You have one day to eat around downtown Memphis. Assuming you don’t want to have barbecue for all your meals — there’s no place better for that strategy — this five-restaurant tour provides a broader taste of The Blues City. Start with biscuits and country ham at The Arcade, which is one of the two oldest restaurants in town — since 1919. The other great oldie is the Little Tea Shop on Cotton Row (opened in 1918), where meals start with a bowl of shockingly tonic green pot likker. At Alcenia’s, masterful soul food is accompanied by love-hugs from proprietor B.J. Chester-Tamayo. And for barbecue, our two top choices are Charlie Vergos Rendezvous, which is a beer-hall party that features intense dry-rub ribs, and Cozy Corner, where Cornish hens, ribs, and pork shoulder might be the best smoke-cooked meats in town — accompanied, please, by barbecued spaghetti.
Alcenia's is a warm, friendly Memphis, Tennessee, restaurant serving homey soul food meat-and-3 meals that end with glorious pies or bread pudding.