Memphis is one of the great food cities not just in the country, but anywhere in the world. With its location bridging both the American South and the Northern states, it has become a melting pot of flavors. Whether you live in Memphis or are just visiting, here is the top Memphis bucket list with the food you need to eat before you die.
Honey Gold Wings
Memphis may be known as the BBQ capital, but wings are a staple for any meat-eating Memphian. Honey gold is our signature flavor and, if you’re into savory and sweet combos, you’ll be a fan. With over 100 wing restaurants in and around the city, there’s sure to be a wing spot near you. If you’re looking for some recommendations, give The Wing Guru, Ching’s, or Riko’s a try.
When it comes to Memphis, you knew we had to include several BBQ joints. This includes Central BBQ. With locations all across the city, this spot offers a delicious selection of some of the city’s favorite BBQ dishes. If you’re heading here, you can’t go wrong with the BBQ Nachos. Make it extra special by switching things up with their house chips instead of tortilla chips!
Arcade bills itself as the oldest restaurant in Memphis. When you’re the oldest of anything anywhere it means you’re doing something right. Especially in a cutthroat food city like Memphis where only the best survive. Upon walking in, it’s obvious the restaurant has received a facelift, but the food remains as incredible as ever. From the classic Elvis (peanut butter and banana sandwich), sweet potato pancakes, milkshakes, deep-fried French toast and other favorites, this is a delicious spot I highly recommend.
If you haven’t had Jerry’s yet, you’re definitely missing out. No Memphis summer is complete without getting one of their famous sno-cones! Pro tip: ask for it “supreme” style. You’ll some of the best soft-serve in the city layered in between the delicious, icy snow. Trust us.
This donut hot spot has been slinging freshly fried dough since 1968. Even though the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, it somehow always has a line. It’s a small joint, so you may not be able to eat inside, but these donuts will pick up your taste buds wherever you go.
Gus’s Fried Chicken
This restaurant has a long and interesting history. It’s also gone by several names, but the food has almost always remained the same. Whatever its name is, it has some of the best fried chicken in the city.
In the mood for a burger? Dyer’s has been serving greasy deliciousness since 1912. In its time, it has become a food institution within the city. If you think you’ve had every kind of cheeseburger, think again. The unique but amazing taste of this burger is out of this world.
Get Out and Discover Memphis Food
These are just some of the amazing destinations for food you simply must put on your Memphis food bucket list. Of course, there’s no shortage of food options out there. There will always be new tastes and fusion options to explore. Whatever your taste buds though, make sure to get on out and enjoy the amazing food scene that is Memphis.
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