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The Cupboard

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Central Gardens Area Association
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1400 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3623
+1 901-276-8015
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7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Cupboard Restaurant has been serving up the freshest veggies in town...
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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  • 31
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  • 27
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 9
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Saturday Lunch

We have been enjoying the Cupboard for years. The food is always good. Today we had a chef salad and a country fried steak with corn pudding and fried green tomatoes. Great Saturday lunch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Don Wolfe H
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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131 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We have been enjoying the Cupboard for years. The food is always good. Today we had a chef salad and a country fried steak with corn pudding and fried green tomatoes. Great Saturday lunch.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

While the BBQ in Memphis, and is a taste treat not to be missed, you may want to experience some good ole "down home Southern cooking" during your stay. The Cupboard Restaurant, located at 1400 Union Ave. 1 block east of Cleveland in Midtown will not disappoint your palate or your pocketbook. Breakfast is served all day along with lunch... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

There aren't very many "Meat and Three" restaurants left in Memphis that are worth going to. Sadly, The Cupboard used to be great but I can't recommend it any more. The restaurant is dirty and the carpet smells musty. I went on Friday night and ordered the Chicken Fried Chicken with White Gravy, Mac and Cheese, Fried Okra, Eggplant Casserole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Oh wow!!! Had chicken and chicken fried chicken with gravy. To die for!!! Great collards and mac and cheese BUT....the highlight was the FRIED GREEN TOMATOES!!!! They were utter perfection. Everything was fantastic and wait staff could not have been nicer.

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Memphis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I've recently learned that not all areas of the country use the term "meat and three", so I'll explain. It's short for a meat and three vegetables. At The Cupboard you choose the protein (I chose fried chicken) and then three veggies (I chose 2: tomato cucumber salad and fried green tomatoes). The chicken had a panko type crust and... More 

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Memphis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Basic southern food; over cooked vegetables, meatloaf, fried chicken, chicken fried steak, etc. Lots of carbs and sugar.

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Amory, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We had an early dinner there on June 28. Had the vegetable plate and it was extremely good. The miniature cornbread muffins were unique to me and were delicious. So were the rolls that were also served. Will definitely eat there again when in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I was driving on Union looking for a place for breakfast and noticed the cupboard. It is the type of place with autographed pictures on the wall and regulars known by name. I had the special of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, toast and hash browns for 4.99. The service was fast and the food was good. A great way... More 

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Memphis, TN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

You can still find occasional food as it was prepared in the past but mostly now you will get less than satisfactory meals. I had chicken and dumplings and the dumplings were one big solid mass of dough. They give you miniature corn muffins instead of the crispy sticks they were famous for along with less than fresh ingredients. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I had such a craving for this place and finally got there Sunday. The place was packed, but we got seated in minutes. A very pleasant waitress named Katherine was at our table in seconds. She informed us they were out of rolls, but brought us a heaping basket of mini cornbread muffins. We could have made a meal of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1400 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3623
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Central Gardens Area Association
  • Neighborhood: Central Gardens Area Association
  • Phone Number: +1 901-276-8015

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?