Arcade, Memphis

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540 South Main Street 901.526.5757

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    Arcade Restaurant: A Real 50's Restaurant

    by Toughluck Written Oct 27, 2010
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    Located in South Memphis, across from the Central Railroad Station and at the southern most turn of the Main Street Trolley, is the Arcade Restaurant. True to it's heritage from the 50's, it's retains the flavor of south Memphis from that period. Good Food, and a setting that has been used in Hollywood movies. Once the busiest part of town as people embarked and disembarked from the railroad., today, it's a sleepy section of town, with a growing art district and daily service by Amtrak.

    Favorite Dish: It's not a 50's drive-in, it's a 50's restaurant. There's a difference. Mostly, it was a wealthier clientèle than the drive-ins. Traffic was by bus, street car and train. Therefore, it doesn't cater to cars. You'll find a more extended menu. Traditional breakfast items, full lunch menu and a dinner menu.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    Arcade !!!: Oldest Cafe !!!

    by eddieboy726 Written Oct 20, 2008

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    The Arcade Restaurant is the oldest cafe in memphis, since 1919. It's located at 540 S. Main and open for buisness from 7.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m. in the afternoon. This is another mom & pop cafe. They shot some movies at the cafe that included, mystery train-great balls of fire & 21 grams.

    Favorite Dish: country fried steak & biscuit & gravy for breakfast.

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    Arcade: A Memphis Institution

    by Hopkid Written Jun 23, 2006

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    Arcade has been on the corner of Main and Patterson for so long that it has become the oldest operating restaurant in the city. A true southern diner, the Arcade serves up traditional fare such as country fried steak, baked chicken, and homemade biscuits. After landing in Memphis we got our car, picked up our friends downtown, and headed straight for the Arcade for a southern breakfast. We liked it so much we came back the next morning for more! The food is good and definitely homey. Ambiance is pure diner with blue vinyl booths, boomerang pattern formica table tops, and a counter with round stools. Service is good and questions were answered politely and amiably. A great place for all foodies!

    Movie Trivia! Recent movies filmed here include 21 Grams, The Client, and Mystery Train. If you haven't seen Jim Jamusch's quirky Mystery Train, I highly recommend it!

    Favorite Dish: Sweet potato pancakes, "Pert" sandwich (egg with bacon, ham, or sausage on wheat or white), country fried steak and eggs

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    The Arcade: Memphis’s oldest restaurant

    by JacquelineRenee Written May 2, 2005

    The place has been used in the movies The Client and Great Balls of Fire. Walking into this diner takes you back in time, the perfect spot for one milkshake and 2 straws. Friendly waitstaff, its that Southern hospitality, serve yummy burger and fries.

    Favorite Dish: I would highly recommend a chocolate milkshake.

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