365 Things to Do in Memphis #65: Eat At The Calvary Waffle Shop

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

Get ready for waffles, tomato aspic, and fish pudding, people!

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.

What Is The Memphis Calvary Waffle Shop?

Now in its 93rd year, Calvary Episcopal Church's Waffle Shop and Lenten Preaching Series is actually more than a tradition, it's an institution. 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. In 2020, the Waffle Shop took a hiatus due to the pandemic, but it's back for 2021. 

Waffle Shop Salad Sampler.

Calvary Waffle Shop 2021 Plans

  • Waffle Shop dates:  February 19 - March 26, Wednesdays and Fridays only
  • Pickup Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 
  • Or pickup Fridays 11 a.m .- 1 p.m. 
  • To-go plates only.
  • Plates must be ordered 24 hours in advance online. (link TBA)
  • Pickups are at the church, 201 N. Second Street

Calvary Waffle Shop Menu

The menu changes daily, but there are some staples you can expect. There's always pie (the Tennessee Bourbon Pie is famous) and waffles made from the Waffle shop's secret recipe.

And then there's the chicken hash, chicken salad, tomato aspic, shrimp mousse, and fish pudding. Yes, fish pudding. These vintage recipes sound like they're straight out of one of those 50s cookbooks where everything is a weird color, made of gelatin, and garnished with a curly kale leaf—but people love these dishes.

If you're not brave enough for aspic, that's okay, there are always waffles in some form and more everyday church lunch plates like spaghetti with rye bread, seafood gumbo and cornbread, or greens with pork belly. 

See the 2021 menu schedule on the Calvary website.

Go there: 

Calvary Waffle Shop

102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103

February 19 - March 26, 2021
Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Fridays 11 a.m .- 1 p.m.

Pre-order 24 hours in advance for takeout only.

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