The standard time frame to be considered a true Memphian is 25 years. So the good news is, there's plenty of time to eat and drink this entire list. The bad news is, to be a true Memphian, you clearly cannot list “healthy eater” or “vegetarian” among your defining characteristics... at least, not right away.
There are two must-eat late-night burgers: the Soul Burger at Earnestine & Hazel’s, and the Greek Burger at Alex’s Tavern. (Some would say burgers at 2am from Krystal count. They don't.) Those Memphians unable to stay out past 10pm can get a decent amount of street cred by hitting a Huey’s or Tops at any time of day.
The short list of BBQ must-eats: a pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast from the Bar-B-Q Shop; dry-rubbed ribs from the Rendezvous; nachos from Central; pizza from Coletta’s (extra points if it's heart-shaped); spaghetti from Interstate; Cornish hen from Cozy Corner; and bologna from Payne’s.