The ever-expanding restaurant scene in Memphis continues to bring us fresh and delicious menus every month. Check out these three new and one as-good-as-new Bluff City eateries, and we think you’ll agree that Memphis is a premier destination for foodies everywhere!

4 New Memphis Restaurants To Check Out (Updated November 2021)

Erling Jensen Small Bites

5069 Sanderlin Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 58-SWING
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Chef Erling Jensen brings his gold-standard gourmet fare to a laid-back, fun environment. Located in the DoubleTree by Hilton in East Memphis, Erling Jensen Small Bites featuring TopGolf Swing Suite combines Chef Erling’s signature fine-dining dishes with the immersive social experience of golf and other games. The menu offers a selection of classic entrees from award-winning Erling Jensen The Restaurant with a more casual presentation designed to be shareable. “Chef Erling has a stellar reputation in Memphis as a gourmet chef with impeccable standards,” says Pace Cooper, CEO of Cooper Hotels, the owner of the Memphis DoubleTree property as well as many others. “We knew that reputation would allow visitors to trust the food in our new concept.” His confidence was not misplaced – weekends are fully booked and they are excited to see repeat customers.

Some of the most popular items on the small bites menu are the flatbreads, sliders, and braised beef short rib bites. Roasted rack of lamb and cast-iron roasted chicken are must-haves if you want a larger meal. Round out your evening with one of the craft cocktails and save room for a decadent dessert.

Entrance to Erling Jensen Small Bites with TopGolf Swing Suite, a new Memphis restaurant

Erling Jensen Small Bites offers amazing food with a backdrop of fun at TopGolf Swing Suite. Image: Erling Jensen Small Bites with TopGolf Swing Suite

Flatbread from Erling Jensen Small Bites

The Wild Mushroom Flatbread combines earthy mushrooms with Fontina cheese, fresh basil and garlic pesto, and a drizzle of white truffle oil. Image: Erling Jensen Small Bites with TopGolf Swing Suite

TopGolf Swing Suite

TopGolf Swing Suite allows you to experience 100 of the best golf courses in the nation. Golf not your thing? You can try hockey, baseball, basketball, football – there’s even Zombie Dodgeball! Image: Erling Jensen Small Bites with TopGolf Swing Suite

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Kutie Pies Bakery Café

1036 E. Goodman Road, Southaven, MS 38671 • (901) 480-9511
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can find it all at Kutie Pies Bakery Café. Owner Karen Todd, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, brings delicious comfort food, scrumptious desserts, and a very warm welcome to her customers. Named after Karen’s own two “kutie pies” (her daughters), the awesome new eatery has the distinction of being the first black-owned bakery in Southaven. Made-in-house bakery selections include cupcakes, cookies, pies, cobblers, cakes, and more. Be sure to try the strawberry cake, already a big local favorite. The café menu is chock-full of Southern goodness, including chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits. In addition to what you’ll find ready and waiting, Kutie Pies offers full-service catering, private rentals, and custom orders.

Strawberry cake from Kutie Pies, a new Memphis restaurant

The strawberry cake from Kutie Pies is a local favorite. We can see why! Image: Kristopher Massey

Reese's cookies from Kutie Pies in Memphis, TN

Grab some Reese’s cookies to take home. Image: Kristopher Massey

Shrimp and grits from Kutie Pies, a new Memphis restaurant

You can also get Southern favorites like shrimp and grits. Image: Kristopher Massey

Pantá

2146 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 417-7491
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Memphians are buzzing about the latest offering from Chef Kelly English. Pantá is in the building that housed Chef Kelly’s flagship Restaurant Iris, now undergoing a highly anticipated relocation to East Memphis. Focused on the bold, vibrant flavors of Spain, Pantá features a delightful menu of Catalan cuisine in a very colorful and welcoming casual atmosphere. Perfect for sharing, the selection of small plates allows you to sample plenty of authentic Catalan flavor. The beverage menu boasts a list of Spanish-only wines, eclectic specialty cocktails, and gin and tonics that are inspired by the region. You’ll definitely want to end the meal with one of the mouthwatering desserts.

