Memphis's 5 best spots to spend big on New American fare

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In search of a new favorite New American spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end New American restaurants around Memphis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Houston's Restaurant

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Topping the list is Houston's Restaurant. Located at 5000 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire, the steakhouse, New American and traditional American spot is the highest rated high-end New American restaurant in Memphis, boasting four stars out of 224 reviews on Yelp.

On the menu, expect a mix of chicken, steak, fish and seafood entrees. Diners can choose the Ruby Red Trout (hardwood grilled and served with broccoli and pomme puree), the Hawaiian (rib-eye steak with pineapple-soy-ginger marinade and served with a baked potato) and jumbo lump crab cakes. On the lighter side, there are sandwiches, burgers and salads. (View the full menu here.)

2. Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Next up is Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar, situated at 39 S. Main St. With 4.5 stars out of 902 reviews on Yelp, the wine bar, venues and event space and New American spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge.

The Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar offers an extensive list of white and red wine flights from the U.S. and all over the world as well as entree flights. Try the Butchers Flight (pork tenderloin, veal scallopini and wild baor tenderloin, the Seafood flight (scallop benedict, shrimp and grits and lobster and crab gnocchi) or the Farm and Field flight (chicken and waffles, Diamond Head Ranch quail and lamb ribeye). Click here to view all the food and wine flights.

3. McEwen's Memphis

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McEwen's Memphis, located at 120 Monroe Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy bar, Southern and New American spot 4.5 stars out of 378 reviews.

On the dinner menu, look for pan seared sea scallops and Chilean seabass, a pork chop and New York strip steak. For lunch, you'll find soup, salad and sandwiches, like the turkey & pimento (roasted turkey, house-made pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato on toasted wheat berry bread) and the grilled yellowfin tuna entree. The full bar serves wine, bourbon, whiskey and scotch, beer and signature cocktail. (Click here to see the full menu.)

4. Erling Jensen The Restaurant

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Erling Jensen The Restaurant, a French and New American spot in East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire, is another much-loved, pricey go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 119 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1044 S. Yates Road to see for yourself.

The wine list includes a wide selection of bottles or drinks by the glass, such as Pinot Noir, Rhone, Shiraz and Petit Sirah), Cabernet, Sherry and more from across U.S. and the globe. For entrees, there are seafood, fish, steak and unique game options, such as the Guadaloupe Mountain Elk Chop. 

5. Interim Restaurant & Bar

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Over in East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire, check out Interim Restaurant & Bar, which has earned four stars out of 130 reviews on Yelp. Treat yourself at the New American spot by heading over to 5040 Sanderlin Ave.

Patrons can view the climate-controlled wine room, which sits behind a glass wall bordering one side of the dinning room. There is an extensive wine list and drink menu to pair with food selections like salmon, beef tenderloin and lamb shank. (View the full menu here.)

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