The University of Memphis opened to the public in 1912 under the name of West Tennessee State Normal School. Although it was originally designed to train educators, it wasn’t long before the school changed its name to West Tennessee State Teachers College, and then to Memphis State College, and then proceeded to identify as Memphis State University. It wasn’t until 1994 that it finally settled on its current title of the University of Memphis.
The name has changed throughout the ages, but the welcoming atmosphere has not. Although a vast number of students commute to the University of Memphis, many still make it a point to gather downtown and hang out with friends at one of the many unique and affordable eateries. There are plenty of budget-friendly restaurants near the University of Memphis. Here are just a few of the affordable places to eat around its beautiful campus.
Best Breakfast Place in Town: Brother Juniper’s
Brother Juniper’s is arguably one of the best breakfast places in all of Memphis, if not the entire state, and it’s located right on the outskirts of campus. If you like healthy, wholesome food, but don’t want to spend arm and leg, then this somewhat radical establishment will tantalize your taste buds the nutritious way. Try their lamb, feta, and baby spinach omelet for a real delight. Brother Juniper’s commitment to using healthy ingredients while using slow cooking methods does not go unnoticed.
Late Night Pizza: Garibaldi’s
Pizza is the lifeblood of college students, and University of Memphis students can attest to that at Garibaldi’s. The restaurant has been serving students since 1975 with traditional, flavor-packed pizza. Embrace the Memphis tradition with the BBQ pizza piled with juicy chunks of pulled pork and slathered with Memphis BBQ sauce. Pizza is not the only food served, however, as Garibaldi’s pride itself on a full Italian menu. Try one of their traditional Italian salads if you want a lighter meal.
Asian Fusion: Mosa Asian Bistro
If you want a little taste of Japan, China, or Thailand, then Mosa Asian Bistro will deliver all three in stimulating fusion dishes. They specialize in rice and noodle bowls, curries, and small plates that are all mouthwatering. Dishes are remarkably fresh and made to order. For how big of a taste the entrees pack, the prices are reasonably low. A family-owned restaurant that makes it their mission to create a friendly and inviting dining atmosphere, Mosa strives to satisfy each customer’s unique pallet.
American Dining: Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken
Be forewarned: Gus’s Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken is not just spicy; it’s “mouth on fire” spicy. However, that doesn’t stop its patrons from munching on its juicy, crunchy, insanely spicy chicken. Gus’s is a great place to buy a cold beer and a meal with friends.