Interior of Pantá, a new Memphis restaurant

The cozy atmosphere at Pantá is equally as vibrant. Image: Caleb Sigler of Iris Restaurant Group

Bocadillo de Plato a les Landes from Pantá in Memphis, TN

Bocadillo de Plato a les Landes is a belly-warming meal idea. Image: Caleb Sigler of Iris Restaurant Group

Fiona cocktail from Pantá, a new Memphis restaurant

The “Fiona” is just one of several craft cocktails. Image: Caleb Sigler of Iris Restaurant Group

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Hog and Hominy

707 W. Brookhaven Circle, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 779-6096
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Happy hour, Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Although this is technically a re-opening, Memphians are so excited about the return of this local favorite that we had to give it a mention. The original Hog and Hominy was shuttered by a late-night fire almost two years ago, and the new space is just that – brand new. With floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, and elegant accents, the larger restaurant offers a warm yet sophisticated welcome to customers in search of the eatery’s signature Italian cooking and Southern roots. The menu is a combination of tried-and-true selections and new items sure to become crowdpleasers. Wood-fired pizzas are among the must-try entrees, including Classic H&H options as well as seasonal offerings. Be sure to check out the hip and fun new cocktail menu, too!

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Published October 2021
Written by Gaye Swan

The restaurant scene in Memphis is always exciting, with delicious new eateries opening every month. Check out four of the newest options to bring the flavor to Bluff City residents and visitors alike.

4 New Memphis Restaurants to Check Out (Updated October 2021)

Big Bad Breakfast

6450 Poplar Avenue, Suite 119, Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 881-3346
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

After a few delays, Big Bad Breakfast is finally open in Memphis! “We have wonderful brand recognition from our years in Oxford,” says owner and James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence. “We are excited about coming to Memphis — we have tons of friends here and have always enjoyed the city.”

The menu is always evolving to keep it fresh and interesting, John tells us, but Memphians can expect the same delicious goodness that Big Bad Breakfast is known for: hearty and creative Southern favorites, fresh biscuits, local coffee, and custom-made meats and jellies. The Big Bad Breakfast Plate is a top seller, offering multiple combinations of eggs, meat, and sides. Hungry guests love the skillet breakfasts, which are loaded with fresh ingredients; those looking for something lighter will enjoy the yummy Lean Plates. Created especially for Memphis, the Elvis Pancake Stack is a hometown hit. “It has banana, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and whipped cream,” John says. “People have been ordering it like crazy!”

The Big Bad Breakfast Plate

The Big Bad Breakfast Plate is a sure-fire way to start your day! Image: Angie Mosier

Huevos Rancheros from Big Bad Breakfast, a new Memphis restaurant

Huevos Rancheros are a specialty of Big Bad Breakfast, made with Original Grit Girl cheese grits, chicken sausage, saucy black beans, crispy tortillas, cilantro, Pico de Gallo, two poached eggs, avocado, and lime. Image: Angie Mosier

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Boycott Coffee

240 Madison Avenue, Suite 103, Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Boycott Coffee serves up a mean cup of joe — and you’ll enjoy it even more knowing that the owners have another goal: responsibly and ethically getting coffee from the growers to you. The menu is simple and classic: espresso, Americano, pour-over, cold brew, Cortado, cappuccino, and more. You’ll also find specialties for the bold coffee drinkers. The Burnout features cayenne pepper, ginger root, and brown sugar. For a sweeter kick, try the Have a Salty Fall, made with salt, caramel, and mocha. Teas are available, too!

Sugar Ghost

2615 Broad Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112 • (901) 246-9874
Hours: Daily, noon to 7 p.m. (SB TIP: These are soft opening hours, and plans are in place to stay open longer, so check their website and social media for updates.)

Sugar Ghost is the brainchild of Mary Claire White, owner of Falling Into Place on Broad Avenue. When her neighbor on the hip-and-happening street left, she seized the chance to bring a new concept to the area — delicious bubble teas and homemade ice cream. While the bricks-and-mortar location got a facelift, Sugar Ghost began life as a food truck in the vacant space next to the home and lifestyle boutique. Today, a peachy-pink, newly renovated shop welcomes guests to stop in and sample the treats. Milk teas include Matcha Green, Thai, Coconut, Chocolate, and Classic Black. Fruit tea lovers can enjoy a variety of flavors such as mango, lychee, and passion fruit. Handcrafted ice cream is in the case, ready to scoop, in a delightful array of flavors.

