Top 5 BBQ
The story goes that if you ask anyone in Memphis for their favorite Barbecue joint they will give you a passionate answer. But then no two will agree! In that spirit here are five of the best that earned high praise from our Sense of Place sources.
- Charley Vergos’ Rendezvous 52 South 2nd Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 523-2746 website
- Cozy Corner 745 North Parkway Memphis, TN 38105 (901) 527-9158 website
- Payne’s BBQ 1762 Lamar Ave Memphis, TN 38114 (901) 272-1523 website
- Interstate Barbecue 2265 S 3rd St Memphis, TN 38109 (901) 775-2304 website
- A&R Barbecue 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, TN 38106 (901) 774-7444 website
Top 5 Restaurants
It is impossible to define a city’s cuisine with only a handful of restaurants. But here are five very different and distinct restaurants that the World Cafe crew and our Sense of Place sources can recommend. Personally I would make a separate trip just for the fried chicken..
- Gus’ Fried Chicken 730 South Mendenhall Road Memphis, TN 38117 (901) 767-2323 website
- Alchemy 940 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 726-4444 website
- Soul Fish Cafe 862 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 725-0722 website
- RP Tracks 3547 Walker Avenue Memphis, TN 38111 (901) 327-1471 website
- Other Lands Coffee Bar 641 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 278-4994 website
Top 5 Recording Studios
The history of Memphis music is in the walls of five studios that were there at the beginning of rock and soul music. Four of them are still there at their original addresses. You can tour two of them, Stax and Sun. Three of them are working studios: Sun, Ardent and Royal where contemporary artists still record. Alas one (American) is a parking lot. But pay a visit anyway.
- Stax Museum 926 E McLemore Ave Memphis, TN 38106 (901) 942-7685 website
- Sun Studios 706 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 521-0664 website
- Ardent Studios 2000 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 725-0855 website
- Royal Studios 1320 South Lauderdale Street Memphis, TN 38106 (901) 775-3790 website
- American Studios (RIP) 827 Thomas Street in Memphis, Tennessee website
Top 5 Music Venues
Here is a variety of clubs and theaters to check out on your Memphis trip. The New Daisy is a large (1000+) showcase theater. Wild Bill’s is a late night Juke Joint that is hard to find anywhere else. Minglewood Hall and Young Avenue Deli will give you an idea of what is happening with young bands. And The Mud Island Ampitheater is a seasonal venue in the middle of the Mississippi.
- The New Daisy Theater 330 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 525-8981 website
- Wild Bill’s 1580 Vollintine Avenue Memphis, TN 38107 (901) 726-5473 website
- Minglewood Hall 1555 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 312-6058 website
- Young Avenue Deli 2119 Young Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 278-0034 website
- Mud Island Amphitheater 125 N Front St Memphis, Tennessee 800-507-6507 website
Top 5 Sites
Some more of the places you should not miss on any Memphis trip. Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum were the two most defining visits of our trip. Spend a Sunday morning at Reverend Al’s. Leavitt Shell is a beautiful outdoor venue.
- Graceland 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 332-3329 website
- National Civil Rights Museum 450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 521-9699 website
- Full Gospel Tabernacle Church (Al Green’s church) 787 Hale Road Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 570-1464 website
- Levitt Shell 1928 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 272-2722 website
- Memphis Rock N Soul Museum 191 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 205-2533 website