The dining scene in Memphis continues to thrive, both in the number of restaurants and the breadth of cuisine being cooked up by innovative local chefs. With new eateries opening at a rapid pace and more on the way, not to mention the changes underway at some longtime favorites, there’s a lot to keep up with! Here’s a rundown of the latest Memphis restaurant openings and news around the metro area — get ready to discover something new!

Loflin Yard opened in Downtown Memphis, bringing a casual eatery to the south side of Downtown that's like a big backyard play space (with drinks and music!) Image: Loflin Yard Facebook page

Loflin Yard opened in Memphis, bringing a casual eatery that’s like a big, backyard play space (with drinks and music!) to the south side of Downtown. Image: Loflin Yard Facebook page

New Memphis Restaurants Now Open

Sabor Caribe

662 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 949-8100
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  

I was worried when I found out Arepas and Salsa closed, but I’m pleased to say that new owners came in, changed the name to Sabor Caribe and are still offering up delicious Venezulean food, including the cachapas (corn cakes or corn pancakes topped with cheese) that were the highlight of the Arepas and Salsa menu. The space has been spruced up, and the menu has a few more options, including burgers. Try the sampler platter for a good mix of tapas-style menu items, including croquettes. Currently, no alcohol is served, but diners can bring their own.

Sabor Caribe offers authentic Venezuelan cuisine, including this selection of flavorful grilled meats. Image | Sabor Caribe Facebook page

Sabor Caribe offers authentic Venezuelan cuisine, including this selection of flavorful grilled meats. Image: Sabor Caribe Facebook page

Queen of Sheba

4792 Summer Ave., Memphis, TN 38122 • (901) 271-4174
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

There is now a Yemeni restaurant in Memphis, which is a pretty exciting thing – I love to see our culinary horizons expanding. Located in the space once occupied by Edo Japanese, the décor (and serving pieces) haven’t changed, but the food certainly has. Main meals of chicken or lamb mandi (meat roasted in a tandoor and served with rice and a mixture of spices) are fragrant and filling; the hummus is silky and smooth and now one of my favorites in town, and the spicy sauce and creamy garlic spread that come with the bread is delicious.

Queen of Sheba specializes in Yemeni cuisine, and is known for its large portions. Image | Queen of Sheba

Queen of Sheba specializes in Yemeni cuisine, and is known for its large portions. Image: Queen of Sheba

Loflin Yard

7 W. Carolina Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 249-3046
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m; Friday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Billed as Downtown’s backyard, Loflin Yard is a totally unique experience. Tucked away in the bustling South End district along the last remnants of Gayoso Bayou, Loflin Yard is the definition of chill. You can lounge around in Adirondack chairs or picnic tables on the lawn while sipping local beers or craft cocktails, and fill your belly with fresh salads, brisket from the grill or Mexican-style corn. There’s also a full schedule of live music to keep things hoppin’.

Loflin Yard became a fast favorite of many Memphians, not just those who live and work downtown, thanks to its backyard party atmosphere and excellent food _ including this po' boy. Image| Loflin Yard Facebook page

Loflin Yard became a fast favorite of many Memphians, not just those who live and work downtown, thanks to its backyard party atmosphere and excellent food, including this po’ boy. Image: Loflin Yard Facebook page

Park + Cherry

Inside The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Ave., Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 761-5250
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Wally Joe and Andrew Adams from Acre have opened a slick little café at The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and museumgoers can eat right in the restaurant or take their food out to a table in the gardens. The menu features a selection of salads and sandwiches, including paninis. Housemade sides and snacks include potato salad, pasta salad and hummus, and there’s a yummy handful of pastries and baked goods, plus a nice selection of coffees.

City Tasting Tours

Tours begin Downtown at various locations • (901) 826-2376

Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn some fun facts and taste some iconic and delicious dishes while strolling through historic Downtown on a City Tasting Tour. Owner Cristina McCarter leads tours every Saturday that stop for tastings at five favorite restaurants, like Central Barbecue and Café Pontotoc. Tours are $55 per person, limited to 12 guests and happen no matter the weather. Cristina provides a detailed listing of the restaurants on each tour, so you can easily go back for a full meal.

Rock’n Dough Pizza

7850 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN 38138 • (901) 779-2008

Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rock’n Dough Pizza has opened a new location in Germantown, so now you can get Jeremy and Amanda Denno’s perfect pizzas at either end of Poplar. Like the Midtown Memphis location, the restaurant offers a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., pizza by the slice and the chance to build not only your own pizza, but also your own calzone. Grinders, burgers and salads round out the menu, and a specialty cocktail list is available.

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A taco pizza (and margarita!) at Rock’n Dough Pizza Company, now open in Germantown. Image: Rock ‘n Dough Facebook page

New Memphis Restaurants Coming Soon

148 North

148 N. Main St., Collierville, TN  38017 • (901) 569-0761

Brian Thurmond, an alumnus of Restaurant Iris, is set to open this snazzy café just off the Square in Collierville. Menu previews show a mix of French technique and Southern flair in small plates and main courses, and the plan at the time of this writing is for the restaurant to be open for lunch Sunday through Tuesday, and lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday.

Brooks Pharm2Fork

120 Mulberry St., Collierville, TN 38017

Longtime local food champion Mac Edwards is scheduled to open right on the square in Collierville, in a location that was once Brooks Pharmacy (get it? Pharm2Fork?). Expect some of the same favorites from Mac’s The Farmer, all featuring local meat and produce in an elevated meat-and-three format. The restaurant will seat 75 people and feature a long farm table for family-style dining as well as traditional tables.

Southern Social

2285 South Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN 38138

One of the owners of Flight is opening a new eatery in the space previously occupied by Elfo’s Restaurant in Germantown. Southern Social nestles up to the old Southern Railway’s historic depot. and sits adjacent to Southern Avenue. They plan to add a deck, but no word on whether wine flights will be offered, as at Flight.

Zaka Bowl

575 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117

South of Beale owner Ed Cabigao is just starting construction on his new eatery, a vegetarian spot slated to open in late summer/early fall in East Memphis. The menu will feature build-your-own bowls with quinoa, tofu and wild rice with locally grown vegetables and a variety of sauces.

New Memphis Restaurant News

There may be some changes coming to local favorites as well. Alchemy is under new ownership with Tony Westmoreland and Nick Scott taking over in early May. Bounty has a new chef in Russell Casey, formerly of Local, and Dave Krog is stepping into the kitchen at Interim. All three say changes will come, but your favorites will still be on the menu.

And last but not least, the Pie Folks has moved to a new location at 1028 Germantown Pkwy.

Happy eating!

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