Your guide to the 4 top spots in Memphis's Midtown neighborhood

Your guide to the 4 top spots in Memphis's Midtown neighborhood
DWJ 2. | Photo: Ting W./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on September 26, 2019.

Visiting Midtown, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Memphis neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a Korean barbecue to handmade soaps.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Midtown, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. DWJ 2


Topping the list is Korean spot DWJ 2, which offers barbecue and more. Located at 2156 Young Ave., it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 64 reviews on Yelp. 

Among the menu options, look for Kimbap, which is your choice of beef, chicken or kimchi served with pickled yellow radish, cucumber and crab meat on a Korean roll. Nokji Bokeum, fried octopus in a spicy chili sauce served with vegetables, is also an item on the menu.

2. Central BBQ

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Next up is Central BBQ, a spot to score barbecue, situated at 2249 Central Ave. With four stars out of 1,397 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

According to the owners, hickory and pecan wood smoking is the sauce for this barbecue. Start with the BBQ Nachos pork and then try the beef brisket or turkey. Saved room for dessert? Check out the peanut butter pie. (Look here for the full menu.)

3. Soul Fish Cafe

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Southern spot Soul Fish Cafe, which offers seafood and soul food, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 862 S. Cooper St., 4.5 stars out of 323 reviews. 

Fried catfish and hushpuppies, along with local craft beer, are among the items you will find on the menu. Also look for an assortment of seafood po'boys featuring shrimp and crawfish and entrees such as ruby red trout and smoked pork chops. (See the full menu here.)

4. The Bubble Bistro

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The Bubble Bistro, a cosmetics and beauty supply spot, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with five stars out of 25 Yelp reviews. Head over to 425 N. Watkins St. to see for yourself. 

Offering handmade soaps made with food-quality ingredients and colorants,  also look for body washes, specialty soaps and body oils among the variety of products.

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