Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening! I have no idea what time it is in your time zone when you are reading this so I’m just covering my bases. But enough about me and how my job works, you are here today because you are looking for the best soul food restaurants in Memphis. Tennessee. Well don’t worry, today I have already done the research for you and curated a list of the best soul food restaurants in Memphis and where you can find them! I will also provide a link to their menu or website when I can and I will also include links anytime one of these restaurants accept our super convenient virtual gift cards!
As a reminder a GiftYa digital gift card is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A gift card that functions just like every other gift card. It lets you make purchases at a participating bar, restaurant, or store up to the face value of the gift card. However, unlike traditional gift cards. GiftYa digital gift cards come with a few additional benefits. For instance, unlike a traditional gift card, a GiftYa can be sent straight to your phone in seconds. That way you don’t need to deliver a GiftYa in person if you want to give it as a gift. You don’t even have to go to a store in person if you want one for yourself. You can just visit the GiftYa website and pick one up today.
Since GiftYa cards are sent directly to your phone you never have to worry about misplacing them or forgetting to take them with you. In most instances you are going to have your phone with you so in most instances you will have your GiftYa cards right in your pocket. In addition to that, your GiftYa also keeps track of the balance for you.
Which is so much nicer than having to try to remember how much was left over on those antiquated plastic gift cards. I mean you can’t write it on them very easily so idk what you’re supposed to do if you don’t use the total value the first time? Just guess the next time you are in town?
998 Mississippi Blvd | Southside | www.thefourway901.com
The Four Way restaurants is an institution in Memphis. It has been serving customers since 1946. That means it’s been a part of the restaurant scene and the local community in Memphis for nearly 80 years. And really when I think of “soul food” that comes to mind is something classic and experienced cooked in a classic southern style tradition.
And I am not sure you can find many restaurants that have nearly the same kind of experience. Being around since 1946, and remaining successful all through that time is nothing short of astonishing when you consider the length of time the typical restaurant manages to successfully keep it’s doors open.
So I have literally no hesitation in placing the Four Way Restaurant at the top of the list today. If you are out looking for delicious soul food in Memphis Tennessee, actually if you are looking for excellent soul food anywhere in the world you should stop by Four Way. They attract guests from the global community. And they also have a history of attracting major celebrities from across the spectrum. Including people like The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin amongst countless others. Four Way is not only a cool place to eat, but it’s got an amazing history and atmosphere as well. I highly recommend you give them a taste!
“After touring the Civil Rights Museum, we wanted to continue with visiting historic places in Memphis. The Four Way was one of few establishments that allowed civil rights activists in its doors during that time! Luckily for us, the family who owns this great restaurant were raised right in the community, and were able to share stories about the history of the restaurant and area. Their grandfather purchased it after the original family of the owners let it go. And I'm glad they were able to save it.” - Yelp Review
Four Way Restaurant is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated soul food restaurants in Memphis!
942 E Eh Crump Blvd | Downtown | peggyshomecooking.com
Peggy’s Just Heavenly Good Home Cooking comes in at second place on our list today. And the only reason they didn’t make the number one spot is because it happens to be home to Four Way Restaurant which is world famous for it’s soul food and it’s long history. But coming in second place to that by no means, means that Peggy’s Just Heavenly Good Home Cooking isn’t as good or as heavenly as they claim.
Peggy’s specializes in southern cooking. So they will have all the classic soul food favorites that you are looking for. However, they prepare all of this food from scratch using top of the line ingredients. Which means you are going to be getting real authentic style soul food at Peggy's. When I think of soul food I really do think of an older grandma aged woman who knows how to make everything without the instructions on the box or buying anything pre-prepared. They know how to make it from scratch because they’ve made it millions of times before and have it perfected.
And that’s exactly how Peggy’s Just Heavenly Good Home Cooking prepares it for you. I mean it’s the closest you are going to get to going to your own grandma’s house down south and having her prepare you dinner from scratch. If you are looking for something less historic and more low key with an at home feel, Peggy's Just Heavenly Good Home Cooking is gonna be the place for you.
