The Winners of the 2014 Memphis Magazine Readers' Restaurant Poll



Illustration by Tyler Hildebrand

The Memphis magazine Readers’ Restaurant Poll is our community’s definitive annual survey on where to eat. Treat it like gospel; verily, our readers’ choices are the truth.
The readers’ poll boasts 44 categories that cover all types of cuisine and every part of the meal from cocktails and salads to late-night dining. Whether you’re looking for the best comfort food or adventures in eating you can get it in Memphis.

Because dining out is a social experience as much as a culinary one, we include such categories as Best People-Watching, Best Patio Dining, and Best Ambience, as they speak to our desire to share delectable tastes with our buds.

Presentation is always on the minds of our finest chefs, and it’s no different for our restaurant poll. Each winner is in bold type and tops the category’s finalists. Suffice to say, all of our leading vote-getters are distinguished representatives of the local food industry and are quite deserving of your patronage.

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists, and, also, thank you, from the bottom of our stomachs.

 

Best New Restaurant

Chiwawa
Southward Fare & Libations
Rock'n Dough Pizza Co.
Elwood’s Shack
Pyro’s Fire-Fresh Pizza

 

Best Restaurant

Restaurant Iris
Folk's Folly
Flight
Hog & Hominy
Paulette's
Felicia Suzanne's
Elegant Farmer
Jim's Place
Sweet Grass
Majestic Grille
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Erling Jensen

 

Best Pizza

Memphis Pizza Café
Aldo’s Pizza Pies
Pete & Sam’s
Hog & Hominy
High Point Pizza
Best Mexican
Las Delicias
Las Tortugas
Molly’s La Casita
El Porton
Happy Mexican

 

Best Italian

Andrew Michael
Italian Kitchen
Pete & Sam’s
Ciao Bella
Frank Grisanti’s
Bari Restorante

 

Best Chinese

Wang’s Mandarin House
A-Tan
Mulan
Formosa
Panda Garden

 

Best Japanese

Sekisui
Sekisui Pacific Rim
Sakura
Osaka
Nagasaki

 

Best Indian

India Palace
Bombay House
Golden India
Mayuri

 

Best Vietnamese

Pho Saigon
Saigon Le
Pho Binh
Lotus
Pho Vietnam

 

Best Thai

Bhan Thai
Bangkok Alley
Jasmine
Pho Saigon
Mosa Asian Bistro

 

Best Food Truck

Fuel Cafe
Central BBQ
Rock'n Dough Pizza Co.
Tacos Los Jarochos
Hunger Monkey

 

Best New American

Hog & Hominy
The Elegant Farmer
Sweet Grass
Felicia Suzanne’s
Flight

 

Best Cajun/Creole

Restaurant Iris
Owen Brennan’s
Bayou Bar & Grill
Dejavu
Felicia Suzanne’s

 

Best Deli

Young Avenue Deli
Bogie’s Delicatessen
Fino’s
Lucchesi’s
Miss Cordelia’s

 

 

 

Best Burger

Huey’s
Belmont Grill
Earnestine & Hazel’s
Interim
Sweet Grass

 

Best Fries

Huey’s
Houston’s
Young Avenue Deli
Bardog Tavern
Majestic Grille

 

Best Steak

Folk’s Folly
Ruth’s Chris
Jim’s Place
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Butcher Shop

 

Best Seafood

Tsunami
Bonefish Grill
The Half Shell
Restaurant Iris
Flying Fish

 

Best Oysters

Pearl’s Oyster House
The Half Shell
Restaurant Iris
Southward Fare & Libations
Felicia Suzanne’s

 

Best BBQ Sandwich

Central BBQ
Germantown Commissary
The Bar-B-Q Shop
Corky’s
Top’s Bar-B-Q

 

Best BBQ Ribs

Charley Vergos’ Rendezvous
Central BBQ
Corky’s
Germantown Commissary
The Bar-B-Q Shop

 

Best Fried Chicken

Gus’s Fried Chicken
Jack Pirtle’s
Uncle Lou’s
The Cupboard
Blue Plate

 

Best Salad
(no clear winner)

Elegant Farmer
Jim’s Place
Sweet Grass
Texas de Brazil
Majestic Grille

 

Best Brunch

Owen Brennan’s
Majestic Grille
Beauty Shop
Paulette’s
Bosco’s Squared

 

 

 

Best Breakfast

Brother Juniper’s
Bryant’s Breakfast
Blue Plate Café
Café Eclectic
The Arcade

 

Best Coffeehouse

Café Eclectic
Poplar Perk’n
Republic
Otherlands Coffee Bar
Tamp & Tap

 

Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Muddy’s Bake Shop
Frost Bake Shop
Yolo Frozen Yogurt
Cheesecake Corner
La Baguette

 

Best People Watching

Peabody Lobby Bar
Flying Saucer
Alchemy
Mollie Fontaine
Huey’s

 

Best Ambience

Restaurant Iris
Flight
Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
Folk’s Folly
Paulette’s

 

Worth the Drive

City Grocery (Oxford, MS)
Ajax Diner (Oxford, MS)
Bozo’s (Mason, TN)
Bonne Terre (Nesbit, MS)
Memphis Street Café (Hernando, MS)

 

Best Late-Night Dining (after 10 p.m.)

Huey's
Hog & Hominy
Local Gastropub
Belmont Grill
Bardog Tavern

 

Best Patio Dining

Boscos
Chiwawa
Felicia Suzanne’s
Majestic Grille
Bhan Thai

 

Best Place to Impress Out-of-Towners

Restaurant Iris
Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
Folk’s Folly
Paulette’s
Gus’s Fried Chicken

 

Best Business Dinner Locale

Folk’s Folly
Jim’s Place
Houston’s
Restaurant Iris
Paulette’s

 

Restaurant We Miss the Most
(no clear winner)

Anderton’s
Ronnie Grisanti’s/Midtown
Jim’s Place East
Jarrett’s
Justine’s

 

Best Chain Restaurant

Houston’s
Mellow Mushroom
Bonefish Grill
Ruth’s Chris
Panera Bread

 

Hippest Bar Setting

Peabody Lobby Bar
Mollie Fontaine
Blind Bear
Bardog Tavern
Jim’s Place

 

Most Happening Happy Hour
(no clear winner)

Bardog Tavern
Peabody Lobby Bar
Flying Saucer
Boscos
Brookhaven Pub

 

Best Place to Watch the Game

Fox and Hound
Sweet Grass Next Door
Brookhaven Pub
Huey’s
Bayou Bar and Grill / Alex’s Tavern (tie)

 

Best Dive Bar

Earnestine & Hazel’s
Alex’s Tavern
Silky O’Sullivan’s
The Cove
Brookhaven Pub, High Point Pub (tie)

 

Best Martinis

Alchemy
Peabody Lobby Bar
Sweet Grass
Automatic Slim’s
Folk’s Folly

 

Best Wine List

Flight
Restaurant Iris
Folk’s Folly
Fleming’s Fine Steakhouse
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

 

Best Beer Selection

Flying Saucer
Boscos
Young Avenue Deli
Fox and Hound
Celtic Crossing

 

Best Memphis Chef

 

Kelly English (Restaurant Iris)

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman (Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen/Hog & Hominy)

Andreas Kisler (Chez Philippe)

Erling Jensen (Erling Jensen’s)

Felicia Willett (Felicia Suzanne’s)

Josh Perkins (Flight)

Patrick Reilly (Majestic Grille)

Jose Gutierrez (River Oaks)

Ryan Trimm (Sweet Grass/Southward Fare and Libations)

Ben Smith (Tsunami)

 

 

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