Memphis is home to world famous barbeque and delectable southern cuisine. You’d be hard pressed not to find a soul food restaurant on every corner. But, this city is more than ribs and wings – although we’re not complaining. You can discover a myriad of places that combine contrasting flavor profiles for interesting and distinct dishes.

We’ve all heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, right? This saying has been repeated to us since childhood. Despite this, the hustle and grind of a busy schedule keeps many of us from enjoying a morning meal. You may even be thinking “I don’t  care much for breakfast food.” 

But, it doesn’t have to be boring!

Ditch the cereal and buttered toast and add some excitement to your first meal. These black owned spots may change the way you view breakfast.

Eggxactly Breakfast & Deli

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Eggxactly Breakfast & Deli mixes classic breakfast dishes and southern cooking. Husband and wife, Wendell and Adrena Jackson, converted their Whitehaven home into an incredible restaurant. The duo wanted to bring a warm and friendly environment to the community. The concept is pretty innovative. The restaurant features a full breakfast menu, old school deli bar, and full service lunch. With their extensive menu and creative concept, you’ll never have the same dining experience twice!

The Eggactly’s Beale Street platter includes mouth-watering bourbon french toast and with your choice of a side of meat. If you’re feeling savory, they got you! Their catfish and gouda grits plate is nothing to pass up! Check out their website at eggxactlymemphis.com.

Egg King Cafe

Egg King Cafe in Whitehaven is home cooking done right. Founded by William Chism, this breakfast and brunch spot has folks raving about the personable service, friendly staff, and giant food portions. 

It’s not called Egg King Cafe for nothing!

The main stars of the show are their omelettes – fluffy and stuffed with whatever you can fit in them. They’re menu also includes french toast, breakfast toasters, and even steak “just like grandma used to make.” When you go, be prepared to loosen your pants.

Check them out at facebook.com/Egg-King-Cafe.

Mahogany Memphis

If you’re into southern cuisine with a hint of Creole, Mahogany Memphis is your joint! Owned by Carlee McCullough and co-owner by Veve Yates, this upscale establishment is sure to keep you coming back. 

While they serve much more than breakfast, their brunch definitely stands out with meals like lamb and grits and the seafood omelettes. Not to mention – they can make a darn good cocktail! If you’re not into meat, try vegan favorites like the oyster mushroom and vegan waffles. 

They don’t skimp on the atmosphere either!

While you’re there, you can enjoy a drink on their patio and listen to live music. There’s no shortage of entertainment to pair with your dining experience. You can visit their website for more information, mahoganymemphistn.com.

Waffle Mania

The brain-child of owner Courtney Temple, Waffle Mania is more of a chicken joint than a breakfast spot. Ok, so maybe we’re pulling teeth here but you can’t go wrong with chicken and waffles. Essentially, that’s what this restaurant specializes in. 

After getting inspired by Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles, Courtney or C-Bo as he’s called, started a food truck. From there, his skills spoke for themselves as his clientele grew.

No one leaves Waffle Mania dissatisfied. Their southern fried chicken is crispy, yet juicy and pairs well with the sweetness of the waffles. So, if you’re a non-breakfast breakfast type person, this may be the thing for you! 

Visit their Facebook page to learn more, facebook.com/WaffleMania901.

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