The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in East Memphis
Memphis knows how to do brunch. No matter where you are in town, you’re probably not far from a place that will serve you Bloody Marys, omlettes, Benedicts, waffles, greasy meats, and more on Saturdays and Sundays.
This guide is here to help you quickly decide: Where do you want to go to brunch? (Pictured above: Owen Brennan’s)
This is the I Love Memphis No-Frills guide to brunch in East Memphis. If you’re looking for the downtown guide, go here. If you’re looking for the midtown guide, go here. Please scroll down to the bottom of the post for FAQs about the ILM Brunch Guides.
Amerigo Italian Restaurant (Park Place Center, 1239 Ridgeway Rd.), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys, $4 Mimosas, no patio.
Brother Juniper’s (3519 Walker Ave), Sat. 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m, small patio. Note: Brother Juniper’s doesn’t serve alcohol, but if you bring a bottle of champagne they’ll happily provide you with the orange juice to make a mimosa. To read more about Brother Juniper’s, go here.
Char (431 S. Highland St. #120), Sat. (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Sun. (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), brunch drink prices are not listed, no patio.
East End Grill (7956 Winchester and 7547 Hwy 64), Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $3.50 Bloody Marys, $2.75 Mimosas, patios.
Grove Grill (4550 Poplar Avenue), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $6.50 Bloody Marys, $7 Mimosas, no patio.
Half Shell (688 S. Mendenhall Road and 7825 Winchester Road) Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4.25 Bloody Marys, $4.75 Champagne/Mimosas, small patio at the Winchester Road location.
Hog and Hominy (707 W. Brookhaven Circle), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., $5 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, large patio. To read more about Hog and Hominy, go here.
Interim (5040 Sanderlin Ave. Ste. 105), Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., no patio. $7 Bloody Marys, $7 Mimosas. To read more about Interim, go here.
Old Venice (368 Perkins Ext.), Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloody Marys/Mimosas $3.50, patio. Note: The regional pizza chain’s Sunday brunch is served buffet-style, and the normally $6-$7 Bloody Marys and Mimosa are half off all day.
Owen Brennan’s (6150 Poplar Ave. Suite 150) Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $4.75 Mimosas, $9 Carafe of Mimosas, $6 Bloody Marys, $8 Cajun Bloody Marys, $9 Carafe of Champagne, large patio.
Porcellino’s (711 W. Brookhaven Circle), Sat. and Sun., opens at 10 a.m., patio.
Porcellino’s is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They usually have plenty of breakfast-y/brunch-y things during brunch time, but no brunch menu or drink prices are listed.
R.P. Tracks (3547 Walker Avenue), Sat. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $4 Bloody Marys, $3.50 Mimosas, $3.50 Man-mosas, enclosed patio. To read more about R.P. Tracks, go here.
I Love Memphis No-Frills Brunch Guide FAQs
1. What is considered brunch? For this list, the restaurant must have a Saturday and/or Sunday brunch menu different from their usual breakfast/lunch menu, and they should serve alcohol. Alcenia’s, Cafe Eclectic, and Brother Juniper’s are exceptions. Alcenia’s: I figure the Ghetto-Aid is strong enough to count. Cafe Eclectic and Brother Juniper’s: BYOB with no corkage fee also counts.
2. You left off my favorite brunch/weekend lunch place and I am deeply offended. Why did you leave it off? Please don’t be offended. I looked for brunches high and low, but if it didn’t make it on the list, I probably didn’t leave if off on purpose. Just shoot me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll add anything that fits the qualifications. Note that there are loads of wonderful places for breakfast and lunch that also serve on weekends, but it needs to be a specifically “brunch” menu. Brother Juniper’s is the exception because I feared for my life if I left it off this list.
Special thanks to intern Savannah Lyons for her contributions to this post.
If you have a favorite brunch spot in the Memphis area, please let me know!