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Memphis's 3 best spots to score comfort food on a budget

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. | Photo: Renzo I./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on October 10, 2019.

Looking to sample the best comfort food around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable comfort food outlets in Memphis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Photo: Atif I./Yelp

Topping the list is Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Located at 310 S. Front St., the chicken shop and Southern spot, which offers comfort food and more, is the most popular budget-friendly comfort food spot in Memphis, boasting 4.5 stars out of 2,421 reviews on Yelp. 

This bustling spot draws locals, visitors from the nearby Civil Rights Museum and delivery orders.

Popular offerings include mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes and a half chicken chicken with baked beans, slaw and white bread. Save room for the pie: options include chocolate chess, pecan and sweet potato.  

2. The Little Tea Shop

Photo: Yuzhao X./Yelp

Next up is The Little Tea Shop, situated at 69 Monroe Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 130 reviews on Yelp, the Southern and traditional American spot, offering comfort food and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option. 

Behind this restaurant — decorated with family photos and corny signs — is a Palestinian grandmother named Suhair Lauck who started the business in the 80s, notes Tasting Table.

Feast on a meal of meatloaf, turnip greens and coleslaw in a hometown atmosphere. Fan favorites include Cajun eggplant, cornbread covered in gravy, a shrimp and stuffed avocado salad and the peach cobbler. 

3. Curb Side Casseroles

Photo: donna m./Yelp

East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire's Curb Side Casseroles, located at 5130 Wheelis Drive, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced specialty food spot, which offers comfort food and more, five stars out of 13 reviews. 

Entrepreneur Bradford Williams started the business to make it easier for families to enjoy home-cooked meals on busy nights, notes Commercial Appeal. Enter this spot through a hand-painted blue door and pick up your casseroles, pre-made entrees, side dishes, salads and desserts.


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