#1 One and Only BBQ – MLL’s favorite place and a Memphis best kept secret. It has two locations, and its a relative unknown on the Memphis BBQ Scene. Everything is good. Its not a hit on Trip Advisor or Food Network, but when this local wants Memphis BBQ, its where I go. I’m not a rib guy, but these are the best I’ve ever had. My wife loves the pulled chicken. Sweet potato fries, baked potato salad, Memphis Style Brunswick Stew, etc. The Banana Pudding may be the best in Memphis that wasn’t made by someone’s grandmother.
Brother Juniper’s – There’s a small, dated home on the south side of the University of Memphis which clings to vestiges of a bygone era when this area was quaint neighborhood instead of the bustling university district. From this modest home, the Koplin family serves breakfast to college students and Memphis power players alike. The coffee mugs are a mixed bag and the sodas come in a can, but the meals they produce are outstanding. Everything from breakfast standards to open faced omelets to black bean burritos. The food here is hearty and excellent.
Local’s Choice: Black bean burrito with hash browns