365 Things to Do in Memphis #65: Have a Waffle (But Only During Lent)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 16th 2018 2571 0

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.

The Calvary Waffle Shop is open weekdays during Lent – from February 15 through March 23 – 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.

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.

Go there:

Calvary Waffle Shop

102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103
This post updated Feb. 2018. Original post published March 2012.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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