Touting itself as the oldest restaurant in Memphis leads one to wonder who has sat at the bar or classic diner style booths. They say it was one of Elvis' faves. They even have a booth they declare was his regular. Lots of history here. Many movies have been shot here including The Firm and The Client. Food Network and Travel Channel have stopped by, too. Plenty to talk about while you wait for your order...and you probably will wait. Consistently slow food delivery, yet full of Southern charm.
The wait is worth it. You won't go away hungry! BIG breakfast. Sweet Potato pancakes are very good, made complete by subbing a half a piece of country ham instead of the bacon. Comes with eggs and hashbrowns/grits, too. If you're there at lunch time, the goodness of the South Main Sandwich has ham, creamy melted Brie, pesto, an a few other things. Or you could try the fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich of Elvis fame. My daughter had the kid's pizza, with plenty leftover for Dad.
It's the last stop on the Main Street trolley, literally in front of the Arcade. However, I think trolleys have been temporarily suspended (July 2014). And if you had to wait a while to get a seat, the Memphis Train Museum is across the street in the same block, and is a fun stop.
If your touring Memphis and staying downtown, this South Main stop is a no-brainer for breakfast. Also a good way to fuel up before hitting the Memphis farmers market across the street in the summer on Saturdays.
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