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Aug 24, 2009 10:13 AM

Memphis Breakfast

We are looking for Breakfast advice in Memphis. We are there two mornings. I had narrowed it down to one of these three for the first day-

We wanted to try Majestic Grille on Sunday for something nicer.

Looking for any advice/feedback to help me narrow things down.



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  1. between those 3, it's Bryant's no contest. the only competition for breakfast I've found is Cafe Eclectic, and Bryant's still wins. I would also look at Iris for Sunday brunch.

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    1. re: tater

      Thanks! We are going to Iris on Saturday night for dinner. Does it still make sense do you think for Sunday brunch?


      1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

        Bryants is great for breakfast, but I will give you warning that it is hot in there and will be really crowded. It's the type of place where you walk up to the counter to order and then hope you can find a seat somewhere.

        If you are looking for a sit-down breakfast I think Brother Junipers is your best bet, it's very good and they have a wide variety of interesting items on the menu. Last time I went I had some sort of home fry bake with chorizo, avocado's, sour cream, cheese, eggs and jalapenos. It was boss.

        And Iris is great, probably my favorite restaurant in the city, but doing it Saturday and then again on Sunday may be overkill. Majestic is good, but it's not really upscale and the service is slow, I'd go there but if you are looking for something upscale you may be better off with Hunt Phelan or the Peabody.

        1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

          Yes. Iris brunch is a different experience. You'll see a couple of the dinner menu items, but there are a lot of dishes that are brunch only.

        1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

          I think Bryants is overrated. Blue Plate is fine, nothing earth shattering. If you are out east, the West St. Diner in Germantown is very good. A great diner breakfast in a clean environment. I also love Br. Junipers, it is much better than Bryants, and you are going to see unique items on the menu that you will see nowhere else in Memphis. If you love bread, choose it over a bisciut - they make their own.

        2. Brant's is good, but it has turned into a complete circus. It's crowded and uncomfortable. I think the breakfast at Three Little Pigs on Quince and White Station is just as good as Bryant's and you don't have to deal with the mess. Both of those places are fairly straightforward....bacon, eggs, grits, buscuits, toast, etc.

          Brother Juniper's is a bit more unique. It's gets crowded too, but nothing like Bryant's.

          I haven't been to the Arcade in years. However, I do remember that I really liked their sweet potato pancakes.

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          1. re: Ross B

            For what it's worth, I've waited 45 minutes for a table at brother junipers a couple of times and left a couple of more due to the wait. It's decent for different breakfast items and a few really good ones (the greek omelets are memorable). I've been to Bryant's a couple of dozen of times, stood in a 30 person line, found a table, eaten and left in 45 minutes (or I've had a good conversation for a while over a decent cup of coffee). It's high maintenance, but nothing like brother junipers--esp on a Sat or a Sun. If you are worried about waiting, hit it at 7 or 9:30 or so.

          2. Bryant's- in my opinion- is the best breakfast in the world, bar none. It simply doesn't get any better than their country ham, egg and cheese on a biscuit- it would be my last meal if I were on death row. I've never been there on a weekend, but during the week it has never been a problem finding a seat. But if they were that crowded when you got there, it is certainly something that you can eat in your car.

            Now if you can get a table and want to save some money, try their sampler platter- if you get through that, it will be a long time before you are hungry again!

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            1. re: Clarkafella

              Bryant's and Three Little Pigs are both BBQ joints that serve breakfast. Actually, Bryan'ts quit serving BBQ a few years ago, but that's what they were. I think they are both good, but I find no difference in the quality of food. I think Three Little Pigs is just as good. Actually, I like their sausage better.

              It's really hard to differentiate most bacon, eggs, sausage, grits and toast. Hell, both places probably get their food from the same distributor. They both cook on the same type griddle. It's not like Byrant's cooks artisan bacon and eggs straight from the farm.

              This isn't a knock at Bryant's. I like them both.

              1. re: Ross B

                Can't comment on Three Little Pigs as I have never eaten there (but am certainly looking forward to trying them). But what sets Bryant's apart from most places would be those biscuits and the country ham.

                Not sure how they would be all by themselves, but together they can't be beat!

            2. Thanks so much you all. Now I guess I have to do Bryant's.

              So now what to do on Sunday for a nicer or brunch type thing?


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              1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

                Ditto clarkafella on the country ham biscuits.

                My parents went to their first meal at Iris on a saturday night then booked brunch reservations for the next morning based on how good their dinner was. You could keep your options open as there are many great sunday brunch places.
                Umai, Beauty Shop, Majestic, Silly Goose (never been), Circa (never been for brunch)...Just about all the better places will have a brunch.

                1. re: tater

                  Beauty Shop is a must for brunch. Order a big mimosa, take in the funky atmosphere and people watch- the chicken and waffles are great. Save room for strawberry or caramel cake!