Memphis eats are not for the faint of heart. It’s a gut-busting kind of town, with local specialties as soulful as the city’s famed blues. In the barbecue realm, pork reigns supreme, in saucy chopped-meat sandwiches and platters of dry-rubbed ribs.
But smokehouses aren’t the only place to revel in caloric ecstasy. Further fat-kid delights abound, in the form of griddled, thin-pattied burgers (at least one of which is deep-fried in 100-year-old grease) and flawless fried chicken.
Then there are the only-in-Memphis bonuses like barbecued bologna and barbecue spaghetti—we’re not making this up. Hungry yet? Here’s where to find Memphis’ classic gut-bombs.Click to start the list