Nestled alongside Memphis's famous trolley line, Alannah's Breakfast Kafé serves up a selection of Southern-style eats during breakfast and lunch. Amid casual checkered tablecloths, customers order up plates of chicken over fluffy waffles, catfish and creamy grits, and southern pork chops and eggs with fresh biscuits. As an extension of the family that owns Alannah's, the restaurant hosts family game nights every Friday night, with food specials and door prizes.
Havana's Pilon is named for a Latin American expression that refers to a mortar and pestle, according to the Memphis Flyer. That makes sense, since the eatery's cozy interior is decorated with several mortars and pestles, and they are frequently used in the kitchen, where cooks mash green plantains with olive oil and garlic for shrimp mofongo. Other specialties include Cuban-style rotisserie chicken, tender ropa vieja, and a fried-rice recipe traditionally served in Havana's Chinatown. Owner Marialys Gonzalez and her team also blend tropical-fruit smoothies and sweeten potent Cuban-style espresso with natural demerara sugar.
Jennifer Biggs of GoMemphis.com named Automatic Slim's bacon-wrapped bananas "Best Best: Appertizer". Yelpers give it an average of three stars, and while reviews are mixed on service, people love the eclectic menu choices and ambience. Seventy-nine percent of 160 Urbanspooners like it.
Using family recipes that emigrated from Marigliano, Italy, to the United States in 1901, Pa Pa Pia’s fills bellies with flavorful heaps of Italian favorites. Give the brown paper bag a day off and make a midday meal of the meatball sandwich, served on italian bread and topped with provolone cheese ($8–$9), or gently shove a sharp utensil into a small portion of formaggio manicotti, stuffed fat with asiago, parmesan, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses ($6.50–$7). Because teleporters have yet to be approved for civilian use, Pa Pa Pia's uses its pizza, which is grilled over an open flame in traditional Italian style, to transport taste buds across the Atlantic ($8.50–$29). After a dinner of spagettini bolognese ($9–$10) or a sovereign meal of chicken saltimbocca ($14.95–$15), patrons should demand the dessert tray, lay claim to the chocolate-covered ricotta cheesecake ($6), and scan the wine list for illegal words. Though as much produce is sourced locally or grown in the restaurant’s own garden as possible, Pa Pa Pia’s imports its atmosphere straight from Italy, complete with rich yellow walls, rustic booths, and a patio for devouring innocent pastas outside.
The cooks at Cockadoos dole out both breakfast and lunch dishes all day long, augmenting their menu of grits, breakfast casseroles, and texas-toast sandwiches with locally brewed Mississippi Mud Coffee. The Memphis barbecue omelet ($7.99) punctuates a trio of eggs, juicy pulled pork, and provolone cheese with barbecue seasonings, whose flavorful accents reinvent the omelet the way Ben Franklin reinvented kites to run on lightning. Taste buds do backflips when they greet The Shag, a french-toast sandwich populated by bananas and peanut butter and crowned by hot syrup, a mound of whipped cream, and blueberries ($7.99). Sweet-potato hash browns ($2.99), lightly browned in a julienne style, waltz from the griddle to the table bearing gifts of tiny marshmallows. Diners can wrestle down the pretzel chili dog, a quarter-pound all-beef hot dog on a pretzel bun that harbors homemade chili and spicy cheese ($6.99). Local farmers supply fresh organic produce for the bottomless salad bar ($7.99), so named for its lack of a basement.
Kooky Canuck's extensive menu features hearty sandwiches, steaks, and more, including the Kookamonga burger, a 7.5 lbs. monster meatsterpiece ($24.99). More than 2,500 patrons—including Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman—have attempted to finish the burger in 60 minutes for a chance at immortality on the eatery's Hall of Fame, although only seven patrons have succeeded. If you've recently decided to scale back your weekly intake of beef, Kooky Canuck serves more modestly portioned half-pound burgers, which can be topped with cheese, onions, mushrooms, and more ($6.99+). Other savory sammies include a prime rib sandwich ($9.49) and Kathy's BL 'FG' T, a mix of bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomatoes ($7.49). Salads, soups, and entrees are available to sate the Kookamonga peanut gallery's voyeuristic appetite.