Tamp and Tap

Tamp and Tap in Downtown Memphis is a great spot for coffee, a light lunch or a pint after work. Nestled across from the Peabody in the Gayoso alleyway.  I have to admit, I didnt expect much from a coffee shop sandwich.  However both my compadre and I were blown away by the sandwiches we got.  They were just really really tasty and filling. This space and its accessibility to the rest of downtown Memphis are a great place to meet after work or a great place to start for an evening downtown.

Local’s Choice: The Imperial and a WiseAcre Draft


Renee’s Sandwich Shop

Renee’s Sandwich Shop – 202 GE Patterson Ave Memphis, TN 38103. They’re so low profile, they don’t have a website.  Don’t let that fool you, they’ve been around for forever. More than once, friends of mine have had members of the Grizzlies drop in while they were eating there.  If you’re downtown and looking for a good grilled sandwich that’s cheap, this is the place to go.  I enjoy it because its a good quiet place to break away from the day.  They also do a good cheap breakfast too. 

Local’s Choice: Kickin’ Chicken Grilled Chicken Philly Sandwich with onion rings and a bottomless tea.  The smoke sausage or bologna breakfast sandwich are winners too. 

Call in orders at 901-525-2963


Paulette’s – originally a midtown fixture, George Falls moved his restaurant to the River Inn on Mud Island to be the hotel restaurant.  This is the wife’s favorite date restaurant in the city.  The food is fresh and the scenery is lovely.  When we were Memphis expat’s, we stayed at the River Inn for our Anniversary and loved it.  

Locals choice: The wife always calls ahead on the day of the anniversary and gets them to hold an order of their lunch ham and cheese lunch crepes for dinner.  All crepes are excellent.  Popovers with strawberry butter and the filet are hard to beat.  I would highly recommend the Jamiacan Crepe, the Hot Chocolate Crepe and the Strawberry Crepe for dessert.