The food and dining scene in Memphis is dynamic and exciting, with new concepts and old favorites offering an ever-expanding menu of delights. Here are some of the newest additions to the local dining scene, plus more exciting news and events!
247 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 722-2700
Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The owner of longtime favorite Café 1912 bought the space next door and opened a wine and tapas bar earlier this summer. The menu features Spanish-inspired tapas dishes ranging from salads to desserts, with bites like Spanish-style tortilla with chorizo and cheese, or bocadillos, little sandwiches filled with spiced tuna salad or ham and cheese. There is a nice wine list available by the bottle or the glass and a creative list of cocktails, as well.
855 Kentucky St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 207-5111
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Owner Paul Atkinson calls it a five-star dive bar, and this quirky venue near the South Bluffs serves up classic bar fare with a twist — like soy ginger wings and a chicken debris sandwich. One recent weekly special was the Sinful Delight, which features meat, cheese and bacon on a toasted glazed donut. So there’s that. Dirty Crow also has a rotating schedule of music worth checking out.
62 Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 590-2828
Hours: Tuesdays and some Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Kelly English, the Restaurant Iris and The Second Line helmer, has launched a series of Tuesday (and some Wednesday) night dinners in the space at 62 Cooper, where his Iris Catering is housed. Each week, Kelly and his team test new menu item ideas. He has said it’s a great way to allow his kitchen crew a chance to show off what they do. Tickets must be bought in advance and cost $62, which includes tax, tip and beverages. Most Tuesdays are sold out already; look for more dates to be added by stalking the ticketing page here.
3092 Poplar Ave., Suite #11, Memphis, TN 38111 • (901) 324-2221
Hours: Lunch — Daily, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner — Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mac Edwards probably hasn’t had much sleep this summer. He’s been plotting the move of The Farmer from its original location on Highland to the space in Chickasaw Oaks formerly held by Just for Lunch, which closed at the end of July. The new location opened this week and we cannot wait to check out the new digs.
1761 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38111 • (901) 725-9025
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Midtown stalwart Fuel Café closed briefly while they managed the catering for the “Million Dollar Quartet” television show that filmed in town. The café is now reopened with some updates to the space and the menu, so we’ll be able to get those delicious fries and vegan specialties in the funky converted gas station space again.
120 Mulberry St., Collierville, TN, 38017
We’ve been patient and can report that food champion Mac Edwards is hoping to open his location on the Square in Collierville in the next few weeks. The space once housed Brooks Pharmacy, hence the name. The menu will echo that of his restaurant The Farmer, featuring elevated meat and three options made with locally sourced ingredients.
We are still waiting (eagerly) for several new places we mentioned in our last restaurant round-up to open their doors. Here’s what we know:
- Southern Social will open in the old Elfo’s space in Germantown, created by the owners of downtown’s Flight.
- The Kitchen at Shelby Farms Park, part of a farm-to-table chain that is the brainchild of billionaire Kimball Musk, has delayed its planned August opening — but we’ll keep you posted with news.
- 148 North in Collierville is still in the works and no opening date has been set.
- Charming Cooper-Young café Tart is opening a location called Tart Express in One Commerce Square downtown. No word yet on what the menu will include but look for an opening in September.
- It’s all a big mystery right now but the folks from Elwood’s Shack are planning to open Elwood’s Shells, a seafood joint. No location has been revealed — nor an opening date — but lovers of those steelhead trout tacos should keep an eye out.
- We all are eagerly awaiting the opening of Catherine & Mary’s, the new venture downtown in the Chisca Hotel, from Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Porcellino’s and Hog and Hominy. No opening date has been announced but hiring has begun, so we might be close.
- Boutique Hotel Napoleon is set to open in a few weeks downtown in an historic building at the corner of Madison and Third. It will include Luna Restaurant and Bar, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have an extensive cocktail menu.
- Roger Sapp and Craig Blondis from Central BBQ and Ryan Trimm from Sweet Grass are planning two breakfast joints to open in the fall, one next to Central BBQ on Central and the other in the old Neely’s on Jefferson. No name or date yet but I know I’m ready for barbecue for breakfast!
Food Events to Look Forward To
The secret supper club concept is gearing up in Memphis with two entries. Location, menus and all the details will be announced shortly before the event, so it’s all an exciting adventure. Chef Philip Dewayne is planning a series of eight pop-up supper clubs, called S8cred, for the fall, and Chef Jimmy Gentry is launching Paradox Underground. Check these sites for more info.
Sheet Rock ‘n’ Roll benefiting Habitat for Humanity on August 25, 2016, sounds like an amazing opportunity to taste food from some of the best chefs in the area, including Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Kelly English and John Currence — plus Ryan Prewitt from Peche and Steven Stryjewski from Cochon in New Orleans. Oh, and the special guests will be Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.
The Best Memphis Burger Fest is a burger-themed fundraiser for Memphis PAWS , an organization that helps support local animal welfare charities. The burger bash takes over Tiger Lane at Liberty Bowl Stadium on August 28, 2016.
Outstanding in the Field is a nationwide series of dinners created by local chefs and hosted by local farms. The event is coming to Delta Sol Farms in Proctor, AR, on October 14, 2016. Chefs Michael Hanna and Brown Burch will be cooking.
The inaugural Memphis Food and Wine Festival is set for October 15, 2016. Organized by Jose Gutierrez, the event will feature renowned chefs from Memphis and beyond, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Vivian Howard — plus the event benefits FedEx Family House at Le Bonheur. It’s an amazing lineup, so buy your tickets now.
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