Memphis Black Restaurant Week Is March 3 -9, 2019

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 7th 2019 7288 0

Ed. Note 3/7: ICYMI, MBRW is well underway! I’ve updated the post (again) with some of your Instagram pics from the week so far. Be sure to tag @brwmem and @ilovememphisblog in your Stories and posts so we can share.

It’s time for the fourth annual Memphis Black Restaurant Week. Get out there and try somewhere new, or visit your favorites for less. Here are the details on deals, and a great food at a dozen or so local black-owned restaurants in Memphis.

Don’t forget about the Soulful Food Truck Sunday festival on Sunday at Clayborn Temple, too. It’s from noon to 6 p.m. and your $10 advanced ticket gets you access to food trucks, vendors, and live music.

Here are the details:

Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2019 is a chance to try new Memphis restaurants for less. Each restaurant is offering deals – most of them with $15 and $25 meal specials, but there’s some variety in there. Be sure to click on the links below for menus and hours information, and follow MBRW’s website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Bluff City Crab
If you love Cajun flavors and seafood, you’ll be into Bluff City Crab’s delicious offerings. This week, they’re doing a $15 shrimp or snow crab bag and a $25 dinner with mixes of shrimp, crab, and sausage.

They’ve got something called a “Memphis mix” where they cook your seafood in butter, seasoning, and parmesan; they also have a build-your-own bag. Amazing. (s/o to my pal Katie Mars for the photos and thoughts)

The Waffle Iron
The Waffle Iron is hosting a pop-up restaurant this week after their permanent location had a fire.


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Get out and support them at their pop-up near Near Direction Christian Church on Ridgeway for breakfast platters or brunch/lunch specials like catfish or shrimp and grits.

Robusto by Havana Mix
I’m glad this cigar bar has stuck around for years (I used to hang out there when they first opened and were on 2nd Street). Now, they’re on Peabody Place and they’re offering $5 happy hour drinks all week, plus cigar specials.


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Slice of Soul

This Medical District pizza and wings spot opened last year. While the pizzas have awesome names like  “Al B Green” and “Memphis Meat Mafia”, I hear their wings are where it’s at.


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This week, they’re doing pizza and wing specials for lunch and dinner, plus they’ll have Open Mic Night on Monday, Karaoke on Wednesday, and a DJ on Friday and Saturday.

Ballhoggerz BBQ
Ballhoggerz celebrates one year of brining their award-winning barbecue this March. Their special this week is $25 for a healthy half-slab of ribs, two sides (I got potato salad and spaghetti), a drink, and dessert.

For dessert, you can choose cake or banana pudding. I went with the latter, and I died. Best banana pudding I’ve had in Memphis.

The Office at Uptown
The Office at Uptown has a coffee shop vibe – perfect for working, meetings, plus lunch and breakfast. They’re doing breakfast and lunch specials for $15 this week.


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The Four Way
It’s on my bucket list of Memphis eats for a reason. This Southern home-cooking restaurant in Soulsville is not only an historic place where civil rights leaders, celebrities, and locals have gathered for decades, but the food is amazing.

Fried chicken at the historic Four Way Restaurant in South Memphis.

They’re offering two for $20 lunch specials this week, including choices turkey ‘n’ dressing, baked chicken, fried wings, and fried fish ($25 for two fried fish entrees), plus daily specials.

Big Momma’s & Granny’s
While Big Momma’s & Granny’s Bartlett location is to-go only, and you have to try it. I am not usually impressed with shrimp and grits…but all that changed when I tried Big Momma’s & Granny’s. I have no idea what she puts in the sauce, but I know it’s delicious.


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Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe
Chef Tam’s is nestled in a cozy house in Cooper Young, and it’s a favorite for Southern-Cajun-pub-grub. And she has something called Peach Cobbler Nachos.

Sage’s Southern fusion restaurant opened in the former Oshi space on South Main last fall, and it’s been nothing but rave reviews – especially their happy hour and brunch.


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This week, they’re offering $15 lunch specials (including a vegetarian option) and $25 three-course dinners with appetizer, entree, and dessert. Plus, $5 cocktails.

A&R Bar-B-Que (Hickory Hill location only)
Classic Memphis ‘que. A Memphis must. This week, A&R will host a karaoke night on Thursday and live music from Courtney Little on Friday.


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Downtown Nutrition
Downtown Nutrition is a new protein shake, tea, and nutritional shot spot in downtown Memphis. These aren’t your boring diet meal replacements, though. They’ve got flavors like Strawberry Cheesecake, Cinnamon Roll, PB&J, and tons more. All the shakes are $10 this week.


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Mr’s P’s Buffalo Wings
The other thing more beloved – and controversial – in Memphis than barbecue is hot wings. Get over the Mr. P’s on Hacks Cross this week and try some.


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This event, organized by Cynthia Daniels, has brought in about $575,000 in business for black-owned businesses since it started in 2016.

The week will conclude with the Soulful Food Truck Festival on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Clayborn Temple. It’s $10 admission to enjoy eight food trucks, 30+ vendors, cash bars, live music, and more. ($5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under). They’ll have tables and chairs for you to enjoy your meals. See a list of food trucks and get your tickets here.

Go there:

Memphis Black Restaurant Week
March 3 – 9, 2019
Various Locations

MBRW Soulful Food Truck Sunday
March 10, 2019
noon – 6 p.m.
Clayborn Temple

MBRW Website
Facebook Page

Originally published 2018. Updated multiple times in February and March 2019. 

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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