Sleep Inn at Court Square
40 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 522-9700
Fax: (901) 522-9710
Memphians who work downtown have been lunching here since 1918. This is the best of Southern home cooking. Plate lunches offer standards such as fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, catfish, greens with hot sauce, black-eyed peas and wonderful cobblers for dessert. Sweet tea (iced) is the authentic drink with Southern food and your best bet here. No beer or wine is served. The decor, like the food, is designed to be homey and comforting in the middle of a stressful day. Works by local artists hang on the walls, adding to the feeling of being in someone's cozy home.
Bistro-like atmosphere and service make McEwen's one of downtown's most comfortable restaurants. Its two chefs make lunch and dinner quite different experiences. Lunch offers excellent sandwiches, such as the Grilled Ahi tuna with Creole aioli and the roasted chicken salad. Salads include the savory grilled apple salad, and there is also a good selection of soups. Dinners are more elaborate and inventive. Standout dishes include smoked trout and potato pancakes, and an unusual lamb carpaccio. Portions are large!
Here at Mesquite Chop House, young executives, city managers and up-and-coming lawyers congregate for the refreshing Sunday brunch. The bar encourages regulars by keeping track of their favorite drinks. Every month they also have wine tasting days wherein you can sample their divine collection of wine.Enter this brick walled exterior, for a meal to remember!
The specialties piroshki and beef stroganoff, are well prepared. Entrees such as a Chilean fish dish called Escolar and a terrine that layers polenta with wild mushrooms and feta cheese make an eclectic menu. Strudel and napoleons make lush desserts and served in large portions. More than 27 varieties of Vodka and a short wine list is also available. Murals are featured in the main dining room, with Eastern European folk arts and crafts, and samovars once used to prepare tea. There is a small outdoor patio for a pre-dinner drink. Enjoy belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.
A favorite in Memphis, this restaurant is where locals take visitors for fun atmosphere and food. Technically, the ribs served at the Rendezvous are not barbecue - they are char-grilled with a dry rub of spices. But the slabs of ribs are huge, tender and reasonably priced. Barbecue sandwiches - filled with rich and juicy shreds of pork - as well as portions of both pork and beef ribs is a specialty here. Antique implements, signs and artifacts of the old South fill the warehouse-like space. The tables are close together, but the noise and crowds are part of the fun.
Down the street from the Peabody Hotel with a reputation for excellent food, this locally owned restaurant is the place for anyone looking for a nice meal. The Buckley's Fillet is the speciality. This eight ounce tenderloin steak is grilled with garlic butter and served with garlic mashed potatoes. A variety of pastas and salads is also on offer. Top off your meal with Granny Buckley's Apple Pie served with ice cream. The atmosphere is cozy and the service is friendly. You can sit and watch the people walking down Union. Banquet facilities are available.
Located in the heart of the busy downtown district, the Local Gastropub is a delightful bar ad restaurant. Enjoy delicious seafood platter while sipping on to some nice brew. The pub offers four large screens for sports viewing and the comfortable decor elevates the whole experience. Local Gastropub can also be hired for private events for up to 100 people. Check website for further details.
Expect hip décor and great food at this restaurant, which serves up tasty Caribbean and Southwestern dishes. Sit at the bar and have one of the many flavors of martinis. The best seats, though, are by the window (with a view of the Peabody) and on the mezzanine. As for the food, the Voodoo Stew is a standout, with big chunks of seafood in a lusty sauce. Other specialties include the Coyote Chips—potato chips with a red pepper sauce—as well as the Coconut Mango Shrimp and the various polenta dishes. The lunch menu features large sandwiches such as salmon on sourdough bread.
Jose Gutierrez is the award-winning chef at this flagship restaurant of the Peabody Hotel. He creates imaginative dishes, grounded in traditional French cooking techniques, but with Pacific Rim and Southern influences.The Smoked Pork Tenderloin cooked with a glaze made from Jack Daniels Whiskey (a Tennessee product) and served with grits couscous. Other entrees are based on free-range chicken, black sea bass and guinea fowl. The pastas are excellent as well.The setting is possibly the most elegant in Memphis—velvet curtains, fresh roses on the tables, and gilded mirrors on the walls. Jackets are required for men.
This is the Peabody Hotel's second tier restaurant, after Chez Philippe. The setting is still elegant, and the food sophisticated—this is a place to linger over a meal with the well-dressed crowd. Service here is not as formal as at Chez Philippe, and sometimes has a very Southern, down-home flavor.The food is contemporary, with fusion elements. Local roots show in dishes such as Tennessee Persimmon Wood Smoked Chicken. Lunch offers salads and pasta dishes, and the homemade potato chips with blue-cheese dip draws locals back again and again. Desserts are irresistible. Try the Chocolate-Apricot Torte or the Sundried Cherry and Apricot Bread Pudding.
The food here is designed to complement the beer. Appetizers include the beer cheese soup, hot tamales, sausage quesadillas, and sausage and cheese plates. Sandwiches make up most of the main dishes. One of the rooms contains a large bar and wooden tables and chairs, and the other room has pool tables and a sports bar atmosphere. The most popular place to eat and drink is on the wrap-around patio at the windows. Cigar smoking is encouraged on the patio, and the restaurant offers a cigar list. The restaurant features live music on weekends and is in the heart of the tourist district, so there are usually plenty of chances for people-watching.
Texas de Brazil Churrascaria is a popular restaurant famous for its delicacies, such as Angus Beef Steak, Brazilian Sausage, and Roasted Australian Cold Water Lobster Tail Served with Drawn Butter. The meat here is cooked over an open flame, and the waiters carry the roasted items straight to your table on skewers, before carving out the slices. Generous portions and a skilled, efficient staff add to the appeal of the place.