Where to Eat Lunch in Memphis: Find Comfort Food Beyond Just Southern

Sally Walker Davies

By , Local Expert, Memphis
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Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Memphis and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers will find everything from the little tea room where the big names in business lunch, a hard to beat Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken, which serves the perfect fried chicken, and a few of the city's best new restaurants featuring young, hip, and nationally-adored chefs.

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    Southward Fare & Libations

    Fried green tomato sandwiches, a pimento cheese hamburger, and home cut potato chips..

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch is less expensive but no less fantastic; order the executive lunch - a daily special featuring a choice of potato leek soup or salad, an entree, dessert and iced tea."

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    Las Delicias

    Las Delicias is one of the best deals in town - you can score a bowl of fresh guacamole and two tacos for under $10.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be in the door by 11:15 to ensure you won't have a wait."

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    Mosa Asian Bistro

    Mosa's snappy staff and fresh food combine for the perfect - and quick - lunch hour.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can get a real vacation from the office, even if it's temporary, by enjoying lunch on Mosa's patio."

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    Hog & Hominy

    Hog & Hominy is one of the hottest restaurants in the country, and for lunch, it's easy to get a table and indulge.

    Local Expert Tip: "Snag the bocce court by arriving right at opening - 4 p.m. - on the weekends."

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    Woman's Exchange

    What could possibly be better than a great Southern lunch that supports a great cause?

    Local Expert Tip: "The other part of the Exchange is a gift store and specialty children's shop with hand-smocked clothing and charming hand-crafted gifts, including baby blankets and quilted animals."

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    Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken

    Gus's is quick a easy - and if you follow that 'eat like a prince at lunch' advice, the perfect choice.

    Local Expert Tip: " There are also locations in East Memphis and Collierville for those who can't make it downtown."

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    Swanky's Taco Shop

    Swanky's has a super-fast take-out counter, and you can call ahead if you're in a rush.

    Local Expert Tip: "During the heat of summer - July and August - avoid the patio at lunch, unless you like to sweat on your meal. Since the patio is a) uncovered and b) next to the parking lot, it's H-O-T."

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    The Little Tea Shop

    Going to the Little Tea Shop for lunch is like going to your grandma's house - loads of comfort food served up by a sweet lady.

    Local Expert Tip: "The homemade desserts are worth skipping dinner for, especially the tasty frozen pecan ball with hot fudge. And we don't even like pecans!"

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    Beauty Shop

    The Beauty Shop is the only place we know where you can order a daily grilled cheese special, complete with truffle oil fries. Yum.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to peruse the daily milkshake offerings, written in colorful marker on the dining room mirrors."

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    Cheffie's Cafe

    Cheffie's let's you be the chef, adding ingredients to any salad or sandwich at your own whim.

    Local Expert Tip: "Avoid the lunch take-out crowd - arrive by 11:30 or after 1:00."



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