The Other Grind House: Muddy’s Takes Midtown
If you haven't made it to the Muddy's midtown location, Muddy's Grind House (not to be confused with the other Grindhouse aka FedExForum) I recommend it. I added it into my regular coffee shop rotation shortly after it opened last fall.
After a few years of solid success with her first business, Muddy's Bake Shop in East Memphis, owner Kat took on a new challenge. Rather than open an identical bake shop, Kat wanted to create a sort of "spin off" of Muddy's in the form of a coffee house.
You can hear the whole story in one of the most entertaining interviews I've ever done on the August I Love Memphis podcast. Listen here.
Muddy's Grind House is on top of a hill in Midtown, on Cooper across the street from Easy Way. It's in an adorable seafoam colored revamped house with a sweet back patio and lawn, perfect for the yoga and Tai Chi classes they sometimes host. Inside, the decor manages to feel homemade and warm, but also like stepping into a minimalist Scandinavian designer's Instagram account. I would hire Kat to decorate my house, for sure.
Muddy's serves J. Brooks drip coffee and cold brew, plus most all the espresso drinks you'd expect, like cappuccinos, lattes, Americanos, etc. There's also a selection of hot teas, cocoa, and artisan sodas (the ginger ale comes highly recommended).
In terms of food, yes, the Grind House has a selection of the baked treats that made Memphis fall in love with Muddy's in the first place: cupcakes, cookies, pies, and more. But at the midtown spot, there are more savory and substantial things like scones, biscuits, and muffins.
If you're a fan of ginger, I'd recommend the ginger scone if it's available (pictured below). Sometimes scones can be a little too dense or stiff for my taste, but the ginger scone I had was buttery and flaky and had the right touch of ginger flavor. The biscuits are crazy good, too.
You order at the counter and if your'e staying, sit at small tables or benches or on the patio out back. There's a little side room that's meant to be a quieter work space. There's also a little merch area with local products like ceramics from Paper & Clay, thermoses, cookbooks, aprons, and more.
The baristas don't accept tips; instead, I like that you can drop a dollar in the ROCWP jar, which is donated to a different non-profit each month.
Another thing I really appreciate about Muddy's Grind House is that they sometimes have sandwiches and salads from Lisa's Lunchbox, ready made to grab and go. For someone who is often running around town, having an option to grab an easy meal at a place I can also sit and write is a huge plus. A few times when I stopped by, the sandwich fairy had not arrived yet or they were sold out, but it's been great when it's there.
Parking is a little wonky. There's a tiny lot up on the hill, but I've found it much easier to just park on the west side of Cooper or, if you can find a spot, along Vinton Ave (to the north of the shop).
Muddy's Grind House is open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Most everything is vegetarian and there are sometimes vegan treats. It's totally kid-friendly (though the study room is meant to be a quiet space) and ADA accessible. The patio is pet-friendly and there are "hitching" posts outside if you're on foot with Fido and want to run in and grab a latte.
Muddy's Grind House
585 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38104