Soul Food Feast in the East: 5 Places to get Soul Food from in East Memphis

By: Brianna Smith-Herman

Fall is the perfect time to cozy up and nourish your soul with some delicious soul food that tastes just like your grandmama made it. Get cozy with some delicious soul food in East Memphis with some of the most outstanding chefs and restaurateurs. The Bluff City has no shortage of great restaurants that stamp their soul food as the best in the city. Here are a few restaurants to try and be sure to drop your favorite soul food restaurant and dish in the comments.

The Crock Pot 2

The Crock Pot 2’s setup is similar to cafeteria style…With food so tasty you’ll want to pull up to the counter to order up some deliciousness on a plate! This no frills spot is serving up soul food daily. Try the smothered pork chops or rib tips, with sides like mac and cheese and greens. The prices are super reasonable, and the fried chicken hits the spot every time!

Photo Credit: Southern Hands

Southern Hands Homestyle Cooking

Crispy chicken wings. Meat Loaf. Candied yams. Peach cobbler. Southern Hands has it all! You’ll come back again and again for their catfish fillets and affordably priced eats. The restaurant does have vegetable plates, too. However, I would highly recommend that this is where you come to get a fully loaded plate like… Chicken and Dressing or Fish and Spaghetti.

Photo Credit: Patrick’s


Patrick’s East Memphis restaurant is a neighborhood bar & grille that has been a local Memphis gathering place for over 25 years, however they aren’t your typical “bar and grille”. They serve made-from-scratch home cooking, hand-cut aged steaks, and barbecue in a fun bar atmosphere.



Photo Credit: Mahogany Memphis

Mahogany has all the good stuff! Think Memphis Soul Food with a Cajun spin. Collard greens, mac and cheese, oxtails, catfish, and grits. You’ll love the over-the-top presentation and heaping portions. Mahogany is located in the Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. 

Prive (Soulfood Sunday)

Only great eats and gospel music at club levels at Prive on a Sunday! Memphis mogul, businessman, and artist Yo Gotti grew up in a family where his mother loved to cook. He opened up Prive and the rest is history…. his mother “Mama Mimms” throws down in the kitchen every Sunday; sharing with Memphis the family recipes. Expect delicious eats and a fun atmosphere with a superb Arnold Palmer at Prive!

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