Call it grit. Call it soul. No matter how you slice it, there’s something about Memphis. Like the snaking Mississippi River—that great torrent that forms the city’s watery western border—it won’t be tamed. The essence of the city flavors everything from its signature bathed-in-smoke dry-rubbed ribs to the trendiest of small-plate restaurants. After the city celebrated its 200th birthday in 2020, there’s never been a better time to get a taste of its history and culture for yourself. For a state of local delight, there is an abundance of options of working man’s food. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken offers its clientele a lowbrow ambiance for its perfectly spiced, crispy chicken. No-frills is the definition of Payne’s Barbecue, where they pair a perfect pork sandwich with mustard slaw. A taste of New Orleans creole and culture can be found in Midtown at Restaurant Iris and Second Line, with a roast beef po’boy in one hand and a craft beer in another. The most iconic and perfect way to end your night out in Memphis is at Earnestine & Hazel’s, a dive bar that counts a church, pharmacy, jazz club, and brothel among its past lives.

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Snapshot: Memphis, Tennessee

Call it grit. Call it soul. No matter how you slice it, there’s something about Memphis.

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Boutique Hotels to Enjoy when Traveling to Tennessee

From five-star dining at a picturesque farm in the Smokies to downtown retro digs, check out these five boutique hotels in Tennessee.


The Memphian Hotel

In Overton Square the Memphian Hotel is a playful tribute to the city's eclectic arts scene, imaginative casual dining, and funky digs.

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Sushi with Chef Marisa Baggett

Memphis sushi chef Marisa Baggett talks about reimagining how we think about sushi rolls while honoring tradition.

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New Tennessee Restaurants in 2023

These 12 new Tennessee restaurants are serving up inventive dishes that push the fold or reimagine classics to spark nostalgia.

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New Restaurants in Tennessee

In the Local Palate’s New Restaurants Issue, editor-in-chief and Nashville resident Erin Byers Murray gives an overview of the new restaurants open in Tennessee.

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Nashville is a city fueled by music, steered by history, and revved up with a dynamic food and drink scene.

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Oxford is the perfect destination for the food lovers who crave a cocktail of small-town charm and world-class dining.

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A culinary hotspot in the South, Tupelo’s food scene is diverse and delicious with more than 160 restaurants.