Barksdale Restaurant

Review by: Michael Stern

Memphians flock to the Barksdale Restaurant Saturday mornings for big weekend breakfasts built around omelets with the works. The rest of the week, the café opens every day at 6:30, but the crowds arrive mid-day. That is when you can eat a hearty and low-priced plate lunch of pork chops (every Monday), country-fried steak (Wednesday and Thursday), or catfish (Friday). The meat is sided by a trio of well-cooked vegetables and just-made cornbread, followed by lemon ice box pie, banana pudding, or peach cobbler. You can’t go wrong.

Barksdale breakfast is what we like best, six days a week. It is a southern paradigm of aromatic country ham that is resilient but easy to slice, served with a side dish of red-eye gravy to spoon onto grits. All breakfasts are accompanied by excellent biscuits, hot from the oven. If red-eye is not your dish, peppery milk gravy is also available, and it is superb.

The wood-paneled wall of the Barksdale Restaurant is lined with signed pictures of fans who have 8×10 glossies to send, including musicians, local celebrities, and a few Elvis impersonators. Each inscribes the photo with a sentiment. One handsome face we didn’t recognize wrote, Thanks for the gravy fix!

What To Eat

ham and red-eye gravy


Omelet and Home Fries


Barksdale Restaurant Recipes


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