5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/7 – 4/9

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend. Friendly reminder that Overton Square Crawfish Festival is tomorrow (Sat. the 8th) so don’t leave your cars parked in the lots over there (they’ll get towed around the corner, don’t ask me how I know) and be prepared for the street to be blocked off all day.

Also, Memphis in May announced the Beale Street Music Fest stages and set times which you can check out here.

5. Overton Square Crawfish Festival, Overton Square, Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., free to attend, all ages
The annual Overton Square Crawfish Festival is so big that it takes over the whole square, shutting down Madison Ave. for an afternoon of eating, drinking, shopping and live music. Prices for crawfish vary.

See the full post at I Love Memphis.

The Weekender: April 7 – April 9

The Weekender: April 7 – April 9

With all the great things going on in the 901 these days, have you ever been overwhelmed with choices? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a weekly post called The Weekender, filled with a handy schedule to help you hit some of our best bets for an amazing weekend.

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The 9:01: Things to do in April and more

Everybody Hollerin' Crawfish: May might be for barbecue, but crawfish takes over the city each April. Personally, I can't abide them unless they're breaded and fried (too much work), but I'll eat corn, potato and sausage, have a beer, and enjoy the weather. The Overton Square Crawfish Festival is April 8. The Harbor Town Crawfish Festival is April 15. The Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market Crawfish Boil is April 22. And the Rajin' Cajun Crawfish Festival, Downtown, is April 23.

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First Look at New Overton Square Restaurant Hopdoddy

First Look at New Overton Square Restaurant Hopdoddy

Overton Square developer Loeb Properties and brg3s architects are moving forward with their plans to bring a Texas-based burger bar to Midtown.

New signage has been installed depicting the first glimpse of what the new site at 6 S. Cooper St. will look like. Anchoring the block will be newcomer hopdoddy Burger Bar, a popular restaurant chain that will replace YOLO Frozen Yogurt & Gelato’s former location, while Lenny’s Sub Shop will get an upgrade but remain in the same location.

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The Ultimate Memphis Patio List: 100+ Places To Eat and Drink Outside

The Ultimate Memphis Patio List: 100+ Places To Eat and Drink Outside

I’ve created this based on older posts herehere, and here, and more I added in March 2017. While those other blog posts give a bit more commentary on the patios and have more pictures, this post you’re reading right now is meant to be more of a big reference list.

I have added *dog friendly if the restaurants allowed leashed dogs on their patios. Some of these patios are big, some are tiny, some are just table or two, some are covered or partially enclosed, and some are not. I can’t control when a restaurant decides to open their patio or not, so call ahead if you have a doubt!

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Austin-based burger chain to open in Overton Square

Austin-based burger chain to open in Overton Square

Another interesting new burger and sandwich concept is making its Memphis market entry as Hopdoddy Burger Bar plans an autumn opening in Overton Square.

Hopdoddy, which is slated to open at 6 South Cooper Street, joins places like Burgerim on Highland Avenue, which opened late last year, and Hattie B.’s Hot Chicken, which opens later this year in Midtown, as new food options from companies that chose Memphis for their most recent expansions.

Renovations start this month on a 3,500-square-foot space previously occupied by Yolo Frozen Yogurt across the street from the new Ballet Memphis facility.

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Memphis’ Top Tacos: 7 Restaurants + One Food Truck

Memphis’ Top Tacos: 7 Restaurants + One Food Truck

Overton Square is hoppin’, and a big part of that fun is thanks to the tapas-inspired Babalu. We go for the tableside-prepared guacamole, cocktails, and of course, the tacos. Served on corn tortillas made in-house, the tacos at Babalu are smaller than normal tacos, making them perfect for enjoying more than one. “A huge part of the Babalu dining experience is sharing,” says Lindsey Miller, Babalu marketing manager. “Family-style dining is a staple of Latin culture, and we really wanted that to carry over into Babalu. So we have smaller tacos to hopefully encourage guests to order multiple orders, share and maybe try a dish or item they may have never tried otherwise.” Each order comes with three tacos that you can mix or match. Two of our favorites on the menu are the Carne de Vaca, smoked pork belly with jalapeño BBQ sauce and roasted peanut slaw, and the Ostra, fried Gulf oysters with hot sauce slaw and comeback sauce. “Each taco is Latin and tapas-inspired with a little Southern flare, so it tastes exotic but familiar at the same time,” Lindsey adds. That translates to yum! in our book!

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