The dining scene in Memphis is an ever-expanding and always exciting proposition, with new and interesting places opening all the time. From Cuban and Ethiopian to Mexican and seriously American, the newest options are lighting up local menus. We’ve put together this handy rundown of some of the latest additions to the list.
Sabrosura Mexican and Cuban Cuisine — Opened May 2015
782 Washington, Memphis • (901) 421-8180
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the Cuban sandwich at Sabrosura, and the word is to stick to the Cuban menu for the most interesting dishes. Picadillo, Puerco Asada, and congri rice and beans will give you a little taste of the island.
Agave Maria — Opened June 2015
83 Union Ave., Memphis • (901) 341-2096
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Funky and fresh, tacos and tapas, cocktails and beer. This hot, new, downtown Mexican restaurant is a sight to see, so make sure to peruse the artwork on the walls while enjoying your fish tacos and duck carnitas.
Blue Nile Ethiopian — Opened June 2015
1788 Madison Ave., Memphis • (901) 474-7214
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The owners of the popular Stick ‘Em food truck serve some of the truck’s favorite kabobs alongside a full menu of traditional Ethiopian dishes. Injera bread is used to scoop up spicy tibs and wats (sautées and stews) with lots of vegetarian options. The vibrant interior adds an exotic touch.
Mac’s Burgers — Opened July 2015
4698 Spottswood, Memphis • (901) 512-4604
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Burgers and mac and cheese are the specialties at this casual spot. The burgers come loaded—there’s even one with mac and cheese—as do the mac and cheese dishes, with everything from fried chicken to pulled pork and smoked sausage piled on top. Try the frozen lemonades, as well. Come hungry, and don’t expect a side of steamed veggies!
387 Pantry — Opened July 2015
387 S. Main St., Memphis • (901) 734-2911
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Not strictly a dining experience, this small market on South Main offers a nicely edited selection of artisan and regional foods. Look for Southern-made cheeses and charcuterie—they’ll even carve Surryano ham to order. Locally and regionally made pantry items and candies are also a special find.
Bedrock Eats — Opened July 2015
327 S. Main St., Memphis • (901) 409-6433
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Paleo-focused with a business in ready-to-go meals, Bedrock Eats on South Main also serves meals in-house. Breakfast is served all day, but Saturday’s “wafflemania” features Bedrock’s signature gluten-free waffles with a variety of toppings. Go for brunch; grab dinner to go.
Pink Diva Cupcakery — Opened August 2015
936 Florida St., Memphis (901) 946-0056
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cassi Conyers has been selling delicious vegan cupcakes at Midtown Crossing Grill for a while, but now she’s opened her own place on Florida Street. You can grab some cupcakes, but there are also vegan lunch and dinner specials, including mac and cheese and ramen bowls.
Lyfe Kitchen — Opened August 2015
6201 Poplar Ave., Memphis • (901) 684-5333
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
We’re big fans of healthy eatery Lyfe Kitchen. (See our review here.) The healthy eatery on Poplar has delicious dishes with healthy twists. Think Quinoa Blueberry Lemon Pancakes, Morning Tofu Wrap and the like. And their housemade flavored waters are a refreshing alternative to the norm.
Juice Bar — Opened September 2015
553 S. Cooper, Memphis (901) 612-2720
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The fine folks from Cosmic Coconut have opened this outpost of the Nashville-based mini chain in Cooper-Young. Fresh juices and smoothies are the main attraction, but there are also salads, spring rolls and snacks on offer.
Staks Pancake House — Opened September 2015
4615 Poplar Ave., Memphis • (901) 509-2367
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pancakes are the focus, and you can even make your own at special griddle tables, but the menu offers a range of breakfast classics, like omelets, biscuits and Porcellino’s bacon. There is also a selection of sandwiches, if breakfast for lunch is not your thing.
City Market — Opened September 2015
836 Cooper St., Memphis • (901) 552-4890
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The downtown market and deli favorite has opened a spot on Cooper that offers a nice selection of grocery staples, as well as a menu of paninis, soups and salads. You can also grab a coffee or fresh juice, or breakfast on the weekends.
Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos — Opened October 2015
45 S. Main St., Memphis • (901) 526-0037
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Authentic, fresh Mexican tacos and tortas come to South Main at Maciel’s. Fried taco options, huaraches and a range of generous salads round out the menu. The colorful gazpacho salad features steak, mango and avocado in a chipotle dressing.
Rock’n Dough Pizza and Brew Company — Opening Soon
3445 Poplar Ave., Ste. 1, Memphis • (901) 435-6238
Food truck favorites Jeremy and Amanda Denno are relocating to Poplar Plaza from the Park Avenue location with the hot pizza stones and secret sauce. Grinders, salads and beer are also on the menu.
Want to find more delicious places to eat in Memphis? Check out our SB Guide!