Mike's Top 5 for Dinner

I'm constantly asked what my favorite restaurant in Memphis and it's actually a very hard question to answer because I love them all for different reasons. Well I know that's a not the greatest answer of all time so I decided to sit down and really think about my top 5 places to have dinner in Memphis.  

(These are in no particular order)  

1. Rizzo's

Rizzo's on South Main is definitely one of my favorite dinner spots in the city. Chef Brian Michael Patrick is not only a great cook, but he's insanely funny. Rizzo's has the feel of a restaurant that you wouldn't normally see in Memphis and I do say that in a great way. The decor of the place is top notch. 

My suggestions: You have to get the Lobster Pronto Pups! Trust me, they are simply incredible. Also the Chorizo meatloaf and the braised short ribs are A-1!

2. Itta Bena

One of the first things that attracted me to Itta Bena was that no one knew about Itta Bena and that's totally a great thing!! There's the secret door leading to the secret staircase then walking into an atmosphere that the total opposite of what you would expect on Beale! You go get to experience the vibe of Beale from way above through blue tinted windows. This place oozes elegance! 

My suggestions: Abita BBQ Shrimp with Abita Beer Bread!! The Duck and waffles is also great!

3. Folks Folly

I do love a good steak from time to time and Folks Folly is where you would want to go to get one of the best steaks the city has to offer. They also have so great seafood choices in addition to great weekly specials. Also check out their Cellar Lounge for complimentary fried dill pickles and listen to the grand piano. They also feature a Prime Cut Shoppe where you can get your favorite cuts to take home. 

My suggestions:  Folly's Tidbits and the Ribeye. 

4. DeJavu Restaurant

When I'm in the mood for authentic Creole dishes, DeJavu is always my go to spot. Chef Gary Williams is one of the coolest guys I know and I love his food! The restaurant has that traditional New Orleans flair that you would find in a spot in the French Quarter. The staff is always very nice and very welcoming. 

My suggestions: The Arkansas Outlaw...fried catfish covered in Crawfish ètouffèe.

5. One and Only BBQ

How could I make a Top 5 list of Memphis establishments and not include what we are best known for? That would just be rude! Only One and Only BBQ is my favorite place to get BBQ in the city, hands down! They have 2 locations and I prefer the Kirby and Quince location for lunch and the Perkins and Southern location for dinner. There's also construction happening on a 3rd location on Germantown Parkway. All that expansion means they must be making some great BBQ! 

My suggestions: BBQ Quesadilla, dry rub ribs, twice baked potato salad and Millie's Banana Pudding


So that's my top 5 places for dinner in Memphis. Keep in mind, I have more than 5 favorite spots to eat, but for the sake of this list i came up with 5. Next up will be my top 5 places for lunch! What are some of your favorite spots? Leave me a comment and also like and subscribe!! 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.