Memphis is roaring into 2020 with an ever-growing food, coffee and bar scene. From gourmet hot dogs and French cuisine to fresh-baked bread perfection and casual poke bowls, there’s a little something for everyone. If you’re looking to try something different, here are some great new Memphis restaurants to add to your list.
13 New Memphis Restaurants
477 S Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 701-7494
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight
A little hidden gem in the back of the new Arrive Hotel, Longshot offers gourmet hot dogs served on fresh bread and made-from-scratch casual bites and snacks. While the food and atmosphere are relaxed, the chefs are still rocking out in the kitchen, giving customers a menu that consists of made-in-house ingredients. With a fun bar, fantastic cocktails and shuffleboard, there’s no getting bored or going hungry at this stop. Try the whipped pimento cheese with crispy onions – you won’t be sorry.
247 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 512-4759
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Closed Monday and Tuesday
A lively neighborhood corner bar located at the corner of Peabody and Cooper right outside of Central Gardens in Midtown, Bar Keough is relaxed, friendly and a whole lot of fun. It focuses on menu simplicity with classic, unpretentious drinks and a small list of bites and cheeses. Some may find themselves in a state of nostalgia as an ’80s jukebox is typically turned up to get the night going.
Slider Inn Downtown
363 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 729-6900
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
The Midtown location of Slider Inn was such a hit that a downtown location was a must. Now open in the South Main Arts District, enjoy all your favorite sliders and menu items from the Midtown location plus a few new solid additions. Located in a large industrial space, it’s the ultimate sports bar with oversized TVs in every corner. The garage doors will open in the spring for the perfect patio hangout. And don’t leave without trying the buffalo chicken slider – there’s a good chance you’ve never had a better one.
Fannie Lou’s Gourmet Chicken and Waffles
500 Tennessee St #166, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 521-4663
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Monday
From the owners of the Cheesecake Corner comes Fannie Lou’s Gourmet Chicken and Waffles, a cozy little corner restaurant across from The Tennessee Brewery. The focus of the menu is uncomplicated chicken and waffle dishes. The chicken is roasted in-house and served atop waffles with a side of grits. Other menu items include waffle sandwiches, chicken gizzards and oven-roasted ribs.
MidPointe from Edge Alley
2144 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 425-2605
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
Located in the Ballet Memphis building on the corner of Overton Square, MidPointe focuses on specialized coffee concoctions and simple, fresh plates of food – all with a clean aesthetic that complements the location perfectly. The menu is small with mostly healthy options, and the coffee menu is full of unique herbs and flavors. It’s the perfect spot to meet, work and eat a light meal to fuel you on a busy day. Try anything that strikes your fancy off the concoctions menu – you can’t go wrong as the entire list is fabulous.
Hustle & Dough
477 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 701-7577
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in the lobby of the new Arrive Hotel, Hustle & Dough is the epitome of bakery and café perfection. Its adorable atmosphere will take you to a Parisian state of mind the moment you step inside. Not to mention the menu is spot-on with its daily bread selection serving as the shining star. You can also purchase baguettes to sling under your arm as a take-home treat. The entire menu is superb with the freshest fruit, but try the avocado toast for flawless simplicity. Other favorites include the fish plate, mushroom toast and grit bowl.
477 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 701-7490
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Also located in the lobby of the new Arrive Hotel, Bar Hustle is known for its playful atmosphere and divine list of cocktails. Flavor and unique ingredients are the names of the game when it comes to this drink menu, which includes everything from fermented fruit to earthy additives.
Vice & Virtue Coffee
477 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 402-8002
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Yet another jewel inside the new Arrive Hotel, this special coffee roaster sits behind the same counter as Hustle & Dough so you can enjoy a pick-me-up with your breakfast or lunch. At Vice & Virtue, it’s all about the perfect, straight-forward cup of coffee. Enjoy everything from an espresso to a cold brew, or take it up a notch with its signature Bourbon Barrel-Aged Draft Latte or Bourbon Mocha.
545 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 896-0228
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Brought to you by the ever-growing AM Restaurant Group, Bishop is the latest addition to Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman’s treasures. Located in Central Station Hotel, Bishop has a French brasserie-inspired menu that includes common French food staples with a Southern twist. A few of our favorites include the chicken liver parfait, pickled mussels, salade maison, escargots and oysters, bone marrow popovers and steak au poivre.
2583 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112 • (901) 208-8145
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
Located on the top floor of Lucky Cat Ramen, High Noon is Broad Avenue’s newest — and coolest — cocktail spot. With later hours than Lucky Cat and a focus on good, quality cocktails and tasty small plates, this upstairs bar will be your new favorite late-night spot.
1349 Autumn Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 207-7770
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (21+ after 10 p.m.); Closed Sunday
The DogHouzz is a no-frills hot dog dive bar with city-themed dogs, cold canned beer and a pool table. The “build your own dog” option includes three dogs to choose from (one being a vegan carrot dog), a plain hot dog or poppyseed bun selection, and a long list of condiments and toppings. The back patio is ideal for day drinking on a warm, sunny day.
6515 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 207-3351
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The fast-casual poke bar Memphis has been in need of is finally here. Poke Bros. specializes in quick and relaxed yet super fresh Hawaiian-style poke bowls. Using sushi-grade fish from tuna to salmon and fresh veggies and toppings from edamame to avocado, Poke Bros. has a menu selection that will knock your fit and healthy socks off, or you can build your own bowl and get exactly what you want.
Eight & Sand
545 S Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 524-5247
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight
A Memphis music-inspired bar with a lovely selection of cocktails to boot, Eight & Sand, located in Central Station Hotel, is the perfect spot for a night of drinks and good jams. With a Memphis vinyl collection, you’ll feel completely immersed in the music scene of the city while sipping drinks and lounging in the lively space.
We hope this list inspires you to get out and try some of these new Memphis dining destinations. Enjoy!
All photos taken by Andrea LeTard.
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