Collierville holds a special place in my heart. I don’t live there, but I live close enough to be a frequent visitor. The town itself is one of the more beautiful places in the Memphis metro area and has a lot of history behind it. It’s also a great place to eat.
The thing about Collierville is that it’s one of those places you have to spend time in to truly appreciate. There are so many cool things that are easy to miss even if you visit often. Even I will admit, this town is on my list of places to explore more thoroughly, and I can almost walk there.
But, since I’m here, I’ll tell you about some great places to eat that you can only find in Collierville.
Blends Donut Cafe
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A personal favorite of mine, Blends’ calling card is its mini donut versions of various flavors like Samoa (yes, like the cookie), oreo (also like the cookie), and maple alongside numerous other flavors that are constantly rotating so that you almost always see something new when you go in. They also serve delicious coffee and breakfast items that pair great with the mini donuts. If you want to do it like me, pick up two mini donuts, and iced mocha, and a sausage and cheese croissant sandwich.
Address: 914 Carrington Oak Lane South
Raven and Lily
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Originally located in Oakland, Tennessee, Raven and Lily Restaurant now calls the Collierville Town Square home. What you’ll find here is a cozy restaurant that prides itself on the fact that every item is made in house. This restaurant serves a myriad of different dishes including shrimp and grits, roasted chicken breast, and spiced lamb sausage with parmesan risotto. Raven and Lily serves lunch and dinner during the week and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. They are closed on Mondays.
Address: 120 W Mulberry Street
Cajun Catfish Company
If you love all things seafood, then Cajun Catfish Company is a great place to be. Fried catfish, hush puppies, and just about any other seafood you can think of are on the menu there, and trust me, it’s all (wait for it) sea-licious (yeah, I did that. Cringe if you want, I don’t care).
Address: 336 New Byhalia Road
Captain John’s Barbecue
Did you think I wasn’t going to include a barbecue spot on this list? Come on, now. Captain John’s is Collierville’s oldest restaurant. It began in 1974 as Coleman’s Barbecue and became Captain John’s Barbecue in 1981 after a change in ownership. What you’ll find there is experience and consistency as many of the team members have worked there for over 20 years. If you’re a fan of barbecue — I don’t see why you wouldn’t be — this is definitely a place you need to check out.
Address: 106 US-72
Silver Caboose Restaurant and Soda Fountain
Old school is how things roll at Silver Caboose. Located in Collierville Town Square, this family-owned restaurant specializes in Southern American style food, and makes everything from scratch and to order. What really makes this restaurant unique is the soda fountain that dates back to the 1800’s. It’s one of the last soda fountains in Tennessee and serves ice cream, banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, ice cream floats, and sodas, just to name a few things.
Address: 132 E Mulberry Street
Mensi’s Dairy Bar
Yet another personal favorite of mine. Real talk, this place has some of the best soft serve ice cream I’ve ever had. Whenever I go, I normally just get the chocolate/vanilla swirl, but this place has over 20 flavors to choose from, including apricot and cotton candy. They also serve lunch items like burgers, wings, and milkshakes if you’re looking for something a little more filling. Mensi’s is located on the outskirts of the Collierville Town Square, so it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, but when you find it, be prepared to enjoy.
Address: 162 Washington Street
Ciao Baby Pizza
Neapolitan pizzas are delicious, especially when it’s fast. By fast, I mean 90 seconds. Ciao Baby uses a 900 degree, woodfire oven to cook their pizzas that always comes out perfect. This family-owned business uses fresh ingredients and their woodfire oven to make pizza the original, Italian way: soft, thin crust, and evenly cooked.
Address: 890 West Poplar Ave.
Zopita’s on the Square
Zopita’s is a restaurant that specializes in Italian food. Some of the items you can get there are various homemade pastas and soups, bread made from scratch, sandwiches, coffee and pastries, cookies, and cakes. You can eat in the restaurant which seats 26 or you can get everything to go. The restaurant also does specialty orders if you’re feeling particular about what you want. Zopita’s is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 114 North Main Street