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The Cupboard

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Central Gardens Area Association
American, Vegetarian, Family Fare, Diner
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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: Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 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
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
woosusan
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Amory, Mississippi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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memphis,tn
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69 reviews 69 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
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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Arroyo Grande
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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Many locals go here for a good down home cooked meal with offerings you won't find on Beale Street. This was a treat for us Californians where many of the vegetables served at this restaurant are not offered out our way.

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Springfield, IL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

My wife and I stopped in for supper in mid-May, and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the prompt service. She had the chicken strip salad, and I had the fried catfish, with field peas, eggplant casserole, and baked apple. Everything was perfectly prepared, especially the catfish - crispy on the outside and moist and tender... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

They have many fine main dishes, and while the fried catfish is my favorite, the fried chicken is also superb. Their vegetables are truly Southern cooking at its finest. My favorite vegetable dish is turnip greens, but their Italian Spinach, crowder peas and eggplant casserole are also delicious.

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Surprise, Arizona
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139 reviews 139 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Not a lot to say about this restaurant. Everything was 'average', Nothing special about the food, for example: -- sunnyside eggs were not fully cooked (dangerous to pregnant women etc.) -- hashbrowns tasty but not not crispy -- bacon quite nice -- had to ask three times for water -- pancakes good but nothing special Service was about the same.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We ate lunch here on a busy weekday. Had to wait a few minutes for a table; everybody in the crowded waiting area was in a good mood and polite, incuding the guy taking our names. Our server was just as friendly - pegged us for out-of-towners and chatted, but not too long. The food was a blast from my... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I have eaten at this restaurant for several years and am never disappointed. They have had the same waiters for years, so they must treat their employees wonderful. That in and of itself is enough to keep me coming back. I also like the pictures of local Memphians all around. If you are visiting Memphis, you can get a snapshot... More 

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Additional Information about The Cupboard

Address: 1400 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3623
Phone Number: +1 901-276-8015
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Central Gardens Area Association
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
Average Prices: USD 10
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Family Fare, Diner

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Family Fare, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?