Ice cream case at Sugar Ghost, a new Memphis restaurant

Stop into Sugar Ghost for a tasty tea or a sugary scoop! Image: Sugar Ghost

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Wahlburgers Wild

1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, TN 38105 • (901) 291-8002
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is a chain, but we think the first Wahlburgers Wild to open in Tennessee deserves a mention. The Memphis location is also the first of the gourmet burger eateries to open in a Bass Pro. Owned by famous brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg, the restaurant is known for being family-friendly and emphasizing the customer experience. The menu is sure to please the trickiest of taste buds, with a selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and kids’ meals. Don’t forget to try one of their “Wild Flavors,” such as a bison burger or venison chili. Gourmet shakes, floats, and desserts round out the menu.

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Published September 2021
Written by Gaye Swan

Memphis has experienced some surprisingly nice temperatures lately, which makes getting out to sample new restaurants even more enticing. Over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed two exciting new culinary concepts in the reopened Hu. Hotel, a jammin’ breakfast spot, homemade noodles and dumplings, and delicious ramen. Take a look at these five new Memphis restaurants!

5 New Memphis Restaurants To Check Out (Updated September 2021)

Biscuits & Jams

5806 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134 • (901) 672-7905
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations highly recommended for Saturday and Sunday.

Everybody loves breakfast anytime, says Chef Monique Williams – and Biscuits & Jams aims to deliver just that! Fresh, homemade biscuits paired with sweet or savory jams, scrumptious waffles and French toast, filling sammies, and hearty breakfast platters are all on the menu. The brand-new eatery has already discovered a few customer favorites. The B & J Breakfast entrée is a classic with two eggs, two biscuits, grits or potatoes, and a side of bacon or sausage. Chef Mo says the Shrimp and Crawfish Creole Benedict is outstanding, served over a grit cake rather than an English muffin with sautéed spinach and a mild and yummy Creole sauce. Begin your meal with a sharable order of Fried Green Tomatoes, paired with Chef Mo’s homemade chow-chow.

Biscuits & Jams is in the process of getting a liquor license, so you’ll soon be able to sip on a Bloody Mary, mimosa, or other breakfast cocktail soon.

Jars of fresh jam from Biscuits & Jams, a new Memphis restaurant

You can expect a lineup of delicious spreads at Biscuits & Jams, both savory and sweet. Image: Facebook

Belgian waffles from Biscuits & Jams in Memphis

Waffles are a standout favorite at Biscuits & Jams. Image: Facebook

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Good Fortune Co.

361 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (561) 306-4711
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is drinks only). 

The brainchild of Chefs Arturo Leighton and Sarah Cai, Good Fortune Co. charmed Memphis with three sold-out pop-ups in 2020. “The pop-ups allowed us to gauge community interest,” Arturo says. The wildly successful events showed them that Memphis was definitely ready for their brand of high-caliber Asian cuisine. Good Fortune Co. offers homemade noodles and dumplings in deliciously creative dishes. The menu is currently evolving, says Arturo, as they tweak it to find the perfect offerings. Popular so far is the Honky Tonkatsu, a traditional ramen with pork belly and creamy bone broth, and the ice cream taiyaki, a soft-serve made in-house and served in a fresh waffle cone. The bar will serve up a curated list of craft cocktails featuring Asian spirits — rum from Thailand, whisky from India, and spirits from China, Japan, and Indonesia.

Patio at Good Fortune Co., a new Memphis restaurant

Good Fortune Co. offers ample outdoor seating and a scrumptious and evolving menu. Image: Good Fortune Co.

Hu. Roof

79 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 333-1200
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Hu. Hotel has officially re-opened! Along with lovely, comfortable rooms, the hotel offers two new food and beverage concepts sure to please locals and visitors alike. Hu. Roof offers amazing views of the Mississippi River, accompanied by an eclectic yet classic menu of cocktails and globally-inspired shared plates. The fresh and fun terrace features pops of color, giving the space a playfulness that is perfect for enjoying a boozy brunch, a sunset happy hour, or an evening under the stars.

