Hey hey!! As some of you may know Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence day but it commemorates Mexico's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. It's also not a huge deal in Mexico but of course in true American fashion the United States have found a way to commercialize and profit off of someone else's culture! Last year my manager (who is Mexican-American) asked that we celebrate respectfully and that we make sure to spend money at authentic Mexican restaurants! I mean if anyone should benefit off of the day it should be the Mexican community, right??
Below you'll find a small list of authentic Mexican restaurants to patronize on today! I encourage you to eat and drink at these places and still find some margarita specials because I'll still post other celebrations on my Instagram and Facebook stories. Let's remember to always be respectful of other people's culture AND to know exactly what /who we are celebrating! I've included some links that give a little more information about Battle of Puebla Day AKA Cinco de Mayo below!
Cinco de Mayo
The Forgotten, radical roots of Cinco de Mayo
Have Fun, be safe, and drink responsibly! I'll continue to add restaurant as I come across them!
Agavos Cocina and Tequila
2924 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38111
Frida's Restaurante Mexicano
1718 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38107
4650 Merchant's Park Circle, Collierville, TN 38017
Maciel's Tortas & Tacos (2 locations)
45 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103
820 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana (2 locations)
6300 Poplar Ave #115, Memphis, TN 38119
1215 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138
El Palenke Express (Food Truck)
629 N Highland St, Memphis, TN 38122
TACOnganas (4 Food truck locations)
4255 Summer Avenue Memphis, TN 38122
2760 Perkins Road Memphis, TN 38118
1080 N Germantown Parkway Cordova, TN 38018
2120 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 38104
8100 Macon Station #102, Cordova, TN 38018
EL Mercadito de Memphis
3766 Ridgeway Rd Memphis, TN 38115
TACOS Y MARISCOS MÉXICO EXPRESS#2
6496 Winchester Road Memphis, TN 38115
3875 Hacks Cross Rd. Memphis, TN 38125
4002 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38111
5689 Quince Road Memhis, TN 38119
Taco Cat (Food Truck)
610 N Germantown Parkway Memphis, TN 38018
4818 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
5967 Knight Arnold Rd, Memphis, TN 38115
El Mercadito de Memphis
3766 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis, TN 38115
Cevicheria and Grill Chilemon
4509 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
El Palacio Authentic Mexican Restarant
4969 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117
Koco Loco (Ice cream Shop)
2548 Covington Pike, Memphis, TN 38128
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I usually update y'all on happy hours after I am experience them but I realized that I should have a guide on the site for happy hours as well.
Now you will be able to plan out your bar hoping in advance. An oh! Instagram will soon have a happy hour guide too. That guide will be places that I've tried replacing the happy hour highlight so, still expect my monthly happy hour adventure!
Be sure to drink responsibly and happy Bar hopping!!
** Disclaimer: For restaurants that have "Daily" mentioned it usually means they have happy hour Mon-Sat. Cordova will include places in Bartlett and East Memphis will include places in Collierville and Germantown.
Board Art district
Salt|Soy (Daily 5pm-6pm)
Bahama Breeze (HH on Sunday)
Kooky Canuck (Temporarily Closed)
Y Not Bar
Wolf River Brisket Co. (Daily 3pm-6pm)
Alchemy (Wed-Sat 4pm-6pm)
Belly Acres Overton Square (Thurs-Sat 4pm-6pm)
Cameo Cocktail Bar (listed at bottom of FAQ)
Celtic Crossing Irish Pub
Complicated Pilgrim (Mon-Fri 5pm-7pm)
Ecco on Overton Park (Tues-Thurs 4:30pm-9:00pm)
Knifebird Wine Bar (HH on Sat)
Memphis Pizza Cafe
Molly’s La Casita (HH on Sat)
The Second line (Daily 4pm-6pm)
Thrive Midtown (Wed-Fri 5pm-8pm)
Inexpensive Wine/Cocktail Menu
Bayou Bar & Grill
Ciao Bella Italian Grill(signature cocktail menu inexpensive)
Instead of waiting on me to post my #Brunchoftheday why not give you all a list restaurants that offer brunch! Click on the name of the restaurant to be taken to their website and get all the info you need about their brunch! If you have trouble locating the info you need don't hesitate to reach out to me! Also, I will put an asterisk next to the places that I have been to and you all can message me to inquire about what I thought about that particular spot! Oh! Call before you go to a restaurant, check hours, and make reservations if you can! Things have changed (and are still changing) so much in the last to years and sometimes info isn't updated as often as it should be!
