Dig into incredible sushi creations at Sekisui. The ingenious chefs mix flavors and ingredients to put together an array of highly acclaimed recipes like Hurricane tempura roll, Nashville roll, Pickled Daikon and nigiris. Such is the popularity and steady following of this restaurant, that customers themselves have requested custom made recipes, which hold pride of place on the menu. Try the Debra Roll with tuna, cilantro and ponzu sauce or the Jeni's Roll with lobster, scallions and smelt roe. This is a good place to try some sake and wine during happy hours. The service is professional and prompt, while the welcoming staff makes the experience more special.
111 Jackson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 +1 901 522 2033
Andrea Ferraro brings the taste of homemade New York style pizzas to Memphis at this cozy little restaurant. Try the delectable pizza pies that are a blend of fresh ingredients and Ferraro's ingenuity with flavors. Besides the popular pizzas, there are also sandwiches on offer, all made on bread prepared fresh daily. Stromboli is the house specialty, made with salami, provolone, roasted red pepper and prosciutto. Customers can enjoy the fare dining in, ordering take away, or by having it delivered to their doorstep. See the website for more information.
1368 Monroe Avenue Memphis, TN 38112 +1 901 278 0909
A great local bar, Buccaneer is hugely popular among the youngsters in Memphis. The beer keeps flowing all night, and you don't need to pay too much for it. Regulars praise the line-up of gigs played by local or national bands, which adds to the atmosphere of the place. They also have a small menu for snacks and other bar eateries. A great place to catch up with the locals and make some friends, Buccaneer Lounge is a good choice to spend an evening in the city.
Hi-Tone is a small club, but you wont miss any of the larger places once you're actually here. They have a cool bar which serves a decent variety of drinks, especially some cheap beer. It's definitely the local favorite for live music, with lesser known bands as well as the big guys like Elvis Costello and Duncan Sheik having performed here. Parking is available, but you'll have to come early to claim a spot, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Check the website for a calendar of events and details.
2078 Monroe Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 278 9080
A regular drinking-hole in Memphis's Overton Square, Side Street Grill is a great place to have a late-night drink or light snack. Especially so for tourists, as this place is quite light on the pocket. They serve speciality martinis that quite reflect the creativity of the brewer with some unconventional flavors on offer like wedding cake, chocolate- and-strawberry and so on. A few dinner items like steak are also served. The best thing to do here, however, is to gather a couple of friends and have a peaceful cigar and drink on the restaurant's patio in the balmy night.
1589 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 726 4193
Memphians crowd this neighborhood club, especially weekend nights. Many come for a burger and a beer and a view of the world as this joint draws all types of locals who live in the Midtown area. On days and nights when the weather is good the patio is a popular spot for friends to gather. Inside, the jukebox plays or, on occasion, local bands perform live music. A pool table beckons to those who are lucky with the cue sticks.
1532 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 726 0906
Self-described as the "beer joint of your dreams," this bar fits the bill as a long-time Midtown favorite. Everyone and we mean everyone, is welcome and likely to be seen here. Check out the photographs lining the walls, shoot a game of pool and say "hi" to Wanda Wilson, creator of this special world. This neighborhood bar draws regulars from across Memphis, with live music on the weekends and events like its annual Hank Williams birthday fete each September and monthly original poetry readings.
1445 Jackson Avenue Memphis, TN 38107 +1 901 278 9086
A blasting jukebox and great burgers draw a neighborhood crowd to this popular corner bar, which is also a favorite with Rhodes College students. Park on the street and join the late-night crowd, which has been known to hang around this Midtown standard until the day's first light. The doors of Alex's Tavern never close and you can leave your Visa and your American Express cards at home, no credit cards are accepted here.
2105 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 725 1375
If you are alone in town and would like to kick back in comfort with a cocktail, Le Chardonnay in the Overton Square Entertainment District, with its leather couches, is just the place. If you are not alone, the candlelit ambience might be just the ticket, too. After your cocktail, choose a seafood, steak, or chicken entree from the menu, or try one of the delicious gourmet pizzas. Every Wednesday a wine tasting features selections from its own collection one of the best cellars in town!
2006 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 +1 901 726 1873
Tortilla chips and salsa start every meal. The most popular appetizer is Mexican chicken wings, coated in a dry, spicy sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Entrees include quesadillas, tortillas, which can be filled with spinach, mushrooms, cheese, tomatoes or a variety of other toppings; tacos and chile rellenos (peppers stuffed with meat and rice). A full service bar offers margaritas and Mexican beers. The walls are painted to look like clay with Mexican and desert designs. The tables are wooden and a little worn adding to the traditional feeling. The atmosphere is casual and fun.