When it comes to places to eat in Memphis, you’ve got almost 1,500 choices. Talk about option overload! I’ll save you some time and share the top 5 places to eat in Memphis—
1. Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
Single-handedly responsible for converting BBQ sauce lovers into ardent fans of dry rubs, you aren’t going to want to skip this place when you come to Memphis. The portions are generous, and the prices are great. Try the ribs and brisket combo, and then buy some of their famous seasonings to take home! Their hours vary during the week, so call ahead or check their website for details.
Location: 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 523-2746
2. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
The building is nothing fancy, but the food?—ask around, and the locals will tell you it’s the place to eat. The menu includes options, such as fried green tomatoes, okra, baked beans and (of course) some of the best chicken you’ll ever eat. Open every day at 11:00 a.m., the food is on the low end of price and the high end of taste.
Location: 310 S. Front St., Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 527-4877
3. Central BBQ
No bones about it, Central BBQ leads the pack when it comes to authentic barbeque in Memphis. Think: “rough around the edges” Look for their famous BBQ nachos and don’t you dare leave without trying the ribs. Offering generous portions on wooden tables with paper towels instead of napkins, Central serves BBQ the way it was meant to be eaten.
Location: 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 272-9377
4. Gibson’s Donuts
A Memphis trademark, Gibson’s Donuts, has been known to turn people into donut fans. Try the famous maple bacon or the pineapple coconut fritter. (Hint: They’ve been known to give first-timers a donut straight from the fryer. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask!) And the best news?—they’re open 24/7! The place is always clean and the staff is always friendly. Go see for yourself!
Location: 760 Mount Moriah Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
Phone: (901) 682-8200
5. Gladys’ Diner
It should be illegal to visit Memphis without doing something to honor the King of Rock and Roll. Why not enjoy his favorite snack? The grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich is made the way he liked it in Gladys’ Diner at Graceland. Tour the home of Elvis or just pop in for a snack. Either way, the grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich has been known to live up to its hype.
Location: 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116
Phone: (901) 332-3322
So whether you come to Memphis to work or play, be sure to visit the top five places to eat in Memphis. Another idea: Enjoy age-old Memphis restaurants in historically significant places. Here’s another list to get you started.
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