So you can cook an egg, and maybe pancakes and waffles. But why should you, when these places do it so well? If you are a breakfast eater, brunch lover or even a fan of breakfast for dinner, here is a guide to some of the best breakfast tables in the Mid-South! Another great breakfast quality: Almost any breakfast entrée is going to be lower in price. (With the exception of two higher-end options, all of the restaurants listed here offer a plentiful breakfast for $10 or less.)
The Blue and White
Breakfast served anytime! The Blue and White was originally established in 1924 along the railroad tracks in downtown Tunica, MS. This landmark diner has been in its present location on Highway 61 since 1937. Some of the staff members have been with the restaurant for 40 years. During breakfast hours, you will probably be surrounded by camo-clothed patrons who travel 45 minutes south of Memphis during peak hunting seasons. Open 5 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week. blueandwhiterestaurant.com
The Bistro inside the Booksellers at Laurelwood offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a coffee bar and weekend brunch. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and they often have a quiche of the day on their lunch and dinner menus. Their complete hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com
Patrick Koplin, manager and part of the Brother Juniper’s family ownership, says that Brother Juniper’s takes pride in staying focused on what they are known for, perfecting breakfast. Much thought and experience goes into the seasoning and flipping of every omelette! They also have a gift basket service with mixed-and-matched choices from Brother Juniper’s, as well as from selected local vendors. Open 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. brotherjunipers.com
Now open on Sundays! Since 1968, the Bryant family has been serving the Memphis area with a down-home Southern breakfast menu, specializing in homemade biscuits and all the trimmings of a great country breakfast. Open 5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday, 5:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. bryantsmemphis.com
Memphis Pizza Café
Memphis Pizza Café is one of the best pizza places in the Mid-South! Did you know that they are serving wonderful breakfast pizzas on the weekends? Choose from ingredients such as eggs, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, bacon, smoked ham and sausage to create your brunch pizza. The breakfast/brunch pizza menu is available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. memphispizzacafe.com
Sunday brunch at Owen Brennan’s includes a beautiful display of traditional entrées, salads, seafoods and breads, as well as a cooked-to-order station. Owen Brennan’s seats customers for Sunday brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests also enjoy a jazz band, The Lannie McMillian Trio, while dining. Adult brunch is $30.00 (not including beverages), children ages 6 to 10 eat for $15; children 5 and younger eat free.
If you are a fan of breakfast all day, any day, the lunch and dinner menus at Brennan’s have an “Eggs Benedict All Day” section with delectable choices. Weekly hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday for brunch. brennansmemphis.com
Feeling French? Paulette’s Restaurant has been serving a très magnifique menu to Memphis for 38 years. In 2011, this popular Overton Square restaurant became a downtown favorite by moving to the River Inn at Harbor Town. In addition to a wonderful menu all day, Paulette’s is open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and on weekends, Paulette’s serves its famous brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., following breakfast. Breakfast entrées on the brunch menu range from $9.95 to $15.95. (There is abundant self or complimentary valet parking at their downtown location in the River Inn.) riverinnmemphis.com
West St. Diner
Breakfast is served all day at this old-fashioned mom-and-pop-style diner in Germantown. Open 6:30 am.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, and 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. weststreetdiner.com
Enjoy a big breakfast or elegant brunch any day, any time!