Lafayette's Music Room

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.