13 New Places To Eat & Drink In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 19th 2018 12625 0

There’s always something new in Memphis. Whether you’re looking for a snack, a treat (milkshakes and gourmet iced teas, anyone?), a cocktail, or a full meal, here are 13 new and newish spots around town to try.

Surf ‘n’ turf at 117 Prime. Photos don’t really do it justice.

1. 117 Prime
117 Union Avenue
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday for dinner starting at 5 p.m.

117 Prime is a traditional American steakhouse in that you get expertly-cooked Prime steaks served a la carte with shareable sides and sauces – and for most of us, dinner will be special occasions only – but it’s in a classy modern-feeling downtown atmosphere. There’s an awesome bar, happy hour specials, and a lunch menu that includes “The Draper” – a daily special for $16 flat, which includes soup or salad, entree, drink (tea, soda, or a martini), tax, and gratuity. Everything I’ve tried is delicious, the service impeccable, and the Delmonico Ribeye is something I’ll probably talk about for years.

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2. 17 Berkshire
Overton Square, midtown
Open Sundays noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., closed Mondays

This adorable bakery/coffee shop looks like it spun off directly from a lifestyle blogger’s pastel Instagram profile. Indulge in the macaron craze, try a pastry, get an iced coffee, and hang out for a bit in Overton Square (go in through the Courtyard by the big wind chimes).

3. Cafe Serenitea
3545 Third Street
Open Sunday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Try a variety of gourmet teas (hot or cold) and other non-alcoholic beverages and snacks at this downtown cafe. They have occasional food specials and mocktail-style frozen fruit drinks, too.

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4. Curry ‘n’ Jerk
126 Monroe Ave. (Monroe at 2nd St. downtown)
Open for lunch noon –  2 p.m. and dinner 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. I’m trying to find out which days.

This new Caribbean restaurant downtown specializes in favorites like oxtails, curry and jerk chicken, arroz con pollo, seafood, and more. They’ve got a full bar with happy hour specials and plan to have live music and karaoke on weekends. Curry ‘n’ Jerk is still working out the kinks on getting open, so keep that in mind.

5. Electrolyfe Juice Bar
4466 Elvis Presley Blvd. (Whitehaven)
Open daily 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Have your pressed juice and clean-eating needs met at this Memphis healthy food spot in Whitehaven, open since January. Try out juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and wraps, plus shots like wheatgrass. The turkey melt looks particularly delicious.

6. Fuel Cafe
1761 Madison Ave.
Open Tuesday – Saturday : 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Fuel Cafe is not actually new, of course, but they reopened a few months ago – with a renovated space and a brand-new menu featuring small plates and pizzas – to rave reviews. Looking for vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Memphis? Fuel has you covered, with dishes for vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike. They still have their food trucks around town, too.

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7. Grecian Gourmet
412 S. Main Street
Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

They’ve been open for a hot minute, but Grecian Gourmet in South Main downtown serves up Greek favorites like pastito, spanakoptia, and moussaka, plus some very tempting Greek “nachos”. It’s a casual, cafe-style spot open for lunch and dinner, and they do serve beer and wine, including sangria.

8. Green Goddess 
3078 Summer Avenue
Open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday – Saturday, Closed Sunday

They started out as a vegan popcorn shop with a mission to give back to the community. As of May of this year, the new location on Summer offers pastries, herbal teas, and more. Everything is vegan and plant-based, and you can also shop for popcorn online.

9. Krewe of DejaVu
936 Flordia Street
Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m Saturday, Closed Sunday

Krewe of DejaVu is another place that not exactly new but has recently reopened with changes. Chef Gary Williams returns to his original location for the third iteration of his Cajun/Creole restaurant, this time under new ownership and a new name. He’s still the executive chef, so you’ll find all your favorites like gumbo, pastas, and poboys. Krewe of DejaVu remains an excellent option for vegan and vegetarian dishes in Memphis.

10. Launch Process Coffee
584 Tillman
Open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Grab your iced coffee, herbal tea, and boba tea in Binghampton at Launch Process (former location of French Truck). There’s wifi and some spots to sit in the garage area, too. If you can’t find this place, it’s north of the Rec Room.

11. Milk Dessert Bar
1789 Kirby Parkway, Ste 10
Open Tuesday – Thursday 10-7, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Closed Sunday & Monday

Over-the-top milkshakes like the Cookie Monster are the order of the day at Milk Dessert Bar, but there’s also ice cream. Read more about the bakery here.

12. Sleep Out Louie’s 
134 Second Street
Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

I missed the experience of original Sleep Out Louie’s on Union, which closed in 2007, but I’ve heard a tale or two about the popular neighborhood bar. SOL’s is back – at least in name – in Peabody Place next to Texas De Brazil. They have plenty of beer and cocktails, plus food menu including daily $10 specials like chicken tenders meatloaf, and fish ‘n’ chips, plus oysters. Read a bit more here.

13. Slice of Soul Pizza
1299 Madison Ave.
Open Monday- Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturdays 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., closed Sundays

Part pizza joint, part casual bar venue, Slice of Soul has added food and fun to the Medical District since opening in January. Their rectangular flatbread-style pizzas have Memphis-themed names like the Al B. Green and Memphis Meat Mafia, plus they offer daily wing specials. Slice of Soul offers weekly events like open mic, karaoke, trivia, music – see the schedule.

These are numbered for easy reading, and not in any particular order of priority other than alphabetical. I know there are other places that have opened in 2018 so far. Leave me a comment with your favorites and I’ll go check them out! 

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. G. Gaines says:

    Best Friend Grill has the best Saturday/Sunday brunch hands down. It’s tucked away off Germantown Pkwy and space is limited but the wait is worth it. Check out their Chicken/Waffles with endless mimosas.

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