This season, Memphis’s hottest restaurants offer transporting experiences.
Babalu: This location of a small southern chain, with other locations in Mississippi and Alabama, brings tacos and tapas made from scratch daily to the River City.
Number of seats: 212
Average per-person check: $21
Popular dishes: Guacamole made tableside with Hass avocado, sun-dried tomato, red and green onion, kosher salt, cilantro and lime juice, served with house chips; Baba Burger with Aspen Ridge natural Angus beef, roasted Roma tomatoes, caramelized onions, white Cheddar cheese, Hass avocado, applewood smoked bacon and chipotle aïoli on a sweet sourdough bun; carne de cerdo taco with smoked Compart Farms pork belly, chipotle-citrus barbecue sauce, roasted peanut slaw and cotija cheese.
What people come for: Specialty margaritas and cocktail list; outdoor dining
Address: 2115 Madison Ave.
Phone number: 901-274-0100
Schweinehaus: "A celebration of pork and bier" is the holistic tagline for this convincing Overton Square tribute to lively German beer gardens.
Number of seats: 140
Average per-person check: $22
Popular dishes: Giant soft pretzel served with Schweinehaus mustard and beer cheese; Brussels sprouts deep-fried and tossed with candied almonds, citrus vinaigrette and bacon; Schweinehaus Burger with pickwick Cheddar, bacon, sauerkraut, arugula and maple whole grain mustard on a brioche bun.
What people come for: Wide selection of local and German beers.
Address: 2110 Madison Ave.
Phone number: 901-347-3060