8166 Varnavas Dr.
Cordova, TN 38016
Phone: (901) 386-4600
Fax: (901) 386-3311
Bars & Cafes
West Indies-style ribs, jerk chicken and Jamaican grilled chicken wings are intensely flavorful at this island-themed restaurant, Bahama Breeze. The paella and the Jerk Chicken Pizza are less authentic but just as well done. One of the best and most popular dishes is the Yucatan-Style Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi in a sour cream sauce. There is a little Asian fusion influence, too, in the seared tuna with soy-sesame dressing. The décor has a Caribbean theme—palm trees and all. You are likely to have a 30-45 minute wait for your table, but you can spend that time listening to reggae music and sipping a frozen drink at the lovely outside bar.
Robilio's Sidecar Café is the perfect place to spend an evening watching sports on the large screen TVs, enjoying tasty food, or talking about the latest accessory you purchased for your Harley with biker buddies. The Sidecar has pool tables where you can join in friendly competition with new friends and old. Smoking is permissible in this sports bar. The menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, salads, soups and entrees. This restaurant is located in Northeast Memphis in the suburb of Bartlett and is the perfect place for singles to meet others or couples to enjoy an evening out. Whether you are in the mood for chicken wings or a sizzling and tasty rib eye, this sports bar has something for everyone. -Ann Baker
If you are up for a night of pool, poker or grooving to the tunes of a live band, Hadley's Pub is the place to visit. This pub has all the amenities of a quaint neighborhood bar with live music four nights a week: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesdays. Their menu has a variety of appetizers of which the chicken wings, which come hot, mild or medium, are the local favorites. Other food choices include quesadillas, sandwiches, hamburgers and nachos. Hadley's Pub is conveniently located off Interstate 40 in the northeast section of Memphis. The pub is open for lunch, dinner and evening entertainment seven days a week. -Ann Baker
Located just off Germantown Parkway in Cordova, The Fox and Hound English Tavern makes you feel as if you are in a friendly sports bar in Europe. The starter menu includes traditional favorites like potato skins, hot wings and nachos along with Baked Bavarian Pretzels and more. Hot, juicy hamburgers, pizzas and more substantial meals such as the fish and chips, Jamaican chicken, ribs and steak are sure to please everyone. The beverages at the Fox and Hound include wine, beer and specialty cocktails like the Wild Tea Gimlet and Dragonberry Mojito. Catch your favorite sports event or chat with old and new friends at this cozy English tavern. -Ann Baker
Café Gelato in Bartlett offers a cozy coffee house atmosphere. This restaurant in northeast Memphis has various toasted deli sandwiches, salads and other fresh entrees. Whether you like your coffee black or as an espresso, cappuccino or iced, you can find the perfect blend here. It is an ideal location to meet friends for coffee or treat children to a cool dessert after a hot day outdoors. The menu at Café Gelato entices your sweet tooth as well with its selection of milkshakes, gelato and other smooth and creamy desserts. -Ann Baker
The parking lot is packed most nights at this watering hole, which sits between East Memphis and Germantown. Situated just off Poplar Avenue in a shopping center strip, this cozy neighborhood bar has become a favorite stop for the growing East Memphis business set. Many use it as an after-work place to meet with friends from the office or to bring visiting clients. Weekends offer an eclectic assortment of live music played by local bands from the Memphis music scene, with no cover charge.
Amerigo caters to sophisticated customers, ones who may have visited Florence, Italy, and who yearn for the simple, flavorful foods and classic interiors of that region. Dark wood paneling adds to the centuries-old European building effect. The wood-fired pizza oven makes this a great place to come on a chilly winter night. The dinner crowd is affluent East Memphis. As for the food, the mussels in broth make an outstanding appetizer or whole meal. Pasta portions are huge, so you can take the leftovers home for lunch the next day. Order the planked fish of the day to share—it comes with wonderful wood-smoked mashed potatoes and vegetables. Desserts include tiramisu and a credible key lime pie!
A cool, dark stop on a hot Memphis day, this place is a regular East Memphis haunt. During the Great Depression, turnip green sandwiches were sold at this location, but the fare has improved greatly since then. The burgers are a cut above the usual and the aroma of char grilled burgers fills the air. This place is also known for sandwiches, such as the catfish steak and the po' boy. Follow up your meal with some key lime pie. The servers here will make you feel like a regular.
Everything from seafood to burgers can be found on the menu at this casual East Memphis restaurant, which also features a friendly bar and attracts a large under-30 crowd. Order an icy margarita to sip while waiting for one of the seafood specialties to be brought to your table. If you're more the steak-and-potatoes type, try one of the hand-cut steaks. Reservations are recommended on the weekends at this popular eatery.
Out-of-towners who do not want to get involved in local sports rivalries will enjoy this pub. It attracts fans for a variety of teams, both college and professional. With nearly 20 televisions tuned to sports, there is a quite a lot for fans to choose from. The bar also features a large selection of beers, both domestic and imported. A cigar menu is available, too, in this smoker-friendly bar. Located along the east Memphis corridor, it is a convenient watering hole for patrons from nearby businesses and hotels.
Mimi's Italian Café is located in Northeast Memphis and offers fine Italian food without the crowds of busier areas in the city. They serve traditional Italian dishes and different types of pizza, but they also excel at authentic dishes like Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Stuffed Shells and Chicken Florentine. Lunch and dinner are available seven days a week at this café. Soups, fresh salad with homemade dressings and crusty breads served with herb butter are tasty accompaniments for your meal. Mimi's offers a full wine list. The cafe has a cozy and romantic ambiance that is suitable for a night out with your sweetheart or a family gathering. -Ann Baker
Steps from the University of Memphis campus, this hangout draws undergraduates for the beer, graduate students for coffee, and faculty for a good sandwich and conversation. The food consists largely of nachos, various fried things in baskets, and big and juicy hamburgers. Other choices include the portobello mushroom sandwich and the turkey melt. The decor is made up of rough wood floors, tables with graffiti carved into them, a pool table, videogames and sports on the TV. Customers dressed in anything more formal than college student-grubby may feel out of place. The full bar specializes in shooters and imported beer.