Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Memphis Eats Part Two

The Arcade is Memphis' oldest cafe -- it was around when the neighborhood around it was booming in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, it survived when downtown fell into a slump in the 60s and 70s, and now it's still there with the re-gentrification happening around it. The sure sign the hipsters have arrived is the American Apparel store across the street. Luckily the food doesn't seem to have changed.

Thwarted in our quest for beignets on Beale Street the night before, we ordered them as "starters" for breakfast. Then the real breakfast: I had eggs, grits, and sweet potato pancakes; redneckhunter had eggs, hash browns, and his beloved biscuits and gravy. A real down-home country breakfast. I also got a thrill from the fact that the cafe was in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train -- I think it was the scene where Nicoletta Braschi gets harrassed by the Elvis freak and then meets Joe Strummer's girlfriend.

The Arcade Restaurant

540 S Main St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 526-5757

I think this is the scene - 1000yregg

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