Encore (150 Peabody Place, Memphis 38103; 528-1415) After more than 20 years at Chez Phillipe in The Peabody hotel, master chef José Gutierrez opened Encore in 2005 with a menu of “Continental comfort food,” such as caramelized salmon, crispy chicken scaloppine and braised short ribs, as well as the Encore burger, a bargain at $10. Open 5-10 Monday-Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. $$, FB, HA, NS. sole, grilled double-bone rack of lamb and a prime New York strip loin. Conclude a meal with a farmhouse cheese selection or a honey-lavender crème brulee. Open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. $$$$, FB, HA, NS. Erling Jensen: The Restaurant (1044 S. Yates, Memphis 38119; 763-3700) Erling Jensen has garnered accolades at his eponymous East Memphis venue with such dishes as a Maine lobster pancake, rack of lamb and wild boar chops. The desserts range from blueberry marzipan cobbler to homemade sorbets and ice creams. Open 5-10 p.m. daily. $$$$, FB, HA, NS.
Felicia Suzanne’s (80 Monroe, Memphis 38103; 523-0877) Chef Felicia Willett uses local and regional ingredients to concoct such offerings as Crawfish Carbonara, roasted maple leaf duck breast and filet of beef tenderloin, all served in a sophisticated Downtown setting. The patio is a good spot for that after-work Memphis Manhattan, a signature drink. Open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 5-midnight Friday-Saturday. Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays only. $$$, FB, HA, NS. Folk’s Folly (551 S. Mendenhall Road, Memphis 38117; 762-8200) This family-owned steakhouse has been serving up filets, New York strips and ribeyes to Memphians for more than 30 years. Grilled duck and smoked pork chops are also favorites, and seafood is flown in fresh daily. You can purchase steaks to cook at home at the in-house Prime Cut Shoppe. There’s also a piano lounge. Open Monday-Thursday 5:30-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30-11 p.m. and Sunday 5:30-9 p.m. $$$$, FB, HA, NS Grill 83 (83 Madison, 333-1224): Start your dinner in this fine Downtown restaurant (adjacent to the Madison Hotel) with tuna tartar or seared foie gras; dive into the main course, where choices include roasted salmon Napoleon, seared scallops and a 22-oz bone-in ribeye “Cowboy” steak; and a Granny Smith apple “red hot” cobbler or a lemon curd mascarpone mousse tartlet is the perfect finish. The lunch menu features an upscale take on sandwiches, burgers, pastas and salads. Reservations are accepted. Open 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Monday-Sunday; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Sunday; 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $$$$, FB, HA, NS. The Grove Grill (4550 Poplar, Memphis 38117; 818-9951) Chef/owner Jeffrey Dunham’s American bistro menu features updated versions of old favorites as well as new dishes. Wood-grilled filet, shrimp and grits and house-smoked salmon are favorites. End your meal with the fruit sorbet of the week, served in a crunchy sesame-seed wafer. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; dinner: 5:30 until daily. $$$, FB, HA, NS. Inn at Hunt Phelan (533 Beale, Memphis 38103) This 177-year-old estate-turned-luxury bed and breakfast on seven acres in Downtown Memphis offers live jazz on Fridays and wine tastings on Wednesdays in the Veranda Grill. Open 5-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Sunday brunch, and Sunday dinner from 4-9 p.m. $$-$$$, HA, FB, S (patio only) Interim Restaurant and Bar (5040 Sanderlin, Memphis 38117; 818-0821) You can keep an eye on the state-of-the-art kitchen as meals are prepared at this contemporary East Memphis restaurant that features seasonal American cuisine in a casually elegant atmosphere. Chef Jackson Kramer’s signature dishes include roasted duck breast and braised pork shanks. Open for Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Banquet and private rooms available. $$$, FB,
(145 Beale, Memphis 38103; 578-3031) Want to capture the flavor of a 1920s speakeasy in a casually elegant restaurant above the hubbub of famous Beale Street? Then climb the stairs to the third floor of B.B. King’s Blues Club to savor American cuisine with an emphasis on Southern, Creole and Cajun specialties. A small-plate menu is available. Open 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $$$, FB, not wheelchair accessible, NS Jarrett’s (5687 Quince, Memphis 38119; 763-2264) Established in a quiet East Memphis residential neighborhood in 1994, this bistro-style restaurant puts the emphasis on regional American cooking with fresh ingredients, from Chef Rick Farmer’s smoked Tennessee trout ravioli to his stuffed pork chops. Small-plate menu available. You can also dine on the restaurant’s New Orleans-style outdoor patio. Open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Reservations accepted. $$$, FB, HA, NS Jim’s Place East (5560 Shelby Oaks Dr. Memphis 38134; 388-7200) This family-owned and operated restaurant is on almost two acres of wooded land and gardens in East Memphis. The menu features hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and the family’s Greek specialties. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; dinner 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and until 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Reservations accepted. $$$, FB, HA, NS Lolo’s Table (128 Monroe, Memphis 38103; 522-9449) This hip Downtown spot serves European country cuisine. Lunch offers sprightly salads, soups and sandwiches as well as a pasta special, while evening diners will find plenty of seafood offerings as well as a vegetarian special. Check out “Wine Wednesdays.” Lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, dinner 5:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $$, FB, HA, NS. The Majestic Grille (145 S. Main St., Memphis, 38103; 522-8555) The site of the former Majestic Theatre Downtown is now home to a 1940s-style restaurant specializing in steaks, gourmet burgers, fresh seafood and flatbread creations in an upscale atmosphere. On mild days enjoy the outdoor patio. A special fixed price menu is available for a pre-theater dinner on evenings