Bottle of wine at Hu. Roof, a new Memphis restaurant

Hu. Roof offers a few cozy corners for enjoying a cocktail or two, while taking in views of the Mississippi. Image: Elizabeth Looney Photography

Lucy’s

79 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 333-1200
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The second Hu. Hotel hotspot is Lucy’s, described as a “come as you are” all-day café experience with a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. The vibe is casual and upbeat; the cocktails are classic, and the menu offers Southern comfort. Favorites for breakfast include Orange Ricotta Toast and Grilled Peach and Blackberry Parfait. Dinner guests will enjoy flavorful options such as the Lucy Burger or the Country Ham Plate. Be sure to save room for dessert – the house-made Chocolate Cream Tarte is just one of the mouthwatering choices.

Spread of food at Lucy's at the Hu. Hotel

Lucy’s offers a casual atmosphere with a wide variety of comforting Southern-inspired menu items. Image: Garrett Sweet

Cocktail from Lucy's at the Hu. Hotel, a new Memphis restaurant

Lucy’s offers a lineup of classic cocktails. Image: Garrett Sweet

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Flame Ramen

1838 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 779-8666
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Memphians who love their ramen can rejoice in the latest spot, Flame Ramen, to get flavor-packed ramen dishes, along with yakisoba noodles, bao buns, and traditional Japanese rice bowls. A favorite is the Ichiraku Ramen, served with pork loin, scallions, soft boiled egg, and fish cake, with a miso and creamy pork bone soup base. In the mood for an Asian-inspired pork belly dish? Japanese barbeque Chashu is served yakisoba-style and in a soft steamed bun. Vegans are covered, too – the delicious Vegan Paradise Ramen is served with wood ear mushrooms, scallions, corn, broccoli, vegetable dumplings, fresh tofu, and bean sprouts.

Ramen lovers, rejoice! Flame Ramen offers a full lineup of traditional ramen, bao buns, and rice bowls. Image: Instagram

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Published August 2021
Written by Gaye Swan

Temperatures in Memphis are red-hot, and so is the restaurant scene! Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Memphis has you covered. This month we bring you four fabulous new eateries sure to tempt your taste buds.

4 New Memphis Restaurants To Check Out (Updated August 2021)

The Paramount

265 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 509-8360
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

From the creative minds that brought us Backlot Sandwich Shop comes a cool new restaurant offering up eclectic Southern fare. Located in the Downtown building that once housed Paramount Studios movie reels, The Paramount was named as a nod to cinematic history. The menu doesn’t dwell in the past, however! The flavors are a fresh and fun twist on Southern comfort foods. You’ll find a delicious selection of small plates like the purple hull pea mussels, duck poutine, bronzed tuna, and fried bologna. Entrees include a daily fish, porterhouse steak, and cornbread and andouille stuffed quail. Start the evening with one of the wonderful craft cocktails — several are made with local spirits.

Bronzed tuna from The Paramount

Look for a creative menu at The Paramount, including favorites like the bronzed tuna, pictured here. Image: Derk Meitzler

Grilled Lamb Loin from The Paramount

The grilled lamb loin rests in a sorghum-miso demi-glaze and is paired with heirloom carrots. Image: Derk Meitzler

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Plant Based Heat

669 S. Highland Street, Memphis, TN 38111
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Former Memphis radio personality Ralph “RJ Groove” Johnson has been 100% vegan for less than two years but says he’s been exploring plant-based options for much longer. He opened Plant Based Heat to combine healthy eating with the everyday foods that Southerners love. “Plant Based Heat means vegan comfort food to me,” he says. “The heat means the food is cooked – it’s not raw or spicy. We give you the foods you crave, like hamburgers, hot dogs, and wings, but all plant-based.” Top sellers include Vings (vegan wings), a classic (but meatless!) burger that brings the smoky flavor, and the Memphis Bella, a Philly-style sandwich that uses Portabella mushrooms.

