Catch a Great Game and Meal Near the Liberty Bowl

The Liberty Bowl is both an actual stadium - home field for the University of Memphis Tigers - as well as  one of the post-season NCAA Football bowl games, pitting teams from the Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences against one another in late December. And while you can get yourself invited to a tailgate party in the festive Tiger Lane, or indulge in the wonders of all that is stadium food, there's something to be said about actually sitting down and enjoying a pre- or post-game meal.

Fortunately, Midtown Memphis, home to the University and the Liberty Bowl, offers a myriad of options for dining. From the stadium, you could walk into the Cooper-Young neighborhood (about five blocks west of the stadium grounds) and grab craft beers and huge sandwiches - and if you're lucky,some live music - at the Young Avenue Deli, or relax with fine wines and low country cuisine at Sweet Grass. Head over to Overton Square its varied food scene, with fresh Mexican at Babalu, the upscale Italian Bari, and the festive Second Line with its New Orleans-inspired cuisine.

Whether you're in the mood for quick & easy & inexpensive or chef-selected cheese plates with paired wines, there's something for every taste and budget within a short distance of the Liberty Bowl.

Sweet Grass
Photo courtesy of Lisa Buser


With a seasonal menu and a focus on locally grown produce, the menu is never quite the same each evening at Sweet Grass, but one can always count on an artful combination of Low Country cooking combined with an overall Southern flair. Our...  Read More



Influenced by the flavors of Southern Italy, especially the Puglia region, Bari serves authentic Italian fare made from only the freshest ingredients. Its intimate setting and attentive service are perfect for a romantic evening out. Bari...  Read More

Boscos Squared


With a hip, casual atmosphere, this micro-brewery serves up a yummy Sunday brunch. The a la carte menu includes omelets, Belgian waffles, lots of variations of eggs Benedict, sandwiches, hot entrees, and the restaurant's signature wood-fired...  Read More

Brother Juniper's


This funky little breakfast nook, once owned by an Eastern Orthodox priest, stands apart from other breakfast places thanks to its fresh, healthy options. Practically located on the University of Memphis campus, one would expect that college...  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



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



Babalus Tacos & Tapas is a Southern mini-chain, if you will; the original is in Jackson, MS, the Memphis location in Overton Square was restaurant dos, and Birmingham gets numero tres. The food is super-fresh, the ambiance rocking, and the...  Read More



The Second Line is chef Kelly English's more casual, New Orleans-influenced spot that's right next door to his Restaurant Iris. As with Iris, English took an old Midtown house with lots of character and a nice porch and space for outdoor...  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



Central is one of our 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 work of...  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