Sunday, March 3, 2013

100 Things to Eat in Memphis: Arcade's Sweet Potato Pancakes

Today's stop on the 100 Things to Eat in Memphis Before You Die Blog takes us to one of the most legendary restaurants in Memphis.

Mom, Michael, and I headed downtown for breakfast this morning.  

According to the diner's website, Arcade is Memphis's oldest restaurant.  It was founded in 1919!

And you can definitely tell it's been around a while...

The bathroom stalls even have ash trays in them.  No one uses them anymore, but it's a clue to the past of this restaurant. 

Another clue is the layout of the restaurant.  Don't you feel like you've stepped into a time machine?

Another cool thing about this diner is the many movies that have been filmed here.  Mystery Train, Great Balls of Fire, The Client, The Firm, 21 Grams, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, and My Blueberry Nights have all filmed scenes in the diner. 

Now... to the food!  

The list says you're supposed to get Sweet Potato Pancakes.  And, I did.  

It was a really good breakfast.  Everything I want out of hearty Sunday morning breakfast.  The pancakes were sweet and fluffy.  The eggs and bacon were also great.  I was not that into the hash browns.  They were a little bland.  Other than that, no complaints.  

I will say that the atmosphere actually beats the food.  Also, this was not our first choice this morning.  We were trying to go to another location on the list, but it had an hour wait.  At Arcade, we were able to walk in and sit down.  That's not to say it wasn't crowded.  The restaurant was full.  The staff here clearly knows how to be efficient with their serving.  

Happy eating!  


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