Cafe Eclectic

Cafe Eclectic – I’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant that took as much pride in the artisan quality of their food as their role as a community building keystone. Founded in 2008 with a location near Rhodes College, they expanded to the downtown area with a little cafe in Harbortown. In 2013, they opened their University of Memphis location.

Each of the locations serves a slightly different, eclectic menu, but the quality of freshly prepared food is wonderful. Whether you’re looking for an excellent cup of coffee and scone for a study buzz or an delicious brunch for the family, Eclectic is the place. You won’t be disappointed with what you order.

In addition to excellent coffee’s, cafe’s latte’s and such, they also do homemade sodas and Mexican Coca Cola and Fanta (made with cane sugar vice corn syrup.)

They serve black bean patties as a meat substitute, so if you’re looking for a heartier vegetarian option this is also a good spot.

Locals Choice: Diablo Wrap (above), Black Bean Wrap or the Pear and Brie Panini (Below).

Cinnamon Rolls. Yes, they MAKE cinnamon rolls. Always a go-to option regardless of the time of day.

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Elwood’s Shack

Elwood’s Shack Let me start with a few observations.  Yes, its in a Lowe’s parking lot.  Yes, there is limited seating inside.  We saw people in their Sunday best after church waiting for a table out in the sleet on a freezing day.  If the movers and shakers of Memphis will wait in a Lowe’s parking lot in the freezing rain, then Elwood’s is clearly doing something right.  

We took the family for Sunday brunch and had a wonderful Dixie Eggs Benedict (on a biscuit vice English muffin).  Little Bit’s grilled cheese was a stout affair with a serious layer of cheddar and soft whole wheat bread–she was all over it, The Wife’s Avocado Turkey sandwich on a croissant was a great as well.  This place has legendary brisket, a great smoked chicken Philly and the smoked turkey sandwich are great.

Oh by the way, their cinnamon rolls are a level up.  It tastes like they’ve used honey as the sugar base for the glaze.

Locals Choice: 

Breakfast:Dixie Benedict and Cinnamon rolls
Lunch: Chicken Philly or Brisket