13 Places to Carb Load For Your Run In Memphis

13 Places to Carb Load For Your Run In Memphis

Updated April 2019

Coming in town for Memphis In May's Great American River Run and to carb load before the race? Downtwon Memphis has you covered. This is really all about the carbs, both for runners fueling up for Memphis races downtown and for people who just like to eat all the breads.

And if you're not running in the half marathon or 5K or any other ace, but you're looking for delicious pasta or pizza in Memphis, this list is also for you. I've focused on downtown Memphis for this particular list. Keep in mind, this is just a sampling! We have tons of options for eating before the Great American River Run, or anytime.

Got a favorite for pasta or other vehicles for carbs? Just leave it in the comments!

Here are 13 places to carb load before the big race, in no particular order.

Aldo's Pizza Pies

For New York inspired pies with every kind of topping -  plus a local beer selection - head to Aldo's downtown or midtown locations.

Catherine & Mary's

From James Beard nominated chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman comes this upscale Italian eatery on the ground level of the historic Chisca Hotel. Their handmade pastas are worth every penny.

Capriccio Grill

The Peabody Hotel's Capriccio Grill - home to their famous Sunday brunch buffet - becomes an Italian steakhouse that serves all your classic pasta favorites, pizza, and more.

Midtown Crossing Grill

For a serious best bang for your buck, Midtown Crossing Grill serves pizza and sandwiches for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Just a few minutes from downtown near Crosstown Concourse.

Little Italy

If you need to carb up before your race in Memphis, but don't feel like getting out, Little Italy delivers their beloved New York style pizza and other Italian delicacies to downtown Memphis.

Regina's Cajun Kitchen

If you want something besides Italian flavors, go Cajun plenty of rice, pasta, and delicious, delicious bread. Regina's on Main Street serves all the Cajun favorites including poboys, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and fried seafood.


This is not downtown, but it's a Memphis institution so I'm putting it on the list, too bad. Coletta's is heavy on the carbs and very, very Memphis. Order the barbecue pizza, just like regular pizza but covered in pulled pork.

The Nine Thai & Sushi

You don't have to do Italian when you're carb loading, you know. Asian cuisine is full of tasty rice and noodles, and you can enjoy traditional Thai entrees, sushi, and other specialities at The Nine.

Majestic Grill

Want to eat flatbreads, pastas, and more in a 1920s Art Deco style theater? Majestic Grill on Main Street is your place. They serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, plus have a fabulous patio.


This neighborhood Italian spot serves the classics including plenty of pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and entrees.


For legit Neopolitan-style pizza inside the Crosstown Concourse, go to Elemento. Neopolitan-style means the pizza is made with simple ingredients and cooked very fast in a very hot oven, ensuring the slightly crunchy, slightly chewy crust.

Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub

A downtown staple, Ferraro's serves up affordable pizzas, pastas, and plenty of hearty sandwiches in a neighborhood pub atmosphere.


Another non-Italian option, Fam on Monroe downtown is perfect for a quick pre-race meal. They have sushi, rice bowls, and noodle bowls and offer online ordering and delivery through all the usual food delivery apps.

Again, this is only a sampling that focuses on downtown Memphis. There are tons more places to carb load in Memphis, so leave your suggestions in the comments.

In midtown, check out Bari for delicious pastas and southern Italian cuisine. For more pasta and pizzas in Memphis, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, Ciao Bella, and Amerigo which are all in East Memphis

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Janice Taff
Rock & Dough on Ridgeway or the Trolley Stop on Madison... great pizza!
December 3, 2013 5:35pm

Rockin Dough has THE best pizza in town!
December 4, 2013 11:08am

Amerigo is offering 20% off select pasta specials to runners who show their race bib on Thursday and Friday.
December 4, 2013 5:20pm