Downtown Lunch Plans: South of Beale

South of Beale gastropub is a perfect option for lunch with coworkers, meeting a friend for a lunch date, or if you just want a flavorful, filling midday meal. There are two locations, the original is downtown on front Street and has served downtowners for more than a decade. The east Memphis location opened in 2020. Now East Memphis has another solid lunch option!

General Tso's cauliflower
Holly Whitfield
General Tso's cauliflower

Owners Ed and Brittany Cabigao have created a menu that reflects gastropub fare with an Asian twist. I appreciate that they keep the menu fresh with seasonal changes and new dishes, but they never abandon the SOB favorites like the duck fried rice and asiago mac ’n’ cheese. There’s usually a burger of the day or a special, too.

South of Beale Memphis Menu

The lunch and dinner menus are the same, and there are sections for shared plates, entrees, salads, and sides. The vegetarian and gluten-free options are clearly marked on the menu, so that makes things easy if you need a gluten-free lunch.

You can go for a lighter lunch with a salad or the popular Zaka Bowl—a rice bowl with pickled veggies, mushrooms, and a kimchi vinaigrette. Personally I find it hard to turn down the General Tso’s cauliflower, which is crispy and tangy in all the right ways. It’s perfect for sharing, or as an entree if you’re really, really hungry. 

macaroni and cheese
Holly Whitfield
asiago mac 'n' cheese
salad with chicken and peach slices
Holly Whitfield
seasonal summer salad

No matter what you're having for lunch at South of Beale, I recommend getting it with a side of their macaroni and cheese. This is the sort of comfort food that your grandma wishes she could make.  It's a big bowl of spiral noodles covered in a creamy, sharp Asiago cheese sauce. 

South of Beale’s downtown location is in the South Main Arts District, and has a covered patio for outdoor dining. Both locations offer takeout. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

Go There: 

South of Beale 
361 S. Main Street
Memphis, Tenn. 38103

SOB East
5040 Sanderlin
Memphis, Tenn. 38117

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antoinette
hope i find time for a visit im going to be in menfis 28 0ctober.
September 26, 2011 1:26pm