16 Places For Late Night Eating In Memphis
Ed. Note: As of July 2020, a Shelby County Health Dept. directive requires that all restaurants close by 10 p.m. and that establishments categorized as “bars” must temporarily close for dine-in or patio seating, though takeout is allowed.
Hours and dining availability are subject to change due to COVID-19. Check out the following establishments on social media for the latest info.
If you’re hungry late at night, here’s a list of restaurants in Memphis that are open late. Got more ideas for late night eating in Memphis? Leave me a comment!
Huey’s has nine locations in Memphis and the suburbs, and normally many of them are open until midnight on weekdays and later (think 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.) on weekends. *Due to COVID restrictions, all Shelby County Huey’s locations will be open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Southaven location retains regular hours: Sun. – Thu. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.) and Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight). All locations are offering takeout and curbside pickup.
Food rec: For late night munchies, you can’t go wrong with cheese fries. I’m partial to the West Coast burger, too.
This beloved old school dive is open from noon until 3 a.m. at least, with a juke box, shuffleboard, TVs, and beer. *Due to COVID restrictions, Alex’s will close by 10 p.m. You can call for takeout, too.
Food rec: Eating at Alex’s is a must, and it’s basically impossible to choose: get ribs, get wings, get a Greek burger—you’ll be happy.
Alex’s Facebook Page (menu items listed in the “about” section): Facebook.com
(temporarily closed, as of Sept. 2020)
E&H is normally open until 3 a.m., though they may stop serving Soul Burgers before then.
Food rec: The Soul Burger is their only menu item, and I heartily endorse it. It comes with Brim’s potato chips.
Earnestine & Hazel’s Website: earnestineandhazels.com
Bardog is normally open until 3 a.m. It’s strictly 21+ and allows smoking upstairs. I find their food consistently hot, fresh, and way, way better than your usual pub grub. They also do weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. Due to COVID restrictions, Bardog closes at 10 p.m. The current hours are Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. You can order takeout for curbside or delivery (downtown only).
Food rec: It’s hard to choose, but the Deluxe Grilled Cheese and Amazing Island Club are two favorites. While chicken tenders are basic, Bardog’s tendies are especially good and come with plenty of dipping sauces.
Bardog Tavern’s Website & Menu: www.bardog.com
The kitchen is normally open until 2 a.m., and the bar until 3 a.m. Blind Bear is 21+ and allows smoking; expect it to be smoky inside. There is a patio, though. Due to COVID restrictions, Blind Bear is open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
Food rec: I hear good things about their nachos.
Blind Bear’s Website & Menu: blindbearmemphis.com
Local’s downtown location normally serves gastropub fare until 2 a.m., and the bar’s open until 3. Due to COVID restrictions, Local closes at 10 p.m. Current hours: Mon. – Fri. 4 pm. – 10 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. They’re offering free delivery from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. downtown.
Food rec: Blue cheese ‘n’ bacon fries almost always sound good at 1 a.m.
Local Downtown’s Website & Menu: localgastropub.com/menus/local-downtown/
Many of downtown’s Beale Street establishments have late night food, but with their 100+ year old grease and late-night close time (usually about 2 or 3 a.m., but officially it’s “- ’til”, Dyer’s gets a shoutout. Due to COVID restrictions, Dyer’s must close by 10 p.m.
Food rec: If you’re embracing the grease factor (or trying to prevent a hangover) get a Double Double – double meat, double cheese.
Dyer’s Burgers Website & Menu: dyersonbeale.com
A Memphis institution, Westy’s is a tried-and-true casual pub with an enormous menu served until 3 a.m., 365 days a year. They even have delivery available until 2 a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, Westy’s closes at 10 p.m.
Food rec: Whichever one of the 30 different rice dish options sounds the best to you. Got a sweet tooth? They also serve a famous Hot Fudge Pie, pictured above.
Westy’s Website & Menu: westysmemphis.com
(temporarily closed, as of Sept. 2020)
Momma’s dive-inspired neighborhood pub offering up filling burgers and sandwiches, plus drinks specials, live music, and pub games. Momma’s is normally open until 3 a.m.
Food rec, courtesy of Ted G: The pimento burger, which comes topped with bacon and fried cayenne pickles.
Celtic Crossing in Cooper Young serves food until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, so they’re a great option for Memphis late night eating. Due to COVID restrictions, they close at 10 p.m. They’ve got a spacious patio as well. It’s 21+ on weekend late nights.
Food rec: Hand pies, fried perfectly crispy and filled with minced seasoned meat. Go ahead and pour the gravy directly on them.
Celtic Crossing Website & Menu: celticcrossingmemphis.com
This Cooper Young staple has a big beer and food menu, and they serve Memphis late night food until well after midnight. Sit at the bar, get your food to-go, or order delivery if you’re in the area. Due to COVID, Young Avenue Deli is closing at 10 p.m.
Food rec: Those dadgum cheese sticks are undeniably awesome. Fries are award-winning and the burger (pictured above) is underrated.
Young Ave. Deli Website & Menu: youngavenuedeli.com
For a huge pet-friendly patio and a kitchen that stays open until 2 a.m. serving late night food in midtown Memphis, go to the Slider Inn. Due to COVID, Slider Inn is closing at 10 p.m. Open for takeout.
Food rec: I usually get the Mix & Match sliders with a Chick-N-Fill-Ay, Falafel, and a Big Deuce.
Slider Inn Website & Menu: sliderinn.com
Brookhaven’s kitchen is open until 2 a.m. every day for late night eating in East Memphis, and they have a spacious new patio for your hungry group of friends. Due to COVID Brookhaven Pub is closing at 10 p.m. Open for takeout.
Food rec: The Tiger Bleu Chips – potato chips covered in chicken, bleu cheese, and BBQ sauce – are legendary.
Ubee’s on the Highland Strip in East Memphis s open until 3 a.m., serving up all your favorite late night food and more. If you dine in, they have plenty of beer and TVs, but they deliver until 3 a.m., too!
Food rec: Go for the burgers. You may recognize the greasy, fried style from their sister restaurant, Dyer’s.
R.P. Tracks near the Highland Strip has been a U of M favorite for more than 30 years. They have good vegan and vegetarian options and are open until 3 a.m. for late night Memphis food.
Food rec: The BBQ Tofu Nachos are a favorite for a reason. You can get them with meat, but even carnivores should try the BBQ tofu.
Another University District fave, Newby’s is open until 3 a.m. daily with classic pub grub: pizza, wings, sandwiches, and of course, beer.
Food rec: You can’t go wrong with pizza ‘n’ beer.
Memphis’ most famous donut shop is open 24 hours, and donuts are super discounted after 11 p.m., though selection may vary.
Food rec: The cake donuts are my personal favorite, though many swear by their maple bacon glazed variety.
With East Memphis and Southwind locations, Half Shell is a great option for dining late out East. They’re open until 3 a.m. most nights serving up a big variety of seafood dishes, poboys, Food rec: The shrimp bruschetta is tasty, a Memphis favorite.
There are plenty more spots for late night dining and late food delivery in Memphis, this is just a sampling. What’s your favorite? Leave me a comment with any that aren’t on the list.
– Insomnia Cookies delivers cookies and ice cream to East Memphis until 3 a.m.
– The Pancake Shop on Summer is open 24 hours Thursday through Sunday.
– The Bayou in Overton Square is open until midnight or later (usually later) every day.
– E’s 24 Hour Cafe and CK’s diners have a couple of 24 hours locations.
– Westy’s serves food until 3 a.m.