Reason to Love Memphis #31: Calvary Waffle Shop

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 11th 2010 3552 0

For the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing about the Waffle Shop at Calvary Church downtown. It’s a lunch-only, Lent-only tradition.

I met my friend Andre there this afternoon for lunch. We were seated by a volunteer hostess and asked to mark what we wanted for lunch on the orange paper menus.

The menu options are decidedly old school. Some of the items listed have been on the menu since the Calvary Waffle Shop started in 1928. This is probably one of the last places in town where you can get both tomato aspic and shrimp mousse.

Waffle, Calvary Waffle Shop, Memphis, Tenn.

Waffle, Calvary Waffle Shop, Memphis, Tenn.

Calvary Waffle Shop, Memphis, Tenn.

Calvary Waffle Shop, Memphis, Tenn.

I played it safe and chose the spaghetti. Andre got the corned beef, and we got a waffle to share (because what good is lunch at the Waffle Shop without a waffle). My spaghetti was really good in a classic way. Andre made a happy plate, so I’m assuming that the corned beef wasn’t bad, either.

The waffle was perfection. It wasn’t too thick and the edges had just a little bit of crunch to them.

Calvary Waffle Shop, Memphis, Tenn.

Calvary Waffle Shop, Memphis, Tenn.

One of the coolest things about the Waffle Shop is that all of the seats are at long folding tables, so you wind up eating with strangers. The whole vibe is like a school cafeteria run by a team of grandmothers. The Waffle Shop does to-go orders, but if you can spare the time to sit and eat, you should.

There’s no tipping allowed at the Waffle Shop, no matter how adorable and friendly your volunteer server is. All of the money raised from the Waffle Shop goes to help fund Calvary’s outreach ministries throughout the city.

Go There:

Calvary Waffle Shop

102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103

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  1. UNBELIEVABLE! Top of my to do list. Boom.

  2. kalisa says:

    I’m glad you posted on this. I’ve heard about this for years but I never really understood it. I was always, “Is it really waffles? For lunch? I’m not sure.” Now that I know exactly what it is, I’m more inclined to want to visit there. X

  3. Robyn says:

    Don’t forget that if you come on a Wednesday or Friday you can have Fish Pudding! It’s the best!

  4. For the uninitiated, Fish Pudding is like a crab cake in a casserole…made with cod. It is so rich and really, really good!

  5. Ginger says:

    I’m pretty sure Waffle Shop is only open through March 26th, so go get your waffles now! (Actually, get the fish pudding on Wednesday or Friday and the chicken salad any other day — you will NOT be sorry!)

  6. Hello I Love Memphis! Thanks for stopping by! We would love to give you a “behind the scenes” tour next time. BTW, quick correction – Easter is April 24, not 4. So, Waffle Shop will be open M-F until April 15! Next time, try the Chicken Salad.

    Ben Robertson
    Associate Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church

  7. Just noticed the year on the post. Oops. Sorry about that. But, the invitation for a tour still stands!

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