The interactive exhibits and programs compiled by the Pink Palace Family of Museums reinforce a mission that has stayed constant for 80 years: to "inspire people to learn how history, science, technology, and nature shape the Mid-South." Attached to Clarence Saunders' mansion built in the 1920s, the museum's permanent exhibits take an eclectic approach to chronicling the past, revealing everything from ancient fossils to contemporary southern history. Inside, visitors can chart the history of Memphis from the early Spanish explorers through the Civil War or walk through a replica of Saunders' original Piggly Wiggly—the country’s first self-service grocery store, and even see a shrunken head. Global adventures are chronicled on a four-story screen at the CTI-IMAX theater, and the Sharpe Planetarium explores the cosmos from the comfort of a 130-seat theater.
Traveling to east Memphis, one can discern the natural side of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Lichterman Nature Center encompasses 65 acres of lush gardens filled with native wildflowers, trees, and wildlife. The center combines self-guided nature walks with plant sales and educational activities to expose visitors to the natural world.
For a mouth-watering collection of American classics, South of Beale serves traditional, no-frills fare. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because South of Beale's menu does not offer low-fat options. Beer, wine, and more are also available from South of Beale's extensive drink list. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. The patio seating at South of Beale is perfect for those warm summer days. Get online gratis thanks to South of Beale's complimentary wifi. Got the whole gang with you? South of Beale is a great pick for large parties. Take your pet pooch along when you visit South of Beale — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the restaurant.
Weeknights are popular for dining and crowds often form at the restaurant. The restaurant has catering services as well. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
A mid-priced establishment, South of Beale offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less. You can stop by at practically any time, since South of Beale serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Wine and dine at P and H Cafe in Memphis. None of the fare at P and H Cafe is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — P and H Cafe has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Dine under the sun (or stars) at P and H Cafe with their charming outdoor seating. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at P and H Cafe. Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at P and H Cafe. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. Put the suit away when heading to P and H Cafe — dress is casual, as are the vibes. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from P and H Cafe as well.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Chow down at P and H Cafe without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15.
For a mouth-watering collection of American classics, The Silly Goose serves traditional, no-frills fare in the Downtown Medical Center district of Memphis. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. TVs are also readily available in the bar area to broadcast the best games. Bring the whole clan to The Silly Goose — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days. There's often a DJ spinning as well, and patrons are encouraged to step out on the dance floor. Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating. You can also serve food from The Silly Goose at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Super-savers will adore the low-prices at The Silly Goose, too — meals there usually cost less than $15. The Silly Goose has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
For a meal that won't leave you hungry, head to Quetzal for a juicy patty and side of your choice — this Memphis burger joint is squared away in the New Pathways community. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Toast your evening out at Quetzal with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Get online for free courtesy of Quetzal's wifi. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Quetzal's beautiful outdoor seating area. Put on your dancing shoes! The burger joint provides plenty of space for those who love to boogie.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the burger joint gets busy. You can also grab your food to go.
Hand your keys to the valet driver or choose your own spot in the lot next door.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Rumba Room infuses downtown Memphis with a dose of Latin culture through fusion food, tropical mixed drinks, and monthly live music and dance events. Guests can shake along to Latin rhythms at regular reggaeton, swing, and salsa events, or hone their skills in salsa lessons and dance competitions.