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Foodie Friday: Alcenia’s

Hidden in the Pinch District on Front Street, Alcenia’s is the capitol for soul food. When you cross the threshold you won’t notice the delicious smells, the eclectic atmosphere, or the whirl wind of customer service. No, you’ll be too overwhelmed from the hug you get from the owner herself, Betty Joyce “B. J.” Chester-Tamayo. Just like she would do in her home, you’re treated like a guest.


There’s wild and fun colors, accented with Memphis music legends. A jukebox is situated in a corner, and not one of the chairs matches its table. They even have connect 4, dominos, and other fun games to bond over while you enjoy delectable eats.


A front and back menu, you won’t know what to order. There’s daily lunch specials with fixins on the side! You’ll get to choose from fried chicken, chicken ‘n’ dressing, pork chops, catfish, and a lot more! Black eyed peas, pinto beans, yams, and chicken fried french fries. And the best part is its all home made!! Straight from scratch, and nothing thrown away; Alcenia’s throws it back to an era long forgotten. You can get tea, water, or soda; but we prefer and suggest “ghetto-aide” (a sweet mixture of all the kool aide flavors).


Most of our staff ordered chicken and waffles, but some of us got catfish and tilapia. The chicken was crispy and juicy, and the waffles were HUGE. They were dolloped with apple butter and had syrup on the side. The catfish was super tasty and not too fishy, as was the tilapia. We had yams, mac and cheese, and other vegetables on the side.

We left Alcenia’s stocked and stuffed, and we suggest you venture out and do the same:

317 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

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