Vings and fries from Plant Based Heat, a new Memphis restaurant

The Vings and fries at Plant Based Heat bring on the flavor. Image: Ralph “RJ Groove” Johnson

Classic burger from Plant Based Heat

The Classic Burger is dressed just like the original, but the patty, cheese, and sauces are all vegan. Image: Ralph “RJ Groove” Johnson

Team Car Café

8100 Macon Station, Memphis, TN 38018
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bicycling enthusiasts who love their coffee have a great new place to go! Team Car Café serves up artisan coffee from locally owned Ethnos Coffee Roasters and the full menu from El Mero Taco, along with freshly made pastries and breakfast tacos made especially for the café. Located inside Latting Speed Shop, the space offers a relaxed vibe, perfect for unwinding and visiting with friends. The décor is notable for the vintage Mercedes displayed above the coffee bar — a nod to the support cars that travel along with bicycle tours, says owner Will Tucker. Stop in and try one of the signature lattes, such as the Honey Gold or the El Mero Mocha.

RELATED: 11 Memphis Coffee Shops to Add to Your Must-Try List

The decor at Team Car Café is as eclectic as the menu. Cycling enthusiasts will love the decor as much as the menu — but you certainly don’t need to be a cyclist to love this new spot. Image: Facebook

Flying Sobie’s Gourmet Kitchen

At Ghost River Brewing Co. on Beale Street: 341 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Flying Sobie’s is known for its delicious sauces – and Flying Sobie’s Hen House Food Truck attracts the crowds! Now Chef Sobie Johnson has partnered with Ghost River Brewing Co. to offer a tasty menu at the brewery’s Beale Street location. Visitors to the taproom can order from a hearty menu of handcrafted sandwiches and veggie burgers, accompanied by sides and extras that include “The Best Chili Cheese Fries in the City!”

Burger from Flying Sobie's Gourmet Kitchen

The small but mighty menu at Flying Sobie’s Ghost River outpost features sandwiches, veggie burgers, and some tasty sides. Image: Instagram

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Published July 2021
Written by StyleBlueprint Editors

A new month brings a fresh roundup of Memphis eateries. From cafés with laid-back atmospheres to a new taco joint, there are plenty of dishes and beverages to check out this month and beyond. Here are four new restaurants that recently opened in Memphis. Enjoy!

4 New Memphis Restaurants (Updated July 2021)

Fabiola’s Kitchen

1353 Jackson Ave., Memphis, TN 38107 • (901) 310-4454
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday

Simply Fabulous Catering recently opened up its first brick-and-mortar location on Jackson Avenue. Serving breakfast and lunch, you can grab all of your favorite things — from wraps to burgers, salads, and more. Order at the window or eat inside. To see the restaurant’s daily offerings, check out their Facebook page.

Drive-through at Fabiola's Kitchen, a new Memphis restaurant

Order at the drive-thru window or opt to eat inside at Fabiola’s Kitchen (and check out that menu!). Image: Fabiola’s Kitchen

Wrap and fries from Fabiola's Kitchen

… And now we’re hungry. How’s this for a wrap? Image: Fabiola’s Kitchen

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Crazy Gander

150 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 552-3852
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Coffee shops are a hot topic in the Memphis area, and Crazy Gander is no exception. Right next door to The Brass Door, you can find this chic and cozy shop with a fun mural right outside its doors. Stay awhile and sip some coffee, or grab a java to-go. Menu highlights include The Memphis (drip coffee with a shortbread cookie from Butterific Bakery & Café) and The Bucktown (latte with honey, cayenne pepper, coconut milk, and milk).

Babka from Crazy Gander, a new Memphis restaurant

Pictured here is Crazy Gander‘s babka, which is a delicious take on coffee cake. Image: Crazy Gander

Butteriffic Frappe from Crazy Gander

The Butterific Frappé is made from shortbread cookies from Butterific Bakery & Café. Image: Crazy Gander

Torchy’s Tacos

719 S. Mendenhall Rd., Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 343-8880
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

While Torchy’s Tacos is indeed a chain, the people of Memphis seem to love it! Located on the east side of town, you can find this spot right off Mendenhall — and you can’t miss it. If you’re into tacos and spice, this is a match just for you. And definitely try their drinks!

