Your Guide To Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2021

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Your Guide To Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2021

MBRW is March 7 - 13, 2021.

Food is the purest and most sincere method of communication between humans. Entire cultures can be distilled into flavor combinations and cooked into stories, myths, history. And there is no better way to engage with our culture than eating at Memphis’ black-owned restaurants.

The annual Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2021 is happening March 7 - 13, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the best week of the whole year. Visit your favorite spots, or expand your culinary horizons, for less! Here are the details on deals, and great food at eleven black-owned restaurants in Memphis.

Follow MBRW’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.

This event, organized by Cynthia Daniels, has brought in over half a million dollars in business for black-owned businesses since it started in 2016.

What Restaurants Should You Go To For Memphis Black Restaurant Week?

Here’s a list of all of this year’s participating restaurants. 

Click the restaurant for hours, location, and menu information. We’ve also include links to their IG pages so you can get a feel for the food. 

I also suggest you scroll through this list on the Memphis Black Restaurant Week page for more details on ordering and menus. 

Eggxactly Breakfast & Deli

Classic breakfast and Southern food in Whitehaven. See more on Instagram.

Bala’s Bistro African & American Cuisine

For something different, head to Bala’s in Whitehaven. It’s fusion of Southern, American, and African dishes. They have vegan options, too. See more on Instagram.

Sugashack

You can’t go wrong with soul food on Beale Street. Get a plate to-go, with or without a cocktail. See more on Instagram. 

Sage 

Southern fusion cuisine on Main Street. See more on Instagram. 

The Four Way 

When I was a kid, my grandmother lived on Mississippi Blvd walking distance from The Four Way, and just the other day I went there for the salmon croquettes, so it’s been in my life for basically forever. This Southern home-cooking restaurant is not only an historic place where civil rights leaders, celebrities, and locals have gathered for decades, but the food is amazing. Read more about the Four Way here, and check out their Instagram here. —Wesley 

A&R Bar-B-Que

A Memphis must for barbecue, A&R has two locations, one on Elvis Presley and one on Hickory Hill Road. We recommend the pulled pork and the fried bologna (which is smoked and sliced before it’s fried). See more on Instagram.

Evelyn & Olive 

Jamaican dishes, Southern favorites, vegan options, and drinks. This cozy little restaurant in the Edge District has a unique and expansive menu. I love the black bean tofu tacos with kiwi salsa, because they’re different, but . Read more about Evelyn & Olive, and see more on Instagram. — Holly 

Big Momma’s and Granny’s Catering

This is homecooking for hungry people with good taste. I had the chance to sample some of Big Momma’s and Granny’s shrimp and grits a few years ago, and it was excellent. This is worth noting because shrimp and grits as a dish is usually boring to me. But their recipe had me craving more. See more on Facebook. —Holly 

Mahogany Memphis

This upscale restaurant in East Memphis—inside the Chickasaw Oaks shopping center—offers Creole and Southern dishes. See more on Instagram

Electrolyfe Juice Bar

Enjoy some healthy eating at Electrolyfe to break up the week—go for juices, salads, or wraps. See more on Instagram. 

Meals For You Catering 

This catering company will offer different menu specials daily during Memphis Black Restaurant Week. See more on Instagram. 

BallHoggerz BBQ

BallHoggerz’ award-winning barbecue has definitely made an impact on Memphis. Their restaurant on airways serves all your favorite BBQ meats ’n’ sides. Plus, I think it’s the best banana pudding I’ve had in Memphis. See more on Instagram. —Holly 

901 Wings

It wouldn’t be a restaurant week in Memphis without a wing place. See how 901 Wings compares to your favorites in town—they have three locations: downtown, Cordova, and Southaven. See more on Instagram. 

Bones and Yams

Winning the award for best restaurant name on this list (and with Ballhoggerz, they had some competition), Cordova restaurant Bones and Yams serves Memphis/Southern favorites. See more on Instagram. 

Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken

A Memphis institution. That sweet ’n’ spicy love. Biscuits and crispy fried chicken. We love it. Read more about Uncle Lou’s and see more on Instagram. 

Smooth Living Healthy Restaurant

With Frayser and Whitehaven locations, Smooth Living offers healthier options without sacrificing flavor, especially their egg rolls. See more on Instagram. 

Trap Fusion

Seafood, pasta, oxtails and …vegan options? Yes! Trap Fusion has the most extra to-go boxes I’ve ever seen, overflowing with lobster tails and stuff. I’m intrigued. See more on Instagram. —Holly 

Arnold’s BBQ & Grill

Memphis ribs are a must for Black Restaurant Week, and you can get them sauced or dry rubbed from Arnold’s two locations, downtown and E. Shelby Drive. Read more about Arnold’s BBQ and see more on Instagram

Curry N Jerk 

I’m a simple man. I see arroz con pollo, I order it. Curry N Jerk is a Jamaican/Panamanian fusion restaurant, so arroz con pollo with jerk pollo was like...wow. See more on Instagram. —Wesley

Mister P’s Buffalo Wings

The Hacks Cross location for Mister P’s is another great local spot to get your favorite wings….or burgers. They’re open late, too. See more on Instagram. 

Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe 

Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe is probably the best new restaurant to open in Memphis in the last, I dunno, five years? Ten? Seriously, eat there. Get the Hot Bird. Also, Chef Tam is, by all metrics, a celebrity chef, and she’s still just so humble. See more on Instagram. —Wesley

Which restaurants are you trying this year?

Go there:

Memphis Black Restaurant Week
March 7 - 13, 2021
Various Locations
MBRW Website and Facebook Page

About the Author

Wesley Morgan Paraham is a native Memphis who lives in Midtown with his partner and their two cats. During the day, he's the Communications Coordinator at BRIDGES, but at night you can find him on the internet posting his million-dollar musings about music, politics, and video games even though very few people ask. 

Wesley writes about Memphis culture, music, and more for the I Love Memphis Blog.

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Joslyn
This was a great article!
February 19, 2020 9:04am

Holly Whitfield
Thanks Joslyn! I agree! Wesley did a great job.
February 19, 2020 9:43am

Janice Penny

I am elated about this event/ vision, it warms my heart ❤️ and spirit to see black business moving forward with great expectations and wonderful advertising! Looking forward to the experiences this week and all year! Keep up the good work and pride for what you do and bring to your beloved city- Memphis! That’s Love In Action!❤️❤️❤️ 
Thank you

March 7, 2021 9:52am

Drkarjck

Being somewhat new for Memphis, this article really got me excited to visit Trapfusion.  Thanks for doing this 

March 9, 2021 4:26am