Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
Dishing out all-you-can-eat portions, Barnhill's Country Buffet provides families with a friendly place to feast, offering a spread of comfort cuisines designed to sate appetites both big and bigger. Wander the sleek, spot-lit countertops to seek out servings of fried chicken, vegetable medleys, fresh seafood, hot bread, and homey biscuits, or skip straight to the dessert bar to make a sweet start and work backward to an entree ending. Vegetarians will find themselves in herbivore heaven at a salad bar stacked with 15 toppings, potato salad, and fresh fruit, and protein lovers can pull up a stool at the carved-meat bar to drown their sorrows in a slice of steak, a slab of ribs, or a tall glass of pot roast. With an ever-changing array of cuisines, including special themed-meal nights, Barnhill's creates an atmosphere where dining companions of many differing tastes can come together and bond over their mutual disdain for leftovers.
Sparky's Pizzeria and Grill's menu boasts freshly prepared pizza, burgers, salads, and sizzling steaks from the grill. Perfect for birthdays, corporate picnics, or attracting sharks strangely partial to pizza, the party package facilitates feeding frenzies of up to 25 people with a large garden salad, 50 hand-breaded chicken tenders, and five 18" pizzas. Like a football made out of helmet-attracting magnets, the New York–style thin- or thick-and-chewy-crust pizzas come with unlimited toppings, including meats, vegetables, cheeses, and sauces, from a list of more than 20 different ingredients. The boneless white-meat chicken tenders provide an auxiliary supply of finger foods when the pizza-well runs dry, and the garden-salad bowl helps spruce up plate landscapes.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.
"A staple" of the downtown Memphis restaurant scene for almost 90 years, according to Memphis Flyer, Jim's Place Grille transplanted its menu of expertly executed chops, sandwiches, and seafood to its current Collierville address in 2010. But under the steady hand of the Taras family, which has overseen the eatery almost since its opening in 1921, Jim's continues to sate diners with hearty, continental-influenced fare.
In the kitchen, chefs put Greek twists on steak-house staples, crafting burgers from seasoned ground lamb and grilled pita bread and charcoal-grilling skewered pork for the family souflima recipe. (According to a 2011 review in Memphis magazine "this dish proves the cooking adage that simple is best," infusing "the taste of oregano, salt, and cracked pepper" into "each tender slice.") Certified bartenders mix specialty cocktails, tap draft beers, and pour wines from an extensive list.
Meals commence in the spacious dining room, where paintings of creeks babbling, waterfalls cascading, and fishermen reading the classifieds to lazy rivers help to create a soothing ambiance. Elsewhere, the private dining room accommodates up to 60 guests with custom menus for seated dinners or up to 80 guests for standing cocktail parties.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.