Spread of food from Torchy's Tacos, a new Memphis restaurant

Torchy’s has more than just tacos. Try a bowl, or indulge in all the dips you can imagine. And don’t forget to order a tasty beverage. Image: Torchy’s Tacos

Queso from Torchy's Tacos

Queso for days. Choose between “Green Chile” or “Hillbilly Queso,” which are both filled with spice and the perfect amount of cheese. Image: Torchy’s Tacos

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Ancient Grounds Coffee Shop

2000 Prentiss Pl., Memphis, TN 38112 • (901) 333-6500
Hours: Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Located inside the Memphis Zoo, Ancient Grounds Coffee Shop offers coffee, smoothies, pastries, and delicious baked goods. Plus, they’ve got grab-and-go snacks like house salads, granola bowls, and BBQ sandwiches. So, next time you want to get out and about, take a peek at this new spot (and walk around the zoo, too!).

Iced coffee from Ancient Grounds at the Memphis Zoo

Ancient Grounds in the Memphis Zoo is now open! Grab a cold brew and a pastry. Image: Memphis Zoo

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Published June 2021
Written by Gaye Swan

The restaurant scene in Memphis continues to boom, and we are delighted to bring you another sampling of what the Bluff City has in store for those who love good food. From Downtown to Midtown to East Memphis, here are five wonderful new eateries to try.

5 New Memphis Restaurants To Check Out (Updated June 2021)

Backlot Sandwich Shop

265 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 509-8612
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Bluff City Law may not have taken off, but Backlot Sandwich Shop is sure to stick around! Located behind the former Paramount Studios where some of the TV series scenes were filmed, Backlot is the brainchild of restaurateur Tyson Bridge and Chef Derk Meitzler. Open for breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner, the menu features freshly baked biscuits, homemade jams and pickles, and made-in-house corned beef and pastrami.

For breakfast, you can build your own biscuit sandwich, choosing from cheddar-chive, honey butter glazed, or buttermilk biscuits. Proteins range from a classic smoked salmon to the more unexpected lamb belly. Add some delicious cheese and you’ve got a breakfast that will keep you going all morning. Sourdough French toast, breakfast bowls, and avocado toast are other yummy options. The menu for lunch and dinner is just as tempting and includes hearty sandwiches, filling soups, and fresh salads.

Mother Nature Sandwich from Backlot Sandwich Shop, a new Memphis restaurant

Vegetarians, fear not! Backlot offers delicious options such as the Mother Nature Sandwich, with roasted marinated portabella mushroom, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, and roasted garlic aioli on white or wheat bread. Image: Backlot Sandwich Shop

Jive Turkey from Backlot Sandwich Shop

The Jive Turkey combines herb-roasted turkey with warm brie and raspberry jam on a fresh baguette. Image: Backlot Sandwich Shop

Biscuit sandwich from Backlot Sandwich Shop, a new Memphis restaurant

At Backlot, you build your own biscuit sandwiches. This delectable creation is root beer-glazed ham, egg, Provolone, and tomato jam on a cheddar-chive biscuit. Image: Backlot Sandwich Shop

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The Complicated Pilgrim

21 Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 538-7309
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Memphian in Overton Square offers two dining and drinking options. Rooftop bar Tiger & Peacock will open soon with ingredient-forward cocktails and approachable bar fare. Complicated Pilgrim is open for business, serving up breakfast and dinner with a side of world-class service. Chef Don Latham makes the most of fresh ingredients in creating a delicious menu of local and regional fare. Breakfast includes handhelds such as the Pilgrim Wrap with soft scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, skillet potatoes, cheddar cheese, and salsa verde. The Cooper Street Breakfast is a filling way to start the day, and bowls that feature grits or oats are tasty choices. The dinner menu offers a range of dishes sure to please. Entrées include the harissa chicken, pan-roasted thighs served with Mississippi basmati rice and tomato confit; Shrimp and grits with stone-ground grits and Gulf shrimp; and the braised lamb shank served with barley risotto, red wine sauce, and gremolata.

