Off-Campus Dining

Location
Memphis, TN
Undergrads
1,899
Tuition
$38,092
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Every now and then students get little coupons to some popular venues around Memphis. Some of the best places to go are Central BBQ, Tops BBQ, or Cafe Eclectic (which is just walking distance!) There's a handful of great ethnic restaurants in Midtown if you want to try something new. As for snacks, there's a frozen yogurt shop close to campus called Yolo. In fact, the founder of Yolo graduated from Rhodes! La Michoacana is a local Mexican ice cream shop that is gaining popularity. That's a great place to hang out with your buddies and try some corn flavored ice cream! Or just get a vanilla cone.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's great if you have a car or a friend with a car. Memphis has lots of great (and cheap!) food options.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in Memphis, there are a lot of fun barbecue places. I've only ever used my student discount at Yolo (frozen yogurt place), but I think there are a few other places that accept Rhodes cards. Cafe Eclectic really is great. It's nice to be able to walk to a place with really good, high quality food. My favorite restaurant so far is Flight, but it's definitely not a place I would go to unless my parents were in town.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat in Memphis. You will never run out of places to try.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Decent places to eat around, but the best are in downtown

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 102nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Hometown
Birmingham, Alabama
Major
English
Grad Year
2014
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Barbecue has to be one of the first things that comes to mind whenever Memphis is mentioned, and the city definitely lives up to the hype. There are too many barbecue places to count, and they are all fantastic. But don't worry if pulled pork and ribs aren’t your thing—Memphis has something for everyone. All cultures are represented, and students have the most fun searching the city for a new favorite place. There are so many options to choose from that you cannot possibly get bored, but it won't be long until you find that one spot you'll keep going back to again and again.

