16 Best New Memphis Restaurants In 2020

16 Best New Memphis Restaurants In 2020

Here's a running list of the best new restaurants in Memphis and new places to eat in Memphis and the Mid-South, starting with the most recently opened. All information is subject to frequent change; call ahead or check social media and websites to confirm. Got a suggestion for an addition? There's probably 25 more we could add. Leave it in the comments!

New Restaurants In Memphis

Slim & Husky's

Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria opened in downtown Memphis in December 2020. As of 12/27, they're open for takeout only—I highly recommend ordering online ahead of time for pickup; no orders taken by phone. 634 Union Ave. Facebook page Website Read the full blog post about Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria: ilovememphisblog.com/2020/12/slim-huskys-pizza-beeria-in-the-edge-district/

Photo by Elizabeth Hornor

Little Bettie

Little Bettie pizza and snack shack, from the owners of Hog & Hominy, opened inside the new Wiseacre taproom downtown in December. (The taproom opened this summer.) 398 S B.B. King Blvd. Facebook page Website

Maciel's Midtown

Maciel's Torta y Tacos opened their midtown Cooper Young location (second location from the original owners) opened in December 2020. 820 S. Cooper St. Facebook page Website Read more about Maciel's here: ilovememphisblog.com/2015/10/these-are-the-tortas-youre-looking-for-maciels-tortas-and-tacos/

Grind City Brewing

Grind City Brewing taproom opened to the public in October 2020. They have a large outdoor space and are open for "dine-in" (outside) or you can purchase growler fills and canned beer. 76 Waterworks Ave. Facebook page Website

The Hi-Tone Cafe

The Hi-Tone opened their new location on Cleveland Street (just a block from their old location) with a new food menu in October 2020. 282 N. Cleveland St. Facebook page Food ordering website

Memphis Chess Club

Memphis Chess Club opened in October 2020. As of 12/27, they're open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. You can order online. 95 Madison Suite 101 Facebook page Website Read the full blog post, including menu and history, about the downtown Memphis Chess Club: ilovememphisblog.com/2020/10/memphis-chess-club-downtowns-newest-coffee-shop-and-cafe/

Vibe Foods

Vibe Foods superfoods restaurant opened on Poplar Ave. in East Memphis in October 2020. 3139 Poplar Ave. Website


Curfew opened in the Hilton Canopy hotel downtown in September 2020. As of 12/27, they're open for limited dine-in, takeout, and have a heated, enclosed patio. 164 Union Ave. Facebook page Website

Hazel's Deli

Hazel's Lucky Deli Delicatessen opened in the former Bar DKDC location in September 2020. As of 12/27, they're open for lunch only, takeout only. You can order online. 964 South Cooper St. Facebook page Website

Hazel's Jewish Deli style sandwich

I Love Waffle Cream

I Love Waffle Cream ice cream shop opened in Cooper Young in August 2020. 999 S. Cooper St. Facebook page Website

Southall Cafe

Southall Cafe opened at Poplar and Mendenhall in August 2020. As of 12/27, they're open for patio dining and takeout for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. 669 S Mendenhall Rd. Facebook page Website


StickEm opened in the former Blue Nile location in midtown in August, with the same owners. The new concept combines menu favorites from Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen with items from the popular StickEm food truck. 1788 Madison Ave. Facebook page Read the full blog post about StickEm restaurant and food truck: ilovememphisblog.com/2020/07/stickem-food-truck/

OG Memphis food truck, StickEm, serves up skewers, veggies, fries, and more.

King & Union

King & Union opened in the Doubletree Hotel downtown—in the former TGIFriday's location—in July 2020. 185 Union Ave. Facebook page Website Read the full blog post about King & Union here: ilovememphisblog.com/2020/09/southern-cuisine-and-breakfast-for-dinner-downtown-at-king-union-bar-grocery/


Cocozza Italian American opened in July 2020 as a pop-up concept in the Majestic Grille location. They are closed for the holidays until Jan. 5, but will reopen with takeout (including curbside pickup), delivery via DoorDash, and bulk orders. 145 S. Main Street Facebook page Website Read the full blog post about Cocozza here: ilovememphisblog.com/2020/12/italian-dinners-at-cocozza-in-downtown-memphis/

Takeout from Cocozza

Muggin Coffeehouse

Muggin Coffeehouse opened in Whitehaven in July 2020. They're currently open for to-go coffee and pastries with limited dine-in seating. 1139 Brownlee Road Facebook page Website

Pizzeria Trasimeno

Pizzeria Trasimeno opened in Crosstown Concourse in June 2020, in the former Elemento location. As of 12/27, they're open for takeout or delivery (within 4 miles with direct delivery from the restaurant, or farther from third party apps). 1350 Concourse Suite 181 Facebook page  Website

Magnolia & May

Magnolia & May opened in East Memphis in May 2020. As of 12/27, they're currently open for limited dine-in and takeout. They have a heated patio. 718 Mt Moriah Rd. Facebook page Website

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