Three drinks from Complicated Pilgrim

From left to right: The G & G combines Trés Generaciones tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, green pepper bitters, and club soda, topped with a grapefruit wedge. The Thespian is a refreshing mixture of Aperol, Chambord, prosecco, and club soda with an orange wedge garnish. Tall and pink, the Savid blends Blue Note Juke Joint Bourbon with fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters. Image: MEMTD

Breakfast from Complicated Pilgrim, a new Memphis restaurant

What a great way to start the day! The breakfasts at Complicated Pilgrim are scrumptious. Image: MEMTD

Dessert from Complicated Pilgrim

Finish your meal with a mouth-watering dessert. Image: MEMTD

Hog Wild East

921 S. Yates, Memphis, TN, 38120 • (901) 522-9453
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ernie Mellor, owner of Hog Wild BBQ and A Moveable Feast, says the catering industry was absolutely flattened by the pandemic. It seemed one day they were booking events, and the next, they faced a complete shutdown. His first pivot was to offer home delivery of many of their most popular catering dishes. His next was to open a bricks-and-mortar location offering both take-and-bake and takeout. Customers to the newly opened Hog Wild East can pick up delicious casseroles, barbeque pizzas, yummy dips, specialty sauces, homemade chips, and house-made ice cream to go. Made-to-order items include the ever-popular barbeque nachos; hearty sandwiches made with brisket, smoked chicken, and pulled pork; ribs; and fresh salads.

BBQ nachos from Hog Wild, a new Memphis restaurant

The barbeque nachos at Hog Wild BBQ are famous! Image: Hailey Warriner

"Killa Wet Sauce" from Hog Wild

Pick up one of the amazing specialty sauces, like the Killa Wet Sauce. Image: Hailey Warriner

Over Yonder ice cream

Over Yonder ice cream is made in-house. Yum! Image: Schuyler O’Brien

Raw Girls Downtown

150 Peabody Place, Suite 118, Memphis, TN 38103
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Raw Girls bring their fresh-pressed juices, plant-based salads, soups, and gluten-free baked goods to a new location downtown. Owners Amy and Hannah Pickle offer a full coffee bar, wine, and beer from Hampline Brewery in the colorful and welcoming café, the newest addition to the Raw Girls food trucks on Cooper Street and Poplar, and a bricks-and-mortar location in Saddlecreek in Germantown. The new café has indoor and outdoor seating as well as the grab-and-go items customers love. For those dining in, hot soups such as fan-favorite French lentil and chilled gazpacho are on the menu, along with fresh smoothies and bruschetta – all plant-based and gluten-free, of course!

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Juices at Raw Girls, a new Memphis restaurant

Head to Raw Girls‘ new downtown location for fresh-pressed juices, salads, baked goods, and more. Image: Raw Girls

Zayde’s at the J

6560 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38138 • (901) 208-3495
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Zayde’s NYC Deli has a new bricks-and-mortar location. As befits the popular kosher meal delivery service, Zayde’s at the J has found a welcoming home in the Memphis Jewish Community Center. Owner and chef Marisa Baggett has created a tasty menu featuring noshes, salads, and sandwiches for lunch, with future plans for dinner and for a kiosk by the MJCC pool once it opens.

Noshes include spinach potato knish and matzo ball soup. A selection of tasty sandwiches ranges from a traditional corned beef on rye made with Marisa’s in-house brined meat, to the Sabich Wanpaku Sando – hummus, grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, soft boiled egg, fried onion, cabbage, and marinated cucumbers on Challah. Craving a burger? Zayde’s has you covered, whether you eat meat or not. The Z Burger is served smash-style with all the fixings, and vegetarians can enjoy an Impossible Z Burger. Stop by on Wednesdays for their specials, usually Asian-influenced.

Corned beef on marble rye from Zayde’s at the J

The made-in-house corned beef on marble rye is a bestseller at Zayde’s! Image: Marisa Baggett

Veggie grilled flatbreads from Zayde’s at the J, a new Memphis restaurant

Zayde’s NYC Deli serves chicken shawarma, coffee-scented beef, and veggie grilled flatbreads for dinner – they’ll be available at Zayde’s at the J as soon as dinner service launches. We can’t wait! Image: Marisa Baggett

Zayde’s Red Pepper & Chickpea Salad

The Roasted Red Pepper and Chickpea Salad is fresh, healthy, and delicious year-round. Image: Marisa Baggett

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