Big Taste, Small Prices: The Best Values in Memphis Dining

Value can be a dangerous word when it comes to dining; after all, just because an entree or appetizer is well-priced doesn't mean it's a good value.

Memphis is a foodie heaven these days, thanks to young chefs with creative flair, the best part being that creative flair doesn't equate to expensive. Finding a meal that's worth the money and tempting to the taste buds is easy; picking the top of those experiences is a bit more difficult - but we've got you covered.

We picked these 10 best options for their high quality of food and their diversity in terms of offerings, locations, and pricing, and then decided that we define value as an overall experience, not just a bottom-line mind-set.

Our 'best value' picks range include a fine French restaurant where atmosphere and service - plus well-priced breakfasts - create a memorable and affordable experience; a funky old grocery store turned market / restaurant that serves up filling breakfasts and pizzas; and a neighborhood pizza parlor where they brush a butter garlic sauce on their crust. We've chosen our favorite Asian bistro for its fine food and super-friendly staff, a Midtown gastropub for its creative Southern cooking, and a tiny tea shop for it's 'just like grandma's cooking', no-nonsense food.

Get ready for value-dining, Memphis style.



This casual Italian restaurant is a family staple in east Memphis, and sets the perfect mood with an appealing atmosphere, heady aromas and the smooth stylings of Sinatra or Como coming from the speakers. But you're as likely to see canoodling...  Read More

Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken


The basic brick building on South Front might scare some folks away " but trust us, walk in and load up. Gus's is a franchise of the original in Mason, about an hour from Memphis; that eatery opened in 1953 and the chicken was served up in...  Read More



HUGE - and we mean HUGE slices of thick, stick-to-your-ribs cheesecake are served up in this unassuming little bakery / restaurant in South Main, with flavors changing daily " a total of something like 80 options in all (although just a dozen...  Read More



The Little Tea Shop is a family-owned downtown home-cooking restaurant. The Old Cotton Row eatery is like stepping back in time, with its vintage lunchroom atmosphere and old-fashioned menu. It's very common to see local business bigwigs...  Read More



The space is uninspiring, in the corner of a strip mall, with little decor on the walls and basic furnishings. But no one's coming to Las Delicias for the decor. No, they come for the freshly-made guacamole, chunky and perfectly blended with...  Read More



Since its move to the River Inn of Harbor Town, Paulette's is now open for breakfast daily, and that's a real treat as its breakfast offerings are lush - from eggs Benedict with creamy Hollandaise to hands-down the best French toast in town....  Read More

Brother Juniper's


This funky little breakfast nook, once owned by an Eastern Orthodox priest, stands apart from other breakfast places thanks to its fresh, healthy options. Practically located on the University of Memphis campus, one would expect that college...  Read More



The restaurant is tiny, the menu impressively expansive, and the pizza crust brushed with garlic sauce - what could be better? Probably the fact that High Point Pizza is nicely priced for family and date-night dining. With fried macaroni and...  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



Mosa is a bistro that combines the best of Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes - noodle and rice bowls, curries and a host of small plates - in a casual atmosphere that rocks with the business crowd at lunch. Dishes are made to order, truly...  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