This is a Memphis tradition, with very non-traditional food. It has occupied this corner on Main since 1919, but the cuisine has been updated with ... More
This is a Memphis tradition, with very non-traditional food. It has occupied this corner on Main since 1919, but the cuisine has been updated with spectacular, prize-winning pizza recipes (featuring pesto, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes), and Portobello mushroom sandwiches at lunch. It is a great place to hop off the trolley between Beale Street and the Civil Rights Museum. Breakfast (pancakes, eggs, biscuits and sausage) is USD5.50-USD7. The plate lunch (meat and 3 vegetables) runs USD5.50. Sandwiches (chicken, Portobello mushroom) are also USD5.50. Pizzas range USD7-USD10.
I guess I should have ordered breakfast. I ordered the cheeseburger and fries, and it took quite awhile to get it. I assumed it was because there was a good crowd. When I got my order, there on the bun under a slice of processed cheese, was a piece of what appeared to be charcoal. I returned it and was brought a more edible burger, and the waitress did remove the charge from our bill. My husband had a turkey sub which was good. I would not recommend The Arcade for lunch or dinner. The breakfast (which most people were ordering) seemed to be better.
The Arcade looks like an old diner from outside, but their menu has a more modern feel. We shared a pesto and sun-dried tomato pizza on our recent vist and it was excellent. The waitress was helpful and all the items on the menu seemed reasonably priced.
If you are looking for some really good comfort food, look no further. This historic restaurant serves really delicious meals at a great price. I loved my breakfast and my mother really loved her sweet potato pancakes.