Saturday & Sunday
Bleu Restaurant & Lounge
Bounty on Board
Cameo Cocktail Bar
Capriccio Grill at The Peabody
Coastal Fish Company(click lunch menu)
Eggxactly Breakfast & Deli
Hog & Hominy
Jim & Samella's House(see FB for Brunch schedule)
Let It Fly Sports Bar
Libro at Laurelwood
Lucy's at Hu.Hotel
Side Street Grill
South of Beale*
The Gray Canary
Y Not Bar
Soulful Food Truck Festival
March 13, 2022
The 4th Annual Soulful Food Truck Festival features 27 Black Owned Food Trucks (Outdoors) and 75 Shopping Vendors (Indoors) and 2 Mobile Cigar Lounges. Local beers and wine will also be available to purchase onsite..
Memphis Whiskey Warmer
March 25, 2022
"Join us as we bundle up with great whiskey and great people to welcome in the warmer weather. We're bringing together 40 of our favorite labels of whiskey, bourbon and scotch, local food vendors, a cigar lounge and bluegrass music to create a whiskey wonderland benefiting Volunteer Memphis."
Memphis Tequila & TacoFest
March 26, 2022
"8 FREE Tequila tastings,Memphis most popular Taco vendors SluttySalsa/TACOnganas , The finest cigars , free gift bags and the livest Dj"
Rivercity Jazz & Music Fest
April 2, 2022
"Fresh Ideas Entertainment will host the 3rd Annual River City Jazz and Music Fest at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts."
April 3, 2022
"BRUNCHELLA 2022 will feature picnic grass space, a spacious furnished courtyard, a plush VIP tent, and grand cabanas spread across an acre of park space. Guest will enjoy multiple catered food stations, open bars, vendors and entertainment via 2 hosts, 2 DJS, and 2 live performances!"
Listen Out Loud R&B/Hip-Hop Music Festival
April 16, 2022
"The festival was curated to promote local artist on a local and national platform, highlight women in the industry, tell the story of Memphis Music nationally and provide music lovers with unforgettable moments."
Urban Earth Spring Flicker Fest
April 16, 2022
"Music, food, refreshments, activities for kids and a whole lot of fun right here in our garden! Tell all your friends and just come have some fun!"
CURT -CHELLA Day Party & Business Festival
April 16, 2022
"This is the perfect opportunity for new, small, and established entrepreneurs to network and connect with our Memphis Market while inclusively partying."
Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival
April 20, 2022 - April 24, 2022
"This is a unique event that focuses on bringing African dignitaries, ambassadors, and culture to the Memphis Community on an annual basis."
Down to Earth Festival
April 22, 2022 - April 23, 2022
"Celebrate sustainability at the biggest Earth Day Celebration in the Mid-South! Meet local eco-focused vendors, artisans and organizations who are helping to create a greener future for our community. Plus, you can enjoy live music, kid-friendly activities, crafts and more!"
Taste the Rarity Wiseacre Brewing Co.
April 23, 2022
"Join us Saturday, April 23, 2022 for our biggest party of the year! We are super stoked to be hosting the 7th TASTE the RARITY Festival again after a 2yr hiatus! We are welcoming old friends and new as they bring their best and weirdest beers to Memphis. Featuring breweries from all over the country, TASTE the RARITY is a specially curated festival dedicated to the things we love most, beer, fun & weirdness."
Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival
April 24, 2022
"Enjoy live music on three stages from nationally-known and local award-winning artists in Memphis, games including crawfish bobbing, eating, and racing, arts & crafts vendors, and a play zone for children ages 12 and under all for FREE."
