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Memphis' 5 best spots to score cheap Southern food

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By Hoodline - Published on October 14, 2019.

Craving Southern food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Southern restaurants around Memphis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.

1. Gus's Fried Chicken

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Topping the list is a member of the chain Gus's Fried Chicken. Located at 310 S. Front St., it is the most popular budget-friendly Southern restaurant in Memphis, boasting 4.5 stars out of 2,425 reviews on Yelp. 

The business is known for one thing, it states on  Yelp in the section highlighting specialties: "Chicken."  In addition, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese and french fries are served, as well as pecan and sweet potato pies.

2. Blue Plate Cafe

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Next up is Blue Plate Cafe, situated at 113 S. Court Square downtown. With four stars out of 403 reviews on Yelp, it has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option.

Biscuits, grits, pancakes, country ham, waffles and omelets are among the many options.

3. Mot & Ed's Southern Eatery

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Midtown's Mot & Ed's Southern Eatery, located at 1354 Madison Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the restaurant 4.5 stars out of 166 reviews.

On the menu you'll find baked and fried fish, macaroni and cheese, lima beans, turkey burgers and catfish with peppers and onions.

4. The Little Tea Shop

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The Little Tea Shop is another much-loved, affordable go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 130 Yelp reviews. Head over to 69 Monroe Ave. to see for yourself. 

In terms of signature items, it mentions "Home Southern cooking and comfort food," on its Yelp page in the section about specialties.

Fried chicken, black-eyed peas and cornbread are featured, as well as peach cobbler with ice cream and a frozen pecan ball with hot fudge.

5. The Four Way

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Last but not least, there's The Four Way, a local favorite with four stars out of 140 reviews. Stop by 998 Mississippi Blvd. to hit up the Southern and soul food spot that opened in 1946 next time you're in the mood for cheap eats.

Diners choose from a long list of meats and vegetables, including country fried steak, baked fish, neck bones, liver and onions, pickled beets, turnip greens, yams and fried green tomatoes.


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