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Little Tea Shop

69 Monroe, Memphis, TN - (901) 525-6000
A vintage lunch room on old Cotton Row, the Little Tea Shop's everyday specialty is a bowl of very serious turnip greens -- whole-leaf heaps of heavy vegetable goodness, soft and dark green, with a commanding tonic flavor. They are served with corn sticks on the side; a common custom is to crumble the corn into the greens as one eats. For dessert: a frozen pecan ball with hot fudge.
100% Approval Rating (8 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Lacey Special
corn sticks
Turnip Greens
Pecan Ball

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We love the do-it-yourself ordering process at the Little Tea Shop. Every customer gets a one-page printed menu of the day – there is a different menu for each day of the week – with a little box next to each item. Like voting with an old-fashioned ballot, you put a ..."   [Read More]

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69 Monroe, Memphis, TN
(901) 525-6000

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Here's a meal to make you feel strong as Popeye. The intense vegetable flavor of the greens and their likker is brilliantly haloed by the sharp taste of onion and the sweetness of the tomato on top. Several years ago, proprietor Suhair Lauck eliminated pork from the recipe (and from the Little Tea Shop kitchen), but the taste of these greens is, if anything, even more luxurious than before.
"Here's a meal to make you feel strong as Popeye. The intense vegetable flavor of the greens and their likker is brilliantly haloed by the sharp taste of onion and the sweetness of the tomato on top. Several years ago, proprietor Suhair Lauck eliminated pork from the recipe (and from the Little Tea Shop kitchen), but the taste of these greens is, if anything, even more luxurious than before."
Michael Stern





The immemorial Lacey Special: chicken and dressing topped with corn sticks and gravy. At the top: clove-scented sweet potato; bottom: a timbale of rice.
"The immemorial Lacey Special: chicken and dressing topped with corn sticks and gravy. At the top: clove-scented sweet potato; bottom: a timbale of rice."
Michael Stern


Corn sticks come with every meal. They are warm, crunchy, and earthy-flavored.
"Corn sticks come with every meal. They are warm, crunchy, and earthy-flavored."
Michael Stern


In the old tea-room tradition, the Little Tea Shop has order pads that customers fill out themselves.
"In the old tea-room tradition, the Little Tea Shop has order pads that customers fill out themselves."
Michael Stern


The must-eat dessert on Memphis's Cotton Row: a Little Tea Shop ice cream pecan ball shrouded in chocolate.
"The must-eat dessert on Memphis's Cotton Row: a Little Tea Shop ice cream pecan ball shrouded in chocolate."
Michael Stern


The oldest restaurant in Memphis (since 1918), the Little Tea Shop is a bastion of regional foodways, but to its regular customers, it is simply a nice place to go for lunch five days a week. Once located in a basement, it moved to this location in 1935.
"The oldest restaurant in Memphis (since 1918), the Little Tea Shop is a bastion of regional foodways, but to its regular customers, it is simply a nice place to go for lunch five days a week. Once located in a basement, it moved to this location in 1935."
Michael Stern


October, 2013: Jane Stern, Little Tea Shop proprietor Suhair Lauck, Michael Stern
"October, 2013: Jane Stern, Little Tea Shop proprietor Suhair Lauck, Michael Stern"
Michael Stern



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