Food & Drink

The Best Breakfasts in Memphis for Under $5

Published On 10/19/2015 Published On 10/19/2015
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Ecco only does Saturday brunch, but they pack a lot of bang for your buck. For $5 you can choose from five crepes (strawberries & cream; bananas, brown sugar & bourbon; apple, raisin & cranberry; blueberry, apricot, yogurt & mint with honey; and spinach), three frittatas (vegetable; ham, Swiss & mushrooms; and artichoke, pancetta and Parmigiano), and biscuits with homemade chorizo gravy. Or just get a $4 mimosa and call it a day.

Gibson's Donut

Gibson’s Donuts

Whether you prefer the glazed, the red velvet, or the apple fritters, you can easily get your fill of your favorite donuts and a carton of cold milk for less than $5, 24/7.

Bryant’s Breakfast

There is quite a lot to choose from at Bryant’s if you only have $5 in your pocket -- biscuits and gravy, a number of biscuit sandwiches, regular breakfast sandwiches on toast, and a couple of breakfast bowls. Maybe that’s why the line is always so long? For $4.19 you can get a grit bowl. This Southern classic includes grits, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and your choice of diced sausage, bacon, or city ham.

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Cafe Eclectic

Cafe Eclectic makes fresh yogurt and granola daily. The granola is made with rolled oats, flaked coconut, almonds, apricots, golden raisins, and local Quinley & Whitworth honey. The yogurt is unsweetened and made from scratch with whole milk. Topped with seasonal berries before it’s served, a cup is $3.50 and a bowl is $5.

Republic Coffee

Looking to fuel up on the cheap before hitting the Greenline on your bike? Republic Coffee has you covered. The stuffed French toast with strawberries and cream cheese and a side of hash brown casserole is a steal at $5.

Compliments of Tart


There are many delicious pastries to choose from at Tart, but you absolutely must try the pain au raisin. Don’t tell me you don’t like raisins. It doesn’t matter. It’s sweet, surprisingly filling and far superior to a regular ol’ donut. They run $3 each, so if you want a small coffee too you will need to borrow a dollar from a friend. For $5 you can get an almost equally delicious croissant and an individual French press coffee.


A cross between a pancake and a popover, the Dutch baby pancakes are eggy and sweet, with a hint of lemon. Definitely $5 well spent. Both solid breakfast options, the chocolate croissants and grapefruit brulees are $4 and $3 respectively.  

Compliments of The Arcade

The Arcade

A short stack of three of Arcade’s famous sweet potato pancakes is $4.75. If you are a fan of sweet potato pie, but you're embarrassed to order it for breakfast, these pancakes are for you. All the flavor, plus fluffiness!

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1. Ecco on Overton Park 1585 Overton Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38112

Ecco on Overton Park serves up unbeatable European cuisine. If that sounds vague (because Europe is, you know, big), that's because the menu is enormously varied. Whatever you're in the mood for, you'll find it in Ecco's kitchen. Save some dough at cocktail hour during the middle of the week when you need it most. There’s a front patio, inside bar, and lovely covered outside seating in the back, so pick your seat, then pick your poison without spending a bundle.

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2. Gibson's Donuts 760 Mount Moriah Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

If you're looking for contemporary takes on everyone's favorite morning pastry, head to Gibson's Donuts. The East Memphis donut haven is serving some serious dessert-worthy treats, like the Samoa, a caramel, coconut, and chocolate triple threat is even better than the cookie. Unlike the all-too-short Girl Scout cookie season, Gibson’s is open 24/7.

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3. Bryant's Breakfast 3965 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122

This counter service eatery offers up down home Southern breakfast and lunch options like biscuits and gravy and fried catfish.

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4. Cafe Eclectic 603 N. McLean Blvd., Memphis, TN 38107

The original location of the Memphis area brewhouse is a cozy neighborhood locale offering up unique, caffienated drinks -- often with Memphis-inspired names. The Star & Micey (named for a local indie band) features two shots of espresso, a mixture of white and dark chocolate syrups, and whipped cream. The massive coffee shop offers plenty of working space and a separate room for private meetings.

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5. Republic Coffee 2924 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38111

This casual cafe stays open until midnight and serves breakfast alongside coffee roasted on-site. Fill up with the french toast stuffed with strawberries and cream cheese, which comes with a side of hash brown casserole.

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6. Tart 820 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

Tart is a great coffee spot with delicious pasties like their pain au raisin and equally enticing brunch choices like Coddled Eggs, Breakfast Antipasto and Croque Monsieur. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting and drinks like french pressed coffee and cold brew are done carefully and well.

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7. Porcellino's 711 W. Brookhaven Cr., Memphis, TN 38117

From Andy Ticer & Michael Hudman, Porcellino's manages to impress at every meal. Breakfast is marked by nitro coffee, meaty breakfast sandwiches, fresh pastries, and delights like the Dutch baby pancakes. Lunch has great sandwiches and salads, plus the entire breakfast menu. The real standout, however, is dinner. In addition to a menu full of one of a kind dishes, there are dim sum style carts that come around with mini daily specials. Not in the mood to sit and stay? Grab a cocktail and pick up a dinner to go from the butcher.

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8. Arcade Restaurant 540 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103

This nostalgic diner, clad in 1950's era signage, is Memphis' oldest cafe. Breakfast is served all day alongside a range of other options from burgers to pizza. Go for a short stack of their famous sweet potato pancakes no matter what else you order, because these are a must-try.