The Memphis Food Bucket List: 7 Things You Need to Eat Before You Di

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 are the top things you need to eat before you die.

Garibaldi’s

This destination is located right alongside University of Memphis, so you’ll be battling college kids for seating. However, you’ll feel a retro vibe going on here as some of the best pizza in the state is served. It’s also a great destination if you love ’80s music.

Cozy Corner BBQ

When it comes to Memphis, you knew I had to include several BBQ joints. This includes Cozy Corner BBQ. Near downtown, this joint offers a delicious selection of BBQ pork butts, Cornish hen, chicken wings, beef summer sausage and ribs.

Arcade Restaurant

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.

Central BBQ

This is one of the top BBQ spots in the city. Ask anyone around, and most will tell you this is in their favorite category. With a top-tier dry rub to amazing sides (which any great BBQ spot needs), you need to try out this BBQ destination.

Gibson’s Donuts

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.

Dyer’s

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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