At Sky Grille, friends and families dine on a menu of classic American fare until late-night band and DJ performances transform the restaurant into a lively club. The eatery's loaded fries prep taste buds for the hearty meal ahead with a choice of toppings that range from barbecue sauce to the tasty trimmings of a philly cheesesteak. Diners clasp fingers around a succulent 6-ounce Sky burger or sate pet stegosauruses' finicky appetites with the veggie burger. After munching on fried-chicken sandwiches or crisp BLTs, diners split a saccharine helping of six Oreos or Snickers bites fried to crispy perfection.
Providing a stage for bands of roaming musicians to ply their melodic wares, Hi-Tone Café also feeds hordes of Memphis's hungry with its wide-ranging menu. Start things off with a Middle Eastern staple, hummus and a handmade pita ($4), or go for the gustatory gold of upstate New York with nine hot wings plus celery and carrots ($7). Six-ounce burgers ($6) use beef from local Neola Farms, except for the handmade veggie burger, which eschews meats both domestic and foreign for oats, veggies, soy, and sesame. The New York–style cheese pizza (slice $2.50/small $9.50/large $12.50) pays homage to sewer-dwelling, martial-arts-competent teenage reptiles whose genetic mutations make pizza their only digestible option, while eclectic topping posses grace the varied house specialty pizzas (slice $4/small $13/large $16). The barbecue pizza puts grilled chicken or pulled pork in barbecue sauce instead of marinara, and the Greek pie is comprised of eggplant, artichoke, roasted red peppers, and feta cheese. Toppings ($.50 per topping for a slice/$1 per topping for a small/ $2 per topping for a large) such as bacon and Roma tomato can be annexed and terminated at will, unlike tenancy on Russia's first mandatory moon colony.
All restaurants have a menu for each meal of the day, but Celtic Crossing has one for a certain type of person?the soccer fan. The Irish pub opens early on Barclays Premier League game days, serving soda bread, rashers, and other breakfast goodies until 10:30 a.m. Some of those items reappear on a dinner menu chock-full of traditional and creative Irish cuisine, from classic shepherd's pie to sliders with imported Irish corned beef. Pints of beer, glasses of wine, or shots of whiskey complement feasts, which unfold amid evening events such as trivia and performances by local musicians. Visitors seeking a quieter dining area can escape to Celtic Crossing's outdoor patio, named the city's best by Memphis Flyer.
The atmosphere a The Mad Earl is a mélange of sports bar and classic pub, both of which are represented in its decor. Upstairs, captain’s chairs surround small tables in the long space, where guests watch games on huge flat-screen televisions. In the finished basement, more televisions surround pool and ping-pong tables. On either floor, the wait staff pours brews and assembles pub bites such as soft pretzels with spicy mustard and five signature sandwiches and hot dogs.
Situated along the famed Beale Street, Flynn's Restaurant & Bar is a casual spot for drinks, food, and live music?but above all, it's a place for Elvis fans. That's because on every wall, visitors will find some form of homage to The King, whether it's old photographs, trophies, or even signed yearbooks from the '50s. Under the gaze of the brown-eyed crooner, chow on Flynn's signature burgers?better known as Memphis Loosies?in five styles, or slow-smoked ribs.
Inside Royal Hookah Café, cherry-red walls and plush booths envelop visitors in Middle Eastern vibes as they kick back and relax with more than 30 flavors of hookah. To compliment puffs, servers brew pots of Arabic coffee and mint tea, or concoct fresh fruit smoothies. Throughout the week, the cafe energizes the atmosphere by organizing special events, including movie night Mondays and live DJ sets on Fridays.