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A rotating menu of comfort-food favorites, including chicken-fried steak and roast beef with gravy, bolsters the hearty bar fare at The Spot Restaurant & Entertainment Complex, helping to fuel evenings of live entertainment. Attendees 21 and older gather to catch live bands, DJs spinning tunes, and comedians making wry observations or facing their fear of microphones. During DJ sets, patrons can take a break from dancing in a private VIP room with bottle service or by starting a games of darts or pool.

8914 Highway 149
Tyronza,
AR
US

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).

3659 Hickory Hill Rd
Memphis,
TN
US

Nestled amid the hallowed tomes and thrilling new works at Booksellers at Laurelwood, the team of Booksellers Bistro feeds stomachs alongside the aisles where they feed minds. Diners can try a variety of light, healthy meals including homemade quiche, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, or the braised rib sliders, while early-risers treat themselves to spinach, tomato, and feta omelettes, including a variety of gluten-free options. The Project Green Fork-certified kitchen also follows sustainable and environmentally conscientious practices to keep waste down and conserve energy.

387 Perkins Ext
Memphis,
TN
US

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.

8385 US Highway 64
Memphis,
TN
US

Chef David Johnson and his culinary team create southern comfort fare with a Cajun zing. The menu rotates daily, offering special items such as beef tips with garlic mashed potatoes on Tuesdays and bourbon-glazed peach pork loin paired with mississippi grits on Thursdays. Along with preparing food for dine in, take out, or delivery, the staff also caters corporate events such as employee-appreciation lunches and executive-level food fights.

1329 Madison Ave
Memphis,
TN
US

Much like the musicians that play jazz and soul at B.B. King's Blues Club two floors below, the chefs at Itta Bena Restaurant draw their inspiration from their roots. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients with a focus on seafood and grilled meats, they spin their own contemporary interpretations of classic Southern dishes, especially those of the Delta region. They fill plates with colorful tableaus of chargrilled shrimp over stone-ground grits, bone-in herb-roasted chicken, Maple Leaf Farms duck confit with wild rice waffles, and blackened Gulf red snapper.

The sweet and spicy aromas from the kitchen blend with the decor to create an intimate atmosphere—which Southern Living describes as “speakeasy-inspired”—and a calming center above the Beale Street commotion. Exposed rafters and simple, wheel-shaped chandeliers hang over the closely packed tables. Views of the street are interrupted only by the towering blue neon sign of the venue below. The entire space is cast in a soothing blue light, the result of a subtle window tinting designed to cultivate a laid-back vibe while reminding diners of Eiffel 65, the greatest blues band ever. Though above a music club, the space also hosts its own regular live entertainment from vocalists and guitarists who play jazz, blues, rock, and soul.

145 Beale St
Memphis,
TN
US