Medical District Restaurant Guide

The Medical District stretches out to the Edge District, Madison Heights, Peabody Vance, and the Pinch District. We’ve put together this guide so our readers can easily get out there and enjoy the many tasty local eats and drinks that the area offers. We encourage you to try them all!

(Read more about the Memphis Medical District Collaborative/MMDC, the community development organization that works with partners to strengthen the communities in the Medical District so that they are more livable, vibrant, and safe in Connecting the Dots.)

901 Catering
345 Madison Avenue

This catering service specializes in hot and cold lunches, including specialty buffets (taco bar, anyone?) as well as full-service events. Visit the website for sample menus, photos, and holiday ideas.

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317 North Main Street

Alcenia’s has been in business for 24 years and is currently undergoing renovations. This wonderful, colorful place will give you a heaping plate of comfort food made with love by the chef herself, Betty Joyce “BJ” Chester-Tamayo. You can expect items like smothered pork chops, meatloaf, candied yams, spaghetti, green beans, cornbread, and as many desserts as she can create.

Another Roadside Attraction Catering
679 Adams Avenue

Karen Carrier’s catering company specializes in creating unforgettable events with their inspired dishes. They love to experiment and partner with a wide variety of clients. No event is too small or too big, and they are prepared to make your dreams come true. Visit the website for sample menus, photos, and party ideas.

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Arnold’s BBQ & Grill
337 Madison Avenue #2

Owned by Mike Arnold, Arnold’s BBQ & Grill boasts two locations—the original in Whitehaven and the newer one in the Medical District. Find it tucked onto Monroe Alley between Danny Thomas and Fourth Street. Currently offering both dine-in and takeout, the menu is extensive. It’s hard to choose between the lamb ribs, the bologna sandwich, and the smoked chicken salad, so take friends or visit more than once.

341 Madison Avenue

Brinson’s is known for its nightlife, and always offers. good time. Specialties include hot wings, catfish, and chicken and waffles.

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Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe
668 Union Avenue

Tamra Eddy was raised by a barbecue master, a professional baker, and a restaurant owner. She inherited a raggedy old Betty Crocker cookbook upon her grandmother’s passing, and that was the moment she knew she too would open a restaurant. Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe specializes in one-of-a-kind Cajun and soul food fusion. Favorites include the fried chicken, muddy mac-n-cheese, and peach cobbler nachos, though Chef Tam is always knocking out fun daily specials. Service is currently takeout only.

Comeback Coffee
358 North Main Street

Comeback Coffee is a multi-roaster shop that invites all to “stay awhile.” Their highly touted seasonal coffee sodas are a customer favorite, and now available in cans. They have a full lineup of traditional hot coffees as well. If you’re hungry, you’ll find chef-made pastries. The large back patio offers plenty of space to spread out.

Cozy Corner
735 North Parkway

This family-owned barbecue restaurant was started in 1977 by Raymond and Desiree Robinson (she was recently inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame). Cozy Corner is known for their Cornish hens, but don’t pass up the ribs, rib tips, sandwiches, or spaghetti.

Edge Alley
600 Monroe Avenue

Edge Alley is the perfect place to enjoy a house-roasted cup of coffee, delicious brunch with friends, healthy lunches, elevated dinners, and thoughtful cocktails. Chef/owner Tim Barker makes everything from scratch, and the delightful staff offers top-notch service.

Evelyn & Olive
630 Madison Avenue

“Love. Food. Music. Soul.” That’s the tagline and total vibe you’ll get from Evelyn & Olive, the Jamaican and Southern restaurant on Madison Avenue. Whether you’re grabbing lunch or dinner, Evelyn & Olive has an extensive menu full of favorites like The Rasta Pasta, jerk chicken wings, blackened tilapia roll, curry goat dutch pot, fish tacos, and grilled jerk shrimp. And don’t miss the cream cheese pound cake!

Feast & Graze
1370 Madison, Suite 2

Cristina McCarter turned a love for cheese and charcuterie into a business. Whether you are looking for an individual charcuterie box for a night at home or need a whole grazing table for an event, Feast and Graze has you covered.

High Cotton Brewing Company
598 Monroe Avenue

The High Cotton taproom is the perfect place to enjoy your favorite beers and try seasonal offerings. While you’re there, you can play board games, watch the game on the big screen, and soak up some sun on the spacious patio.

Los Comales
1322 Madison

Los Comales offers authentic Mexican-style fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, tamales, tostadas, flautas, and the most amazing green sauce in a festive, margarita-filled environment

Phillip Ashley Chocolates
1200 Madison Avenue

Phillip Ashley Chocolates has a handcrafted chocolate for every occasion. Pre-order online.


726 North Parkway

Pop-a-Roos Gourmet Popcorn Shoppe first opened its doors in September 2014 with one old kettle popcorn machine inherited from the owner’s father. Today, Pop-a-Roos offers over 30 flavors of dessert and savory popcorn, has a second location in Crosstown Concourse, and is the Official Gourmet Popcorn Co. for the Memphis 901 FC and the Memphis Redbirds.

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Riko’s Kickin Chicken
1329 Madison Avenue

Riko Wiley started Riko’s Kickin Chicken with a food truck in August 2014. His wife, Tiffany, worked for FedEx and helped manage Riko’s social media until they opened the restaurant in 2017. Now Tiffany runs the front of the restaurant while Riko works in the kitchen making some of the best-seasoned wings in town and his famous honey garlic sauce.

Sabor Caribe
662 Madison Avenue

Caribbean flavor and Venezuelan heritage are what you’ll find at this hot spot. Arepas, empanadas, and patacones are at the core of the menu and are ready to be enjoyed on the newly renovated back patio.


Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge
1299 Madison Avenue

In addition to a menu full of handcrafted pizzas (with the best names ever) and hot wings sure to please, Slice of Soul is covered in beautiful art, has plenty of places to lounge, and has a solid cocktail list.


Slim & Husky’s
634 Union Avenue

Slim & Husky’s comes to us by way of Nashville and offers two styles of pizza (that’s right – slim & husky). The slim is long and thin, approaching a cracker crust. The husky is a bit more compact, but still a thin style crust.


Sunrise Memphis
670 Jefferson Avenue

Sunrise Memphis serves breakfast every day and is a very popular brunch spot on the weekends. This eclectic diner specializes in classic breakfast favorites and house-prepared artisan meats.


346 North Main Street

The Pinch District’s neighborhood bar boasts one of the city’s largest menus and the latest kitchen hours. Burgers, sandwiches, and long-grain rice bowls are always crowd-pleasers. Friendly service and plenty of outdoor dining space are just the icing on the hot fudge pie.