Best Breakfast Spots in Memphis: Biscuits, Grits and Bacon, Oh My!

Sally Walker Davies

By , Local Expert, Memphis
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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. Direct from our taste buds are our recommendations for the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Memphis.  Try Paulette's for its to-die for popovers, served with soft butter (and that's just the starter for every breakfast order), or the Trolley Stop for a locally-sourced platter of eggs and bacon. It's hard to beat Brother Juniper's, the University of Memphis-area eatery that's a morning stop for students and the city's power brokers alike - try...  Read more »

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    Paulette's

    Paulette's begins every breakfast with warm, perfect popovers - a simple treat that sets a special tone for the day.

    Local Expert Tip: "Avoid holiday Sundays - like Mother's Day or Father's Day, as not only is it tough to get a reservation, the menu pricing goes way up for the standards like waffles and egg dishes. "

     
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    Trolley Stop Market

    The Trolley Stop is just SO Memphis - authentic, unpretentious, and full of character.

    Local Expert Tip: "The only thing that could make Trolley Stop more perfect is if they served breakfast all day - sadly, it ends promptly at 10:30."

     
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    Owen Brennan's

    Owen Brennan's regularly wins awards for the best Bloody Mary in the state of Tennessee - and we can't argue with that.

    Local Expert Tip: "Owen Brennan's is an over-the-top experience, complete with a jazz band and champagne as part of the brunch experience."

     
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    The Arcade Restaurant

    The Arcade serves breakfast all day, so getting a brunch fix is always a snap.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't be surprised if you catch some of Memphis' biggest business and celebrity names here at any given time."

     
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    Bryant's

    Biscuits, incredible biscuits, is why Bryant's makes the cut; they're simply the best in town - and inexpensive to boot.

    Local Expert Tip: "Long lines are standard. If you really must avoid the wait, call in a to-go order."

     
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    Brother Juniper's

    Brother Juniper's is an open-every-morning breakfast and brunch spot, which is our favorite kind.

    Local Expert Tip: "Seriously long lines are the norm, no matter the day or hour. You can call ahead and put your name on the list when you're on the way - do it!"

     
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    Beauty Shop

    The Beauty Shop is relaxed and refined for brunch, making you feel like you're on vacation even when you're not.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to peruse the daily milkshake offerings, written in colorful marker on the dining room mirrors."

     
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    Sweet Grass

    The bit of Low Country mixed into breakfast food is a treat - try the crab cake eggs Benedict or banana bread French toast.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a SABS (Seen And Be Seen) kind of spot, so reservations are a must."

     
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    Capriccio Grill - Peabody Hotel Memphis

    The Peabody's Sunday brunch is legendary - especially for its days-long dessert table, which includes bacon...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "During special holidays - Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving - the brunch moves from the Capriccio to the mezzanine of the hotel; reservations are a must on these special days. "

     
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    Boscos Squared

    We love lounging on the expansive patio; with a micro brew at hand, it's the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday.

    Local Expert Tip: "On Sundays, the early bird gets the table - be sure to get there as close to opening as possible to beat the after-church crowd."

     

 

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