Benedicts, Beignets, and Breakfast Pizza at Rock ‘n’ Dough
In an attempt to break out of a brunch rut, I’ve been on a mission to try new places for that all-important late morning/early afternoon weekend meal. First up: Rock ‘n’ Dough Pizza. Their two locations are at Poplar and Highland near The University of Memphis and in Germantown just east of Exeter Road.
The U of M location is fancy inside – at least for a pizza place in a shopping center – and they have a full bar, lots of flat screen TVs, and a full brunch menu on Sundays. Here’s what I tried when I went.
I began with a Beermosa. Their beermosas and bloody beers are $4 each, but they do have wine and liquor if you need a classic mimosa, screwdriver, or Bloody Mary for a few bucks more. I chose the Suzy B blonde ale from Southern Prohibition, which was a nice lighter-bodied brew to complement the OJ.
Next, the beignets (listed as”beniets” on the menu) which are a little more dense than the NOLA-style beignets I’ve had before, but were still great. I mean, it’s fried dough and powdered sugar.
Rock ‘n’ Dough’s brunch menu has all your classics – Benedicts, a breakfast pizza, a breakfast burrito, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and sides like bacon, biscuits, gravy.
I went for the Spinning Goat Benedict, which has poached duck eggs on biscuits with spinach, cremini mushrooms, goat cheese, and hollandaise. I love Benedicts on biscuits, and this biscuit was extra fluffy and buttery, so A+ for that. The whole dish was creamy and rich, and though I’m sad I didn’t taste much goat cheese, it was satisfying.
In my opinion, Rock ‘n’ Dough has some of the top pizza in Memphis, so of course I had to try their breakfast pizza with garlic and olive oil sauce. At nearly $20, I hoped the 12-inch pie would be impressive. I was not disappointed.
This thing was packed with protein: bacon, ham, and sausage gravy, plus three fried eggs and all that cheese and hashbrowns. Plus, that perfectly crispy RnD curst. After I’d eaten a slice or two, my dining companion and I both wondered how this pizza might be with a red sauce. It may have needed something a little tangy to balance it out…on the other hand, we might just be nitpicky.
Since we went, I’ve thought about (read: craved) Rock ‘n’ Dough’s brunch a few times. It’s going into the new-and-improved brunch rotation for sure.
Here’s the full brunch menu (as of April 2017).
Rock ‘n’ Dough is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. The brunch menu is served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays only.
Rock ‘n’ Dough
3445 Poplar Ave – Suite 1
Memphis, TN 38111
7850 Poplar Ave
Germantown, TN 38138