I had my heart set on waffles for lunch!

I’ve been hearing about this Lenten hot spot for years now but for whatever reason, I had yet to make the pilgrimage down to Calvary Church’s Waffle Shop until recently! A coworker proclaimed that we couldn’t call ourselves true downtowners until we checked it out. So, five of us first-timers enjoyed a fun-filled Friday lunch adventure at church. In conjunction with the free Lenten Preaching Series which features inspiring and diverse speakers, the Waffle Shop is open seasonally (February 23-March 30th this year), Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to-1:30 p.m.

Over 80 years ago

The Shop was founded in 1928 and it’s safe to say that the menu has undergone few changes since then. The offerings are simple, the price is nice and the food did not disappoint! Depending on how large your party is, you might have the pleasant fortune of meeting some new friends over lunch like we did. And the volunteer servers who are all super-sweet and attentive represent the charitable organizations and churches throughout the community that the Shop’s proceeds support annually.

Le Menu

Now, none of us were brave enough to try the tomato aspic but we had one fish pudding taker who was very pleased with her dish of choice. The rest of us had the waffles with various sides including the chicken hash (gravy-like chicken dish) and sausage. Let me give you a word of advice: save room for dessert! I got the Praline Pecan Ice Cream and others tried the Peppermint Ice Cream with chocolate sauce and the Boston Cream Pie- all divine. We rolled out on a sugar high vowing to return next week when I think I will try the spaghetti!

Fish pudding is more like a fish casserole and it was very tasty, really.

Waffles and Chicken Hash

Peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce

Boston Cream Pie


All smiles and full tummies for my pretty coworkers Kellye and Courtney

Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 102 N. Second Street in downtown Memphis.