An Actually Useful Guide to Memphis, Tennessee


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

Lisa Toro wants you to forget what you’ve heard about Memphis. Unless it’s that Memphis is home to a deep, hallowed music legacy and first-rate barbecue. And no one knows better than Toro, co-owner of premiere Memphis coffee shop/retailer City & State, who has been living in the Tennessee city for over 20 years. What’s kept her there is the people, who, she says, are approachable and friendly—a Memphis point of pride. Okay, fine, the other things keeping her there involve food and music: the best juke box in the South, drive-thru beignets, and flowing Tennessee whiskey. Let Toro show you the ropes:

Where should I stay?
If you’re splurging, stay at the newly opened James Lee House, a stunning newly restored Victorian home. I’m waiting for the new Guest House at Graceland, which would probably be a whole lot of fun. Otherwise, Airbnbs in Central Gardens or Cooper-Young are your best bet.

When you’re not at Toro’s City & State (above), check out her recs. Photo: Instagram/cityandstate

Best cup of coffee?
Avenue Coffee is small and mighty. They donate a portion of proceeds every month to different nonprofits around town. It’s a really good group of people that care for the community and want to do coffee well. Then there’s Relevant Roasters. He only just opened in the last 1.5 years but it’s great to order coffee at the bar and see roasting in action.

Best place to grab breakfast?
I’ve always loved Brother Juniper’s, which has been around forever; it has these incredible open-faced omelets with avocado and chorizo. The …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit