Grabbing Dinner in Memphis: 10 Local Spots You’ll Want to Try

The 901 has a ton of local restaurants that are changing the game. With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect season to try new things and treat yourself to some delicious bites around town. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite dinner spots around Memphis so all you have to do is eat and enjoy!


Located in the Canopy Hotel, this trendy restaurant serves up Spanish, American, and Italian-inspired bites with a selection of craft cocktails. You can grab everything from breakfast to dessert at this swanky spot, and they offer weekend brunch menus worth trying. They also offer new, seasonal menu items, like their latest sticky pork belly so how about stopping by to see them for yourself?

Ben Yay’s 

Step off the South Main Trolley Line and into this authentic gumbo shop. Who says you have to take a trip to New Orleans for some Creole cuisine? This local spot will easily satisfy your cravings for crawfish, po’boys, and other Louisiana classics. Check out their lunch special for a cup of soup and half po’boy.

Alchemy Memphis

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Alchemy + Salt|Soy 

Find New American dishes, Japanese bites, and craft cocktails at Alchemy and Salt|Soy. This spot in Cooper-Young has patio seating, perfect for enjoying this spring in Memphis. And you get tapas-style eats while sipping on tasty drinks, so be sure to stop by during their Happy Hour. 


Mulan has locations around Memphis, so you’re never far from delicious Asian food. Indulge in classic favorites like spring rolls, pad Thai, fried rice, and more when you stop by this local eatery. You can even order online to bring it home for an at-home date night or family dinner.

Takashi Bistro 

This Midtown restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai fusion food with some unique flavors. Plus, they have craft cocktails and specials throughout the month that pair perfectly with their Hibachi and sushi. You’ll definitely want to try their sake trio during your next visit.

The Second Line

The Second Line 

Stop by The Second Line for lunch through Sunday steak dinner for some Cajun cuisine. Their Swamp Bar has a wide selection of cocktails to satiate your thirst, and you can pair them with authentic Creole bites for an unforgettable experience. Our recommendation: their new Elvis cake that’ll have you feeling like the king himself.

Los Comales 

Enjoy Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors at this Bluff City restaurant. You can find them on Madison or Perkins and indulge in their daily specials, craft cocktails, and authentic recipes. One bite worth trying is their unique cheesecake burrito for dessert. Trust us, it’s worth the trip!

Good Fortune Co.

Good Fortune 

Stop by Memphis’ first scratch-made noodle and dumpling shop on Main. (Even Guy Fieri loves this local spot!) If the colorful restaurant doesn’t draw you in, then the food definitely will. This menu has everything from small bites to rice bowls, with new drinks constantly being added. Try their sake flight and noodle bowl for a Triple-D-worthy meal.


JEM asks you to “just enjoy the moment” with its fine dining made approachable outlook. This restaurant is located in the Edge District, and they’re the perfect date night spot for some elevated takes on classic meals. Their homemade gnocchi will have you coming back for more!

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