Best Memphis, TN Restaurants

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    9. Beauty Shop

    This trendy, festive restaurant is just as the name implies. Set in a 1940s beauty shop, some guests dine in refurbished hairdryer chairs, and you can almost see the ghosts of the wash-and-set,set that used to come...

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    8. Mosa Asian Bistro

    A fresh -and we mean fresh -take on Asian dining, Mosa is a bistro that combines the best of Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes - noodle and rice bowls, curries and a host of small plates - in a casual atmosphere that...

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    6. Paulette's

    This icon of the Memphis dining scene moved from its longtime house-like location in Overton Square into a smaller space withing the River Inn in Harbortown in 2011, and many were worried that Paulette's would never...

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    4. Sweet Grass

    With a seasonal menu and a focus on locally grown produce, the menu is never quite the same each evening at Sweet Grass, but one can always count on an artful combination of Low Country cooking combined with an...

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    3. Hog & Hominy

    The more casual brainchild of young chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, Hog & Hominy is a tribute to the pair's roots - both Southern and Italian. The result is a mix of vegetable dishes, pork-focused main...

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    1. Restaurant Iris

    Chef Kelly English is always in the house - as in, the darling house in Midtown that serves as the backdrop for Iris. The homey feel of the individual dining rooms is supplemented by great artwork and a low-key...

    Photo courtesy of Restaurant Iris

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About Memphis, TN Restaurants

Memphis is known first and foremost for its mouthwatering barbecue -- and we are all about pork here, thank you very much. Prepared in all different varieties like dry rub ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, wet ribs, and even spaghetti, Memphis' barbecue is world famous and never to be surpassed. Every Memphian has their personal favorite, and debates over the finest swine can be heard every evening at any barbecue joint. Try Central BBQ for killer pork nachos and the best all-round experience, with a huge deck for alfresco dining and super-friendly service; hit the Rendezvous for ribs and the social scene, and try the Bar-b-Que Shop for the best sauce.

Memphis supplements its reputation for soul food and barbecue with a surprisingly upscale dining scene, including Alchemy for small plates with international flair, Restaurant Iris for innovative Creole, and Sweet Grass for Low Country comfort food.

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