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“Best food here is live music”
Review of King's Palace Cafe

King's Palace Cafe
Ranked #47 of 1,481 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $0 - $15
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Kings Palace Café located at 162 Beale Street, has the old time Beale Street atmosphere of good food and good music. King Palace Café has a large dining room and a lazy outdoor patio, also the Jazz Room for live Blues and Memphis Music nightly. Open For Lunch And Dinner 7 days and nights a week. Kings Palace Café serves Cajun cuisine ranging from Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffee, Blackened Catfish, Voodoo Potatoes, and many more. They also have pasta dishes, such as Shrimp Velvet, which is large butterfly shrimp on a bed of linguini with a mildly spiced cheddar cheese sauce, and many more pasta choices. Don't forget the Meat! King's Palace Café has Memphis Style (hickory smoked) BBQ Ribs, and New York Strips, Bacon Wrapped Filets, and Salmon Steaks (which are lightly smoked and grilled to perfection).
Reviewed October 18, 2013

First of all, we do not go to Beale Street to get best food available in Memphis. I think a majority of people go to Beale Street for fun including listening to the music, street show and may be duck parade at nearby Peabody hotel. Still Beale street club/live music restaurants offer decent food on places I've tasted. Yes, food is a bit more expensive and quality is one notch below when compared to other famous bbq places like Corky, Central, or nearby Charles Vergos' Rendezvous.

There are five reasons you should check this place:
1) David Bowen is a very creative musician who can sing all famous songs of Elvis, Eric Clapton or anybody you name it. He also accompanies his great voice with a beautiful 8 strings guitar and after playing a few bars of looping bass line and rhythm, it feels like a whole band is playing. Could be the most romantic place in Beale St.
2) Food is more seafood heavy/louisiana style and so it is a kind of alternative after having too much bbq and pork in Memphis. Gumbo could be as good as you can get outside louisiana. Even sides such as steamed vegetables are quite good.
3) Warning: desert, especially their famous bread budding is really huge and rich.
4) Service is also quite efficient and food came out quick. It is more intimate and lesser tables placed compared to B.B. King. So I think waiters/waitresses can bring food more easily.
5) If you are not into a full meal, just get a few drinks at bar and you can still enjoy good music.

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2  Thank bigboy61455
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our 1st stop every year on Beale Street, is Kings Palace cafe for their bread pudding....yummmmm!!! Lunch is also very good and I love to sit at the tables right outside the cafe and people watch while dining.

Thank Cheryl R
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We visit the Kings Palace almost every time we are in Memphis just to have their Kings Special Shrimp. Very large freshly grilled shrimp stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon, served with a delicious rice pilaf and steamed vegetables. The atmosphere is dated, dimly lit at night, live music and the place is almost always busy. The serve their award winning gumbo but we have never tried it.

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Thank belstrlvr
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Walked around Beale St trying to find a place for lunch. The host out front was so nice we decided to eat lunch at King's Palace, which was a great decision. The atmosphere was great, and the decor was all Blues; perfect for Beale St. Our server was friendly, and knowledgable about the menu. My mom and I tried the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer, as we had never had them before. They were killer! Fried perfectly so they weren't greasy, with just a tad of melted cheese and some delicious horseradish sauce they were sooo yummy (and I don't normally eat tomatoes). I had the voodoo chicken which was good if you're looking for something lighter, the chicken was seasoned very well. The only cons were the sautéed veggies, which had no seasoning, and the voodoo potatoes could have used a bit more seasoning as well. My mom had the cajun combo which was very well done. Overall, a great place to go and enjoy lunch!

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2  Thank Scarlett M
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This was our first introduction to these two Southern meals. Both were very good. Just the right amount of spice.

Thank Altarose56
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