I really wish Downtown Dining Week was a whole month.
I had so much fun reading through the Downtown Dining Week special menus at downtowndiningweek.com. Some menus feature the most popular dishes from an establishment. Others are specials created just for the week. They all sound so good. It’s hard to choose where to make a reservation when you have more than 50 great options from which to choose.
Downtown Dining Week: Here's your chance to dine at more than 50 Downtown Memphis restaurants for $20.18
Speaking of reservations, if you are considering taking advantage of these Downtown dining deals, make your reservation today. Most of restaurants Downtown have small dining rooms, and they will fill up fast.
If I had to narrow it down to five to try for lunch and five to try for dinner, these are my picks.
Top $20.18 Dinner Picks
The patio at Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant in downtown Memphis. (Photo: Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant)
80 Monroe Ave., (901) 523-0877
Felicia Suzanne’s is offering a three-course menu that lets you choose from some of their most popular dishes. Choices for the first course include their BLFGT Salad and Crispy BBQ Oysters over stone-ground grits. For the second course, chef Felicia Willett’s famous Sunday Sugo Italian gravy over risotto and her Pecan-encrusted Gulf Fish over Hopp’in John are two of the options. All four of those dishes are some of my favorites she serves.
120 Monroe Ave., (901) 527-7085
McEwen’s is serving a three-course dinner menu that represents its modern Southern fare. For the entree course, diners can choose between Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Thyme Au Jus or BBQ Braised Pork Shoulder with Southern-style Jalapeno Slaw. Both are dishes they created just for Downtown Dining Week.
50 Harbor Town Square, (901) 260-3333
Even though you may have to cross a bridge to get there, Paulette’s in Harbor Town is considered part of the Downtown dining scene and is participating again this year. Fans of this Memphis institution will be able to enjoy dishes like Crabmeat Stuffed Sole or Beef Bourguignon as part of the three-course menu. Make sure to save room for dessert. The apple strudel with French vanilla ice cream on the dessert menu sounds like the perfect ending to a meal.
Over 50 restaurants throughout downtown will be participating in the 10th annual Downtown Dining Week. (Photo: Downtown Dining Week)
492 S. Main St., (901) 304-6985
Chef Michael Patrick at Rizzo’s is offering a three-course menu plus dessert as an extra fourth course. His famous Lobster Pronto Pup, tempura-fried lobster with a Creole mustard aioli, is one of the options for the second course. It’s such a fun dish that you have to try it. Patrick’s Cheeseburger Soup is also one of the appetizer options you can choose. With four courses for $20.18, Rizzo’s special dinner menu is a great deal.
The Vault is offering their Steak Frites on their $20.18 Downtown Dining Week menu. A NY Strip steak is cooked sous vide then grilled, topped with compound butter, and served with shoestring fries. (Photo: The Vault Memphis)
124 G.E. Patterson, (901) 591-8000
The Vault will serve several customer favorites on its Downtown Dining Week three-course menu. For the entree course, you can choose between six items. Crawfish Mac & Cheese and Steak and Pommes Frites are two of the options. Chef Aaron Winters is also offering some drink specials, including a $5 Tito’s Moscow Mule.
Top $10.18 Lunch Picks
540 S. Main St., (901) 526-5757
If you love breakfast any time of day, plan to go to the Arcade for its Downtown Dining Week Breakfast Sampler lunch special. Included on this over-the-top special plate will be sweet potato pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon and sausage. Order a $5 Old Dominick Bloody Mary to make your “breakfast at lunchtime” complete.
141 E. Carolina Ave., (901) 321-5553
If the weather is nice, head over to Carolina Watershed for lunch to dine al fresco in its backyard. Carolina Watershed is offering a Smoked Cornish Game Hen with Citrus Glaze for its Downtown Dining Week lunch special. It comes with collard greens and Delta grits on the side. To wash it all down, take advantage of the $1 off local drafts discount.
Front Street Deli will be serving both breakfast and lunch specials during Downtown Dining Week. (Photo: Downtown Memphis Commission)
Front Street Deli
77 S Front St., (901) 522-4824
Front Street Deli has some of the best deli sandwiches in town. The lunch special includes any of their signature sandwiches (all named after Tom Cruise movies by the way), a deli side and a soda. I’ll be ordering a Tropic Thunder, an Italian sub with Genoa salami, ham, capicola, provolone and olive salad, with a side of their Bacon Ranch Broccoli Salad. And if you are up early, they are also offering a breakfast special for a mere $5.18. It includes their Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit and a cup of coffee.
Downtown Dining Week is the perfect time to try out new restaurants like Grecian Gourmet. Gyros are on of the items on their featured menu. (Photo: Grecian Gourmet)
The Grecian Gourmet Taverna
412 S. Main St., (901) 249-6626
New to the Downtown dining scene, this will be The Grecian Gourmet Taverna’s first time to participate in Downtown Dining Week, offering both a dinner and lunch menu for the event. For its special lunch menu, Grecian Gourmet is offering your choice of entree plus one side for $10.18. For the entree, choose between such Greek specialties as Lamb or Beef Gyro, Spanakopita, Pastitso or Lamb Sliders. This fast-causal restaurant serves up authentic Greek cuisine that makes a yummy, and out-of-the-norm, lunch.
346 N. Main St., (901) 543-3278
Grab a friend and take them to eat with you at Westy’s, a Pinch District favorite since the 1980s. Their lunch special is a two-for-one offering. For lunch, choose between their Catfish Basket, Patty Melt or famous Marinated Chicken Sandwich. Each comes with your choice of fries or tater tots. And if you split the bill? What a bargain! And since you got such a deal, splurge on the Hot Fudge Pie for dessert.
Downtown Dining Week: Our top 5 picks for dinner and lunch
by Jennifer Chandler
October 31, 2018