:

    PAYNE'S!!! Chopped shoulder sandwich or fried bologna. Best q in town. 

  177. Greens and cornbread sticks from The Little Tea Shop

  178. Kim thornton says:

    Cheeseburger from tops BBQ on union and cheese grits from brother junipers!

  179. Jim says:

    Pepperoni and jalapeño pizza at Memphis pizza cafe Overton ssquare

    fish n chips at Celtic Crossing

    hash and eggs at brass door

  180. Michelle Hazelrig says:

    Rendezvous ribs! 

  181. Deborah says:

    We lived there 12 years and we think you should add: India Palace buffet, anything at Fino's and the goat cheese tamales at Boscoe's Squared. Great list! 

  182. Janie says:

    The bens roll at Sakura And make your own salad at swankys 

  183. Sharon H says:

    California Grilled Chicken Salad from O'Charleys.

  184. Cheryl says:

    Grilled chicken salad and chef salad from Exline’s in Millington.

  185. XeX11 says:

    Where is Uncle Lou's fried chicken?! I think about that place more often than I should. 

  186. Drey says:

    Sekesui-PGF Roll !!!!

  187. Jen says:

    Gyro from brother junipers!! Best thing I've ever put in my mouth!!!

  188. Tiffany says:

    Pulled pork sandwich from Cozy Corner with coleslaw on top and extra bbq sauce… Make it messy as you want, I'm eating it… Also the beef bbq sandwich will have you salivating too…. My favorite BBQ spot in MEM… 😉

  189. Ed collins says:

    Gyro,s from Raffe's on Poplar


  190. Deborah Hargis says:

    I have been to Memphis mant times over 45 years and was married to a Memphian!  Anything from the Rendevous is wonderful and the best BBQ is from Bozo's in Mason if it is still there.  Also they have the BEST potato salad on the planet.

  191. Doug says:

    Disappointed not to see Uncle Lou's on this list. And if you go to Pops Deli, get the Philly!

  192. Linda says:

    Patrick's tenderloin steak sandwich.  

    Key lime pie at Houton's.  Crust is unbeatable.

    Kale at Interim

    Foozi's pork tenderloin sandwich

  193. MemphisviaLA says:

    #19 The muffaletta at Kwik Chek just isn’t the same since Harry’s no longer making them (the divorce killed all those sandwiches Harry created)

  194. Claire R says:

    Bacon-wrapped, stuffed shrimp from Molly's La Casita.   Mmmmmmmmm….


  195. Daphne M says:

    Where is Uncle Lou's?? Have you not been lucky enough to experience the Sweet Spicy Love and Homestyle chicken? Shame on you, lol!!!

  196. Betty Keen says:

    Creamed spinach from Pete & Sams

    Barbecue and onion loaf from Corky's

    Anything from Sheridan's

  197. Craig J says:

    Peanut butter and banana pis from Hog and Hominy

  198. Chris L says:

    I was so very happy to see the Rendezvous was not on this list.  Completely over rated.


  199. shivam says:

    What about the Arcade, Soulfish, Fino's, and Paynes?

  200. Jacqualyn Jones says:

    A burrito from Los Picosos. Chicken from Uncle Lou’s. Baked potato from East Memphis Pizza & Subs. Pizza from Broadway Pizza.

  201. GQ says:

    CORKYS dry ribs..Mr P 's wings..Shrimp and grits at the half shell..BBQ chicken pizza at Memphis pizza cafe..Wet ribs at blue city cafe.

  202. Sallie says:

    Fried Chicken Tenders from Houstons

  203. david t from fayetteville ga says:

    Many years ago there was an Italian restaurant across the street from the old bowling alley on Cleveland, mid-town.  Can't remember the name of the place, but the owner was always there and they served shrimp pizza to die for.

  204. Ada T says:

    Pete and Sam's bbq pizza – hands down better than Coletta's. Cashew crunch from Dinstuhls.


  205. dan says:

    I kinow you are all cool looking for the non touristy places but for Rendevue to not make the cut? My first dry rub experience and a "where have you been all my life feeling"


  206. 81= Interstate all day Baby :)

  207. Lisa Hayes says:

    David,  Are you thinking about Giovanni's ?

  208. Lisa Hayes says:

    By the way,  you can get Nikki's Hot Ass Chips at Kwik Check while you're waiting for your muffaletta.   :)

  209. BBQ sandwich and thick salt fires from Ty's in Bartlett is my new favorite place to go.

  210. Mary Ann VanderMeer says:

    I don't remember the name of the restaurant (we were there once after a couple of drinks) but they had a crawfish salad sandwich with fried green tomatoes that was out of this world! When we go back, we're going to have to find the restaurant and have it again! The staff was very accomodating as the kitchen was closed but they made this for us anyway. 

  211. Anna says:


    These were my fave desserts (when I lived there).  http://yummies4tummies.com/#memphis

    I miss Cheesecake Corner most of all {sniff}. :-) http://yummies4tummies.com/2013/11/22/beloved-cheesecake-corner/

  212. Ross M says:

    Payne's BBQ Sandwich. Nuf said


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  214. Angie says:

    Shrimp Lo Mein from Mulan's. I crave it!!!!

  215. kathy says:

    Ceviche tacos from Playita Mexicana
    Cheese plate from the
    Gibson’s maple donuts
    Spearmint snowcone from Jerry’s
    Coconut pie from the Germantown Commissary
    Bacon pizza from Pete & Sam’s
    Tops BBQ sandwich

  216. Tommy C says:

    Fino's Deli – The best sandwiches in town!!!!

  217. Hannah says:

    BBQ Nachos from the Redbirds Stadium!! Those are the best in the world.

    Also, Hueys Cheese Fries.

  218. Redbirdjohn says:

    Chopped shoulder sandwich from Payne's, I prefer the jumbo hot.


  219. […] have written about food. Here’s a link to the I Love Memphis Blog: 100 Things to Eat in Memphis. http://www.ilovememphisblog.com/2012/05/100-things-to-eat-in-memphis/ 3. Things to do. There is always something to do in Memphis. Do you want museums? We got ‘em. […]

  220. granny says:

    I moved to WA about 3 yrs ago and have missed southern bbq  we loved Corkys on Popular Ave, when i worked we went to Interstates on Third St. It was near enough to Corkys i could get a bbq fix til i could get to Corkys. Also Jerrys Snow Cones was a great place to get your desert and cool off with their different flavors of snow cones.

  221. […] I Love Memphis Blog posted this list from Yelp and has another 75 comments of suggestions for the list. I might have to go through those […]

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