Game On: Find the Best Eats near FedExForum in Memphis



FedEx is Memphis; the global logistics company founded by hometown boy Fred Smith is the city's top employer and corporate citizen. So it's no wonder that when the city built a new home for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies that FedEx claimed the naming rights to the Forum - and what a nice bear den it is.

Located in downtown Memphis with Beale Street as its backdrop, the Forum - which also hosts every major concert and entertainment or sporting in the MidSouth - is in a prime location, surrounded by the frivolity of Beale and some of the best restaurants in the Memphis. The question isn't whether to eat before heading into the Forum, but where to eat before heading into the Forum.

Our list of the 10Best restaurants near FedEx Forum includes something for every taste, as well as something for every budget and style - i.e. - date night or family outing. All of the restaurants are within walking distance of the Forum.

Try the Peabody's Capriccio Grill for a steakhouse dinner, the hidden-away Itta Bena for happy hour appetizers and drinks (or a full-blown meal), or the famous Rendezvous for Memphis barbecue. For a quick and easy meal, hit Dyer's Burgers or Huey's. Whatever option you choose, restaurants near the FedEx Forum are plentiful and plenty good.




Aldo's Pizza Pies specializes in hand-tossed pizzas, a wide variety of beer - 30 different draughts and 30 bottled options - and is quickly becoming known as the patio dining spot downtown. Situated on scenic Main Street in a cavernous space...  Read More


Blues City Cafe


Blues City Cafe, in the heart of Memphis's nightlife scene, offers the right ingredients for a perfect evening – terrific food and great blues (played right next door at the Band Box). While some folks may dispute the place's claim to the...  Read More




One local politico lovingly calls this Memphis favorite "ambrosia of pork" -but locals simply call it the 'Vous. Charlie Vergos started this Memphis landmark in 1948 - selling pork sandwiches and coleslaw on the street, eventually opening...  Read More


Dyer's Burgers
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A lively Beale Street location complements the character of this '50s-style restaurant, which has additional locations throughout town but we love this one for its seemingly always-open, funky vibe. Opened in 1912, Dyer's has served its...  Read More




Take off for a taste experience at this downtown Memphis restaurant - with flights of both wine and food, the options are seemingly endless. From champagne flights to salad flights to beef or seafood, cabernets or chardonnays, it can actually be...  Read More




Memphis has more than its fair share of neighborhood bar and grills, and Huey's happens to be one of the best. The atmosphere is no frills and all bar, and the menu features what many locals regard as the area's tastiest burger. With...  Read More


Capriccio Grill - Peabody Hotel Memphis
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Capriccio is a solid downtown dining choice, and a good option for a meal downtown if you want to avoid post-game crowds (and craziness) on Beale Street. It's not every day that a hotel restaurant becomes a must-eat for locals. But in the case...  Read More




eighty3 is the Madison Hotel's chic bar and restaurant (on the ground - there's another up on top of the hotel - Twilight Sky Terrace). eighty3 added outside dining in 2014, and it's been a hit. The space feels intimate, but actually seats a...  Read More




This South Main neighborhood gastropub is a bit of a secret spot, with its in-the-middle-of South Main location, in a block that needs some more gentrification. The good news is that this stretch of South Main is improving daily - thanks in...  Read More




Tucked high above noisy Beale Street, but with a great view of the action, Itta Bena is a lush bit of quiet yet rustic elegance that sits on top of B.B. King's Beale Street club. With a practically unmarked entrance (facing Second Avenue, around...  Read More


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Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally

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