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101 Things To Do In Memphis #76: The Bar-B-Q Shop

by Melissa Thompson

The Bar-B-Q Shop, voted #1 ribs in America by the Food Network’s “Top Five Restaurants”, located in the heart of Midtown, less than a mile from the Overton Square Entertainment District, is a local Memphis barbecue eatery that opened in November of 1987. It is a place known for real-pit barbecue with old fashioned barbecue sauces and cole slaw that are made from scratch.

The unique taste of The Bar-B-Q Shop’s gourmet award winning sauces has always been something that has set The Bar-B-Q Shop off from other barbeque restaurants. The recipes for our gourmet sauces have been around for over fifty years.

The Original (mild) Sauce provides a thickness that can be used to baste, marinade, or provide flavoring for your meat of choice.

Our Hot Sauce also provides the same level of thickness but with a little warmth behind it. Our Hot Sauce does an excellent job of providing your meat with a hot flavor without taking away from the barbeque, smokey flavor itself.

The Bar-B-Q Shop’s Dry Seasoning was created later by Frank Vernon in the mid eighties. Our Dry Seasoning is an extraordinary seasoning because it can be used to season anything from chicken breasts, hamburger steaks, salmon or fillet catfish, to even a beef roast. The seasoning can be used with a marinade while prepping your food item, or it can be applied when your food comes out of the oven.

1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Restaurant: 901.272.1277

Sauce Order: 888.372.8237


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #74: Twilight Sky Terrace

by Melissa Thompson

With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Twilight Sky Terrace is the premiere nightlife destination in Memphis. After work, sip hand-crafted cocktails in cushy fireside seating, or share delectable bites with friends around the communal table with the dramatic Memphis sunset as your backdrop.

Their version of Memphis nightlife - when the sun goes down, the beat goes on. Soak in the contemporary vibe under the Memphis night sky, sway to custom soundtracks, and enjoy the pop, stir, and pour of the extensive bar offerings from their Memphis rooftop bar.

Twilight Sky Terrace was created to offer Memphians, and guests alike, an entertainment venue alternative that captures a contemporary urban vibe and highlights the innate beauty of the city.

The combination of “Twilight,” the time between daylight and darkness when the sun sets just below the horizon, and “Sky Terrace,” is a fitting description of our Memphis rooftop bar and was inspired by the astounding view seen at twilight from our Memphis rooftop space.

Some of the unique design features of Twilight Sky Terrace include custom sun shades to alleviate the seasonal heat, custom modern furnishings, dancing fire pit, communal table, 70” TV screen, High Spy Binoculars for star gazing, custom crafted cocktail and a delectable menu of small bites.

79 Madison Avenue | Memphis, TN 38103 | 901.333.1243 
Sunday-Thursday 4pm-12am, Friday-Saturday 4pm-1am (Weather Permitting)


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #62: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

by Melissa Thompson

The sign says "world-famous" and it's no exaggeration. Gus' secret recipe of crispy, spicy, juicy fried chicken is served on Styrofoam plates with beans, slaw, and Wonder Bread, of course. Since the 1950s when the first spot opened in Mason, Tennessee, right outside of Memphis, locals and tourists have been lining up alongside one another and waiting patiently for its made-to-order fried chicken. Now you can get it at seven locations in four states, though the unassuming Front St location is the best-known.

Store Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday – Saturday 11am-10pm

310 S Front St
Memphis, TN 38103


(901) 527-4877


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #55: The Beauty Shop Restaurant

by Melissa Thompson

“Look Good. Eat Good.” are the words emblazoned on the front windows at the Beauty Shop. This hip and trendy restaurant in the Cooper-Young district of midtown Memphis does both, as it conjures up images of a ‘50s-style beauty shop, formerly Priscilla Presley’s curl-and-dye spot. It’s a camp wonderland where the façade is Jetsons-era Vitrolite, and choice seating is offered beneath hooded Belvedere hair dryers.

