The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in Downtown Memphis
In preparation for this post, I did some research on brunch guides from around the U.S., and I found a lot of treatises on brunch as a civic institution. For example: how people will wait in the wind and cold and heat and hail for a table at a popular brunch spot, or how whole friend groups will be ripped apart by differing opinions on omelettes. And while I’m sure there is a time for me to wax poetic about Memphis brunch, now is not that time.
Automatic Slim’s chicken and waffles.
Now is the time to help you quickly answer that very important question: Where do you want to go to brunch? I figure you need to know where these places are, when brunch is available, how much the booze is, and if there’s a patio (in case we ever get a spring).
With that in mind, here is your I Love Memphis No-Frills guide to brunch in downtown Memphis. Click here for a guide to Midtown brunch spots. Click here for a guide to East Memphis brunch spots. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for FAQs.
Automatic Slim’s (83 S. 2nd St.), Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., $2.50 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, small patio, Note: they have mimosa bongs.
Bardog Tavern (73 Monroe Ave.), Sat. and Sun., opens at noon, $4 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, no patio.
Bardog Tavern Bloody Mary. Photo via @bardogtavern.
Blind Bear (119 S. Main St.), Sat. and Sun., noon – 6 p.m., $3 Mimosas, small patio, Note: they serve breakfast shots of Jameson/butterscotch schnapps with an OJ and bacon chaser. Read the full post on Blind Bear here.
Cafe Pontotoc (314 S. Main St.) Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., $3 Bloody Marys/Mimosas.
Capriccio Grill (149 Union Ave.) Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., no patio. Note: this is the famous Peabody brunch buffet, and I highly recommend reservations.
Flight (39 S. Main St.), Sunday, 9:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., prices vary, patio.
Flight has a separate brunch menu and drinks on Sundays.
Local Gastropub (95 S. Main St.), Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, small patio.
Majestic Grille (145 S. Main St.), Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m – 2:30 p.m. (opens at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays), $4 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio, note: sometimes has live music on the balcony. Read the full post on Majestic Grille here.
Paulette’s (50 Harbor Towne Sq.), Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., no patio.
Pearl’s Oyster House (299 S. Main St.), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $5.50 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, small patio.
South of Beale
Texas de Brazil (150 Peabody Place), Sunday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., one Mimosa is included in brunch buffet price, no patio.
Trolley Stop Market (704 Madison Ave.), Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., only beer, no patio.
If you decide to go to any of these places, I’d love to see your brunch pics! Tag them #ilovememphis and they might show up on a future brunch guide or photo roundup.
I Love Memphis No-Frills Brunch Guide FAQs
1. What is considered brunch? For this list, the restaurant must have a Saturday and/or Sunday brunch menu different from their usual breakfast/lunch menu, and they should serve alcohol. Alcenia’s is one exception. I figure the Ghetto-Aid is strong enough to count.
2. You left off my favorite brunch/weekend lunch place and I am deeply offended. Why did you leave it off? Please don’t be offended. I looked for brunches high and low, but if it didn’t make it on the list, I probably didn’t leave if off on purpose. Just shoot me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll add anything that fits the qualifications. There are loads of wonderful places for breakfast and lunch that also serve on weekends, but it needs to be a specifically “brunch” menu.
3. Why just downtown? I’ll be publishing brunch guides for other areas of town in the coming weeks. We only want to bite off what we can chew. If you have a favorite brunch spot in Midtown, East Memphis, or the suburbs, please let me know!