365 Things to Do in Memphis #65: Have a Waffle (But Only During Lent)
You may be giving up chocolate, caffeine, or swearing for Lent, but there’s no reason to give up waffles. Assignment #65 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to have lunch at the Calvary Waffle Shop.
The Waffle Shop is a Lenten tradition in Memphis. Every year since 1928, the Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis has sold lunch in their basement on weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Many of the recipes (and some of the people in the entirely volunteer-run kitchen) have been the same for years.
The menu changes daily, but there are some staples you can expect. There’s always peppermint ice cream and pie. Tomato aspic (and some other vintage staples like fish pudding) will be on the menu forever. And every single day, there are waffles made from the Waffle Shop’s secret recipe by some of the shop’s most senior volunteers.
In 2019, the Calvary Waffle Shop is open Tuesdays through Fridays during Lent – from March 7 to April 12 – from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. If you’re so inclined, there’s a sermon series daily from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.
The Waffle Shops is also open from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on select Wednesdays:March 13, 20, 27, and April 3 and 10, with a speaker from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
You’ll eat at community tables, so if you come alone, prepare to make friends. The Waffle Shop accepts cash, Visa, and Mastercard. You can pay an extra buck and get a take-out order. Call (901)-525-6602.