The Liberty Bowl is both an actual stadium - home field for the University of Memphis Tigers - as well as one of the post-season NCAA Football bowl games, pitting teams from the Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences against one another in late December. And while you can get yourself invited to a tailgate party in the festive Tiger Lane, or indulge in the wonders of all that is stadium food, there's something to be said about actually sitting down and enjoying a pre- or post-game meal.
Fortunately, Midtown Memphis, home to the University and the Liberty Bowl, offers a myriad of options for dining. From the stadium, you could walk into the Cooper-Young neighborhood (about five blocks west of the stadium grounds) and grab craft beers and huge sandwiches - and if you're lucky,some live music - at the Young Avenue Deli, or relax with fine wines and low country cuisine at Sweet Grass. Head over to Overton Square its varied food scene, with fresh Mexican at Babalu, the upscale Italian Bari, and the festive Second Line with its New Orleans-inspired cuisine.
Whether you're in the mood for quick & easy & inexpensive or chef-selected cheese plates with paired wines, there's something for every taste and budget within a short distance of the Liberty Bowl.