Once the home of a thriving Wonder Bread factory, bustling industrial spaces, and some of the city’s first car dealerships, the Edge District spent many years on the fringe, full of unrecognized potential. Over the past several years, though, the Edge has come into its own as an up-and-coming neighborhood with plenty of opportunities for growth. Home to some of the city’s coolest places to eat, drink, and play, the Edge District is a great spot to spend an afternoon!
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
No matter what your taste buds are craving, you are sure to find it in the Edge District. Looking for a mouthwatering brew? Local favorite High Cotton Brewing Company is one of the earliest businesses to have recognized the district’s potential, opening a taproom on Monroe in 2014. A more recent addition is Memphis Made Brewing Co. on Cooper. Both breweries offer a fabulous selection of locally crafted brews — some permanently on tap, plus seasonal rotations.
For dining early in the day, Sunrise Memphis is a great choice for breakfast or lunch, offering biscuit sammies, omelets, and bowls. A longtime Memphis favorite, Edge Alley also serves lunch Wednesday through Friday and brunch on the weekends. The avocado toasts and shrimp and grits are brunch standouts, and Edge Alley’s coffee is some of the best in town.
For an evening of light bites and cocktails in an upscale setting — Inkwell is the spot, ideal for date nights and catching up with friends. Expect craft cocktails like the Ichigo, with strawberry gin, strawberry syrup, lemon, and basil. Keep in mind that they don’t accept reservations (but they do host private events!), and be sure to bring a credit card, as they do not accept cash.
Chef Tam’s Underground Café, a Memphis classic, is a popular soul-food joint. Bright, colorful, and welcoming, the restaurant serves up some seriously delectable dishes such as their Grown Folks Chicken and Waffles, Deep Fried Ribs, and Big Mouth Burgers.
Stop by C-Lou Patton’s House for a wide selection of savory pies, including must-try quiche. And it’s not Memphis without a little barbecue! Folks craving some ’cue can find Memphis-style ribs and pulled pork sandwiches at Arnold’s BBQ and Grill.
WHERE TO PLAY
Historic Sun Studio has been a part of the fabric of the Edge District since 1950. Opened by legendary music producer Sam Phillips, “The Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll” has seen a roster of the greats come through the doors: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison — the list goes on. Visitors can tour Sun Studio any day of the week.
Just down the road is the Edge Motor Museum, Memphis’ only auto museum. In the exhibit “American Speed,” the museum highlights the rise and fall of the American sports car, featuring cars from post-war through 1974. “If you are in the neighborhood visiting Sun Studio, we showcase the cars from the same eras that they highlight music,” says Executive Director Richard Vining. “We even have a Rocket 88 on display, which is the name of the first-ever rock ‘n’ roll song recorded right here in the Edge at Sun Studio.”
Feeling a little more adventurous? Formerly confined to lumberjack competitions, axe throwing is growing in popularity nationwide — including in the Edge District. Craft Axe Throwing — Memphis offers both competitive and casual play with 14 throwing lanes in a fun, safe environment.
And, of course, no visit to the Edge would be complete without the most quintessential American pastime. Technically downtown (but close enough for us!), AutoZone Park is home to Memphis Redbirds baseball and 901 FC.
Residents and visitors to the area can put on a spectacular event with LEO Events, an award-winning, certified woman-owned business, or take advantage of Wonder Cowork Create, a coworking space that fosters a community of freelancers and small businesses. Premiere Palace Ballroom offers a recently updated, multifaceted space for hosting corporate meetings to wedding receptions. Exercise enthusiasts can find their jam at Spincult Cycling Studio.
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