Downtown at the south end of the trolley line, the Arcade has the ambiance of an old-fashioned soda fountain cafe. The Arcade sets right in the middle of Memphis’ South Main Historic District, a thriving area with the Farmer’s Market, the Friday Night Art Trolley Tours, world class art galleries, the Civil Rights Museum and more. A trip back in time, the district attracts photographers, artists, writers, and movie makers from around the world. Scenes from “Mystery Train,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “The Client,” “The Firm,” “Elizabethtown,” “Walk the Line,” and “My Blueberry Nights,” just to name a few, have all been filmed in the Arcade Restaurant. Featured in national magazines and on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, the Arcade has become a tourist destination. Great care has been taken to preserve the old-time charm. While glowing neon signs and 1920s architecture may transport you to the past, the pesto, feta, and walnut pizza will bring your taste buds to the present. This vintage restaurant--since 1919--serves excellent country ham and biscuits for breakfast, as well as a Fried Elvis Sandwich, peanut butter and bananas. Sweet Potato Pancakes are delectable--as are the milkshakes & malts. The lunchtime meat-and-three menu is a southland classic. Choose your entrée from such stalwarts as meat loaf, salmon croquettes, and lemon-peppered chicken, and accompany it with two vegetables from a list that includes black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes with gravy, turnip greens, sweet potatoes, buttered rice, and fresh tomatoes. The vegetables are so good that many people simply make a meal of plate of four of them, forgetting about meat altogether. Lunch comes with freshly-made cornbread and can be topped off with peach cobbler or a fudge sundae. Daily, 7 am-3 pm.
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Head down Union Avenue, and take a left on Second Street. Head down Second Street, and turn right on G.E. Patterson. The Arcade Restaurant is located at Main Street and G.E. Patterson.