Alcenia’s :: Memphis, Tennessee
When foodies mention “down home Southern cooking” you can always expect buzz words like “warm” and “welcoming”. What you may not expect is that same warm welcome from the proprietor of a restaurant serving the calorific grub. Well, walk into Alcenia’s in Memphis, Tennessee and that is just what you’ll get; a big ol’ hug from owner Betty Joyce “B. J.” Chester-Tamayo. Every bite of her delicious menu is served with heaps of love. Opened in the late 1990s after the tragic death of her only son, B.J. chose to celebrate his life the best way she knew how, cooking from the heart. Choosing to name it after her grandmother and the daughter her son never got to meet, Alcenia’s has meant far more than a good meal to those who cross the threshold. Visitors from around the world have formed a deep emotional attachment to B.J. and the unbelievable delights she creates. Step into this soul food heaven and you’ll instantly know what everyone keeps coming back for.
Saturdays at Alcenia’s are an extra special pleasure. Their Saturday brunch, complete with chicken and waffles, is a guaranteed stomach filler and crowd pleaser. And for $10.50 (the most expensive meal available) it’s pleasing to your budget as well. This restaurant overcompensates for its petite size with its bold flavors and the excellent service provided. A glass of sweet tea, great conversation, and a casual homey vibe leave a warm spot in your heart and a mental GPS to get there whenever you’re near Memphis. Unpretentious, extremely reasonably prices, and down right delicious, you simply can’t go wrong at Alcenia’s.
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