Nostalgia is served with a sense of humor here. The beauty shop flashback comes complete with original mint green wash basins filling in as sinks behind the hand built bar, made of tiger maple wood. The terrazzo floor is original. Glass brick stalls serve as intimate booths. Mixed with the retro renderings are modern touches such as hand-blown art-glass lights, and glamorous copper and silver-leaf walls.

At this offbeat restaurant, the décor pays homage to the space’s beauty parlor past, while the food offers flavors from around the globe. The Beauty Shop’s fabulous menu is not for the faint of flavor. The cuisine is clean-cut sophistication. The sights, scents and flavors of the Beauty Shop are both bold and quirky, and make for an out of the ordinary dining experience. The menu has a down home American stance with world-beat tints and edges.

The Beauty Shop is yet another labor of love for chef/ restaurateur/ food artist Karen Carrier, who has created a constant buzz in her hometown city with exotic themes and dishes since her return from New York City in 1987.

“I don’t know what words, say, Dr. Johnson or Woodrow Wilson used when they wanted to assert that something was cool and hip, but those are the words we have, so I might as well use them. Beauty Shop is about the coolest, hippest restaurant around. It scream “Memphis,” yet does so with ingenuity and originality; it plays a wacky theme to the limit, but doesn’t stream beyond the pale; it makes you feel good to be there, part of the fun, part of the animated crowd, and leaves you well-fed to boot. What could be cooler that that?”

Touch up your highlights another day, and pencil in an appointment here.

966 Cooper St. Memphis, TN 38104
T: 901.272.7111

Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11-2
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-10
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-11
Brunch: Sunday 10-3

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #53: Sweet Grass Restaurant

by Melissa Thompson

With a seasonal menu and a focus on locally grown produce, the menu is never quite the same each evening at Sweet Grass, but one can always count on an artful combination of Low Country cooking combined with an overall farm-to-table Southern flair, signature cocktails & weekend brunch served in an intimate bistro.

The menu consists of small, medium, and large plates — to suit your large appetite or set up perfectly for sharing. Make sure to order the fried green tomato BLT sandwich, a Southern staple turned into an innovative and memorable treat. But their signature Badass Nachos are something truly delightful and will leave you craving them come every game day. And when it comes time for brunch, head back here for some of the best French toast you’ll ever experience.

The ambiance is upscale casual, making for an elegant meal well within any price range. An airy, open dining room has a small bar area and a very small waiting area, so you can always pop next door to Next Door, also co-owned by Chef Trimm, to wait in comfort for a table if there's no spot available at the bar. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.

Next Door is the casual sister to Sweet Grass. The perfect place to grab a drink after work, catch the game, or have a Friday night dinner where you don’t need a reservation (in fact, they don’t take them!). Offering a local and craft beer menu and premier bourbon selections.

Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. Call 901.278.0278 or visit the website for more delicious information!

Closed Monday
Open Tuesday to Sunday: 5.30 until
Sunday brunch: 10a - 2p

937 S Cooper St
Memphis, TN  38104


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #48: Aldo’s Pizza Pies

by Melissa Thompson

Looking for a loaded slice of New York style pizza? A massive beer list? Outdoor dining, plus take-out and delivery? Than Aldo’s Pizza Pies is the place! Head on down to South Main Street in beautiful downtown and you’ll enjoy dining on the two-sided patio or go inside and let the New York Times wallpaper whisk you away to the hustle and bustle of the New York City streets. Have a seat at the bar and enjoy from over 60 beers! Perfect for an outing with the kids or catching the game with friends.

Aldo's Pizza Pies have been designed from start to finish with love and respect for the dough! You can watch the pizza chefs toss handmade dough or see the dough master transform flour into magic! Aldo’s may be known for their pizza, but its certainly not the only thing on the menu. The menu has a lot of variety while still being well-edited, a few nods to regional tastes (one pizza comes with Top's barbecue), and a variety of salads, sandwiches and mouth-watering desserts.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies is earning the reputation of Best Pizza in Memphis! By way of impressive hand-tossed New York style pizza, friendly service and an exciting atmosphere, we understand why. Aldo’s is the place to be!  Call 901.577.7743 or visit their website for more information.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #37: Itta Bena Restaurant

by Melissa 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. Named for the town where legendary BB King was born, Itta Bena embodies the charm and inspiration of fine southern dining.

