It was a boozy brunch at The Liquor Store in Memphis, and the perfect way to cap off my stay in the city. A delicious reprieve from the plethora of barbecue ribs I ate over three days.
I love quirky names (businesses, towns, food…) and places with an intriguing story. I stopped by The Liquor Store in 2018, but it was busy, and we had a driving timetable to keep, so I tucked it away in my mind for another trip. Four years later, I showed up shortly after opening and snagged a seat at the bar.
A restaurant inside an old liquor store will always be enticing to me.
Located on Broad Avenue, The Liquor Store is part of the Broad Arts District, an area that has gentrified quite a bit in the last four years. There are trendy boutiques and the yummy Muddy’s Bake Shop, as well as vibrant murals.
solo brunch at the liquor store
On the outside, The Liquor Store is a small boxy white cinder block building with a rusty neon sign.
I brunched alone at The Liquor Store, and it was divine. Early in the day, I sat at the bar casually chatting with Dave, the bartender, as he nursed a cup of coffee.
The Liquor Store has a vintage Miami-style vibe. The colour scheme is white, pink, olive green and brushed gold. Table tops have big palm leaves and the chairs are sparkling white rattan.
Sipping on a refreshingly creamy Milk & Honey cocktail, I ordered a Reese’s cereal shot and breakfast tacos with pork sausage. After days of barbecue and fried chicken, brunch felt like a deliciously fancy fever dream.
I love to dig in and get dirty, but I also love a well-crafted cocktail and tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, onion, and meat. A sprinkle of cheese is nice, too. I also enjoy a good excuse to drink a cocktail and a shot before noon. haha
The food did not disappoint.
The breakfast tacos are $14 USD, which is quite reasonable for the portion size. By the time I was finished, the restaurant was full of hungry locals and tourists.
I’d love to go back the next time I’m in Memphis and try one of their sandwiches. They have vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free buns (available on request). Everything on the menu is under $20 USD, which is fabulous.
Have you dined at The Liquor Store? What did you think?