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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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“Over 60 years ago in the small community of Mason, Tennessee, Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt created something amazing – fried chicken that could unite a community. In an era of divisive racial attitudes the residents of Mason found that they could all – black and white – agree on how much they loved Na’s fried chicken. Such an amazing feat did not occur overnight. After experimenting for several years in a local tavern, Na and his wife, Ms. Maggie, began selling their chicken, sandwiched between two slices of white bread, out of the back door of the tavern. As demand grew, Na and Maggie were encouraged by local residents to build a freestanding restaurant. Unfortunately, the Vanderbilt’s were of modest means and could not afford such an expansion; however, generous, chicken loving locals offered to supply them with the materials necessary to build their own restaurant. Na, a skilled carpenter, built the restaurant on a piece of land he and Ms. Maggie owned on Highway 70 in Mason. Maggie’s Short Orders opened its doors in 1973. The building still stands today and still serves Na and Maggie’s amazing fried chicken.”
  • 53 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“A Memphis favorite and one of the oldest barbecue joints around. You don’t want to miss this!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Memphis’ oldest cafe founded in 1919 and still family-run. Historic part of downtown Memphis and still has a vintage feel. Great place for breakfast. The sweet potato pancakes are not to be missed. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
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“This is one of the locals favorite BBQ restaurants. It has a sweeter sauce. Served wet or dry. Has a variety of menu items”
  • 26 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“One of the best dive bars in the world. It used to be a bordello, but now there's live music, burgers, cheap drinks, and private parlors.”
  • 48 locals recommend
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“For both good food and an enjoyable music experience, BB King's is the place to go. Good BBQ. Good listening! Day and night.”
  • 26 locals recommend
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“Fun outdoorsy place downtown to get a beer and chill. I brought my dog Drake here and he loved it.”
  • 31 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The Majestic Grille has the best of both brunch worlds, with equal style and substance. Enjoy live music on the mezzanine of the 1920s Art Deco theatre while sipping a carafe of mimosas and noshing on veggie frittatas. Or saddle up to bar to watch football and tear into a rib eye Steak & Eggs served with potatoes, biscuits, and a Bloody Mary.”
  • 25 locals recommend
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“A place for special occasions. Foodies will appreciate the trio of plates that can be paired with wine flights (hence the name flight)! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Disclaimer: This place is wild. It’s a nightclub w/o the usual crowd. There is a drum set on the dance floor. Tons of fog. It’s so much fun. Talk to us before you go! ”
  • 25 locals recommend
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“Enjoy fine cocktails in this amazing two story Victorian home converted into a cocktail bar. So fun!”
  • 38 locals recommend
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“This South Main-area gastropub offers a sophisticated spin on pub food and an extensive list of inspired cocktails. But unlike some other high-end bars, S.O.B., as it's affectionately called, has more of a welcoming, low-key ambience. Sangria (prepared with whatever fruit is in season) is always on offer, or try something more inventive, such as the Not Your Grandmother's Lemonade (barrel-aged whiskey with homemade lavender-infused lemonade). Balance your booze intake with eats from the daily snack board (fried deviled eggs, seasonal hummus, cheeses, house jam, candied pecans, and crispy flatbread).”
  • 15 locals recommend
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“Their ribs, seasoning and sauce have been featured on The Food Network’s “Bobby Flay Show””
  • 11 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Every Saturday, on South Main! You can catch the trolley ($1) from the building. Great fresh, local produce! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Great food that is sourced from a local farm! The farm actually runs the restaurant, so if you're worried at all about the ingredients in your food, this is the place to go! Also, really great area with local goods as well. Anything from candles to bowls, to popcorn, etc. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
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“Long-time standby for barbecued ribs, sausages & poultry served in a no-nonsense setting.”
  • 22 locals recommend