Five Ways to Spend Friday Lunch (Memphis)

Friday. The day we long for. I wholeheartedly believe that Friday lunch is the perfect preview for a wonderful weekend ahead; so when time allows, I make plans accordingly. Below are my top five Friday lunch suggestions which, if possible, would sit in my schedule on repeat. Which do you most prefer?


The famous twenty-five cent martinis and biscuits will draw any pedestrian through the Main Street red doors of Felicia Suzanne's on a Friday at noon. Yet now, on the adjacent patio, a fast-casual option serves up oysters, crab cakes, and my most coveted grilled sandwich in the city: Felicia's short rib grilled cheese. Take a seat inside or out, and you'll experience two fine and fancied Southern dining options.

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Now open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Fridays, Downtown's hot spot and haven provides a smoked poboy selection (pork tenderloin, brisket, to name a few) with an optional housemade pimento cheese add-on. Seasonal grilled salads boast the freshest farmers market finds: heirloom tomatoes, local cheeses, herbs and greens. I'll never tire those trays and that rosé.



Though their addictive tacos require a watchful eye for the truck's current location, you'll see the bold scripted "El Mero Taco" vehicle at the Levitt Shell, on South Main, and even on the St. Jude campus. I am most fond of the brisket chilaquiles (topped with a fried egg) and off-the-cob parmesan street corn...But let's be honest: Anything you order at the window will blow away your taste buds.

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The line at Elwood's Shack might intimidate, but the outcome is exceptionally worthwhile. Order the unrivaled fresh fish tacos or barbecue pulled-pork pizza and stake claim at an outdoor picnic table. No, my two recommendations do not go together; but I suggest to order one this Friday and the other the next. Trust me.


Overton Square's popular Cajun-creole crib now opens for lunch, and we are forever grateful. A half poboy and a grocery (side item) pair perfectly halfway through the work day, especially on the patio. I most enjoy the catfish with spinach madeleine.

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