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Arcade

540 S. Main, Memphis, TN - (901) 526-5757
Posted By Joe Toenjes on 7/8/2003 11:11:00 AM
The wife and I had breakfast here on a recent trip to Memphis. It was one of the breakfast places that was recommended when we asked some of the locals. Add to that the recommendation from Roadfood and we just had to give it a try. We really liked the old-time diner feel of the place. We had eggs with hashbrowns, bacon plus biscuits. Great biscuits! I also had an order of sweet potato pancakes that were very good. Real convienent since it is at the end of the Main Street Trolley line, so if you are staying downtown, there is no reason to not go. This is a foodee-must-doee in Memphis.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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A pair of sweet potato pancakes, ready to eat. Not shown, but also part of the breakfast: eggs, grits, and bacon.
"A pair of sweet potato pancakes, ready to eat. Not shown, but also part of the breakfast: eggs, grits, and bacon."
Michael Stern





The ham requires a sharp knife and a good chew, but my-oh-my, does it reward you with tides of delicious, cured-pigmeat flavor.
"The ham requires a sharp knife and a good chew, but my-oh-my, does it reward you with tides of delicious, cured-pigmeat flavor."
Michael Stern


My waitress promised I would love my shake, since she would be making it herself.  A little thinner than I prefer my milkshakes, but it proved to be the perfect accompaniment to an Elvis sandwich.
"My waitress promised I would love my shake, since she would be making it herself. A little thinner than I prefer my milkshakes, but it proved to be the perfect accompaniment to an Elvis sandwich."
Cliff Strutz


A single breakfast biscuit (and a good one!) on the boomerang-pattern formica in an Arcade booth
"A single breakfast biscuit (and a good one!) on the boomerang-pattern formica in an Arcade booth"
Michael Stern


If you are interested in a taste of Memphis, go for the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, known in these parts as the Elvis sandwich.
"If you are interested in a taste of Memphis, go for the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, known in these parts as the Elvis sandwich."
Cliff Strutz


The color scheme inside the Arcade is definitely a blast from the past. Its tables are boomerang-pattern Formica, with the pattern worn off in places where countless plates have clattered over the years.
"The color scheme inside the Arcade is definitely a blast from the past. Its tables are boomerang-pattern Formica, with the pattern worn off in places where countless plates have clattered over the years."
Michael Stern


One morning shortly after seven, while we started the day with ham and biscuits, we watched a couple sit down in this booth and order a chocolate malt and a chocolate sundae -- the conclusion to their evening.
"One morning shortly after seven, while we started the day with ham and biscuits, we watched a couple sit down in this booth and order a chocolate malt and a chocolate sundae -- the conclusion to their evening. "
Michael Stern


Even after Elvis week in August, the Arcade was doing a boom business in peanut butter and banana sandwiches -- the King's favorite -- as advertised on the sign atop this Elvis-era television set.
"Even after Elvis week in August, the Arcade was doing a boom business in peanut butter and banana sandwiches -- the King's favorite -- as advertised on the sign atop this Elvis-era television set."
Michael Stern


The walls of the Arcade are covered with signs, old and new, as well as clippings, photos, and other memorabilia from its 80+ years in business.
"The walls of the Arcade are covered with signs, old and new, as well as clippings, photos, and other memorabilia from its 80+ years in business."
Michael Stern


This is the view towards the back of the front dining room. There is a second dining room in back; and of course, there is also a counter with stools.
"This is the view towards the back of the front dining room. There is a second dining room in back; and of course, there is also a counter with stools."
Michael Stern


You can see some of Memphis reflected in the window of its oldest restaurant.
"You can see some of Memphis reflected in the window of its oldest restaurant."
Michael Stern


Downtown at the south end of the trolley line, the Arcade has the ambience of an old-fashioned soda fountain cafe.
"Downtown at the south end of the trolley line, the Arcade has the ambience of an old-fashioned soda fountain cafe."
Michael Stern


The Arcade has changed since the days of this old post card, but its spirit -- and its downhome food -- remain exemplary.
"The Arcade has changed since the days of this old post card, but its spirit -- and its downhome food -- remain exemplary."
Michael Stern



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