“BLACK OWNED GEM! If you're passing by, live here, or are just hungry lol Ms. Peggy’s is the truth!!! If "Southern Hospitality " was a person it would definitely be Ms.Peggy. Everything was more than amazing and feels just like you at your big mama house” - Yelp Review
Peggy’s Just Heavenly Good Home Cooking doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding soul food restaurants and attractions in Memphis!
414 S Main St | Downtown | memphissoulcooking.com
I’m not so sure too much needs to be said about this one. I mean you ended up on this webpage because you went to a search engine and typed in a query. Then the search engine scanned millions of webpages and returned the results that matched your search the best. You must have searched for something like “soul food Memphis” or “what’s the best place to get soul food in Memphis, Tennessee.”
So this restaurant is literally just the keywords that a restaurant would want to hit when people are searching for the style of food they serve in their restaurant, so I really like the 21st Century digital business savvy of this place. The name might be simple, but I guarantee it helps direct the correct kind of online traffic their way that helps their business flourish.
And that online traffic seems to be very pleased with the results at Memphis Soul. They boast a solid four star rating and their Yelp page is littered with positive reviews.
“Okay so let me just tell youuuuuuuuu how bomb this food was! ... EVERY. Single.Thing. Was AMAZING. I mean honestly no one in California could ever do this. Hands down the best Mac & cheese & cornbread muffin I've had. My boyfriend had the oxtails, greens & Mac. This also gets a chef's kiss. We hate that we didn't have room for the Caramel cake. That won't be an issue though as I will definitely be returning. Trust me this will be my first stop every time I hit Memphis from now on!” - Yelp Review
Right now you aren’t able to get a GiftYa digital gift card to Memphis Soul but check back because there’s more soul food restaurants and stores in Memphis added all the time.
629 Chelsea Ave | Uptown | www.facebook.com/MsGirleesSoulfoodRestaurant
I don’t have a ton to say about Mrs. Girlees Soul Food. They don’t have much of an online presence and that is one of the things that brought them down the list. However, from the online presence they do have, the consensus is clear. They have four and a half stars on Yelp and a 4.8 from customers on Facebook. Even though they are newer and not quite as established as some of the other restaurants on this list (Yup looking at you Four Way) they are leaving every customer that walks through their doors satisfied.
“The line was out the door, parking was insane but once you get your food you will understand why. Everything was cooked in turkey (i am a non-pork eater - so this excited me). I was very impressed by that. This place is truly amazing and I can't wait to bring my picky eater husband to try this place. I might just end up a regular like mom and pops.” - Yelp Review
There aren’t GiftYa digital gift cards available for Mrs Girlees Soul Food as of the date of this writing, but there might be now! Be sure to check GiftYa itself for all the gift cards available for soul food restaurants in Memphis.
7185 Stage R | Memphis | www.gracieskitchensoulfood.com
Gracie’s Kitchen is great for when you are looking for good soul food in a hurry. While they aren’t exactly fast food, they certainly aren’t slow food either. When you are in a rush and want some excellent soul food in a hurry then Gracie’s Kitchen is going to be the place for you!
“I love this place for a quick pick up and go. They have a hot bar kind of like cafeteria style and their menu changes daily. Whenever, you're in the mood for some soul food, swing by and grab you a plate. Their cornbread is the best! The wait isn't that long but they are pretty busy during lunch. They are quick and prompt though. I've enjoyed both meals that I have had here and would recommend to anyone.” - Yelp Review
Gracie’s Kitchen is one of the best soul food restaurants in Memphis and they accept GiftYa digital gift cards and you can grab one for you or someone on your list by following the link!
There you go! That’s my list of my top five recommended soul food places in Memphis, Tennessee. And while I might not be the best person to speak on soul food ,you don’t just have to take my word for. Feel free to check out their Yelp pages and their business website as well. You can pursue the menu and see which place has what you are looking for when you are craving soul food.
And every restaurant on the list today had a minimum of a four star rating from their customers. So you can be sure that they will all meet your expectations, and there is a damn good chance they surpass your expectations as well. I mean where are you gonna find better, and more authentic, soul food then in the heart of Memphis Tennessee? And if none of these restaurants piqued your interest just go to GiftYa.com and search by city (Memphis) to find over 20,000 different attractions, bars, and restaurants that accept GiftYa in Memphis, Tennessee.