Bring Your Ladies to Just for Lunch
There’s a difference between ladies who eat lunch and Ladies Who Lunch. I fall into the first camp: I’m a lady, and I usually need to eat something midday. Ladies Who Lunch are a fascinating subset of ladies who eat lunch. They usually travel in well-dressed packs, always give off an air of fabulousness and seem to have plenty of free time to, well, lunch.
This morning, I went to Just for Lunch, an East Memphis cafe with a distinct following of Ladies Who Lunch. I was seated on the porch, near a table of Red Hat Society dames. Just for Lunch is inside the small shopping center just east of the main library. The “porch” looks just like a porch or patio at a freestanding restaurant, save for the fact that it’s indoors.
Just for Lunch’s menu seems to cater to Ladies Who Lunch. In addition to the usual sandwiches, quiches and soups, you can order old-school dishes like aspic and shrimp salad. Just for Lunch is Project Green Fork certified, which means that the restaurant is environmentally sustainable.
I ordered the Icy Cucumber Soup and chicken salad. The cucumber soup was chilled (not, thankfully, actually icy). It may become one of my summer favorites – it was tangy and creamy, but completely refreshing.
The chicken salad pleased my purist sensibilities (when it comes to chicken salad, nuts and fruit aren’t really necessary). It could have done with a little more seasoning, but I appreciated its simplicity.
If you’re going to try it, I recommend going all out – grab some of your friends, get a little dressed up, and take your time eating. Sit on the fake porch, order iced tea and spend some time catching up, gossiping and people watching. Act like Ladies Who Lunch instead of ladies who need to eat lunch.
Just for Lunch
3092 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111