Memphis in May International Festival
April 29, 2022 - May 28, 2022
"The mission of Memphis in May International Festival is to promote and celebrate Memphis culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education"
Water Lantern Festival
April 30, 2022
Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone.
Let's Brunch Memphis
May 7, 2022
"Join us for this Memphis Brunch Festival and sample the very best brunch offerings from some of the best restaurants around the city - and enjoy delicious Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and more tasty springtime cocktails to get you in the Brunch Spirit!"
May 20, 2022 - May 22, 2022
"CLE Events will host DreamFest Weekend 11 on May 20-22, 2022 at the historic Levitt Shell in Memphis, TN. DreamFest Weekend is a weekend of events dedicated to promoting Memphis Music and artist collaboration."
Memphis Greek Festival
May 20, 2022 - May 21, 2022
"Margaret saw the enjoyment that people had tasting delicious Greek pastries, so she decided that the Memphis Greek community should also host a Greek Pastry Sale. What started as a small pastry sale many years ago has evolved into a Mid-South tradition that over 15,000+ people attend each May."
Beale Street Art Crawl Festival
May 21, 2022
"Going on it's 4th year, the festival will feature an art market with a variety of art forms and merchandise from established artists, artisan businesses, and nonprofits."
Memphis Mushroom Festival
May 26, 2022 - May 30, 2022
"The purpose of the Memphis Mushroom Festival is to unify the mid-south in a mission to celebrate and improve the relationship with sustainability, healthy foods, to support the legalization of all plant medicines, and a create a better understanding of the benefits plant medicines provide in a region that needs it most."
Memphis Italian Festival
June 2, 20022 - June 4, 2022
"The Memphis Italian Festival presents family-oriented fun in music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School."
Memphis Margarita Festival
June 4, 2022
"The festival includes 15 margarita samples from your favorite restaurants, with awesome entertainment! Food will be available for purchase, and there will also be a cash bar with full-sized drinks available. "
Memphis Pride Festival
June 2, 2022 - June 5, 2022
"Memphis Pride Fest is the single largest gathering for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies in the Mid-South. While the Festival and Pride Parade are the cornerstone of Memphis Pride Fest, the entire celebration (known as Memphis Pride Fest Weekend) spans 3 days beginning with a dance party or concert on Friday Night, the signature festival and parade on Saturday, and winding down with a Bruch Crawl on Sunday."
Craft Food and Wine Festival
June 5, 2022
"It'll be a day of tastings of artisan breads, cheeses, fruit preserves, cured meats, oils and more paired with beer, wine and cider. Craft Food and Wine Festival benefits Church Health so you will be enjoying your favorite craft foods and beverages for a great cause!"
Memphis Juneteenth festival
June 18, 2022 - June 19, 2022
"This free three-day festival provides fellowship, fanfare and a great time. Don't miss the Ultimate Juneteenth Showdown featuring majorettes, drummers, cheerleaders and steppers. They'll be a Kids Zone and health and wellness stations, rap, R&B, pop, hip-hop and gospel music entertainment."
Memphis Vegan Festival
June 18, 2022
"Join us for a day full of Vegan Food, Live Entertainment, and a marketplace featuring local businesses, plant-based health & beauty products, clothing and accessories."
Juneteenth Shop Black Festival
June 19, 2022
"Celebrating Black Culture and creating BLOCK PARTY vibes as we get back to our normal routines! The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Shop Black Festival features Food Trucks, Food Vendors + Shopping Vendors!"
Juneteenth Family Reunion Festival
June 19, 2022
"TONE will, for the second year in a row, be hosting their Juneteenth Family Reunion Festival on the ten acres of land surrounding the Orange Mound Tower. This festival will be free and open to the public and will feature live performances, local vendors, food trucks, games, and more."
Memphis Summer Cocktail Festival
July 29, 2022
"Cool down with refreshing sips at the summer’s hottest party! Enjoy summer-inspired cocktails, fresh local food, an epic dance party and more. Each ticket includes 12 sample-sized cocktails."
Memphis Chicken and Beer Festival
August 6, 2022
"We will have live entertainment throughout the event, as well as yard games, inflatables, and more! Local restaurants will have food available for purchase. MUST BE 21+ to ATTEND!"
