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101 Things To Do In Memphis #66: Itta Bena Restaurant

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

If you’re looking for a swanky, secret getaway where the lights are low, the vibe is low-key and the music is just as sweet on your ears as the food is on your tongue, come to Itta Bena. Located on the 3rd floor of the ever popular BB King’s Blues Club, Itta Bena is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of historic Beale Street.

Intentionally hard to find, whether entering from the private Second Street entrance or walking through the secret hall from inside B.B. King's Blues Club, Itta Bena is sure to capture your senses. Modeled after the speakeasies from the 1920's, you find yourself surrounded by rich wood floors, vaulted ceilings, deep golden hued chandeliers and a soothing blue light, the result of a subtle window tinting designed to cultivate a laid-back vibe. 

The main menu focuses on contemporary Southern cuisine with a Delta influence. The sweet and spicy aromas from the kitchen blend with the decor to create an intimate atmosphere and a calming center above the Beale Street commotion. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients with a focus on seafood and grilled meats, they fill plates with colorful displays of scallops and grits, signature she-crab soup, Maple Leaf Farms duck confit with wild rice waffles, and Jambalaya pasta. Pair your meal with a wine or a delicious signature cocktail and finish with an exquisite dessert.

Itta Bena offers a quaint, yet soulful vibe for all to enjoy with live music every night. The most dynamic and soulful entertainers you will ever see from authentic blues to classic soul and rock and roll – there is something for everyone!

Visit the website or call 901.578.3031 for reservations or questions. Itta Bena is a complete overwhelming of the senses that you must experience for yourself.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #59: BB King's Blues Club

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

The original BB King’s Blues Club, located right here in Memphis, is the home of American blues music, legendary musicians, famous barbecue, historic landmarks and great basketball. With live entertainment every night of the week – from authentic blues to classic soul and rock and roll - and a menu full of the South’s most delicious comfort foods, it has certainly become a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Located on historic Beale Street, music lovers everywhere will appreciate the B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band, a hand-selected house band complete with a full horn section that will have you dancing to music inspired by the King of Blues, the Queen of Motown and the Soul of Funk. The musicians will remind you why Aretha demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T, why Tina left her good job in the city, why Ray has Georgia on his mind and what the Temptations are talking about!

The club offers a variety of event options as well. The unique layout allows for several areas available for booking birthday parties, family reunions, wedding receptions and corporate events. 

B.B. King’s Blues Club is located on the corner of Beale Street and Second Avenue in the heart of Downtown Memphis and is just walking distance from all of the best attractions the city has to offer. Visit the website or call 901-524-KING (5464) for additional info. Don’t miss the gift shop on the way out.

Eat! Drink! Dance!


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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
Fax: (901) 435-0620