How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Memphis
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Memphis is the home of American blues music, legendary musicians, and famous barbecue. Beale Street offers a plethora of bars, eateries, and live music venues, but if you venture outside of the Street you can find some black-owned restaurants and businesses serving home cooked goodness with southern hospitality.
The Office @Uptown
Located in the Uptown area of Downtown Memphis, The Office@Uptown offers you an office setting complete with professional equipment like computers and printers. If you’re not there to work, try the croissant breakfast sandwich and a great cup of coffee with the local community that feels like family.
Lunch At Alcenia’s
Hope you’re ready for some southern style cuisine. Owner Betty Joyce greets each one of her customers with a hug and a “thank you for coming,” making everyone feel right at home. Alcenia’s menu features daily lunch specials with home cooked fried chicken, fried catfish, and meatloaf with traditional sides like mac n’ cheese, yams, and beans.
The HM Lounge
Enjoy an afternoon sweet treat at The HM Lounge, “Memphis’ only dessert and novelty social gathering place.” Chefs Fran and Champ serve up dessert classics like bread pudding, apple cobbler, cheesecake, pecan pie, and so much more.
Dinner at A & R Bar-B-Que
It’s not a true day in Memphis without some BBQ. Andrew & Rose Pollard founded A&R Bar-B-Q in 1983 making it a long-staring tradition in the city. Slow cooked with their secret recipe, ribs, chicken, turkey legs, brisket, and more ensure that no one is leaving this place hungry.
This is the original B.B. King’s Blues Club located in Memphis and offering live music every night of the week. Words can’t describe the true “vibe” of this place, so get your table early and prepare to be thoroughly entertained.