Memphis Soul Music Festival
September 3, 2022
"Talented local, regional and national musical artists will come together for the Second Annual Memphis Soul Music Festival. Proceeds will be dedicated to a capital campaign aimed at establishing a transitional housing community for mothers and their children impacted by HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence, Substance Use Disorder."
Memphis Rox Yoga Festival
September 10, 2022
"The Memphis Rox Yoga Festival is an invitation to salute our remarkable city, our amazing yoga community and our partnership with Memphis Rox through yoga practice, music, discussion and celebration."
Cooper Young Festival
September 17, 2022
"Held in Memphis' largest historic district, guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country."
September 24, 2022
"The Latin Fest is back at Overton Square! Latin Fest 2022 Is a family-oriented Latin festival that provides a place to gather with family and friends to listen and dance to live Latin music, taste some Latin food and drinks, also crafts for kids, vendors, and fun for everyone in an open social space."
Mempho Music Festival
September 30, 2022 - October 1, 2022
"Mempho Music Festival blends today's top performers with Memphis' rich musical history, creating a festival experience filled with music, food, and nature for people of all ages."
Bacon & Bourbon Festival
October 7, 2022
"Bacon & Bourbon Festival hosted by the Memphis Flyer, we have creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some of Memphis' best restaurants, plus a vast array of distilled spirits to tempt your tastebuds. Music and entertainment provided"
3rd Annual Edge Motorfest
October 8, 2022
"Enjoy all that the Edge District has to offer for the 3rd Annual Edge Motor fest and Car Show! Come see over 150 vehicles, compete for 20+ awards, food trucks and local entertainment"
Soulsville USA Festival
October 14, 2022- October 16, 2022
"One of the goals of the Soulsville USA Festival is to educate the city about those who have contributed to Memphis's soulful musical history and introduce them to those of us who are contributing to the city's soulful future."
Southern Hot Wing Festival
October 22, 2022
"The Southern Hot Wing Festival is a celebration of the chicken hot wing, the drummie, the flat, flap, and everything in between. Established in 2003 by a local Memphian who felt that the South had more to offer than just amazingly great BBQ, the Southern Hot Wing festival has become a staple event each April bringing with it the warmth and the fire to usher in the Spring."
River Arts Fest
October 28, 2022 - October 29, 2022
"River Artsfest is a celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! More than 180 artists from around the country and right here in Memphis gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts."
Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival
October 29, 2022
"Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, along with the Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, holds this annual event, where families are invited to honor ancestors and celebrate the cycle of life and death."
Memphis Tequila Festival
November 4, 2022
"Kick of the spooky season with a twist - of lime, that is! This festival is guaranteed to get you in the *spirit* of the season with tequila tastings, dance music from our local DJs, face painting, a photo booth and more!"
Memphis Brewfest x Memphis Brunchfest
"Memphis Brew Fest highlights quality beers from the local region and beyond. The festival features a wide variety of American craft beers as well as exotic international brews, with a background of live music and the scenery of downtown Memphis."
Beale Street Cigar Festival
"Relax, eat, drink, smoke and play at the 5th Annual Beale Street Cigar Festival! Whether you’re a serious cigar connoisseur or new to the joy of a smooth smoke, you will appreciate this festival during Labor Day Weekend."
Memphis Japan Festival
"A family-friendly, interactive and hands-on experience of Japanese culture featuring food,
entertainment, games, crafts and more!"
**All descriptions quoted from the actual event websites. Please research events before attending
Meet Memphian and Certified Public Accountant Ashley Garrison. A graduate of the University of Memphis, she was a member of Beta Alpha Psi (a national accounting honor society), president of the Black Students Association, and a member of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's in Accounting and went on to secure a position with Fortune 500 company, International Paper. However, in 2020 she decided to make a career change and start working for herself! She is now the owner and managing partner of a full-service boutique accounting firm, GRF Financials, LLC., headquartered in Memphis, TN. Outside of running her business, she is currently involved with two local nonprofits, 'Youth Behind The Music' - board member and 'STS Enterprise - exec team member. She is a mentor, an amazing mother, and a closet painter! And Oh! My girl is currently a member of the National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants. Apart of an industry where she only accounts for 2%,(according to New York Times and multiple other articles black accountants only make up 2% of the industry)Ashley is thriving growing at a rate of 150% each year since going full-time. She is extremely passionate about accounting and her city! She attributes that passion to why Memphis was the only place that came to mind when she thought about starting her company.
