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The Cupboard

1400 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3623 (Central Gardens Area Association)
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Ranked #249 of 1,268 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $0 - $10
Wed - Fri 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Cuisines: American, Diner, Vegetarian, Family Fare
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Gardens Area Association
Description: The Cupboard Restaurant has been serving up the freshest veggies in town since 1943. We serve breakfast all day, lunch and dinner, and offer a variety of catering options for groups both large and small. The Cupboard is also known for preparing fresh vegan and vegetarian dishes, as we do not use meat products in any of our veggies and many options are egg and cheese-free as well. The Cupboard prides itself on the fact that we have a number of customers who dine with us every single day.
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Dallas, Texas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

They have a great selection of home cooked vegetables and entrees. Service is good and the food is great. You really can't go wrong with any of their vegetable choices. I usually always get the vegetable plate, but my family ordered fried chicken and catfish and said it was all good. Save room for dessert!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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203 reviews 203 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Had lunch here one afternoon and really enjoyed it, the place was packed but the service was very good and very friendly. The food options change daily (Monday specials, Tuesday specials etc..) but they do have a limited number of options offered everyday. We came on a Sunday and I had Chicken Fried Chicken w/Milk Gravy with a side of... More

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Very good food and good service. Food was southern style and fresh. Parking lot was little crowded which is a sign of a good place to eat. Will return next time I am in the area.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Recommended by another guest at our hotel. Food did not disappoint. Kiki our server was prompt and very efficient. Vegetable choices were plentiful as were the bread baskets. Would happily recommend.

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Modesto, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I travel to Memphis on business every month, have driven by this place, and never ate there in the last 5+ years of going to Memphis. A co-worker took me there that is a Memphis native, and now I am wondering why I have not been eating there. Great food, great prices, and fast service.

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Portland, Oregon
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20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This was recommended by a staff person at the hotel I was staying in several blocks away. The first time I had the Italian chicken breast and baked potato. If I had ordered a chicken breast without the Italian sauce, the wait person said it would take 20 minutes. So I guess the one with sauce just need to be... More

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Good option for any visitors staying in local hotels or visiting the medical center. Food was nice and fresh, decent choice as well.

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Scotia, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Always have breakfast here when in Memphis. Wait staff is great as is the food. Breakfast is served all day, lunch & dinner have numerous yummy vegetables complete with a daily list of at least 10 different ones. It's easy to find, right on Union Ave., great prices, great food, great staff!

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LaurenInMemphis, Public Relations Manager at The Cupboard, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed it, Michele! Thanks for coming in and we hope to see you back on your next visit to Memphis! More

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

Good food, good service and nice and clean. Lots on the menu to choose from, prices are reasonable, portions are excellent and, best of all, the food was hot and tasty. The waitress was very attentive and checked with us several times to see if everything was okay. Definitely a good breakfast spot.

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LaurenInMemphis, Public Relations Manager at The Cupboard, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in last month, Artena77! Hope to see you soon for some more breakfast! More

Waterloo, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I was expecting a lot more from this place. I love southern diners with their vegetable plates, and that's what I had. They don't cook vegetables southern style - no meat! - and it was all very bland. I ordered the eggplant, which was so drowning in breading that I could hardly detect the vegetable. I had a tomato dish... More

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LaurenInMemphis, Public Relations Manager at The Cupboard, responded to this review

R h, we are so sorry you didn't enjoy your meal with us! A lot of our veggies are made without meat, meat drippings or other animal fats because many of our customers want healthier options. You know we have a fried food addiction down here in the South. We're sorry you felt the lemon icebox pie was less than... More

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