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Cupboard Restaurant

1400 Union Ave., Memphis, TN - (901) 276-8015
Posted By Michael Stern on September 18, 2005 4:49 AM
The Cupboard Restaurant lost something in the year 2000 when it moved to a former Shoney’s on Union Ave. Gone was the ramshackle charm of the older, smaller place that had been known for great Southern-style vegetables since 1943. But the gains were well worth the change: more seats (you’ll wait less for a table at noon), plenty of parking, and a vast, comfortable dining room with broad enough aisles for waitresses to tote big plates overflowing with good things to eat.

What has not changed is the quality of the vegetables. Here are some of Memphis’s best – and that’s saying a lot in a city where vegetable cooking is a fine, fine art. The printed menu, which is different for each day of the week, lists a choice of five entrees and eighteen to twenty side dishes, plus dessert. Among the entrees are such plate-lunch paradigms as baked chicken and dressing, beef tips with noodles, and a fried veal cutlet. One entrée plus three vegetables – served on an unbreakable partitioned plate, so buttered squash doesn’t mingle with rutabaga turnips – costs $7.78.

We arrived at the Cupboard after several days of pigging out on barbecued pork so much that we were ready to oink; so we skipped the entrée altogether and each got a four-vegetable plate ($5.95), sweet tea on the side, plus blackberry cobbler and lemon ice box pie for dessert. All meals come with a basket that holds creamy-centered cornbread gem muffins and yeast rolls.

Exemplary veggies! Of special note were the plain sliced fresh tomatoes (and we do mean fresh!) as well as tangy fried green tomatoes. The sweet potato was one whole one, baked in its skin until marshmallow-soft. And we loved the luxurious corn pudding.

Cupboard cookbooks are available for sale near the cash register, and they contain excellent recipes. But where we live – NOT the South – such fine raw ingredients make only rare and brief appearances in the supermarket.
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fresh vegetables
corrnbread gem muffins
Lemon Icebox Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie

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Posted By MIDTOWN on December 28, 2011 9:47 AM
What a horrible experience. Our waiter, an extremely flamboyant gay male, was talking with a friend of his seated near our table. They were openly talking about a sexual experience with some man. It was beyond disgusting. When I spoke with a manger, we were assured he would be dealt with. he is still a waiter at this restaurant. I would never eat there again.
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