Dining in downtown Memphis covers every base imaginable, and that's what our list covers - some fancy, some no frills, and some all-out must eats. Most of the restaurants listed here are within walking distance of the main business district; a few in the South Main district - like Gus's and The Arcade - are easy to reach via the trolley. Paulette's and the Trolley Stop are outside the main downtown district, but both are considered downtown locations, the former in Harbor Town and the latter along Madison, accessible by the Madison line of the Trolley. Barbecue, of course, is a Memphis must; Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous has been pulling in folks with its can't-resist aroma for decades. The Peabody Hotel's lush Chez Philippe is an experience like no other, with gilded columns, an expansive and traditional continental menu and an incredibly divine wait staff. For spicy Southern fried chicken - and we do mean spicy - try Gus's; the best milkshakes and diner-style food is found at the oldest restaurant in town, The Arcade. If you're plans in Memphis only include downtown attractions and spots, then this list will see you through breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a unique flavor to each meal.
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