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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hidden Treasure

Ok, Memphians.  Here is an insider's tip on a fabulous Memphis jewel that is about to disappear for another year...

The Waffle Shop.  (Not to be confused with The House.)  This little treasure is open only during the season of Lent in the basement of Calvary Episcopal Church (Downtown, 2nd St).  Here is the information from their website:

"With its delicious food and atmosphere of merriment, the Waffle Shop provides downtowners with a unique weekday lunch, during the season of Lent, while supporting the outreach ministries of congregations throughout the city.  The volunteer-run Waffle Shop is open from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm each day of the Lenten Preaching Series.  The Waffle Shop menu still features some of the same recipes it has served since its opening in 1928."

I read about the annual opening of the Waffle Shop in the Commercial Appeal this year and decided to try it out with a friend.  First meal: Waffle w/ Chicken Hash.  Peppermint Ice Cream with Homemade Chocolate Sauce.  YUM.  

Other notables: Chicken Salad (made with homemade mayo), Seafood Gumbo, Boston Cream Pie.

But I'll tell you the real gem: Fish Pudding.  I know it sounds like the grossest thing ever, but it is actually not pudding at all.  Fish Pudding is a casserole made with white fish and buttery crackers.  Served with extra homemade mayo, cole slaw, home-fry-like potatoes, and cornbread sticks.  Delish.  

There is a Special of the Day, and Fish Pudding makes an appearance on Wednesdays and Fridays.  But you have to show up early, because it goes quick!  

There are 3 days left of the Waffle Shop--I strongly urge you to check it out before it shuts down for another year!  (Parking tips: Check the metered spots on 2nd and 3rd St before trying to head to a lot.  Cheapest lot in the near vicinity is on Jefferson, just before you get to the tall black shiny building--the lot on the right is $2, and the lot on the left is $1.)

Next up: Memphis Farmers Market, opening April 18.  Can't wait!!


annecase said...

I go every year during Lent! It's wonderful!

Ashley @ pure and lovely said...

ooooo looks fun!

ashley said...

i'm also a fan of their chicken salad (and i'm a chicken salad snob) and their strawberry torte. yummy!

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