There may be one thing I will always remember from childhood that will remain with me forever and a day, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I love breakfast so much that I sat out monthly to discover new breakfast recipes or restaurants. A few weeks ago, (sorry I'm finally sharing) Daniel and I googled "breakfast restaurants in Memphis" to scout out a new place to have breakfast. In the search engine, Sunrise Memphis popped up as a new breakfast restaurant close to us. Excitedly, off we went towards the Medical District to discover what we'd hope to be our new breakfast spot.
If you are a local foodie and frequent many of Memphis great local restaurants, you will begin to put two and two together. So Sunrise is the brain child of Craig Blondis, Roger Sapp of Central BBQ and Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass and Next Door. Each of their love for breakfast and southern hospitality created enough chatter to finally push them to open their own vision of what a breakfast by grandma should taste like. Ryan’s experience with charcuterie and Craig’s knowledge of smoke also allows them to get creative with an array of sausages and artisan meats. Sunrise is open to everyone; the quick moving executive needing a cup of coffee and biscuit sandwich on their way to work, the casual breakfast meeting of the minds before a presentation, or classic lunch to satisfy all midday appetites.
Daniel and I were a little overwhelmed with choosing what we would eat. Both of us love food, so we try to pick different items so we can eat off of each other's plates. Breakfast is a little different though sometimes. We both were hungry and wanted to make sure we picked something we would separately be satisfied with. He chose "The Kitchen Sink"-- 2 eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuit, hanna farm grits. I finally decided on "The Chef's Bowl" although I really wanted The Kitchen Sink too. Talk about practicing the whole "compromising thing". Anyhoo, The Chef's Bowl is fried egg, sausage, cinnamon toast chicharrones on a bed of cheddar grits. Did ya'll know how much I love grits?!
With every single bite, we knew the ingredients were fresh and cooked with southern enjoyment. I know this may sound silly but it was one of the best breakfasts we have eaten in a very very long time. Daniel's breakfast was complete, literally, in a few minutes without a sound. I always pretend I'm a food critic---so I talked through my meal. I mentioned how much I love grits. I've always eaten grits with eggs---scrambled and then mix them in the bowl with grits. So this fried egg with grits was a new twist on my tradition. I am not that much of a pork sausage girl. The sausage was great though, thick with a little spicy kick. Who would ever pair chicharoones or lamen's terms---pork skins with eggs and grits? However, it was a nice culinary detail. It was almost like Cinnamon Toast Crunch meets a bowl of eggs and grits.
Ya'll like OH MY GAAAAWWWDDDDD! Can we go back up to where we eat off each other's plates? So, I was staring at Daniel's biscuit in like amazement at how fluffy, soft and buttery it looked. After 2 minutes of asking, Is it good? He let me take a bite. Needless to say, I went to the counter and ordered a separate biscuit to go. The biscuits are made in-house with a fresh in-house strawberry preserve. I wondered who's grandmother's recipe did they steal because when I say the biscuit was delectable. IT WAS DELECTABLE.
The next time you ponder on what you'll have for breakfast, make Sunrise Memphis a top breakfast must eat, ok?! You will not regret it.
P.S. I wasn't paid for this nor given free food. It's just good!