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Try Downtown Memphis’ Best Restaurants At Downtown Dining Week 2020

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 30th 2020 17471 0

Downtown Dining Week 2020 is here! From November 1-7, 2020, more than 60 downtown Memphis restaurants invite you to dine with them—this year they need our support more than ever.

Read on for details about which restaurants are participating in Downtown Dining Week, who’s offering specials, who’s offering takeout, curbside, or dine-in, and more tips to make the most of the week.

Tips & Tricks For Downtown Dining Week 2020

  • Downtown Dining Week 2020 is November 1-7. Some restaurants might be closed on Sunday or Monday.
  • Every year during Memphis Downtown Dining Week, you can enjoy discounts, special menu items, and three-course meals at all kinds of restaurants in the city’s downtown.
  • Restaurants may or may not have their regular menu available in addition to any specials, or they may just have the regular menu and no extra stuff.
  • For 2020, specials will vary by restaurant. The goal is to get #BackDowntown and support local restaurants who have struggled this year.
  • I’ve put together a list of the restaurants below, including a little info about each one—plus any info about their specials and takeout options.
  • You can find the list and links to menus and info on the Official Downtown Dining Week page.
  • My biggest, number one tip for Downtown Dining Week Memphis is to make reservations and TIP BIG.
  • Explore Bike Share is offering free bike rides downtown during the week! Just use code DDW20 when you sign up.

About Reservations, Takeout, Tipping, And Tax

Several years ago, I tried to do DDW and went to four places before I could get in for dinner. Rookie mistake! While some places may have room, why take the chance? This year, with dine-in and patio seating at limited capacity in some cases, this is even more important.

If you’re sticking with to-go food, most restaurants can accommodate you. I’ve listed any info I found, but even if it doesn’t say “takeout” or “curbside”, just give them a call and see what they can offer.

Another rookie mistake is forgetting that tax and gratuity are not included in most DDW deals—be prepared to tip your server well and definitely tip well on takeout food, too. JUST DO IT.

Takeout from Cocozza Italian American.

Here’s the list of Memphis Downtown Dining Week Restaurants 2020

117 Prime
Upscale modern steakhouse with a raw bar. They’re offering a $20.20 Pork Porterhouse special for Downtown Dining Week for dine-in. For $2.50 you can enjoy the special for takeout or curbside pickup.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies
New York inspired pizzeria with a large patio. They’re offering a three-course menu during Downtown Dining Week, which is only available for dine-in. You can, however, order their regular menu for takeout or limited-area delivery. Read more about Aldo’s.

The Arcade Restaurant
Old-school breakfast-and-lunch diner. They’re offering specials for breakfast and lunch during DDW for dine-in, takeout, curbside, or patio dining. Read more about The Arcade.

Arnold’s BBQ
Classic Memphis barbecue and Southern home cooking. Read more about Arnold’s BBQ.

Automatic Slim’s
Snazzy cafe with a Southern/eclectic menu They’re offering a $21.22 three-course meal during Downtown Dining Week. Read more about Automatic Slim’s.

B.B. King’s
Southern favorite and BBQ on Beale Street with live blues music in the evenings.

Bardog
Casual neighborhood pub with excellent food. They’re offering $11.99 lunch and $24.99 dinner specials during Downtown Dining Week. The special is available for dine-in only.

Barware
Well-appointed cocktail lounge with a solid menu and patio. They’re offering a three-course menu with optional pairings during DDW—for dine-in, patio, or takeout.

Bedrock Eats & Sweets
Cafe with great gluten-free and meal plan options with a serious waffle game. They’re offering a $10 cinnamon roll waffle with bacon during Downtown Dining Week for dine-in, patio, to-go, or curbside pickup. Read more about Bedrock Eats & Sweets.

Ben-Yay’s Gumbo Shop—new!
Cajun and Creole favorites. They’re offering a $12 soup-and-half-poboy combo during Downtown Dining Week and $4 house wine specials for dine-in, takeout, or curbside.

Bishop
Upscale French restaurant in the Central Station hotel. They’re offering a $30 two-course special during Downtown Dining Week, which is available for dine-in, takeout, or curbside pickup.

Blind Bear
Speakeasy lounge with casual eats and a patio on Main Street.

Blues City Cafe
Beale Street eatery with barbecue ribs, gumbo, and more. They offer dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

Bogie’s Deli
Classic Memphis deli with soups and sammies, open for lunch.

Brinson’s Downtown Chicken Lounge
Hot wings, catfish, and chicken ’n’ waffles at this club, which also hosts open mics and live music.