"It was important to me that I start my company in the city that raised me. I wanted the work that I do to reflect the amazing city that I am from."
Specializing in small businesses, she offers a variety of services. She can assist with your individual taxes, business federal tax reporting, state business regulations, and be your virtual CFO. I can personally attest to the level of professionalism and hard work that's offered by GRF. I am currently a client (individual taxes for now) and never worry about anything tax-related. I literally just give Ashely all of my tax documents and wait on an email from the IRS saying documents received. And even when an issue arises she handles it without hesitation. For example, I received a letter in January of 2021 stating that I owed the IRS $800+. I was thoroughly confused and furious. I file my taxes every year and allow the max to be taken out of any income. I informed Ashley, she immediately told me to scan the document to her and that she would contact the IRS on my behalf. It wasn't long before I knew why I owed the IRS. The fee was due to me not having insurance for two years. I was still mad, the reason I didn't have insurance was due to me being unemployed for two years(scressful). However, Ashley assured me that everything would be okay and that she would handle it. She also told me that she could get the amount lowered. She was successful! That's what kind of service you can expect from GRF! You can expect to be handled with care, someone that is knowledgeable, professional, punctual, and thorough.
"I want to use my skills and gift (of all things accounting) to make a difference. To give individuals and business owners a full understanding of their financial position and tax liability."
Now that you have been properly introduced to Ashley and GRF Financials, I highly suggest that you contact them now! If you're a business owner, thinking about starting a business, or want to get your individual tax situation in order, contact GRF ASAP! The last day to file your federal income tax isn't until April 18, 2022, so you have time to make GRF Financials your new firm!
For more information and a list of services, please visit GRF's website! Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!
Aligned with our theme of “Indulging in the Culture" to honor Black History Month, I attended the premiere of Memphis Jookin’: The Show Friday night at the Orpheum Theatre. This original production featured dance artist, Lil Buck, as he paid homage to his hometown, Memphis. Jookin' is a dance technique that originated in Memphis during the 80's.
I love that the tour premiered in such an iconic venue, The Orpheum. It’s important that our culture is showcased in beautiful venues and is valued as art. Because Jookin’ is just as artistic as ballet, tap, and any other dance form. The show was phenomenal and Memphis AF! They took the audience down memory lane paying homage to the legendary DJ Spanish Fly and his contribution to creating gangsta music mixtapes. My favorite part of the evening was the throwback rendition of Crystal Palace skate nights. From the music, to the disco ball, and a few of the performers actually roller skating on stage, it created the ultimate nostalgic setting of Memphis in the 90's. It felt like I was on those hardwood floors at the Palace watching a live Jookin battle! Oh wait. I was watching a live Jookin battle! Out of nowhere the performers came to the front of the stage, asking the audience, "What hood you from?" Screams of NORTH, SOUTH, MOUND came from the crowd. Two sets of dancers battled each other, representing North Memphis and South Memphis. They were gliding across the stage and breaking ankles left to right.
The show also had a few tear jerking moments as the youngest cast member shared her experiences with the dance team and how much it mean to be living out her dreams at 16. Another soloist did a tribute to his late father ,OG Willie, who introduced him to the art of jookin. Lil Buck also performed with a video playing in the background describing his passion for the dance community in Memphis. He jokingly shared how he first saw Jookin at the crystal palace and how OG dancers critiqued his work saying his moves weren’t “gangsta” enough.
But with grind + grit, in true Memphis fashion, Lil Buck has perfected his art and is sharing his love for Jookin across the nation. Be sure to follow his IG and check out the tour’s website so that you won’t miss the opportunity to see this showcase in person!
By Janessa - Blogger, Plug901
February 15, 2021