Food Lover’s Guide To Memphis, Tennessee

May 7, 2015 8:00 AM

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There are many different reasons to plan a vacation to Memphis, Tennessee. This city offers visitors a variety of things to see and do during their getaway. You will be able to explore Graceland, the Beale Street Historic District, Mud Island, Memphis Zoo and so much more.

Chances are after a long day of exploring the Memphis area you will get a little bit hungry. Have no fear. Memphis is also home to many top restaurants offering everything from home-style southern cooking to fine dining. You will not go hungry when visiting Memphis.

Top Restaurants

Memphis is home to many different types of restaurants, including everything from fine dining to fast food. With such a variety of restaurant options available in the Memphis area, you are sure to find something you like and might even be introduced to a new favorite dish.

Top restaurants in the area include Hog & Hominy, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Chiwawa Midtown, Central BBQ, The Elegant Farmer, Fino’s From the Hill and Trolley Stop Market. If you are looking for a home-style breakfast, you will want to visit Brother Juniper’s or Bryant’s Breakfast.

If you would like to enjoy a nice glass of wine with your meal, Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar and Bari Ristorante e Encoteca all offer some of the best wine lists in the area.

Other notable restaurants in the Memphis area include:

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Food Trucks

Foods trucks have quickly taken over the foodie scene. These food trucks offer everything from cupcakes to burgers and Chinese to other specialty cuisine options. Almost every city across the country has multiple food trucks scattered throughout the city. Plus, several cities offer regular food truck rallies where all of the trucks gather in a central location for residents and visitors to have easy access to all of their favorite food trucks.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens offers a variety of events throughout the year, including several food truck rallies. Food Truck Fridays is hosted at the Gardens on select Fridays throughout the year.

Popular food trucks in the Memphis area include:

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Dining Near Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, originally named the Memphis Memorial Stadium, was dedicated to the veterans of World Wars I and II and the Korean War. Over the years this stadium has hosted a variety of sporting events, including what is known today as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium has been the home of University of Memphis Football and also hosts a variety of other major Memphis events throughout the year. NCAA Fans enjoy tailgating on the surrounding green spaces, which has been named “Tiger Lane” in honor of the University. In addition to tailgating, there are many restaurants near the stadium that are perfect to grab something to eat before and after the game.

Within five blocks of the stadium you will find everything from craft beers to mouthwatering burgers and fresh sandwiches to exciting sports bars. Top restaurants near the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium include:

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Dining At Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

If you do not have time to grab something to eat before the game, you do not have to starve until the game is over. There are plenty of different dining options inside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. You will be able to enjoy everything from Italian to fried chicken and ice cream to barbecue.

Food vendors inside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Fairgrounds include Coletta’s, Hog Wild BBQ and Uncle Lou’s.

Memphis is home to many restaurants offering tasty treats and delicious things to eat. The hardest part with visiting Memphis is picking just one place to go and eat dinner at. With such a variety you might have to extend your Memphis getaway to ensure you get to eat at all the restaurants you want to dine at.

Heather Landon is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions – writing and travel – to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at