Germantown is great for a nicer evening out, and Beale Street is available if you just want to grab a drink and chill with friends. The ridiculous number of frozen yogurt places in the area is convenient for study breaks, and places like YoLo even give a discount to Rhodes students. In fact, Rhodes Student Government put together a list of many places that will lower their prices upon seeing a student ID. A downside to local dining is the lack of late-night dining options, but you learn to love Taco Bell at 2 a.m. It won't be long before you find yourself looking forward to the days when you can get off campus and leave the Rat behind.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Getaway Sports Bar
  • IHOP
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
Café Eclectic
Best Coffee
Café Eclectic
Best Dessert
Cheesecake Corner
Best Late-Night
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Young Avenue Deli
Best Mexican
Happy Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Best Pizza
Memphis Pizza Café
Best Wings
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Best Place to Take a Date
Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.
  • Huey's Restaurant
  • The Majestic Grille
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alex's Tavern
  • A-Tan Chinese Restaurant
  • Bar-B-Q Shop Restaurant
  • Beauty Shop Restaurant & Lounge
  • Blue Plate Café
  • Bluefin Edge Cuisine & Sushi Lounge
  • Brother Juniper's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Casablanca Restaurant
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Ching's Hot Wings
  • CK's Coffee Shop
  • Do Sushi Restaurant
  • El Toro Loco
  • Grill 83
  • La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
  • Local Gastropub
  • The Melting Pot
  • Muddy's Bake Shop
  • On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner
  • Republic Coffee
  • Rio Loco
  • Sweet Cece's Frozen Yogurt
  • Taco Bell
  • The Trolley Stop Market
  • Westy's
  • YoLo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato
Did You Know?
Memphis is famous for its barbecue, and for good reason, too. Not only is there a barbecue joint every block or so, but also in May, Memphis's Beale Street Music Festival hosts a world championship barbeque contest with three full days of intense pork cooking and eating. It's any glutton's paradise.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Kroger
2269 Lamar Ave.
(901) 324-1011
www.kroger.com
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Kroger
1366 Poplar Ave.
(901) 272-7881
www.kroger.com
Daily 24 hours
Whole Foods
5022 Poplar Ave.
(901) 685-2293
www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Automatic Slims Tonga Club
Food: Fusion/Caribbean
83 S. Second St.
(901) 525-7948
www.automaticslimsmemphis.com
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Live music every Friday
Back Yard Burgers
Food: Fast food
3183 Poplar Ave.
(901) 327-5002
www.backyardburgers.com
Price: $5-$10
Bari Ristorante
Food: Southeastern Italian
22 S. Cooper St.
(901) 722-2244
www.barimemphis.com
Price: $10-$20
Bayou Bar & Grill
Food: Cajun
2105 Madison Ave.
(901) 278-8626
www.bayoubarmemphis.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Cigar bar
BB King's Blues Club
Food: BBQ/American
143 Beale St.
(901) 524-5464
www.bbkingclubs.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Dancing and live entertainment
Benihana Japanese Steakhouse
Food: Japanese
912 Ridge Lake Blvd.
(901) 683-7390
www.benihana.com
Price: $15-$25
Bhan Thai
Food: Americanized Thai
1324 Peabody Ave.
(901) 272-1538
www.bhanthairestaurant.com
Price: $8-$15
The Blue Monkey
Food: American
2012 Madison Ave.
(901) 272-2583
Price: $5-$10
Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.
Food: Italian
2120 Madison Ave.
(901) 432-2222
www.boscosbeer.com
Price: $15-$35
Cool Features: Microbrewery
Café Eclectic
Food: Breakfast/Brunch, Sandwiches/Subs and Desserts/Ice Cream
603 N. McLean Blvd.
(901) 725-1718
www.cafeeclectic.net
Price: $10-15
Cool Features: Free Wi-Fi
Café Olé
Food: Mexican
959 S. Cooper
(901) 274-1504
www.cafeolememphis.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Patio dining
Central BBQ
Food: BBQ
2249 Central Ave
(901) 272-9377
www.cbqmemphis.com
Price: $5-$10
Charles Vergo's Rendezvous
Food: Barbeque
52 S. Second St.
(901) 523-2746
www.hogsfly.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: `50s decor
Cheesecake Corner
Food: Cheesecake
113 E. G.E. Patterson Ave.
(901) 525-2253
Price: $5-$10
Corky's Bar-B-Q
Food: Barbecue
5259 Poplar Ave.
(901) 685-9744
www.corkysmemphis.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Homemade pies
Denny's
Food: American
166 Union Ave.
(901) 522-1304
www.dennys.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
El Porton
Food: Mexican
65 S. Highland St.
(901) 452-7330
www.elportonmexicanrestaurants.com
Price: $8-$15
Fino's Italian Deli
Food: Italian
1853 Madison Ave.
(901) 272-3466
finosmemphis.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Italian grocery store connected
Getaway Sports Bar
Food: American
4632 Winchester Rd.
(901) 363-3073
www.memphisite.com/getaway
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open daily 24 hours
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Food: Chicken
310 S. Front St.
(901) 527-4877
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Food comes in picnic baskets
Happy Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Food: Mexican
385 S. Second St.
(901) 529-9991
happymexican.com
Price: $10
Cool Features: Multiple locations in the area
Huey's Midtown
Food: American
1927 Madison Ave.
(901) 726-4372
hueyburger.com
Price: $8-$15
IHOP
Food: American, breakfast
2060 Union Ave.
(901) 725-4448
www.ihop.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
India Palace
Food: Indian
1720 Poplar Place
(901) 278-1199
indiapalaceinc.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Large vegetarian menu
Kwik-Chek Food Store
Food: Deli, Greek
2013 Madison Ave.
(901) 274-9293
Price: $5-$10
La Baguette French Bread Shop
Food: French pastries
3088 Poplar Ave.
(901) 458-0900
Price: $5-$15
Lenny's Sub Shop
Food: Sandwiches
5643 E. Shelby Dr.
(901) 367-8870
www.lennys.com
Price: $5-$10
The Majestic Grille
Food: American
145 S. Main St.
(901) 522-8555
www.majesticgrille.com
Price: $10-$30
Memphis Pizza Café
Food: American
2087 Madison Ave.
(901) 726-5343
memphispizzacafe.com
Price: $8-$15
Neil's Music Room
Food: American/barbeque
1835 Madison Ave.
(901) 278-6345
www.neilsbar.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Patio dining
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
1181 Ridgeway Road
(901) 818-3889
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $8-$15
Paulette's Restaurant
Food: French
50 Harbor Town Sq.
(901) 260-3300
www.riverinnmemphis.com
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Live piano player on the weekends, and a symphony orchestra once a month
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
3455 Poplar Ave.
(901) 323-5300
www.perkinsrestaurants.com
Price: $8-$15
Sekisui Midtown
Food: Japanese/sushi
25 S. Belvedere Blvd.
(901) 725-0005
www.sekisuiusa.com/web/sekisui-midtown
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Tempura ice cream
Texas de Brazil
Food: International
150 Peabody Place
(901) 526-7600
www.texasdebrazil.com
Price: $15-$30
Tsunami
Food: Fusion/seafood
928 S. Cooper St.
(901) 274-2556
www.tsunamimemphis.com
Price: $20-$50
Waffle House
Food: American, breakfast
5255 Summer Ave., Shelby
(901) 767-9674
www.wafflehouse.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Wang's Mandarin House
Food: Chinese
6065 Park Ave.
(901) 763-0676
wangsmemphis.com
Price: $10-$20
Young Avenue Deli
Food: American
2119 Young Ave.
(901) 278-0034
www.youngavenuedeli.com
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

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  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 8% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 33% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 60% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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