Taste of Summer: The definitive guide to Memphis’ best street for foodies

There’s a bumper sticker you sometimes see around town that proclaims “Summer Ave. is My Poplar.”

While neither of us adorns our car with one of these, we sort of feel that way and are both frequent travelers along this street, which starts, on the west end, like a Lou Reed song and continues colorfully before finally fading off into Four-Way, where it reunites with U.S. Highway 70 and is crossed by Stage Road as it changes to Highway 64.

So to celebrate the first day of summer — the season — we begin our tour of Summer Avenue, re-engaging with Memphis’ most interesting street for eaters, which offers more than 70 independently owned restaurants, food trucks, bakeries, ghost kitchens, cooking stores and more.

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