Best of Memphis 2019 Food & Drink
In a city known for its BBQ, Memphis’ mouth-watering burgers often get overlooked. We’ve rounded up seven of the best burgers in Memphis. Most of them are smashed on the griddle, so if you like big, beefy burgers, you might want to take your business elsewhere.
Huey’s, the family-owned restaurant chain in Memphis, is notably a local gem. While some of its success can be attributed to the award-winning burgers and gritty charm (graffiti walls and ceilings full of frill picks), at the core of the company’s strategy is the family-style atmosphere that makes Huey’s feel like a second home. It’s an approach that isn’t happenstance. In fact, it’s intentional. Since the 1970s, the Huey’s team has been dedicated to creating a family-like culture, and if it’s up to the three sisters who now manage the local restaurant chain, that won’t be changing anytime soon.
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.
Here it is: Memphis area patios, listed (generally) by neighborhood. I will continue to update this, so if left off your favorite patio all you have to do is leave me a comment!
I’ve created this based on older posts here, here, and here, and more I added in March 2017. While those other blog posts give a bit more commentary on the patios and have more pictures, this post you’re reading right now is meant to be more of a big reference list.
But never have such terms as lit, loaded, crocked, high, hammered, flushed, juiced, plastered, potted, polluted, stewed, sloshed, soused, tanked, totaled, trashed and wasted been as relevant as during the era of the traveling bacchanalia formally known to a few as the St. Patrick's Day Marching Ensemble and Pub Crawl and generally known to most as, simply, "the pub crawl."