Memphis It’s after midnight. You’re hungry. Maybe you had a few too many cocktails and need to soak up some of that booze with a hefty serving of carbs and protein. Or maybe you’ve just got the late-night munchies and can’t be satisfied by items from an after-hours drive-thru menu. That’s okay. In Memphis, you’ve got options. Tasty, tasty options. More Stuff You Will Like
Schweinehaus (address and info) Overton Square Between 10pm and 2am, Schweinehaus’ executive chef, David Todd, gets creative. There are a few late-night menu staples, along with nightly chef’s specials. If you’re lucky enough to get there when he’s cooking up chicken-fried ribs, order them. Pork ribs are breaded with panko bread crumbs, deep-fried, and smothered with tasso gravy. You heard that right: deep-fried, gravy-covered pork ribs. Continue Reading
Juicy Jim’s (address and info) University of Memphis The menu is a little confusing; some items are numbered, and a few numbers are missing from the sequence. Not to fret, you hungry little late-night adventurer. Juicy Jim, the man you’ll most likely meet behind the bar, serves up delicious eats every night until 3am. His “New Jersey-style” pizza is some of the best pie in the city, but the cheesesteak -- for the love of all that is holy -- the cheesesteak reigns supreme. From the former, once sandwich-only and fully numbered menu, the #32: a hefty serving of 100% top sirloin steak, oh-so-gooey melted cheese, grilled onions, and mushrooms. Add iceberg lettuce for a cool crunch.
Duck fried rice
South of Beale (address and info) Downtown Memphis’ “first gastropub” offers a variety of late-night options on Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm to 2am (and 10pm to midnight Monday-Thursday). The duck fried rice is one of the more popular dishes: a pile of rice married with duck confit and scallions, topped with a beautifully runny sunny-side egg and five spice. It’s gluten free, which is a plus for the sensitive among us.
Blind Bear Speakeasy (address and info) Downtown A pile of fries can really cure a midnight hunger hankering. Blind Bear, a Prohibition-themed bar and cocktail lounge, does them up right. From its “Hibernation menu” (available from midnight to 2am): the aptly named Hibernation fries will mostly likely put you to sleep (where you ought to be at this time of night!). Bear-rub fries are topped with spiced ground beef, nacho cheese, tomatoes, bacon crumbles, jalapeños, and ranch. Bon appétit! And sweet dreams.
The original Memphis sliders
Slider Inn (address and info) Midtown Inn Everyone loves a good burger. And these cute little sliders are no joke. A 100% ground chuck patty is topped with melted American cheese, ketchup, and mayo. Add a fried egg if you’re feeling frisky. Slider Inn has a sweet patio, and its full menu is served until 2am.
The Dirty Hippie
Ubee’s (address and info) University of Memphis Ubee’s is best known for its aged, seasoned grease, with which it cooks up some of the city’s most delicious burgers. But the Dirty Hippie is an equally tasty (and better-for-you) late-night option. It’s a garlic-roasted portabella mushroom, roasted red bell peppers, feta cheese, and artichoke on ciabatta bread. And (if you’re lucky and live near campus) you don’t even have to leave the house for this one. Ubee’s delivers in the University of Memphis area until 3am!
Bardog Tavern (address and info) Downtown Bardog’s menu covers a lot of bases, from quesadillas and chicken tenders to New York strip and mussels. Its full menu is served until 2am, but what you’ll want to order is grandma’s meatballs, straight from the owner’s grandmother’s New Jersey kitchen. Grandma actually taught the cooks her signature meatball recipe. In fact, when she comes to town, she makes sure they're still making them as instructed.
The Soul burger
Earnestine & Hazel’s
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The Soul burger is an iconic late-night Memphis meal. Possibly due, in part, to its simplicity. A thin, seasoned beef patty is nestled inside a soft, plain bun. It comes topped with a secret (but delicious) “Soul sauce,” caramelized onions, pickles, and melted American cheese. This burger really does soothe the soul after a long night of drinking.
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1. Schweinehaus2110 Madison Ave, Memphis
2. Juicy Jim's Pizzeria551 S Highland St, Memphis
3. South of Beale361 S Main St, Memphis
4. Blind Bear Speakeasy119 S Main St, Memphis
5. Slider Inn2117 Peabody Ave, Memphis
6. Ubee's521 S Highland St, Memphis
7. Bardog Tavern73 Monroe Ave, Memphis
8. Earnestine & Hazel's531 S Main St, Memphis
This beer hall in Overton Square has all the necessary accommodations to ensure a great time: German beer, an outdoor patio, and a happy hour that begins at 11am. But if you need more incentive to spend the day relaxing and drinking liters of German goodness, Schweinehaus also a menu complete with German classics like Kartoffelpuffers.
This place offers up great pizza at reasonable prices. Come here late nights for their full bar and play a game of pool in the back.
South of Beale gastropub scores with its daily happy hour offering cheap beer, liquor drinks, and wines, plus $6 bar bites when hunger strikes. You can taste the South with the fried chicken & waffle sliders, and the South tastes good. If you feel like supporting your home team through alcohol consumption, you can also snag a blue-hued Grizz shot for just 3 bucks, anytime. The gastropub also features local artists and charities, so you can drink charitably.
The '20s are alive and well at the Blind Bear Speakeasy. You won’t need a password to order from the “Giggle Water” drink menu, but you may feel a little like a Roaring '20s gangster as you put back a Bootlegger’s Mule (American Born moonshine, simple syrup, lime, and ginger beer). It's a good thing there's "Hung Over Like a Bear" brunch every weekend.
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."
This Memphis mammoth grills up its burgers with aged grease to create a remarkable, consistent flavor that can't be matched.
Bardog Tavern offers a brunch to end all brunches, one that’s hearty, simple, and heavy on the meat and carbs. Get a New York Strip and eggs, pancakes, French toast, or an avocado- and spicy mayo-laden lobster sandwich. The gastropub is ornamented with industrial elements, like exposed brick, red leather banquette booths, and bicycles hanging from the ceiling (hinting that a meal this indulgent might necessitate a bit of exercise). Plus there are inexpensive Bloody Marys, mimosas, and "cheap screws," should you need some hair of the bardog.
Built in the late 19th century, the South Main Street building that houses Earnestine & Hazel's was meant to be a church. It didn't stay that way for long, and in the 1930s, it started its evolution from sundry store to pharmacy to jazz-cafe-and-brothel (the former was downstairs, the latter upstairs), to its current iteration as a dive bar. It's got burgers, beer, and plenty of characters, including the ghosts of Earnestine and Hazel. The sisters who owned the original cafe haunt the dive in the friendliest way possible by playing the piano upstairs, turning on the jukebox, and flickering the lights. The paranormal activity doesn't deter guests, but the Soul Burger most certainly draws them. The burger, in all its simple, heart-stopping glory, is a thin, seasoned beef patty cooked on a well-worn griddle and topped with American cheese, onions, a pickle, and a healthy spreading of Soul Sauce. It's best enjoyed with a beer (or three), and the company of the ghostly souls of Memphis past.