The Best Southern Food in Memphis

The best southern food in Memphis can be found in the many restaurants throughout the city. You generally don’t have to go far from your hotel to find something that is out of this world delicious.

When you think of southern food, what comes to mind?

I might have spoiled your thought process a little with the bowl of barbeque chicken above. Sorry.

Not sorry.

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Loflin Yard

Head on over to Loflin Yard if you want a delicious variety of food.

I was a little surprised when I walked through the entrance. Loflin Yard reminded me so much of the beer gardens in Berlin.

They have everything from to die for brisket tacos to a delicious cheese dip that I couldn’t get enough of.

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They also have a delicious veggie plate. I could have eaten the whole tray of veggies – well, maybe not all of it – and been a happy blogger.

Central Barbeque

Central Barbeque has a couple locations around Memphis. The one we visited was close to downtown and had a line of people waiting to be seated.

After seeing and eating these barbeque nachos it is easy to see why there was a line out the door.

And the mac ‘n’ cheese and pulled pork topped beans.

Spoiler… they were delicious too.

And then there were the ribs. I had never had dry rub ribs before so that is what I tried. I was a little disappointed in how dry the meat was. Everyone else seemed to think they were fine and loved them. So maybe mine was from a dry batch.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Just when I thought we were done eating, the guy next to me asked if I wanted a photo of the dessert.

The servers had brought us peach and apple cobbler to finish the meal with.

Blues City Cafe

Right at the start of Beale Street is a touristy looking cafe with some of the best ribs I had in Memphis.

The ribs were perfectly juicy and fell right off the bone. I could have eaten a whole rack of ribs, but my wallet opted for the half rack.

Save room for a gooey chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and fudge. You’ll die and go to chocolate heaven.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus’s is a must do if you are in Memphis. Even if you’re like me and spend no money eating out at restaurants when you travel, Gus’s is a must!

I had about a half hour before I needed to be somewhere and the wait for a table was just as long so I ended up ordering my chicken to go. I got my back of food in about ten minutes and was on my way to where I needed to be.

The chicken was a bit spicy for my bland North Dakota palette, but damn was it good. I wish I would have ordered more than just two pieces.


Railgarten is another beer garden in Memphis that has some amazing food. And delicious frozen whiskey.

I loved the mash potatoes (who doesn’t love mashed potatoes?!), the salad, and the veggie burger.

Don’t get me wrong, I love meat, but after all the delicious barbeque and meat, I needed something a little different in my diet for the day.

Memphis is a Food Lover’s Paradise

Memphis has over 100 restaurants dedicated to barbeque and many more with other delicious things that need to get in your belly.

Have you eaten in Memphis? Where was your favorite place? Would you try any of this food?

Tell me in the comments below!

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Many thanks to Memphis Tourism, The Peabody, and Mediavine for partially hosting my stay in Memphis, Tennessee. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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