Best Family Restaurants in Memphis: Gather 'round These Dining Spots

How you view family-friendly restaurants pretty much depends on your phase of life. If you're toting the toddlers around, you know you need a spot where the kids can be kids and you can indulge in an adult beverage. In some cities, family-friendly often translates into a mediocre menu designed for the kids, not the parents. In Memphis, however, family-friendly is a good combination of words, as many of the city's best locally owned eateries welcome families.

Our list of the 10 Best restaurants for families covers every cuisine and neighborhood - and includes some of the city's best-loved eateries. Perhaps the most obviously family-friendly of all our list is Huey's, the hamburger emporium with locations all over town. Yes, there's a kid's menu at Huey's, and the atmosphere is loud and festive and fast - perfect for those with toddlers to teens. But the real reason Huey's tops our list is that it's the only place where kids (and parents) can write on the walls with Sharpies and you can shoot toothpicks through straws, in the hopes of piercing the ceiling. DO look out for the occasional toothpick dropping onto your table (hopefully not in your food!).

Barbecue joints Central and the Rendezvous are also excellent choices for families; we in Memphis believe that kids should start their barbecue education as early as possible. Southern favorites at The Cupboard and Gus's are sure bets for families, as is the Asian bistro Mosa and local cupcake emporium Muddy's, a place to head for a treat for those who cleaned their plates.



The restaurant is tiny, the menu impressively expansive, and the pizza crust brushed with garlic sauce – and this neighborhood pizza joint tosses some seriously good pizza that way better than anything one can have delivered in town. With...  Read More



The Cupboard opened in 1943, and quickly became a Memphis favorite, serving up basic but scrumptious home-y meals, with loads of options, daily specials, and some killer side dishes. It's kind of like eating at grandma's, if your grandma was...  Read More



Central is one of our family's favorites, thanks to the huge patio that's open during fine weather (often with a band tucked into the corner), the homemade potato chips with bleu cheese dressing (which our table of six agreed recently were the...  Read More



Kids can build-their-own burritos, quesadillas, tacos and salads using a check-the-box order form, meaning picky little ones can customize their food if they're old enough to order on their own. Kids will also love the white queso; it is super...  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



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



Mosa offers a truly fresh take on Asian dining, combining the best of Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes into one menu. There are noodle bowls and rice plates, curries, some really inventive entrees (3-seasoned shrimp is our current fave) and...  Read More



Started in 1919, The Arcade is Memphis' oldest continuously operating restaurant. Kids love it for its old-school diner look - pinkish walls, a counter with swivel stools, the soda fountain. And the equally love the menu, with burgers and fries,...  Read More



Muddy's is a Memphis institution - and that's saying something, given the fact it became one practically on the day it opened in 2008. The reason is the amazing, made-from-scratch, perfectly frosted, aptly named cupcakes it offers, including...  Read More



Memphis has more than its fair share of neighborhood bar and grills, and Huey's happens to be one of the best. It's also the family-friendliest joint in town. The atmosphere is no frills and the menu features a long list of tasty burger options...  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