Where (and what) to eat the next time you're in the Bluff City.
Memphis is the home of the blues and Beale Street, of rock 'n' roll and soul. It's got Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, and Shelby Farms, which is five times the size of New York City's Central Park, thankyouverymuch. But in addition to the brick-and-mortar monuments and sites of yore, Memphis has something else worth traveling for: its food. Here's where to dive in—and drink up—the next time you're in the Bluff City.
The Bar-B-Q Shop
Best for: Wet ribs—and a Memphis original
If you like dry and wet ribs, then skip the more heavily trod Charles Vergos's Rendezvous in favor of Midtown's Payne's or the Bar-B-Q Shop, which is also best known for inventing another Memphis favorite—barbecue spaghetti. Regardless of what you order—pork ribs, beef brisket, barbecue bologna, pulled pork—the secret to the Bar-B-Q Shop's success is largely in the thick, vinegar-based secret sauce. Looking for a little barbecue to take home with you? Dancing Pigs Bar-B-Que Sauce is so popular that it can be found in local grocery stores.
Best for: That burger you've been craving
Burger places are a dime a dozen, and Memphis has no shortage. But if it's quality you're after, head to Huey's, where the meat is custom-ground by Charlie's Meat Market, and the blend is secret. While you're waiting on your burger—all of the 13 choices come in at nearly an inch thick—indulge your inner kid and write on the walls: not only is it allowed, but encouraged. Huey's original location on Madison Avenue turned 45 in 2015, and seven other locations have opened since the burger mecca's inception in 1970.