Sometimes, I get all excited about having lunch at a place that seems like a relatively unknown spot, only to find out that it’s far from unknown and I’m just apparently the last person to find out about it.
I got to the Paradise Cafe in East Memphis around 12:45, expecting the lunch crowds to have finished their meals and returned to work. The small one-and-a-half story cafe was still packed, but it didn’t take long after I placed my order at the counter to find an open table.
Paradise Cafe specializes in light traditional sandwiches, salads and specialty sandwiches. They’re also one of the only places in Memphis where you can get two different kinds of chicken salad (the cajun chicken salad has fruit and nuts, the dijon chicken salad is more traditional). I ordered the Dijon chicken salad sandwich and a drink, and my total came out to about $7 – not bad for a quality lunch.
The chicken salad was traditional, but the dijon mustard it was made with gave it a little bit of a kick. The sandwich was served with lettuce and tomato on lightly toasted sourdough bread (they’ve got several different kinds of bread to choose from). The portion size was just right for lunch.
6150 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119