Memphis is experiencing a renaissance at the moment, with more and more young creatives planting their roots Downtown -- or in the artsy, historic neighborhoodsaround Midtown. And with new residents come new amenities and attractions (bike lanes, dog parks, food trucks) and, of course, trendy new restaurants and cocktail bars. Memphis’ food scene is concentrated in those areas -- Downtown and Midtown -- with a small, yet phenomenal, exception in a pocket of East Memphis. Here’s our ranked list of the top neighborhoods for dining in Memphis.
2. Overton Square
Overton Square is the cool cousin of Beale Street. It’s the entertainment district where locals go to drink and dine, and there’s plenty to keep you busy all night. If you’re looking for fine dining, make a reservation for Restaurant Iris -- acclaimed chef Kelly English’s upscale creole and French restaurant (the five-course degustation menu offers diners a surprise meal prepared according to the chef’s whim). On a laid-back Friday night, grab a beer and a brisket grilled cheese at Local Gastropub, or order a tapas plate of tacos, guacamole (made fresh at the table), and a TC Iced Tea (sweet tea vodka, mint, and lemon) at Babalu Tacos & Tapas. Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar offers up authentic Japanese-style ramen and meat and veggie skewers, plus it has a solid selection of sake.