1. Chiwawa2059 Madison Ave, Memphis
2. Bhan Thai1324 Peabody Ave, Memphis
3. Lafayette's Music Room2119 Madison Ave, Memphis
4. Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant80 Monroe Ave, Memphis
5. Slider Inn2117 Peabody Ave, Memphis
6. Cheffie's483 High Point Ter, Memphis
7. Celtic Crossing903 South Cooper St, Memphis
8. The Majestic Grille145 S Main St, Memphis
9. Silky O'Sullivan's183 Beale St, Memphis
Chiwawa's serves up Mexican street food and margaritas on their two-level sprawling patio - perfect for those warm nights. They even have a projector on the lower deck for the occasional classic movie night or Grizzlies watch parties.
Bhan Thai has it all: string lights, occasional live music, a solid beer and wine list and, of course, great Thai food. And to top it off they've got one of the best patio's in all of Memphis.
While the original Lafayette’s -- a quaint music venue that helped launch talents like Barry Manilow, KISS, and Billy Joel into fame -- shut down less than a decade after its original conception in the early 1970s, the musical spirit lives on in its present day reincarnation. Live acts light up the stage 7 nights a week, and the rustic, wood-paneled space captures the feel of an intimate, vintage boîte despite its large size. Southern tastes reign supreme on the menu, from piquant sweet corn and jalapeño hush puppies with Sriracha mayo and heavy-hitting entrées such as Cajun crawfish wood-fired pizza. Nightly bands may draw the masses, but the weekend brunch is just as solid, what with the fried chicken and waffles being some of the best in Memphis.
Chef Felicia Suzanne has trained with some of the best to create a unique cooking style that reimagines Southern Creole cuisine with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. Expect original takes on sweet and savory dishes like sweet potato pie, peach upside down cake, and butternut squash bisque -- and be sure to take one of her cooking classes because she's one hell of a teacher.
Memphians love patios almost as much as the beer they drink on them, and lucky for the Slider Inn in Midtown, it has both amenities in abundance. In addition to its daily specials, this neighborhood bar specializing in tiny burgers has a three-buck pint night on Tuesdays. With a kitchen open until 2am and a bar until 3am, it's the perfect end to a perfect evening. Bonus: it is apparently home to the "only Lobster Roll in the midsouth."
Cheffie's is a build-your-own-meal sandwich/salad cafe (Get it? Cheffie's? 'Cause you are the chef.). With an extensive list of ingredients to choose from, there's something for everyone. Plus, the patio is a great spot to kick back and enjoy a glass of wine or local brew.
Bangers and rashers meet French toast and cheesy eggs and at this neighborhood Irish pub during weekend brunch. Stopping by weekdays after work? Opt for lunch and dinner options like stuffed sweet peppers with corned beef and Swiss cheese, homemade potato and leek soup, and beer-battered chicken & chips. Sit inside with fellow sports lovers and gather around the projector for daily sportscasts, or enjoy mellow live music and a mimosa carafe on the spacious, heated patio.
Centrally located Downtown, the Majestic Grille embodies all the glamour of its silver screen heyday. The cavernous restaurant used to be a movie theater, and the space maintains its original Art Deco feel with staggeringly high ceilings, gold embellishments, and an actual movie screen onto which Hollywood classics are projected. The menu consists of market-driven sandwiches, salads, and flatbread pizzas, but be sure to try standouts like the roasted mahi mahi with grilled artichoke butter and the addicting Parmesan fries.
Silky's is certainly kitschy, but it easily has the best patio on Beale Street, with several outdoor bars, light-up palm trees, and live music. Sit with a good mix of tourists, college students, and folks looking for a sunny spot to share a legendary Diver or a couple of beers.