From sub shops to sports bars, the U District encompasses every possible dining option. Local vendors thrive because of their neighborhood friendly establishments.
Moes Southwest Grill, a taco shop located at 3546 Walker St., serves about 2,000 U of M commuters per week.
“We say welcome to Moes,” says Moe's manager Tiffany Alvaravo. The staff greets every person individually upon his or her entrance.
This is just the begging of the savings and variety. Moes has 100 plus drink combinations, free chips and salsa served fresh daily, and a build-your-own burrito option.
“Everything is made fresh,” Alvaravo says. “We don’t pump any chemicals into any of our foods.”
Just across the way, their rivaling restaurant, the award-winning RP Tracks, offers beer and a number of menu options from appetizers to vegan friendly choices like barbeque tofu nachos.
“The food is somewhat better than other bars,” says bartender Bernard Laws, with amenities such as spinach artichoke dip to barbeque ribs.
Laws says its more casual place. He noted that it’s a great go to spot, being in short walking distance from campus.
From the dimly lit sports bar feel, to the separate brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays, RP Tracks is known for its exceptionally delectable cuisine, being awarded top rank sports bar of the year in 2011 by the Memphis Flyer.
RP regular Natalie and her friend Thomas love the restaurant for its professional and friendly staff. She says she could never recall a time when the staff mixed up orders and knows each restaurant regular on a first name basis.
Natalie admits that RP Tracks staff is like family. She has gone to numerous of the employees’ personal events, including a roller derby that one of the servers partook in. Even after hours, employees offer to hang out with the customers.
With a number of dining establishments strung along Highland, students have unlimited food choices. From basic fast food options to thrifty meal deals, UM district has a food choice for every variation of taste. Now only if there were a universal system where students could use dining dollars along the Highland strip.