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Memphis’ Best Food: Bucket List Eats

Want to know where to get Memphis’ best food? We may be the BBQ capital of the world, but there’s so much more than BBQ offered here in the Bluff City.

Want to know where to get Memphis’ best food? We’re gonna dish it out to you. These items have been hand-picked by us from experience and legend, and they are in no particular order. Print the list, and hit the town!

  1. Ching’s – Honey Gold Wings
  2. Tacos Nganas – Tacos and consome
  3. Bishop – Bishop Burger
  4. Good Fortune Co – GFC Wings
  5. Sunrise Memphis – The Dirty South
  6. Young Avenue Deli – Mozzarella Sticks or Cheese Fries
  7. Bryant’s – Ham Biscuit
  8.  Farm Burger – Farm Burger Fries and Sweet Potato Hush Puppies
  9. Gus’ Fried Chicken IN the SAME bag as Gibson’s Donuts
  10. Slider Inn – Chick-N-Fill-Ay sliders and a Jameson Slushie
  11. Jerry’s – Supreme Sno Cone
  12. Kwik Check – Bi Bim Bop
  13. Roxie’s – Good Burger
  14. Hog & Hominy’s – The Thunderbird
  15. Golden India – Chicken Korma with Garlic Naan
  16. Huey’s – Cheese Fries with ranch and Bluff City Burger
  17. Tamboli’s – Bucatini & Marinara
  18. Cozy Corner – Cornish hen
  19. Memphis Pizza Cafe – Buffalo Chicken Pizza
  20. Earnestine & Hazel’s – Soul Burger
  21.  La Michoacana – Avocado Paleta
  22. The Arcade Restaurant – Sweet Potato Pancakes
  23. Pizzeria Trasimeno – Chef Special
  24. Muddy’s – Prozac Cupcake
  25. Kooky Canuck – Kookamonga Burger
  26.  Payne’s Bologna Sandwich
  27. Elwood’s Shack – Brisket Tacos
  28. Corky’s – Tamales
  29. Cafe Eclectic – Bacon waffle
  30. Local Gastropub – Blackened Chicken Tacos
  31. Alcenia’s – Chicken & Waffles
  32. Central BBQ – BBQ Nachos and Wings with ranch
  33. Taco Los Jarochos – Quesadilla 
  34. Sweet Noshings – The Memphis Mix popcorn
  35. A Schwab’s on Beale – Chocolate Malt
  36. Belly Acres – Bison Burger on a Waffle
  37. Lafayette’s – Elvis French Toast
  38. Capriccio Grill = BBQ Salad in a Mason Jar
  39. Say Cheese Food Truck – Elvis Italiano Grilled Cheese sandwich
  40. Dyer’s Burger (fried in 100 year old grease) with a chocolate shake
  41. Chinese Sub Shop – A sub on soft bread from the 
  42. Frost Bake Shop – Caramel cake, warmed, with vanilla ice cream at 
  43. Brother Juniper’s – Cinnamon Roll Pancakes or San Diegan Open Face Omelet 
  44. Soul Fish Cafe – Blackened Tilapia with Mac & Cheese
  45. Cheffie’s – House Salad
  46. Staks – Birthday Pancakes
  47. Second Line – The Verno
  48. Bounty on Broad – Cornbread stuffed quail with andouille sausage
  49. Makeda’s – Banana pudding and butter cookies
  50. Char – No Filler Crab Cakes
  51. Catherine & Mary’s – Lumache
  52. Ms. Girlee’s – Porkchops
  53. Lou’s Fried Chicken – A 7 piece and a biscuit
  54. Alchemy – Frites 
  55. Aldo’s Pizza – Vodka pie 
  56. Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos – Fried chicken tacos, guacamole salsa, and horchata
  57. The Wing Guru (formerly Don Don Jr’s Hotwings) – Garlic sriracha wings
  58. Crumpy’s – Honey gold and lemon pepper wings
  59. Railgarten – Veggie Tacos
  60. Gourmade Food Truck – Gourmade Burger, BLT, and Cheese Fries
  61. Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe – Peach Cobbler Nachos
  62. Phuong Long – Combination Vermicelli
  63. Global Cafe – Chicken Shawarma and Baklava
  64. City Silo – Foxy BBQ Sandwich and a Smoothie Bowl
  65. The Liquor Store – Cuban sandwich with plantain chips
  66. Hog and Hominy – Chicken Nashvillanese
  67. Rendezvous – Ribs or BBQ Nachos
  68. Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana – Tortuga
  69. Fino’s – Penn Station
  70. Tsunami – Sea Bass

Did we forget more of Memphis’ best food? Let us know in the comments!

Need to work off some of that fine fare? Check out our Local Guide to the Great Outdoors!

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