Central BBQ
Beloved barbecue joint with a huge patio. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a free appetizer with purchase of two plates—for dine-in or takeout. Read more about Central BBQ.

Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe
Southern and Creole fare with big flavors. They’re offering takeout only. Read more about Chef Tam’s.

Cocozza—new!
Italian American “red sauce joint” dishes lwith a Main Street patio. They’re offering a sampler meal for $27 per person for Downtown Dining Week, plus wine and cocktail specials. Read more about Cocozza.

Coyote Ugly
It’s a saloon! On Beale Street!

Cupcake Cutie
Cupcake bar where you pick the cake flavor, icing, and toppings, with a cute patio in South Main.

Curry ’n’ Jerk
Caribbean cuisine from Jamaica and Panama with a full bar and live tunes. They’re offering a $20.20 three-course meal during Downtown Dining Week.

Evelyn & Olive
Jamaican-Southern fusion cuisine in a cozy cafe. They’re offering two-course meals for $20.20 during DDW for dine-in or takeout. Read more about Evelyn & Olive.

Fam
Fast, casual, affordable sushi, bao buns, and rice bowls for takeout.

Fannie Lou’s Chicken and Waffles—new!
It’s in the name: chicken—roasted, wings, in chicken salad—and waffles!

Felicia Suzanne’s
Upscale Southern restaurant with a gorgeous courtyard patio. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a ton of specials, including appetizers, a three-course meal, a takeout-only menu, cocktails, and wine. All the specials are available for curbside takeout. Read more about Felicia Suzanne’s.

Short rib grilled-cheese from Felicia Suzanne’s.

Flight
Posh restaurant offering food and wines in flights or full-sized entrees.

Grecian Gourmet
Relaxed cafe offering Greek favorites. They’re offering $20.21 meal specials for lunch and dinner for Downtown Dining Week; they have a dine-in menu (indoor seating by reservation only) and a take-home only menu (24 hours advanced pre-order required) plus beer and wine specials.

Gus’ Fried Chicken
World famous fried chicken with a kick. They’re offering $10.20 lunch specials and $20.20 dinner specials for Downtown Dining Week for dine-in or takeout. Read more about Gus’s Fried Chicken.

Insomnia Cookies
Late-night cookie and ice cream delivery chain on Beale Street.

King and Union Bar & Grocery—new!
Southern cuisine, meat-and-threes, and sandwiches. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a free appetizer or dessert with purchase of an entrée and discounts on other items. Read more about King and Union.

King’s Palace Cafe
Cozy and classic restaurant on Beale with award-winning gumbo.

Kooky Canuck
Burgers, poutine, drinks, and desserts in a comfy lodge-inspired restaurant.

Lew’s Blue Note Bar & Grill
Beale Street pool hall with tasty pub grub. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering $20.20 three-course meals for dinner. Reservations recommended.

Little Italy Downtown—new! Little Italy’s downtown location opened this year.
Memphis’s favorite NY-style pizzeria with pies, pasta, subs, and salads. They offer a large pizza and 2-liter drink for $20.20 and slice-and-soda special for $6.

Loflin Yard
Sprawling, dog-friendly outdoor space with po’ boys, smoked meats, and cocktails for dine-in (outside) or takeout.

Lunchbox Eats
Inventive Southern-inspired eats with an old-school schoolhouse vibe. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering $10.20 lunch special with an entree and a dessert for takeout and curbside only. Read more about Lunchbox Eats.

Maciel’s Tortas Y Tacos
Authentic Mexican cuisine made super fresh. They offer takeout and delivery. Read more about Maciel’s.

Makeda’s Cookies
The best butter cookies, pies, and desserts in the land. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering $20.20 dozens, $7 pie-and-coffee, $5 18-packs, and more specials. Read more about Makeda’s.

Margarita’s Mexican Food
Tex-Mex and margs chain with crowd appeal.

Memphis Chess Club—new! The Memphis Chess Club just opened a few weeks ago.
Coffee shop and cafe serving breakfast, sandwiches, and pizzas in an elegant historic building, and plenty of chess boards. Read more about the Memphis Chess Club.

Memphis Chess Club Croissant breakfast sandwich.

Memphis Soul
Exactly what it says: Southern soul food from fried chicken to oxtails to mashed potatoes to mac ’n’ cheese.

Mesquite Chop House
Traditional steakhouse with mesquite-smoked Angus beef and farm-fresh veggies.

