42 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 526-1050
Fax: (901) 525-3219
This restaurant's menu includes tasty spring rolls, served with a platter of greens and herbs, wrapped in lettuce and cilantro, and dipped into the peppery sauce. Huge bowls of noodles with your choice of meat or seafood or an extensive menu of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes is also on hand. The interior looks like it was quickly converted from an old fast food place, with a mixture of plastic covered booths and square tables in one small room—all the better for observing the eclectic crowd, a mixture of college students and faculty, local residents and a few lucky tourists.
The interestingly named ‘Escape Alley Sundry’ is christened after the General Washburn’s Escape Alley behind the restaurant, which is named so to commemorate the Second Battle of Memphis. Keeping close to the local flavor, the eatery has a very southern feel, accentuated by the hospitality and the items on the menu. The decor of the Escape Alley is also unique, with several paintings hanging on the walls and some bric-a-brac strewn across the place, and, what’s more, they are all for sale! So, drop by the Escape Alley Sundry for a quick bite, or, perhaps, buy a painting or two, or just to enjoy the live music that is organized here regularly. Call for more information.
The eggplant casserole alone is reason enough to come here for lunch. Also on offer, though, are a number of plate lunch specials, with an emphasis on vegetable choices. There's a popular selection of desserts, as well, all served efficiently by the long-tenured wait staff. There's always a wait during lunch time at this down-home eatery, but the "community" table makes this a good dining spot for parties of one. Also try out the downtown location, known as "The Cupboard II," which can be found at 149 Madison Avenue.
Formerly known as The Last Place on Earth, this high-energy club is the first place to come to hear live music from local and touring bands. From "funk to punk," there is something on offer for everyone. Check out show dates and ticket information online at the venue's Web site. You can order tickets online or by phone and tickets of Stop 345 are available at the door for some shows.
Dig into incredible sushi creations at Sekisui. The ingenious chefs mix flavors and ingredients to put together an array of highly acclaimed recipes like Hurricane tempura roll, Nashville roll, Pickled Daikon and nigiris. Such is the popularity and steady following of this restaurant, that customers themselves have requested custom made recipes, which hold pride of place on the menu. Try the Debra Roll with tuna, cilantro and ponzu sauce or the Jeni's Roll with lobster, scallions and smelt roe. This is a good place to try some sake and wine during happy hours. The service is professional and prompt, while the welcoming staff makes the experience more special.
Do not let the unlikely location put you off - the specialties here are worth it. This place is a Memphis tradition, and you may have to fight the regulars for a table or a seat at the counter. The barbecued Cornish game hens are the specialty here, perfectly cooked and succulent. Other choices include ribs and pork sandwiches. Cozy Corner is indeed cozy, but also casual. Everything is served on paper plates—the plastic cutlery can make eating a bit of a struggle, but fingers are allowed.
Lunchbox Eats offers appetizing and creative sandwiches with a Southern twist. A crowd favorite here is the Homeroom Chicken and Grids; fried chicken is sandwiched between two waffle halves. Add a side of mac and cheese for a dash of decadence. Their homemade lemonade changes often, incorporating a variety of other fruits, like green apples, peaches, or blueberries.
The Coyote Ugly Saloon brings the much famous bar in the movie, Coyote Ugly, to life. The Memphis location can be found on the popular tourist area of Beale Street, which is lined with a host of other bars and cafes. Inside this saloon, however, a unique experience awaits you, with the dive bar atmosphere lightened up with theme nights and drinks specials. As in the movie, you will witness girls dancing on the bar counter, accompanied by eager tourists and locals sometimes. Mostly visited by tourists, the Coyote Ugly Saloon is more an attraction than a bar. See the website to know more.
Willie Mitchell is a longtime fixture on the Memphis scene. Once a trumpet player as well as the musical producer responsible for Al Green's early hits, Mitchell owned and ran this club under the name "Legends." Still looking a little rundown on the outside, Willie Mitchell's Rhythm & Blues Club is the place to hear R&B in an authentic atmosphere. If you want to experience R&B as it was played on Beale in what some people consider its heyday, Willie Mitchell's is the closest you will come. Live blues takes place on some Friday and Saturday nights. No cover charge.
If you can stand the Memphis weather, this Beale Street bar has one of the biggest patios in town. Enjoy it in spring and fall, or with a cool drink on late summer evenings. It is a great place to watch the crowds of tourists and revelers go by, but often fills up and becomes a party, with customers dancing and drinking on the patio to the music of local bands. After midnight on Saturday this place becomes a hot spot for local college students.
Light eaters might want to have soup and salad and go straight to dessert at Café Society. Don't skip the outstanding composed salads and the rich, heady French onion soup served in a hollowed out bread boule. The favorite dessert is the deliciously smooth Cremé Brulee. Entrées include braised lamb shank with pear brandy and walnut glaze, salmon with sesame and poppy seed crust, or the grilled duck breast. All are prepared with a light hand and a sure touch. There is a small wine list. This is an intimate restaurant with a comfortable bar. In good weather, try the tiny patio.
This Midtown restaurant is especially popular at lunch, when the inexpensive buffet draws locals. The buffet features an array of curries, vegetables, tandoori chicken, and sauces ranging from mild to fire-in-your-mouth hot. The a la carte menu is only available in the evening, and features standard Indian curries and tandooris. Breads include papadums and chapati. The pleasant room is divided in two parts by a set of steps. Tasteful Indian art, including a spectacular elephant mural, adorns the walls.