Germantown's Best Restaurants Offer Local and Exotic Flavors

Just east of Memphis, Germantown is the kind of town that's pictured next to words like 'idyllic' and 'pastoral' in the dictionary. Will leafy lanes and rolling horse pastures, upscale shopping, plentiful parks and ginormous homes, Germantown has long been a nice escape from the bigger city of Memphis, whether for an afternoon or as a place to call home.

Until recently, you could count Germantown's locally-owned restaurants on just a few fingers and toes - but now, it is full of options for diners. The list we've compiled is made up of those restaurants that are locally owned and operated; we cover the most casual bagel shop and deli to the town's only white-tablecloth restaurant.

Barbecue is a given in this part of Tennessee, and the Germantown Commissary is a deliciously old-time spot to indulge at the altar of pork. With crowded dining areas, delectable pulled pork and pork ribs, and huge slices of cakes and pies to finish your meal, the Commissary is the best-loved of all this town's eateries. Other long-time favorites include the West St. Diner and City East Bagel & Deli - one of the best kosher delis in the whole region. And the venerable Grisanti family's Elfo's is where you go to see, be seen, and to partake in some of the best traditional and trendy Italian fare.

Whatever your taste buds are telling you they crave, you can eat local in Germantown.



Known to many as the "only real saloon" in the Memphis's Germantown area, the Forest Hill Grill (the former Belmont Grill) is a great gathering spot for comfort food among family and friends. This pub-style venue serves daily lunch specials from...  Read More



This Kosher deli / bagel shop / restaurant has been a staple in Germantown and East Memphis, with a steady stream of patrons from breakfast through lunch. The tables are crammed into the space, but few care, as most folks in this true...  Read More



Petra Cafe is one of Germantown's best-kept secrets, although those in the know crowd into the tiny restaurant at both lunch and dinner. Petra offers traditional Mediterranean and Middle Easten food, from beef and lamb gyros to falafel,...  Read More



Fish served up just about every way a Southerner would like it is the focus of Soul Fish, originally a Cooper Young eatery that's branching out east with the Germantown location and a fall 2013 opening in East Memphis. The restaurant boasts a...  Read More



Since 1985, the Correale family has served up a taste of New York Italian in their little Germantown restaurant, in its present location since 1987. It started as a small pizzeria serving calzones, stromboli, and more; when they made the move to...  Read More



A few local boys have hit the foodie scene hard in Memphis with Swanky's, turning a couple of cavernous strip mall spaces into some of the most popular eateries in town. In the evenings, Swanky's is a hip spot - especially on weekend nights,...  Read More



The original Germantown location of what is no a three-restaurant local chain is small and usually filled to capacity, especially on weekends. The sushi bar allows patrons to sit right up at the sushi making area, with a U-shapred counter...  Read More



Located in a century-old former country store in downtown Germantown, the Germantown Commissary serves some of the best barbecue around in the tiny building it calls home. At certain times, you may even have to yell your order to the waiter -...  Read More



The food at Las Tortugas is un-American - that is to say,it's made as if you were in Mexico City and hasn't been American-ized. The focus is tortas (sandwiches) and tacos, with an emphasis on all-fresh ingredients - think lots of fresh...  Read More



Elegant and graceful, Southern Social lives up to its name with a rarefied, lush interior and a menu packed with Southern favorites, from fried chicken to shrimp and grits. But it's more than the food equivalent of seersucker and white bucs,...  Read More


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