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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The Rendezvous, founded by Charlie Vergos in 1948, started out as an 80 seat tavern serving ham and cheese sandwiches. When Charlie cleaned out the basement beneath his diner, he discovered a coal chute and started a barbecue legend. The coal chute gave Mr. Charlie a vent for his considerable talent over the grill. He developed a unique seasoning fusing his Greek heritage with spices he enjoyed from New Orleans. Mr. Charlie was a collector and hung antiques, memorabilia, and artwork on the walls. This, along with a soulful jukebox, lively waiters, and aromas from the kitchen helped him to create an atmosphere unequalled in the city of Memphis.

Today, several thousand people on an average Saturday night pour into the basement and sink their teeth into a slab of what makes Memphis, well, Memphis. Presidents and potentates, the King and the Killer, Rolling Stones, *NSYNC, and everybody who’s anybody have all been down for a bite.

The restaurant is still in the Vergos family and run by Charlie's three kids and their kids are coming along, and their kids will follow. The ribs still taste the same as they did in the beginning. Plus, they still make a mean ham-and-cheese sandwich too!

While Rendezvous is famous for its ribs, don't overlook the other items on the menu. From the beef brisket to the pulled pork shoulder sandwich to grilled chicken.

The Rendezvous can offer its one-of-a-kind menu, charm and ambience to fulfill your special-event needs accommodating parties as large as 300 people!

Visit for more info or call 901.523.2746. On your way out, don’t forget to pick up a bag of BBQ popcorn!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #22: Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar

by Melissa Thompson

Flight is not just a restaurant, it’s an experience! The unique concept of ordering a “flight”, a small-plate of samplers served with taster-size pours of wine pairings, makes Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar one of the most interesting restaurants in the area.

Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is a full-service, fine dining restaurant offering multiple food and wine varieties for guests to enjoy in a single dining experience. The dishes featured are enjoyed in flights of three: Entrees, salads, appetizers, wine, desserts and cocktails are served in tasting portion sizes to allow diners a unique experience and luxury of savoring a wide-range of flavors in one meal. For example, you might select the “Salad Flight.” The server will bring you a special plate divided into three sections, each offering a different type of salad.

The service style of the restaurant is the finest, featuring a knowledgeable wait staff from which guests can gain valuable insight to enhance their dining experience. Flight offers several distinct dining options: On the main floor, there is the hustle and bustle of friends gathering together. The bar is a welcoming place and on the balcony level, the booths and small tables, some overlooking Main Street, offer more privacy and an opportunity for romance.

Flight Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Memphis, is the perfect setting for your birthday celebration, anniversary party, corporate function, or rehearsal dinner party. Visit the website or call 901.521.8005 for reservations and further details.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #13: Hog & Hominy

by Melissa Thompson

Named one of the 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013 by GQ Magazine, Hog & Hominy is a true Memphis original.  Featuring a fusion of Italian and Southern cooking, Hog & Hominy continues to win award after award.  With a bright and cheerful interior and bocce court outside, it’s easy to see why they’ve won such a loyal following in such a short period of time.

Menu items are incredibly affordable as they are meant to be ordered and shared with a table of friends or loved ones, which makes it easy to leave with your pants feeling extra tight.  Menu favorites include Red Eye Pizza, Poutine, and Shrimp & Grits.  And don’t forget to save room from the Peanut Butter Pie, a specialty they are known for!

Finally, don’t forget about their bar.  Hog & Hominy has a daily happy hour from 4 – 6 pm that features $1 of draft beers and well drinks as well as free popcorn at the bar.  They also feature a different $6 sparkling cocktail each day.  Yum!

I can’t do this fabulous restaurant justice with my words.  You just need to go and try it out for yourself.  But please make reservations ahead of time or else you might have a long wait ahead of you.  To take a look at their mouth-watering menu, click here. Italian Cooking, Southern Roots!

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