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Wiles-Smith Drugs

1635 Union Ave., Memphis, TN - (901) 278-6416
Memphis's oldest independent drug store has a classic soda fountain where you can count on malts, sundaes, and refreshing summer-only lime and orange freezes. The food menu is basic lunch counter fare: eggs for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.
83% Approval Rating (6 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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malt

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
" The self-proclaimed Oldest Independent Drug Store in Memphis proves its point with a classic lunch counter and soda fountain. While the back of the place is the domain of Charles N. Smith, pharmacist, and the left is devoted to pharmaceutical supplies (as well ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1635 Union Ave., Memphis, TN
(901) 278-6416

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
The malts here are not too thick, easy to suck up a straw. We always appreciate a malt presentationt that includes the silver beaker in which it was made. Note the boomerang-pattern Formica on the counter.
"The malts here are not too thick, easy to suck up a straw. We always appreciate a malt presentationt that includes the silver beaker in which it was made. Note the boomerang-pattern Formica on the counter."
Michael Stern





Union Avenue is a main Memphis thoroughfare. This old pharmacy is not too far from the original Sun Records, the studio where rockabilly music was first put on disc.
"Union Avenue is a main Memphis thoroughfare. This old pharmacy is not too far from the original Sun Records, the studio where rockabilly music was first put on disc. "
Michael Stern


View from the counter: a couple of tables and some window booths. To the right of the picture are the pharmaceutical shelves.
"View from the counter: a couple of tables and some window booths. To the right of the picture are the pharmaceutical shelves."
Michael Stern


We like the normalcy of a Wiles-Smith sundae. This is the kind of ice cream treat a person could happily enjoy five afternoons a week.
"We like the normalcy of a Wiles-Smith sundae. This is the kind of ice cream treat a person could happily enjoy five afternoons a week."
Michael Stern


The view into the mirror opposite the lunch counter. You can see us sitting on our stools; and in the distant background at the far left, above the customer scratching his head, is Wiles-Smith's stuffed porcupine.
"The view into the mirror opposite the lunch counter. You can see us sitting on our stools; and in the distant background at the far left, above the customer scratching his head, is Wiles-Smith's stuffed porcupine."
Michael Stern



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