Late-Night Eats Are Easy to Find around the City of Memphis

It used to be that to find late-night food in Memphis you'd have to make it yourself. But when Beale Street made a comeback in the 1990's, there was suddenly a lot of late-night grub to soak up that all-evening imbibing Beale Street patrons were doing.

Now, however, there are late-night options scattered around the city, with most centered in downtown and Midtown. Our list of the best late-night restaurants include some of Beale Street's best stops, where you'll still enjoy the blues while chowing down on a late night meal. Blues City Cafe is an institution, both for its catfish and ribs (you can order them separately or together) and its music, while the Rum Boogie Cafe offers a wider choice of music with its standard fare.

Not too far afield from Beale is Earnestine and Hazel's, the former bordello-turned-hotspot. The Soul Burger is what we always crave after a night out on the town; it is juicy, slightly spicy, and packed with just the right amount of fat and carbs. In East Memphis, the options are fewer but no less colorful, with the Cheers-like neighborhood feel of the Belmont Grill and the cool hipster vibe of Muddy's Bake Shop our fave for a sweet end to the evening.

Blues City Cafe


Blues City Cafe, in the heart of Memphis's nightlife scene, offers the right ingredients for a perfect evening – terrific food and great blues (played right next door at the Band Box). While some folks may dispute the place's claim to the...  Read More



This funky little spot in Cooper Young opened in 2013 with little fanfare but loads of fans; chef Karen Carrier's latest nightspot / restaurant is fresh and hip and a great addition to the neighborhood nightlife scene. Decorated with...  Read More



It's a bit ironic that such a huge space is dedicated to small plates - but after a signature cocktail or two from the mixologists at the wrap-around bar in this Cooper-Young eatery, who pays attention to irony, anyway? Alchemy works so well...  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

Green Beetle


You've got to love a place that was open in the 1930's - and was rumored to be a speakeasy during Prohibition - that's found its way back to being a hip joint in 2012. The Green Beetle (it can't be called anything else, as outlined in the...  Read More



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

Young Avenue Deli
Photo courtesy of Courtesy Young Avenue Deli


Don't be thrown by the name; this cavernous space is indeed a deli - and a tasty one, at that. Young Avenue has one of the broadest menus we've ever laid eyes on; there's everything from killer fish and chips to a cowboy pita to a pimento...  Read More



On any given night, you can walk into the Rum Boogie Cafe and hear great blues, rock or country bands. While the beer selection has its fair share of admirers, the bar's dcor alone is enough to get most avid music fans in the door as the walls...  Read More



This gritty club – a former bordello and hotel, is the local go-to for late night drinks and an alcohol-absorbing Soul Burger – a tasty concoction of greasy burger with onions that helps one regain one's sobriety at the end of the evening....  Read More



When they say food / spirits on the Mollie Fontaine Web site, spirits has a double meaning - as in, the kind your drink and the kind who haunt old, Victorian homes. Mollie Fontaine is housed in a gorgeous Victorian mansion, stuffed with a...  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