Sometimes when you move to a new city, it takes awhile to learn all the awesome places the locals go. You can peruse blogs, look up restaurant lists, follow foodies on Instagram, but really, the best places you discover are by word of mouth.
Four or five years ago, a mom friend of mine mentioned they were eating lunch at the Waffle Shop. I corrected her and said, “Do you mean Waffle House?” She shook her head nope. She really did mean Waffle Shop. Hhhmmm. I was intrigued. Even more so when she continued telling me it’s in the basement of a church and only open during Lent. Say what? A hidden, pop-up restaurant in a foodie city? Sign me up!
Where exactly is the Waffle Shop?
The Waffle Shop is located in the church hall (or the basement as some like to say) of Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. It’s a bit confusing to find, but once you do, it’s like you entered an exclusive club entrance! Park off of N B.B. King (the church is actually on N 2nd Street) in the back parking lot and enter under the awning. Head down the hall and follow your nose and sounds of laughter. You won’t be able to miss it. (There will be people there greeting you and telling your where to go. The church itself is old and can be confusing!)
What exactly is the Waffle Shop?
The Waffle Shop is like a 50’s diner. They offer a limited menu of items, but it’s these items that drive people back again and again all-Lent-long, year after year. Besides their homemade waffles, the shop is known for their chicken hash, chicken salad plate, shrimp mousse, and their Boston cream pie. Other staples of the shop are their Tuesday/Friday-only fish pudding (Don’t knock it until you try it. Sounds awful, tastes delish.), and their very weird looking tomato aspic (again, it really is very tasty!). These are some of the same recipes that they’ve been making since 1928! Completely volunteer run, everything is made in-house (or in the house of parishioners) and completely homemade from scratch. There is also a Lenten Preaching Series tied to the Waffle Shop, so you can hear a great talk AND eat a great meal, if you feel so inclined!
When can I eat there?
The Waffle Shop will be open this Lenten season from (TODAY!) March 7 – April 12, 2019.
It’s only open for lunch, Tuesday thru Friday from 11:00am until 1:30pm.
You have the option to “dine in” or you can order your items to go (they have a very accessible “take out” area!)
Perfect for a lunch date with your love or a “ladies lunch” with friends, the Waffle Shop is a unique lunch experience! The prices are outrageously low for the amount of delicious food they serve you. Plus, all proceeds from the Waffle Shop go to outreach and community service projects of congregations throughout the city. Memphis is lucky to have such a tradition in our city. And let’s be honest, it’s waaaaaaay better than that other waffle place we were thinking of!