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Started in 1919, The Arcade is Memphis' oldest continuously operating restaurant. Kids love it for its old-school diner look - pinkish walls, a counter with swivel stools, the soda fountain. And the... Read More
Started in 1919, The Arcade is Memphis' oldest continuously operating restaurant. Kids love it for its old-school diner look - pinkish walls, a counter with swivel stools, the soda fountain. And the equally love the menu, with burgers and fries, shakes and malts, grilled cheese sandwiches and more. Everything about the place is classic Memphis from the historic photos lining the walls, to the 1950's diner decor, to the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich special. Elvis used to come here quite often, sitting in the last booth on the left, with his back to the restaurant. He could be part of the crowd, however, thanks to the huge mirror on the back wall. The menu is short and simple, divided into breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and pizza; but everything is made from scratch and served up quickly by the friendly staff. Maybe the biggest perk of all is that breakfast is served all day so no matter how late you sleep in, you can still enjoy a plate of fluffy pancakes.
- Best for Family Friendly Because: The huge ice cream floats and other desserts will encourage all the kids to join the clean plate club.
- Best for Breakfast/Brunch Because: The Arcade serves breakfast all day, so getting a brunch fix is always a snap.
- Best for Breakfast Because: It's a Memphis institution, and the milkshakes rock our world.