According to Memphis Menus Online, Barksdale Restaurant has been “serving plate lunches for over 30 years”. When you walk into the restaurant, you can tell exactly that. I don’t know what gave it away first: the wood paneled walls, the old pictures hanging everywhere, or the giant worn-down American Flag that takes up half of one wall. This is definitely your down-home, Southern, comfy dining joint.
I dined at Barksdale’s one morning for breakfast recently, after walking for cancer research with some coworkers. Though it was not my decision, I have anxiously waiting to try it for the first time after I Love Memphis has recommended it.
After staring at the menu, trying to determine if I give into my pancake craving or try something more exotic, I finally settle on the Greek Omelet Good Mornin’ Breakfast. This omelet comes with feta cheese, gyro, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, and tomato. The Good Mornin’ Breakfast portion means that it includes grits or hashbrowns and biscuits or toast. I choose the hashbrowns, smothered in cheese and onions, and biscuits. Hey, a girl has got to eat after a long walk for cancer.
After a few bites into the omelet, I realize I am making those embarassing “mmmmm” noises as I eat. Yes, it was that good. The eggs were fluffy and perfect, and all the goodies inside made it all the better. The hashbrowns were also great. My friend Leigh Anne even said they were great, and she is a self-proclaimed picky hashbrown eater. My only wish is that the cheese had been melted a little longer, but the onions were caramelized and not too strong.
The biscuits were light, fluffy, and perfect. It is easy to mess up a homemade biscuit, as they can easily be too mushy or too hard. These were neither. The addition of butter baked into them was great also.
Overall, Barksdale Restaurant is a plus in my book. If you are looking for a good down-home, Southern cooked breakfast, this is a good place to go.
Barksdale does not have a website or Facebook page, but I just think it is part of their Southern, old-school charm. However, you can find more reviews at Yelp and Urbanspoon, or features on the place at Road Food or Local Eats.