Your Guide To Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2023

Fried Chicken with dressing from Four Way
Alex Shansky
catfish from the Four Way

Your Guide To Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2023

Save The Date! Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2023 will be March 5-11, featuring specials and deals from local, Black-owned restaurants.

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 2023 is happening March 5-11 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! As we get closer to the week, we'll have a list of restaurants and all the details on deals. 

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.

veggie burger and sweet potato tots
Holly Whitfield
veggie burger from Plant Based Heat
jerk shrimp on pasta
Cynthia Daniels
Jerk Shrimp Pasta from Evelyn & Olive

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

This is the list from 2022! We won't have the 2023 lineup until later in 2023—stay tuned!

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

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


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. 

Suga Mama Snoballs

Don’t be fooled by the name, Suga Mama SnoBalls offers a lot more than sweet treat snowballs—the menu is full of satisfying finger foods like tacos, nacho (including seafood nachos) and specials. 

Slim & Husky’s Pizza

Create-your-own pizzas with five sauces and tons of toppings, then have a big cinnamon roll (also available in different flavors) for the finale. Read more. 

Plant-Based Heat

Vegan comfort food including smoked Beyond Meat burgers, “wings”, and sandwiches—pick your spiciness level from Buffalo to spicy to red pepper hot. 

Flava House

Seafood, quesadillas, sandwiches, and their speciality, lamb lollipops, at two locations in Memphis. See more on Instagram.

The Genre

Casual favorites in a fun bar setting including wings, catfish, and sliders. See more on Instagram.


Southern fusion cuisine and cool cocktails in a snazzy atmosphere 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 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.

Fabulous Flavors & Friends

Chef Precious Jones opened this sit-down spot on E. Brooks Rd. in May. She serves up hot breakfast, lunch,and dinner with standout dishes like the wings ’n’ waffles, burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, fried seafood, and did we mention wings?

Quintessential Sweets

Sometimes you just have to treat yourself—enjoy frozen and fried desserts at the Quintessential Sweets shop in Bartlett.

Xquisite Dining 

A focus on seafood, Southern dishes, and pasta make up the menu at this “no hype, just good food spot” that offers dine-in, catering, and takeout. See more on Instagram.

Shroomlicious Meal

Vegans, rejoice–there’s another plant-based option for you during Memphis Black Restaurant Week. True to its name, Shroomlicious Meals offers mushroom meat substitutes for meal prep and takeout orders. 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 home-cooking for hungry people with good taste. Big Momma’s and Granny’s shrimp and grits is the best I’ve ever tasted. 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 

Jaybear Bake Shop

All the sweet treats you deserve, including cupcakes, cake pops, pies, and specials at this Bartlett-based bake shop. See more on Instagram. 

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

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 

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

Manhattan Sports Bar & Lounge

This sports bar, cigar spot, and hookah lounge in Cordova has a lot going on. See more on Instagram. 

Da Vegan Guru

It’s the year of the vegan comfort food, everybody. This chef offers plant-based plates during pop-ups. See more and keep up-to-date with availability 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 See more on Instagram. —Wesley

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 5-11, 2023
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. 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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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

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

March 9, 2021 4:26am
Wendy Rodgers

Love the post also love the ideas 

March 4, 2022 3:46pm
Roxy Jefferson

Awesome article. You should check out EDNAS DINER on Chelsea Ave. Black Owned Restaurant. Owned by the 2 daughters of the late Edna Winston.  

March 5, 2022 4:34am
Angela O Woods

Coming to town for New Edition’s concert and this was right on time. Wish I was getting in before Saturday, but I’ll be back!

March 5, 2022 4:44pm