The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in Midtown Memphis
In preparation for this series of posts, 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 omelets.
And while I’m sure there is a time for me to wax poetic about Memphis brunch, now is not that time.
Cajun Benedict (on a biscuit) with Andoullie Sausage at The Bayou.
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 midtown Memphis. If you’re looking for the downtown guide, go here. If you’re looking for East Memphis/other areas, that guide is on the way. Please scroll down to the bottom of the post for FAQs about the ILM Brunch Guides.
Keep in mind that menus and prices are subject to change frequently. I try to update as often as I can, but I recommend you call ahead to confirm if the prices are very important to you.
Alchemy (940 S. Cooper St.), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $5 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, small patio.
Note: The bar stays open until 4 p.m., and for your Bloody Marys or Bellinis (also $5), you can “create your own” from a checklist of ingredients, mixers, and garnishes. To read more about Alchemy, go here.
Bloody Mary from the “Bloody Mary bar” at Alchemy.
Bar Louie (2125 Madison Ave.) Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio
The Bayou (2094 Madison Ave.), Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio
Beauty Shop (966 S. Cooper St.), Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $8 Bloody Marys/$7 Mimosas, small patio
Pancakes at The Beauty Shop.
Blue Monkey (2012 Madison Ave.), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $3 Bloody Marys/$2.50 Mimosas, big patio.
Note: You must be 21 or older to enter; smoking is allowed inside. To read more about the Blue Monkey’s other food, go here.
Bosco’s (2120 Madison Ave.), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $3.75 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio. Note: Live music every Sunday.
Cafe Eclectic Midtown (603 N. McLean), Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., BYOB, big patio. Note: Bring your own champagne and then order some of their fresh-squeezed OJ or grapefruit juice on ice.
Celtic Crossing (903 S. Cooper St.), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys/$5.75 Mimosas, big patio. Note: You can get a carafe of OJ and a bottle of bubbly for your table (or you and a friend?) for $23. To read more about Celtic’s brunch, go here.
French Toast at Celtic Crossing.
Local on the Square (2126 Madison Ave.), Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $3 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio.
Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar (2116 Madison Ave.) Sat. and Sun. starting at 11 a.m., small patio.
Schweinehaus (2110 Madison Ave.) Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m – 6 p.m., $4.50, Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio.
The Second Line (2144 Monroe Ave.) Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $8 Bloody Marys/$5 Mimosas, big patio.
Side Street Grill (31 Florence St.), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bloody Marys/Mimosas, big patio.
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 downtown and Cafe Ecelctic midtown are two exceptions. Alcenia’s: I figure the Ghetto-Aid is strong enough to count. Cafe Eclectic: BYOB with no corkage fee also counts.
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. Note that 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 midtown? Did you miss Downtown Brunch Guide? You can find it right here. I’ll be publishing brunch guides for other areas of town (East Memphis, other areas) soon. If you have a favorite brunch spot in the Memphis area, please let me know.