The Arcade may not be the best place for breakfast in town, but it's definitely one of the most well-known. Originally opened in 1919 by an immigrant from Greece, Arcade morphed into a diner in the 50s, one that welcomed more than its share of famous faces, such as John F. Kennedy and Elvis (their favorite booths bear their names). The sweet-potato pancakes are my favorite item on the menu, though many foodies swear by the Eggs Redneck, smothered in country gravy in true Southern style. All the combination platters are served with biscuits, hash browns or grits, and bacon or sausage—so dress accordingly (i.e. wear your fattest fat pants; this place isn't for the faint of heart). The Arcade serves lunch (pizza, sandwiches, salads), too, but you’d be crazy to order anything but breakfast here.
The Arcade Restaurant
540 S. Main St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown, South Main Hours Daily 7am–3pm Phone 901/526-5757 Prices Main courses $6–$12 Cuisine Type Diner Web site The Arcade Restaurant
Map540 S. Main St. Memphis
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