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.
Kooky Canuck's extensive menu features hearty sandwiches, steaks, and more, including the Kookamonga burger, a 7.5 lbs. monster meatsterpiece ($24.99). More than 2,500 patrons—including Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman—have attempted to finish the burger in 60 minutes for a chance at immortality on the eatery's Hall of Fame, although only seven patrons have succeeded. If you've recently decided to scale back your weekly intake of beef, Kooky Canuck serves more modestly portioned half-pound burgers, which can be topped with cheese, onions, mushrooms, and more ($6.99+). Other savory sammies include a prime rib sandwich ($9.49) and Kathy's BL 'FG' T, a mix of bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomatoes ($7.49). Salads, soups, and entrees are available to sate the Kookamonga peanut gallery's voyeuristic appetite.
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.
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.
Local and fresh, Ferraros Pizzeria and Pub sells pizza, pasta, sandwiches and beer. Their dough is prepared daily for the freshest taste and quality. At Ferraros, Memphis residents can experience New York style pizza in the heart of downtown Memphis. For diners that prefer wine over beer, bring a bottle, and the staff will uncork it for you. Ferraros Pizzeria combines the New York style Pizzeria with the Memphis way of life. They even offer complimentary delivery within five miles of the restaurant. If you are looking for Italian food with a local appeal, look no further than Ferraros Restaurant.
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.