1. Bleu Restaurant & Lounge221 South 3rd Street, Memphis
2. Automatic Slim's83 S 2nd St, Memphis
3. LUNCHBOXeats288 S 4th St, Memphis
4. Local Gastropub2126 Madison Ave, Memphis
5. Imagine Vegan Cafe2299 Young Avenue, Memphis
6. Alchemy940 South Cooper St, Memphis
7. Cafe Eclectic603 N. McLean Blvd., Memphis
If you haven't stopped by for a bowl of their mac and cheese yet, you have no idea what you are missing.
If you find yourself Downtown seeking a brunch of pure decadence, settle in at Automatic Slim's for its 100oz mimosa towers, uber-rich pancake options, eggs Benedict selections, and Southern specialties. For the sweet-toothed among you, opt for an Oreo waffle topped with Oreo cream, a graham cracker waffle crowned with chocolate chip pancakes, marshmallow cream, and chocolate, or red velvet pancakes with a cream cheese glaze, while the savory-minded should taste Slim’s Chicken and Waffles on homemade waffle buns with raspberry butter and potato hash or the BBQ Brisket Benedict served on an open-faced biscuit. Having won several awards for creative mixology, Automatic Slim’s extensive martini menu is at your service to help get your weekend started.
It's like eating in your grade-school cafeteria, except the food is way better.
This tavern commands a solid local beer selection, as well as a large area downstairs where communal tables bring large groups to socialize and partake on nightly specials on select bottles and drafts. Upstairs, comfortable couches, TVs streaming athletic events, and above-average bar appetizers like beer cheese fondue and goat cheese & crab enchiladas help retain the bar's local following.
This family owned and operated cafe in Cooper-Young offers hearty (and meat-free) fare out of a bungalow style space. Comfort food favorites like pizza, barbecue sandwiches, and burgers get the vegan treatment courtesy of seitan, tempeh, and tofu, yet still manage to taste like the real thing. The creamy vegan mac and cheese is a standout.
The appropriately-named Alchemy offers the kind of dim, sexy atmosphere and sophisticated cocktails you might associate with Manhattan rather than our Midtown area. From behind the spacious bar, bartenders produce craft cocktails with ingredients that might be new to you, like The Alchemist (Eagle Rare, Antica, Aperol, and Peychaud bitters), and there're bourbon and scotch lists and a small plates menu.
The original location of the Memphis area brewhouse is a cozy neighborhood locale offering up unique, caffienated drinks -- often with Memphis-inspired names. The Star & Micey (named for a local indie band) features two shots of espresso, a mixture of white and dark chocolate syrups, and whipped cream. The massive coffee shop offers plenty of working space and a separate room for private meetings.