Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Brunch restaurants in Memphis and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Paulette's thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Brother Juniper's, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Brunch.
Blue Plate Cafe
For Southern food at its finest, there is not a better place than Blue Plate Cafe in East Memphis. The restaurant serves breakfast all day, with choices ranging to everything from fluffy pancakes and French toast to three-egg omlettes and fruit bowls. Other "brunchy" items include chicken and dumplings, vegetables and homemade cornbread. The friendly staff make you feel right at home, and the smoke-free environment ensures your visit is clean and enjoyable. (901-761-9696)
A longtime tradition, Owen Brennan's headlines Cajun and Creole dishes in a festive, Mardi Gras-like environment. Located in a sophisticated shopping center, the restaurant features upscale ambience and friendly service, which make for delightful dining. Champagne flows during Sunday brunch, and a live New Orleans jazz band plays throughout the event. Breakfast otherwise consists of a three-course prix fixe option or à la carte selections like an andouille omelet, eggs Sardou, praline waffles, or steak and eggs. Dine on the patio under huge shade trees when the weather allows. (901-761-0990)
Since its move to the River Inn, Paulette's is now open for breakfast daily, and that's a real treat as its breakfast offerings are lush - from eggs Benedict with creamy Hollandaise to hands-down the best French toast in town. Weekday breakfast is complimentary for hotel guests.
Paulette's signature popovers and strawberry butter and excellent service are in evidence during brunch, with egg dishes and many entrees offered for under $10. (901-260-3300)
Chef Kelly English is always in the house - as in, the darling house in Midtown that serves as the backdrop for Iris. The homey feel of the individual dining rooms is supplemented by great artwork and a low-key ambiance; you'll be comfortable here is dressy jeans or full-out glam.
The cuisine is a nice combination of fresh local ingredients and Cajun flair, thanks to English's home-grown sensibilities - he's a Southern LA (Louisiana) boy. Recent delicacies have included sweet corn griddle cakes topped with Gulf crabmea and a surf and turf that blends a strip steak and fried oysters When the weather's nice, be sure to ask for a table on the small but charming patio. (901-590-2828)
The Grove Grill
An oyster bar covers almost half the space inside The Grove Grill – dedicating so much real estate to them indicates how terrific the fresh mollusks are. They're featured on the half-shell, in soups, and in dishes like fried oysters Rockefeller. If shelfish aren't your choice, try Lowcountry shrimp and grits or grilled pompano with crawfish beurre blanc. Other options? Steaks, chops, duck, and regional Southern favorites. Upscale ambience and elegant decor too. (901-818-9951)
Blue Monkey, both restaurant and bar, is a definitive local favorite. Its menu includes pizzas, calzones, salads, plate lunches and Black Angus burgers, and pool tables and live music create a fun, friendly atmosphere. If you're around on weekends, don't miss brunch, which offers everything from omelets to prime rib. (901-272-2583)
Popular Boscos serves scrumptious pizzas alongside award-winning beers. Its casual atmosphere and spacious deck provide a perfect setting for relaxing with friends or listening to fantastic local musical acts. Don't miss the well-attended à la carte Sunday brunch, which offers entertainment while you indulge in omelets, Belgian waffles, lots of variations of eggs Benedict, sandwiches, hot entrees, and more. (901-432-2222)
This trendy, festive restaurant is just as the name implies. Set in a 1940s beauty shop, it boasts curler-wearing waitresses and lets guest dine in refurbished hairdryer chairs. Nevertheless, the kitschy theme isn't what keeps the place packed. Its eclectic fare is intriguing yet delicious. From clay pot Thai mussels to apple-smoked, Cuban-style chicken, the menu is an adventure every time. However, that's to be expected from Karen Blockman Carrier, the mind behind this and a variety of other popular, funky Memphis restaurants. (901-272-7111)
This funky little breakfast nook, once owned by an Eastern Orthodox priest, stands apart from other breakfast places thanks to its fresh, healthy options.
Practically located on the University of Memphis campus, one would expect that college students would be the majority of the clientele, but there are loads of families and folks from all over town who make a trek on the weekend.
The homemade, fluffy rolls are offered in white or wheat and the open-faced omelets can be topped with anything from spinach to feta cheese to black beans or sausage. They're also widely known for their homemade biscuits with sorghum. Those visiting solo or as a couple should ask for a counter seat – your wait will be minimal, and the people watching is great from this vantage point. (901-324-0144)