It used to be that to find late-night food in Memphis you'd have to make it yourself. But when Beale Street made a comeback in the 1990's, there was suddenly a lot of late-night grub to soak up that all-evening imbibing Beale Street patrons were doing.
Now, however, there are late-night options scattered around the city, with most centered in downtown and Midtown. Our list of the best late-night restaurants include some of Beale Street's best stops, where you'll still enjoy the blues while chowing down on a late night meal. Blues City Cafe is an institution, both for its catfish and ribs (you can order them separately or together) and its music, while the Rum Boogie Cafe offers a wider choice of music with its standard fare.
Not too far afield from Beale is Earnestine and Hazel's, the former bordello-turned-hotspot. The Soul Burger is what we always crave after a night out on the town; it is juicy, slightly spicy, and packed with just the right amount of fat and carbs. In East Memphis, the options are fewer but no less colorful, with the Cheers-like neighborhood feel of the Belmont Grill and the cool hipster vibe of Muddy's Bake Shop our fave for a sweet end to the evening.