Momma’s
Neighborhood bar with hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a $20.20 special with a burger or chicken sandwich, corn fritters, fries or potato salad, and drink—the special is only available for dine-in. Regular menu still available for takeout.

Paulette’s
Elegant European-inspired fine dining on the island at Harbor Town. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a $29.95 three-course dinner menu.

Phillip Ashley Chocolates
Gourmet chocolate boutique with mind-blowing flavors infused in jewel-like candies.

Pig On Beale
Beale Street’s answer to a Memphis BBQ joint with hickory-smoked meats and more.

Pontotoc Lounge
Glam craft cocktail bar with inventive Southern-inspired cuisine. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a three-course dinner for dine-in or patio (reservations recommended). Read more about Pontotoc Lounge.

Primas Bakery + Boutique
Bright dessert cafe and shop with flair for the Southwest. For Downtown Dining Week, Primas will offer a $10 dessert trio, to be enjoyed on their patio or for takeout.

Rendezvous
Signature barbecue restaurant tucked away in the alley. For Downtown Dining Week, Rendezvous will offer a $50 family feast for four people, available for takeout, curbside, dine-in, and patio seating.

River Time Market & Deli
Casual deli with sandwiches and hearty soups in Court Square.

Rizzo’s
Southern-inspired casual fine dining, now with a new patio! For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a free cup of soup or house salad. Read more about Rizzo’s.

Rumba Room
The dance club known for salsa and swing serves up delicious Latin cuisine. Open for dine-in (the dining room is spacious) or takeout. Lunch Tue. – Sat. and dinner Fri. – Sat.

Rumba Room tacos and Shuco  from the lunch menu.

Rum Boogie Cafe
Barbecue and Cajun cuisine in a Beale Street club known for its nightly live music.

Sabor Caribe
Venezuelan and Caribbean favorites, including arepas and patacons at a colorful cafe. Open for dine-in or takeout. Read more about Sabor Caribe.

Silky O’Sullivan’s
Beale Street’s Irish bar known for dueling pianos, diving goats, barbecue, Cajun dishes, and Diver drinks served in yellow buckets.

Slider Inn (Downtown)
Chill bar with a big patio serving up sliders, wings, lobster rolls, and Jameson slushies. For DDW, they’re offering some new featured menu items, including a. chorizo-beef slider, fried pickles, and pumpkin cheesecake; the specials are only available for dine-in. Regular menu still available for takeout. Read more about Slider Inn.

South of Beale
Classy gastropub offering an American-Asian fusion menu. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re doing a $20.20 three-course  menu for dine-in and patio (reservations recommended).

Spindini
Dimly lit Italian hangout with wood-fired pizzas and entrees, pasta, and drinks.

STIX (Downtown)—new! STIX’s downtown location opened this summer.
Casual sushi and hibachi restaurant with an Asian fusion menu. For Downtown Dining Week, they’re offering a $20.20 sushi-and-hibachi entree special.

Terrace at the River Inn
A bar and restaurant with outdoor dining with a river view in Harbor Town. For DDW, Terrace is offering a $29.95 three-course dinner menu.

The Vault
Downtown sports bar with an extensive gastropub menu. For Downtown Dining Week, they have a $10.21 Tasso-wrapped fried shrimp starter and a $19.21 pecan-crusted catfish and grits entree special.

The WKND Hang Suite
Upscale bar and lounge (with a dress code after 8 p.m.) offering drinks, wings, shrimp, and flatbreads.

Tug’s Casual Grill
It’s in the name—Tug’s is Harbor Town’s casual grill restaurant, with a patio. For Downtown Dining Week, they’ll offer $20.95 three-course dinner specials.

Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl
The Bass Pro Pyramid’s bowling alley, Uncle Buck’s, serves a casual menu in an underwater-themed atmosphere. Uncle Buck’s will reopen on Nov. 3.

Westy’s potato skins, wild rice bowl, and Goldcrest beer.

Westy’s
Longstanding neighborhood spot in The Pinch with a huge menu, including sandwiches, burgers, tamales, wild rice plates, and a hot fudge pie. Read more about Westy’s and The Pinch District.

Wiseacre Brewing —new! Opened this summer.
Wiseacre’s new downtown taproom is open for curbside pickup (order online), to-go beer, or onsite imbibing.


Where are you eating this year for Downtown Dining Week in downtown Memphis?

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  1. Candy Rachelle says:

    I’m sooo excited about this! Can’t wait to join in and post my experience!

    Candy Rachelle
    http://www.keepingupwithcandy.com

  2. Mike Smith says:

    Love Memphis

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