Brunch is often associated with long lines, cranky servers, and sleepy diners. But for plenty of people, waiting for hours just to get a table is worth it in exchange for tasty breakfast food and a well made Bloody Mary. When it comes to the best brunch in Memphis, you have a lot of options. Whether you're looking for live music, a budget-friendly price, or want to feel as if you've been transported back in time, you'll find something to please your palate in the city.
Admittedly, not everyone wants live music with their Sunday omelettes. But for those that do, there's Bosco's in midtown. The restaurant offers brunch from 10:30am until 3pm on Sundays. Musician Joyce Cobb performs live during the brunch session. The menu includes a mix of breakfast and lunch favorites, such as an egg sandwich, classic omelet, or a burger. It doesn't offer sweet breakfast options like pancakes or French toast, but you are welcome to skip right to dessert and order favorites such as tiramasu or creme brulee.
Celtic Crossing, an Irish pub, also features live music during Sunday brunch. As an added bonus, you can order a carafe of champagne and OJ to share with your table for just $23 during brunch only.
Hair of the Dog
For some, brunch is about the cocktail as much as it is about the food. Several Memphis establishments offer a fun selection of brunch beverages. One place that's known for its cocktails is Alchemy. The restaurant has an extensive cocktail list at all times, and has the added bonus of offering a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar during Sunday Brunch.
For a creative take on the Bloody Mary, you can visit the Beauty Shop for brunch. The restaurant's "Bad Boy Bloody Mary" features pickled okra. If you're more into sweet drinks for brunch, mimosas made with either orange or grapefruit juice are also available.
No Kids Allowed
While brunch might be popular with the college set or a family event, if you're looking for adults only, head to the Blue Monkey in midtown. A 21 and over establishment, it offers brunch drink specials on Sundays as well as a full brunch menu, with options ranging from pancakes to breakfast biscuits and from omelettes to burgers.
If you want to enjoy brunch, but don't want it to wreck your wallet, you have a few options. One is Arcade, which has been a Memphis institution for almost 100 years. Arcade is a classic diner and offers classic diner options all the time. For brunch, you can enjoy options ranging from French toast to country fried steak.
Cafe Eclectic is another brunch option that's easy on the wallet. Most of the menu items at the cafe, which serves brunch on Sundays, and breakfast throughout the week, are under $10. Plus, the place is BYOB, which means you can bring your own bottle of bubbly and assemble some mimosas during your meal for cheap. The cafe is also known for its tasty, house-made pastries and its coffee.