Grab a Big Breakfast in Memphis

The Arcade | Phillip Parker

The Arcade, Memphis' Oldest Restaurant

The Arcade Restaurant

The Arcade has been featured on The Food Network, Travel Channel and has been the backdrop to numerous feature films. Photo by Phillip Parker

Brother Junipers breakfast

Brother Juniper's near the University of Memphis is a local favorite for breakfast. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Coffee in Memphis

Get your caffeine fix at coffee shops across Memphis. Photo by Marvin Garcia

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In Memphis, you’ll find delicious breakfast eateries serving classic dishes and signature specialities across town. Power up and start the day right with a hearty morning meal, caffeine kick or sandwich to-go at any one of these great Memphis breakfast spots. 

To see more options, check out the breakfast restaurants on the right side of this page or click here to get a full list of Memphis breakfast restaurants


Brother Juniper's 

A hearty breakfast can be found at Brother Juniper’s near The University of Memphis. Try the San Diegan, an open-faced omelet topped with home fries, sautéed portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, green onions, feta and cheddar cheeses. It’s served with grits and diner’s choice of toast or a biscuit (get the biscuit). Lines can get long, so be prepared for a wait, especially on the weekend. 

Brother Juniper’s has been featured on the Food Network and is a local favorite

The Arcade Restaurant

The Arcade (opened in 1919) is a third-generation family-owned restaurant in the South Main Arts District on the trolley line. They serve generous portions of southern-style breakfast including country fried steak with eggs, breakfast casserole, and biscuits and gravy. Their sweet potato pancakes alone have put them on the map – that and the fact that Elvis was a regular. 

The Arcade has been featured on the Food Network, Travel Channel and has been the backdrop to numerous feature films. 


You don't go to Bryant's for fancy breakfast – there's not a single frittata or organic spinach omelette on the menu board. Named by Esquire Magazine as one of The Best Breakfast Places in America, Bryant's serves up thick, filling Southern breakfasts with deadly efficiency and ninja-like speed.

Make sure that whatever you order comes with a biscuit. The breakfast sampler, which feeds two normal people or one competitive eater, runs about $9. It’s cheap, it’s good, and you’ll get full. It's hard to beat that.

Cafe Keough

This European-inspired restaurant boasts breakfast pastries, bagels, fresh fruit and an impressive selection of coffee and tea drinks. Grab a drink to go or relax inside. Cafe Keough has high ceilings, a warm atmosphere and offers plenty of space to spread out. 

Cosmic Coconut 

Cosmic Coconut in East Memphis has a big menu of fresh, organic juices and smoothies. Try the Go Green Detox, a bright green cucumber, apple and kale juice. It's crisp and tart and the act of drinking it makes you feel about thirty percent healthier (results may vary). The drinks, which come in three sizes, range from about $3.50 – $8. For breakfast, Cosmic Coconut also serves local granola, an awesome acai breakfast bowl and an assortment of coffee and teas.

Tamp & Tap 

Grind or unwind at Tamp & Tap in Downtown Memphis. This downtown hotspot blends two of the world's finest and beer. Sip a latte your way from the city’s finest baristas or enjoy craft beer from local breweries in a relaxed atmosphere. For breakfast they serve a light selection of Belgian waffles, oatmeal, bagels and greek yogurt. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian menu items as well as vegan baked treats at the counter.

Gibson’s Donuts 

If you like your breakfast to fall a little more on the sweet side, go no further than Gibson’s Donuts. Their signature flavor, maple bacon, is delicious morning, noon, or night, and since Gibson’s is open 24/7, you’ll always be able to satisfy your donut craving.

Blue Plate Cafe

Blue Plate Cafe is just like pulling a chair up to your grandma’s table. Baskets of hot biscuits with bowls of gravy, hot fluffy pancakes, buttery grits and crispy bacon are just a few of the breakfast items available any time of the day. The menu looks like a small-town newspaper which only adds to the homey atmosphere of the restaurant. 

Looking for brunch options in Memphis? I Love Memphis has a great guide to brunch in Midtown Memphis