The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in East Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 24th 2015 8493 18
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Memphis knows how to do brunch. No matter where you are in town, you’re probably not far from a place that will serve you Bloody Marys, omlettes, Benedicts, waffles, greasy meats, and more on Saturdays and Sundays.

This guide is here to help you quickly decide: Where do you want to go to brunch? (Pictured above: Owen Brennan’s)

Interim Steak and Eggs Close Up
Interim’s take on steak and eggs.

This is the I Love Memphis No-Frills guide to brunch in East Memphis. If you’re looking for the downtown guide, go here. If you’re looking for the midtown guide, go here. Please scroll down to the bottom of the post for FAQs about the ILM Brunch Guides.

Amerigo Italian Restaurant (Park Place Center, 1239 Ridgeway Rd.), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys, $4 Mimosas, no patio.

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Brother Juniper’s.

Brother Juniper’s (3519 Walker Ave), Sat. 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m, small patio. Note: Brother Juniper’s doesn’t serve alcohol, but if you bring a bottle of champagne they’ll happily provide you with the orange juice to make a mimosa. To read more about Brother Juniper’s, go here.

Char (431 S. Highland St. #120), Sat. (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Sun. (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), brunch drink prices are not listed, no patio.

East End Grill (7956 Winchester and 7547 Hwy 64), Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $3.50 Bloody Marys, $2.75 Mimosas, patios.

Grove Grill (4550 Poplar Avenue), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $6.50 Bloody Marys, $7 Mimosas, no patio.

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French toast and bacon at the Half Shell.

Half Shell (688 S. Mendenhall Road and 7825 Winchester Road) Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4.25 Bloody Marys, $4.75 Champagne/Mimosas, small patio at the Winchester Road location.

Hog & Hominy Bloody Mary

Hog & Hominy Bloody Mary

Hog and Hominy (707 W. Brookhaven Circle), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., $5 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, large patio. To read more about Hog and Hominy, go here.

Interim Quiche Brunch
Interim’s mini quiche.

Interim (5040 Sanderlin Ave. Ste. 105), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., no patio. $7 Bloody Marys, $7 Mimosas. To read more about Interim, go here.

Old Venice (368 Perkins Ext.), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloody Marys/Mimosas $3.50, patio. Note: The regional pizza chain’s Sunday brunch is served buffet-style, and the normally $6-$7 Bloody Marys and Mimosa are half off all day.

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Selections from Owen Brennan’s brunch buffet.

Owen Brennan’s (6150 Poplar Ave. Suite 150) Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $4.75 Mimosas, $9 Carafe of Mimosas, $6 Bloody Marys, $8 Cajun Bloody Marys, $9 Carafe of Champagne, large patio.

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Porcellino’s (711 W. Brookhaven Circle), Sat. and Sun., opens at 10 a.m., patio.
Porcellino’s is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They usually have plenty of breakfast-y/brunch-y things during brunch time, but no brunch menu or drink prices are listed.

R.P. Tracks (3547 Walker Avenue), Sat. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys, $3.50 Mimosas, $3.50 Man-mosas, enclosed patio. To read more about R.P. Tracks, go here.

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, Cafe Eclectic, and Brother Juniper’s are exceptions. Alcenia’s: I figure the Ghetto-Aid is strong enough to count. Cafe Eclectic and Brother Juniper’s: 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. Brother Juniper’s is the exception because I feared for my life if I left it off this list.

3. Why just East Memphis? Did you miss Downtown Brunch Guide or the Midtown Brunch Guide? You can find them right here and here, respectively.

Special thanks to intern Savannah Lyons for her contributions to this post.

If you have a favorite brunch spot in the Memphis area, please let me know!

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Mimosa carafe at Owen Brennan’s.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Crystal says:

    Cafe Eceletic. Opens 7am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday. Patio. Does not serve alcohol, but allows you to bring champagne. SAT 7AM-10PM
    SUN 9AM-3PM

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Crystal, Cafe Eclectic is an awesome option (I go there all the time) but the Highland location doesn’t have a specific “brunch” menu on Saturdays and Sundays. I debated adding them because, like Brother Juniper’s, they are a great option that seems to go beyond basic breakfast staples, even if it’s the same as the weekday menu.

    • Jose says:

      Crystal I agree Cafe Eclectic is very good. For some reason I enjoyed the both the coffee selection and food option at the Harbortown location more than I did at the Highland Ave location. Been to both several times and both good, I just personally like Harbortown better.

  2. Brittany says:

    Great list! I didn't know Old Venice had brunch. Do you know if the buffet is breakfast type food? Their website doesn't say. 

  3. MC says:

    Brittany, I used to work at OV and the brunch buffet had a fairly even mix of breakfast (bacon, sausage, biscuits, etc.) foods and lunch staples (pizzas, a pasta or two, and salad bar). The one in Memphis also has homemade cheesecakes made by the General Manager and they are worth it by themselves

  4. Ruthe says:

    I'm at Amerigo at the moment. The Bloody Mary's were $9 and the mimosas were $5.

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  6. Lee says:

    Could you please elaborate on "Ghetto-Aid"? 

  7. Jose says:

    I definitely have to get back in the brunch seen. Not sure if brunch constitutes as w/alcoholic beverages? But I do enjoy the following places in no particular order:
    -Bryant’s
    -Brother Junipers
    -Local (Overton Square)
    -The Arcade
    -The Majestic

    • Jose says:

      Oh, and I totally forgot – Bosco’s on the Square. My first brunch after moving to Memphis, it always has a special place on the list.

  8. susan massey says:

    dont forget Another Broken Egg ! its close to the germantown border but its still in the east memphis zip code. delicious food and great service

  9. Ashlee says:

    Why not another broken egg cafe?

  10. MrsLittle says:

    You definitely should add Celtics Crossing…their Sunday brunch is awesome!

  11. Chris says:

    Rock N Dough has an awesome brunch! I highly recommend it.

  12. Bonnie says:

    Another great job , all these eateries look good . Can’t wait till I come back
    to Memphis . Love your information ☕️

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