Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2018 Starts Today!

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 5th 2018 1717 1

It’s time for the third annual Memphis Black Restaurant Week. Get out there and try somewhere new! Here are the details on cheap eats, deals, and a great food at eleven local restaurants. Don’t forget about the Soulful Food Truck Sunday festival this Sunday at Clayborn Temple, too.

Here are the details:

Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2018 is a chance to try new Memphis restaurants for less – everything from tasty  vegan dishes to savory crepes to Southern soul food – and everything in between. Some places will have lunch specials (two courses for $15) and some will have dinner (three courses for $25) and some will have both.

Sunday’s event features eight food trucks, live music, and vendors. It’s at Clayborn Temple from noon to 6 p.m. and admission is $10 in advance (get tickets here) or $15 at the entrance. 

Here are the restaurants – PLEASE NOTE that a lot of these places have special hours this week, so the best way to confirm is to check out and click on the “Menu” link for each place to see the hours! More chances to eat great food in Memphis!

HM Dessert Lounge – 1586 Madison Ave.

Chef Fran offers far more than dessert at this midtown spot that’s known for its amazing variations on chicken and waffles and decadent pies. Read more here.

The Office @ Uptown – 594 N. 2nd St.

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This downtown eatery offers coffee, soup, sandwiches, fax machines, computers, desks, conference rooms and more. Learn more.

Scoops Parlor – 106 GE Patterson Ave.

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Try both sweet and savory crepes (sweet ones served with gelato!) at this South Main eatery. Learn more.

Underground Café – 2299 Young Ave.

Underground Cafe, a.k.a. Chef Tam’s serves a mix of Cajun-inspired and Southern soul food at her Cooper Young restaurant. Check out these peach cobbler nachos – holy moly. Read more here.

G. Alston – 8556 Macon Rd.

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You’ll find this new upscale dining restaurant in Collierville is helmed by Food Network Star finalist Chef Aryen Moore-Alston (you may also know her from Sweet Potato Baby). Learn more.

Lenny’s Subs – 12 Cooper St + 2893 Poplar Ave.

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Yes, franchises count! These two Lenny’s locations are owned by Memphian Edith Kelly-Green. For their specials, pick up lunch or dinner for the whole family for $15 or $25. Read more.

Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge – 1299 Madison Ave.

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This brand-new pizza place in town serves up cleverly-named pies and hosts regualr live music. Check it out for the first time during MBRW. Read more.

Laura’s Kitchen – 2965 N. Germantown Pkwy., Suite #115

This buffet-style home cooking restaurant offers up delicacies like this mouth-watering meatloaf-and-mac sandwich with veggie sides. She’s open later this week, be sure to read more on the MBRW Facebook event for daily hours and info.

• A&R BBQ – 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd + 3721 Hickory Hill

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These two locations are Memphis BBQ classics – on many must-eat lists. You can call in your order ahead of time, too!

• The Waffle Iron of Collierville – 144 US 72 Hwy.

This breakfast chain location – locally owned of course – opened less than a year ago in Collierville and I’ve heard good things. They definitely have more than waffles if that’s what you’re looking for, plus special hours this week for the MBRW #brenner crowd. Read more.

Two Vegan Sistas – 6343 Summer Ave., Suite #110

Good, delicious vegan food done right with a home-cooked touch? That’s Two Vegan Sistas. I personally loved the cashew “meat” spaghetti and scrumptious smoothies. Read more here.

This event, organized by Cynthia Daniels, brought in about $175,000 in business for black-owned businesses last year, and this group of locally-owned eateries hopes to exceed that in 2018. It was so influential and creative, she expanded the Black Restaurant Week concept to several other cites. Cynthia was even honored by Southern Living as one of “30 Women Moving Southern Food Forward“. Go Memphis go!

Go there:

Memphis Black Restaurant Week
March 5 – 11, 2018
Various Locations

MBRW Soulful Food Truck Sunday
March 11, 2018
noon – 6 p.m.
Clayborn Temple

MBRW Website
Facebook Page


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. Bianca says:

    G. Alston is open today for dinner please edit their times!!! They have special hours for MBRW

  2. Aryen Moore-Alston says:

    Thank you Holly for writing about G. Alston and the other restaurants participating in MBRW!

    We’d love to have you come out and dine with us this week or any week hereafter!!!

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