Beyond BBQ: What To Eat In Memphis Right Now

Memphis does barbecue better than anyone, but our culinary scene also offers many different options for every palate. Here are six mouth-watering dishes - some brand-new and some just overlooked - to try in Memphis in 2017.

1. Short ribs from DWJ Korean BBQ

This Korean BBQ restaurant is in Cooper Young next to world-famous Goner Records. While the decor is no-frills, the food is delicious. The chefs will cook your food, or you can go with tradition and try your hand at cooking it yourself in the on-table grills. The delectable, tender short ribs come with rice, and inexpensive bite-sized sides so you can try them all.

2. The Overton Salad from Tamp & Tap

Tamp & Tap's downtown location is well-known for its gourmet coffee and breakfast and lunch sandwiches, but they have lighter fare as well, like the Overton Salad. You'll get asparagus, candied bacon, pepper, and parmesan with a ranch dressing. It's a pretty big portion, too.

3. Salumi Board from Catherine & Mary's

Catherine & Mary's is upscale fine dining at its best, located in the historic Chisca Hotel on Main Street in downtown Memphis. The Salumi Board features delicious cured meats from sister restaurant Porcellino's as well as house-brined fresh olives. It's a good choice for a snack or to begin your meal.

Catherine and Mary's Salumi Plate
photo by Holly Whitfield 

4. Cheeseburger from Jerry's Sno Cones

Jerry's Sno Cones are on every "Things You Must Eat In Memphis" list, but their juicy cheeseburgers and fried pickles are often overlooked. Give them a try along with your Supreme-style sno cone ("Supreme means there's soft serve ice cream inside). 

5. Spinach madeline at The Second Line

You won't regret choosing the Spinach Madeline as a side to your po'boy at The Second Line in Overton Square. It removes any and all health value that spinach has by dousing it in cream and cheese and butter…and you'll be 100 percent OK with that.

6. Quinoa crunch bowl from Lyfe Kitchen

This protein-packed dish is a go-to healthy lunch option downtown in the Chisca Hotel, or at Lyfe Kitchen's East Memphis location. You can get it with tofu or fish instead of chicken, if you like. The red sauce gives it a great kick, and that edamame hummus is awesomely unique.

Lyfe Kitchen 
Photo by Holly Whitfield