Exterior Earnestine and Hazel's
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He’d have a one-item menu, something people could eat quickly after a full night of dancing the boogaloo and drinking beer. He’d call it the Soul Burger.
Old Menu Earnestine and Hazel's
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Russell George and James Brown Photo Earnestine and Hazel's
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Grill Area Earnestine and Hazel's
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Grill Earnestine and Hazel's
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Sign Earnestine and Hazel's
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Upstairs Hallway Earnestine and Hazel's
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Upstairs Bar Earnestine and Hazel's
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Russell's Office Earnestine and Hazel's
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Earnestine and Hazel Soul Burger
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Window Sign Earnestine and Hazel's
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1. Earnestine & Hazel's 531 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)

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.