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.
Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill's cooks prepare traditional Mediterranean cuisine using healthy, natural ingredients. They crown pita pizzas with olive oil and wild thyme; fry crisp falafel; and roast hormone- and antibiotic-free beef from local cattle for shawarma pita wraps. At meal's end, sip a Turkish coffee or nibble on a housemade walnut baklava. Following customer outcry, the Grill has also re-instated its extremely popular hookah which patrons can enjoy on the grill's outside patio.
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.
The Port Restaurant has been a destination for hungry eaters since 1965. The kitchen staff at the nautically themed restaurant serves up southern-style fare such as barbecue wings, country fried steak, and deep-fried catfish sandwiches caught in a lake of boiling oil. Holly Whitfield, the owner of the blog I Love Memphis, sums up The Port as a "divey, neighborhood joint."
Zaxby's menu of comfort foods includes hearty chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, and wings. Meal come flanked by sides of celery sticks and ranch, fried mushrooms dipped in Zaxby's special sauce, or crinkle-cut fries. The only possible conclusion to such a filling meal is one of Zaxby's signature shakes, which come in a variety of flavors, such as chocolate cookie, birthday cake, and banana pudding.
At K & J Food Express, the aromas of fast food greet guests when they enter. Behind the counter, the fryer sizzles with pieces of chicken and okra, and pots of jambalaya or red beans and rice percolate flavor as they stew. Sandwiches are stuffed with barbecue pork or steak, and a picture of the eatery's jambalaya on the counter spans several feet, which means you can swim in it.