It comes as no surprise that Memphis is chock-full of restaurants where the words 'home style' and 'family' are as much a part of the menu as biscuits, country ham, farm-fresh, and homemade.
In the region that brought the phrases biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and meat-and-three into the American dining lexicon, and despite the city's food-forward reputation, restaurants that are considered home cooking are still as busy as ever. A meat-and-three, for those unfamiliar with the phrase, is a daily special that offers a meat with your choice of three vegetables. And, to further confuse things, mac and cheese casseroles and grits are sometimes considered vegetables here in the South.
Our list includes some of the city's best cooking - and certainly include the kinds of places where you should come hungry and check your diet at the door. From downtown's favorite lunch-only, power-broker lunch spot, the Little Tea Shop, to a homey suburban steakhouse, to the Woman's Exchange, which supports local non-profits (and has the best lunch deals in town), you never have to travel far to indulge in some serious Southern comfort.
A few of the spots on our list serve lunch only, a few others stay open for dinner - but not as late as most restaurants in town. Pay special attention to holiday schedules, too, as these mostly family-owned operations close for holidays.