It’s not quite downtown, nor is it entirely midtown. It’s somewhere in the middle.
I guess that's why they call it the Edge District!
The Edge District, nestled between two of Memphis’ most popular boroughs, highlights an array of hangouts—whether you’re looking to wine and dine, play a game, plan a party, or behold something beautiful that the Bluff City brings.
Shall we take you on a tour?
Food & Drink in the Edge:
Location: 598 Monroe Avenue
Best known for their Indian Pale Lager, Belgian Golden Ale, and large variety of IPAs, High Cotton Brewing Company‘s got plenty of beers on tap to take your tastebuds on a ride. With an outdoor patio that’s perfect for your pup, and a regular stream of food trucks that set up shop outside, you don’t have to go too far for good grub and satisfying sips.
Location: 662 Madison Ave
Sabor Caribe is coming in hot with authentic Venezuelan and Caribbean cuisine. I’m willing to bet that they have the largest selection of arepas in town—toting 15 different options. And if that’s wasn’t enough, their menu’s made up of tasty tequeños, cubanos, cachapas, churros, and more.
Location: 634 Union Ave
Ribs may be law in Memphis, but we don’t play around with pizza either! As a pizzeria that boasts a love for hip-hop and R&B, Slim & Huskys‘ pies will put some pep in your step. Just try the P.R.E.A.M, Cee No Green, Got 5 on It, and more—and you’ll definitely see what we’re saying.
Did we mention they sell cinnamon rolls too?
Location: 668 Union Ave
What’s the City of Soul without its soul food eateries? Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe has been in the biz of making our mouths water since 2017. From crispy wings and shrimp and grits, to southern greens that’ll make your grandma smile, their whole menu will make you feel like they left their whole soul on the stove.
P.S. if you’ve ever watched Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games on the Food Network, our city’s own Chef Tam came out on top with her cooking that can’t be beat!
Location: 600 Monroe Av
Be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner—Edge Alley is exactly where you want to be if you’re looking for a menu that offers a little something for whatever mood you are in! With salmon lox sandwiches, cinnamon sticky bread, ricotta gnocchi, roasted fig flatbreads, and more—this cozy corner is calling your name. Can’t you hear it?
Location: 630 Madison Ave
This restaurant may be small, but Evelyn & Olive‘s menu featuring a fusion of Southern and Jamaican traditions really packs a punch. Don’t just take my word for it. Try out the fried plantains, a curry goat duck pot, or a rasta pasta—and you’ll absolutely see what we’re saying.
Event Spaces in the edge
Location: 629 Monroe Ave
Did you know: Premiere Palace became an iconic event space in the 1980s after originally being a Cadillac Dealership in the early 1900s? This two-story space is perfect for any type of shin-dig you may be looking to throw.
See what it’s like on social: Instagram
Experiences in the edge:
Location: 344 Floyd Alley
There’s nothing like a little modern-day, medieval moment—and Craft Axe Throwing will not only take you back in time, but will also test your aim. Make it a date night for two or a party place to pop into with friends.
Location: 667 Monroe Ave Extd
Looking to add some new art to your arm? Well, Bluff City Tattoo can have you covered, literally. Featuring six talented tattoo artists, one of whose art I personally sport, you’ll be leaving with a new body mod. that you’ll adore until the end of time.
P.S. they do piercings too!
Location: 706 Union Ave
Known as “The Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Sun Studio put Memphis music on the map in the 1950s with early releases from luminaries such as Elvis, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King. Their celebrated guided tours take visitors through the history of the legendary studio in a space that is truly hallowed ground for music lovers.
Art in the edge:
With Love From Memphis Mural
This mural created by local artists Allie Mounce and Chris Porter sits just down the street from Sun Studio. I personally think it would make a good backdrop for a postcard pic, if that’s your thing!
You’re never far from a photo-op in the Edge District! Take a look at some of the masterpieces you may stumble upon.
This residential project will include 12 three-story apartment buildings, street-level retail along Madison and streetscape improvements that will create a walkable, bikeable, livable community.
The Ravine will be intentionally designed as a series of five outdoor rooms beginning with a pop-up/food truck retail plaza on the southern end (near Union Ave.) and ending with an event plaza on the northern end (near Madison Ave.)