Where to Eat Lunch in Memphis: Find Comfort Food Beyond Just Southern

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Memphis and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers will find everything from the little tea room where the big names in business lunch, a hard to beat Gus's World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken, which serves the perfect fried chicken, and a few of the city's best new restaurants featuring young, hip, and nationally-adored chefs.

Hog & Hominy is one of the country's hottest restaurants - and it's a long wait during dinner, But at lunch, there's rarely a wait; much of the menu is the same and you can even score their delicious polenta (not always on the menu) as a side if you ask kindly.

Our list covers every corner of town, a variety of cuisines, and a price point that fits every wallet.  Many of the eateries on our list - including Mosa and Swanky's - offer take out if dining in isn't an option.  So from downtown to east Memphis, from swanky to simple, you can find just what you're taste buds are asking for, at the right price.



This trendy, festive restaurant is just as the name implies. Set in a 1940s beauty shop, some guests dine in refurbished hairdryer chairs, and you can almost see the ghosts of the wash-and-set,set that used to come in for a curl....  Read More



Cheffie's is where the guest is the chef - building salads and sandwiches from scratch - or for those who can't make a decision, you can choose from a broad menu of options. We love, love, love the salad-making; choose from a few lettuce...  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



During lunch, it's a walk-up and order spot, with the line moving quickly as customers build-their-own burritos, tacos and salads " with the help of the friendly and often teasing food builders. One can get more complicated at lunch;...  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



Ladies who lunch in Memphis often lunch at the Woman's Exchange; it's a cozy lunch spot where the food is so much more than chicken salad, although that's on the menu too. Opened in the early 60's in a Midtown house, it hasn't changed a lot...  Read More



The more casual brainchild of young chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, Hog & Hominy is a tribute to the pair's roots - both Southern and Italian. The result is a mix of vegetable dishes, pork-focused main dishes and wood-fired pizzas "...  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, now are they? No, they come for the freshly-made guacamole, chunky and...  Read More



A fresh -and we mean fresh -take on Asian dining, 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...  Read More

Capriccio Grill - Peabody Hotel Memphis
Photo courtesy of Sally Walker Davies


It's not every day that a hotel restaurant becomes a must-eat for locals. But in the case of the venerable Peabody Hotel, attracting the local crowd has never been an issue. To appeal to the business crowd, the folks at Capriccio have changed...  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