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The 10 Best Breakfasts And Brunches In Memphis

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Updated: 8 December 2016
Memphis, Tennessee, is a place rich in history and culture. The restaurants in Memphis are just the same and historically rooted to the Memphis area along with their southern-style of cooking. in the morning, there are oodles of classic treats to be had too, just check out this list of the city’s to breakfast and brunch spots…

Cafe Eclectic

Cafe Eclectic has three different locations open in Memphis, but the one on McLean Boulevard. is the first and biggest one in town. Breakfast is served all day everyday and supplied only by local farms. It’s also the only cafe in Memphis to sell ‘Illy’ coffee, purchased directly from the owners.
Address: Cafe Eclectic, 603 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 725-1718

Cafe Eclectic ©Memphis CVB

Cafe Eclectic ©Memphis CVB

Brother Juniper’s

Brother Juniper’s is a family-oriented and nationally acclaimed breakfast restaurant. It took root from a spiritual community from the 60s and is named after the actual Brother Juniper of St. Francis of Assisi. It’s housed in a humble building in Memphis but the breakfast food is extravagantly delicious.
Address: Brother Junipers, 3519 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN, USA,+1 (901) 324-0144

brother juniper's ©Lindsey Turner

brother juniper’s ©Lindsey Turner

The Majestic Grille

The Majestic Grille exudes an old-school, Hollywood feel as soon as you walk through the doors. The joint has garnered oodles of awards and accolades over the years, and is famed for its hearty meat dishes and creative entrees. 
Address: The Majestic Grille, 145 S Main St, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 522-8555

dinning area ©The Majestic Grille

dinning area ©The Majestic Grille

Bryants BBQ & Breakfast

Bryants Breakfast is the epitome of the southern breakfast joint, and serves dishes for the cheapest price possible! The business started in 1968 and remains one of the town’s favorite places to go. Patrons can expect the likes of American pancakes and crispy bacon on the menu, all served up with that ubiquitous cup of warm joe.
Address: Bryants Breakfast, 3965 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 324-7494

chicken-fried steak ©Krista

chicken-fried steak ©Krista

Arcade Restaurant

The Arcade is the oldest cafe in Memphis. It was built in 1919 and still has the suave 50’s styles and retro architectural pieces from its original manifestation. The joint serves breakfast all day and is located just down street from Beale Street, Memphis’ hottest downtown area.
Address: Arcade Restaurant, 540 S Main St, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 526-5757


Located at the bottom of River Inn, Paulette’s remains a town favorite amongst tourists and locals. The interior is set up like a fine-dining restaurant but without the fine-dining price. Their southern brunch and breakfast is elegantly made and the unique menu includes things you have probably never had for brunch.
Address: Paulette’s, The River Inn of Harbor Town, 50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 260-3300

Brunch ©Ryo Chijiiwa

Brunch ©Ryo Chijiiwa

Belly Acres

Belly Acres is set up to look like the inside of a barn, giving customers a southern country ambiance as soon as they walk through the door. This establishment is usually a dinner joint but it just recently started serving breakfast on weekends. Their breakfast is just like their dinner and only uses fresh farm ingredients.
Address: Belly Acres, 2102 Trimble Pl, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 529-7017

Java Cabana

Java Cabana is a cute coffee shop in Memphis that also sells breakfast all day. This is a breakfast and coffee spot that’s way more than just food. It’s famous for its wedding chapel in the back, where ad hoc ceremonies are presided over by an Elvis impersonator. There is also live music when available and open mic poetry nights every Thursday at 8pm.
Address: Java Cabana, 2170 Young Ave, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 272-7210


Automatic Slims

Automatic Slims is a delicious brunch spot turned famous dinner restaurant with an entertaining bar. They have a wide variety of food on their breakfast and brunch menu, including the Elvis pancake and Slims chicken and waffles. Not only is the breakfast very tasty but stick around for dinner and you can take a stab at their dinner and martini menu.
Address: Automatic Slims, 83 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN,USA, +1 (901) 523-7948

Exterior ©Automatic Slims

Exterior ©Automatic Slims

Bon-Ton Cafe

Bon-Ton Cafe is a hip diner-style breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Memphis. It’s owned by the same people as B.B. Kings on Beale Street and offers live music from their All Star Band. The majority of the entrees on the menu are under $10, including their famous biscuits and breakfast sandwiches. 
Address: BonTon Cafe, 150 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 (901) 525-0883