Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the last matchup of the Breakfast Bracket’s elite eight: stalwart Brother Juniper’s vs. New Orleans new kid, Beignet Cafe.
Let’s get it on!
3519 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
The Order: Coffee, orange juice, veggie omelet with a biscuit and home fries
Veggie Omelet, Brother Juniper's, Memphis, Tenn.
Orange Juice: Brother Juniper’s OJ was a nice mix of sweet and tart. It was pulpy, but not so pulpy that drinking it was like eating a mashed up orange. (8.5 points)
Food: Are there home fries in heaven? Because if there are, I think Brother Juniper’s must make them. I took a fork to my little pile of seasoned taters as soon as the plate hit the table. The home fries came with my veggie omelet (which also came with a biscuit). The omelet was fresh peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and green onions wrapped in a thick, eggy blanket. It’s a ton of food, but if I could eat it semi-daily, I would. (9.5 points)
Bathroom: Like the rest of the restaurant, the bathroom is clean and feels sunny. If it were a person, it would probably be understated, but friendly. (7.5 points)
Service: In the interest of full disclosure, I was friends with my server in high school. Regardless, he was attentive, but not overbearing and had excellent timing. My dining companion seemed to know everyone working the restaurant, which doesn’t seem like it would be hard to do. Everyone we came into contact with was friendly and helpful. (8.5 points)
Atmosphere: We went on a Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. It was a little busier than other times I’ve been – they wound up seating people in the second room. There was a general vibe of happiness, even though a lot of the people there didn’t seem to be quite awake yet. (7.5 points)
Price: The total for two meals with coffee was about $25. That’s a little high, but the quality of the food is wonderful, and I wasn’t hungry again until mid-afternoon. (7 points)
Total: 48.5 points
And the challenger:
124 East G E Patterson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
The Order: Scrambled eggs, an order of beignets, coffee, orange juice
Beignets, Beignet Cafe, Memphis, Tenn.
Orange Juice: The OJ at Beignet Cafe was pulp-free and served in a glass with a straw and an orange slice. It was good, but just a little too sweet for my liking. (7 points)
Food: The breakfast options at the Beignet Cafe are sort of limited. You can get an order of beignets or one of two full breakfasts. I got a basket of beignets, and my breakfast buddy got some scrambled eggs (it was still Passover). My order came with four pillow-shaped beignets that were covered in powdered sugar. Even if you try to shake some of the sugar off, you’ll still manage to get it all over you. The beignets were good – hot, crispy on the outside, and deliciously sweet and bready on the inside. They were more puffy than solid, which was good – any more solid and I wouldn’t have been able to move afterward. (8 points)
Bathroom: The bathroom at Beignet Cafe is a spacious single stall. It was pretty clean, and for some reason, it seems like it’s got some serious mood lighting going on. (8 points)
Service: There were two servers working the patio, and ours seemed to be the less attentive of the two. She was fine during the meal, but when it came time to pay the check, the check and my card sat on the table for about 15 minutes before she came to get it. They were busy, but it still seemed to take a bit longer than it should have. (6 points)
Atmosphere: Beignet Cafe is only open before 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, which meant that it was still a bit crowded when we were there around 11 a.m. We manged to grab a seat on the patio, which was nice. Be warned – only one of the tables seems to have an umbrella, so if you’re not into bright sun, you might want to stay inside. Also, the jazz / elevator-soul music playing over the speakers outside was a little loud. It’s breakfast, people. (5.5 points)
Price: The total for the basket of beignets and the scrambled eggs was about $11. Not bad. Not amazing, but not bad. (6 points)
Total: 40.5 points
So there you have it – Brother Juniper’s will continue on to the Final Four, where it will face off against Bardog Tavern. On the other side of the bracket, Bryant’s takes on Blue Plate.