We have a tradition of taking a trip over the Thanksgiving holiday. This year we chose Memphis and Little Rock as our destination of choice.
Before we left home, I did my typical research for restaurant reviews. Since we were traveling over a holiday, I called ahead to inquire about the prices, reservations, etc. I called The Cupboard Restaurant and the kind woman that answered the phone confirmed that they would be open Thanksgiving Day and that they had a meat and three veggie plate for $11.51. I asked if that was the price for Thanksgiving and she said yes. I remarked that I expected it to be more since it was Thanksgiving and she said if it was good enough to charge in May then it was good enough to charge in November. I knew we had to visit.
We arrived and Memphis from Dallas and went straight to the restaurant. There was a line out the door but everyone coming out was saying it was definitely worth the wait. They also had someone come out with some warm cornbread muffins to whet our appetite and they were yummy.
The Cupboard restaurant has been a Memphis tradition for 70+ years. It has a down home diner feel where you would expect all the locals to hang out. It is a Memphis’ favorite casual home-cooking eatery. They will not accept reservations, but are always popular, so keep that in mind when planning your day.
I ordered the turkey, stuffing, cucumber and tomato salad, cranberry sauce and macaroni and cheese. I skipped dessert as we were planning on eating again later but it was all delicious and the wait staff was very friendly.
If you enjoy down-home cooking and are okay with a no-frills atmosphere then you will love the great food and great prices at The Cupboard. I would definitely try this again on my next visit to Memphis.
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