So a couple of weeks ago I went on a little adventure with my friend Troy. Walking around downtown taking pictures and learning about Memphis. We went straight to the art district and we got to see some cool stuff, some local restaurants, some empty streets…yes it was like 9am and Memphis was still asleep.
Troy was hungry so we stop a one little diner, The Arcade Restaurant.
Memphis has lots of restaurants but none as old as The Arcade, the restaurant has been in town since 1919. Speros Zepatos founded the diner after emigrating from Cephalonia, Greece. Its on the corner of Main and Calhoun.
The food is really good. I had some fresh toast and they were tasty. Just like lots of places in downtown Memphis the Arcade was in a few movies, such as, scenes from Mystery Train, Great Balls of Fire, The Client, The Firm, 21 Grams, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, and My Blueberry Nights.
The restaurant has been a family business since day one. So much so that more than 90 years later Larry and Karan Zepatos can now be found running the day to day operations of the Arcade.
One thing you will see on the menu is a very familiar dish, for Memphis at least, Fried peanut butter ‘n’ banana. This was Elvis favorite sandwich. National magazines such as Southern Living, Esquire, Travel, and Sports Illistrated have featured the Arcade in their publications. The Food Network and The Travel Channel have even done specials on southern breakfast at the Arcade Restaurant.
You can learn more about the history of the restaurant on the About page.