The Beauty Shop Makes Me Feel Pretty

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 2nd 2018 4112 0

One of the best parts of eating at Beauty Shop in Cooper Young is that you’re eating in a building that used to be an actual beauty shop – Priscilla Presley used to have her beehive hairdos here. There are all kinds of cool salon details – the hair-washing sinks at the bar, the hairdryer chairs, the booths tucked into the old salon stations, the huge curved mirror that the daily specials are written on.

Top Photo by Alex Shansky

The other best part is the absolutely delicious food! The Beauty Shop has an eclectic menu, filled with interpretations of classic dishes influenced by international cuisine. And they serve a brunch, dinner, and an underrated lunch.

While the atmosphere and swanky vibe always draw me in, it’s this creative food that has The Beauty Shop in Cooper Young on every best-of, bucket list, must-visit list in town, including my own personal list of Memphis restaurant favorites.

The themed decor doesn’t take itself too seriously or get overbearing. Just about everything at Beauty Shop is pretty – including the food.

I had lunch there recently and got the daily ravioli special, which was a ricotta ravioli in a tomato cream sauce with spinach and green onions. It was just the right amount of food at a really great price.  There are also daily grilled cheese, crepe and soup specials at lunch.

One of the daily pasta specials.

Beauty Shop’s dinner menu is amazing, and it changes frequently to use fresh seasonal ingredients.

If the vegetable ratatouille ever makes another appearance on the menu, order it. Don’t think, just order it. I’ve been sitting here for five minutes trying to think of how to describe it, and I can’t really come up with anything other than that it’s warm and creamy and perfectly seasoned and goes well with just about everything.

Grilled Romaine Salad. Photo by Leah Gafni

For dessert, try a slice of one of the old fashioned cakes (the red velvet and coconut cream are delicious).

Beauty Shop is one of several Memphis restaurants owned by Karen Blockman Carrier. Carrier is also the woman behind Beauty Shop’s neighbor in Cooper Young, Bar DKDC, and Mollie Fontaine’s lounge in Victorian Village.

While dinner at the Beauty Shop is perfect for a special date night, birthday dinner, or group night out, the lunch is underrated and affordable, with daily grilled cheese sandwich, crepe, sandwich, and other specials.

Sunday Brunch at the Beauty Shop is super popular and delicious – the menu goes beyond your basic Benedicts and chicken ‘n’ waffles for a more international approach. I recommend a reservation for sure.

Go There:

Beauty Shop

lunch / dinner / brunch

966 South Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104
901-272-7111
Originally published October 2009. Updated October 2018.

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. Thomas says:

    Kat and I go to the Beauty Shop almost every Sunday for brunch. Not only do they have incredible food, but they really have amazing service. It is such a great place to go for any meal, easily one of my favorites in Memphis!

  2. Jae Rashada says:

    Just discovered this blog through Yahoo, what a way to brighten up my week!

  3. vps says:

    Kat and I go to the Beauty Shop almost every Sunday for brunch. Not only do they have incredible food, but they really have amazing service. It is such a great place to go for any meal, easily one of my favorites in Memphis!

  4. vps says:

    hmmm beauty like..

  5. vps says:

    Kat and I go to the Beauty Shop almost every Sunday for brunch.

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