Memphis restaurants bring on spring with seasonal dishes and perfect patios

Spring in Memphis is pretty darn fabulous, from the warm days and cool nights, the low humidity, the colorful flowering trees and bushes, farm-fresh produce get the picture: It's spring!

From restaurants that overlook the Mississippi River to those with patio hideaways and seasonal menus featuring the luscious bounty from nearby farms, there's no better time to explore the city's dining scene than spring.

For romantic views of the sun setting over the river, two rooftop options are just the ticket - Terrace at the River Inn and the Twilight Sky Terrace at the Madison Hotel. In East Memphis, Acre entices with seasonal dining and a candlelit terrace; the Kitchen at Shelby Farms mixes casual dining and a focus on locally-sourced foods with a big city park backdrop.

Get out and enjoy the season with our list of favorite eateries at which to herald the new season and fresh local ingredients.



When it's toasty outside (and frankly, even when it's not), Memphians hit La Michoacana for paletas and Mexican ice cream. Flavors and options are all over the map � choose from cups or cones for your ice cream (corn, Mexican cake, chili...  Read More



Cheffie's is where the guest is the chef - building salads and sandwiches from scratch - or for those who can't make a decision, you can choose from a broad menu of options. We love, love, love the salad-making; choose from a few lettuce...  Read More



Felicia Suzanne Willett is an alum of Johnson & Wales in Charleston, South Carolina, and former prot�g�e of Emeril Lagasse; her eponymous restaurant opened in 2002 in the historic Lowenstein Building at the corner of Main and...  Read More



The Kitchen brings the philosophy of founder Kimball Musk to Memphis with a beautifully designed, naturally chic ambiance. Natural light floods in through the huge glass windows that overlook the revitalized Shelby Farms. Inside the...  Read More



One of the most unique spots in town, the Trolley Stop is part restaurant, part bar, part market and part gift store - and we adore each and every part that exists here. The cavernous space located across from the Orleans trolley stop on...  Read More



The newest entry in the downtown hotel rooftop scene, Twilight is a super-chic space with commanding views of the Mississippi. Perched atop the boutique Madison Hotel, the refurbished rooftop space now includes comfy seating for lounging,...  Read More



This trendy, festive restaurant is just as the name implies. Set in a 1940s beauty shop, some guests dine in refurbished hairdryer chairs, and you can almost see the ghosts of the wash-and-set,set that used to come in for a curl....  Read More



The Terrace at the River Inn has upgraded to become a year-round spot - and brings a casual yet upscale nightlife offering to Harbor Town. Big glass windows are either thrown wide open to welcome the weather - or closed to ward it off - and...  Read More



Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman have another hit on their hands; Porcellino's is the duo's third restaurant on Brookhaven Circle, joining their upscale original, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and their superbly casual pizza & comfort...  Read More



Acre's lush patio is one of our favorites in town, thanks to the pretty wooded setting that surrounds the rough-hewn stone walls and smooth slate underfoot. (Ladies can catch a real feel of spring in the charming restroom, which features...  Read More


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