City Guide

In the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and the Home of the Blues, the culture is all about soul—or, as the Memphis Grizzlies would call it, Grit and Grind. It's the energy behind the city's recent renaissance and the sparks of creative drive that are powering new thinking and doing: Revitalized historic neighborhoods Overton Square and Cooper-Young are now bustling meccas for retail, music, microbreweries and award-winning restaurants. You can still find the city's ever-famous barbecue, but talented and hungry chefs are also cooking fearless food. And a burgeoning local beer scene—after a wave of breweries, taprooms and brew festivals launched several years ago—is still on the rise. There's no better time to visit. — Hannah Bailey, Contributor


Supreme Sno Cone

Jerry's Sno Cones

Andrew Adams

Executive chef at ACRE

"I've taken more visitors to get a Soul Burger at Earnestine's than I can count. I used to live across the street, and my friends and I used to have a contest to see how many Soul Burgers we could eat."

Local Expert

Kelly English

Executive chef and owner of Restaurant Iris and The Second Line

"When a lot of people think about Memphis, they don't realize how diverse we are. This is a town where you can eat Italian American, hard-core Italian, Venezuelan, Mexican American, hard-core Mexican and, of course, barbecue."

More Cities

Get the Tasting Table newsletter for adventurous eaters everywhere