Alcenia's Desserts & Preserves

Alcenia's Desserts & Preserves

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Hours
Tue
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$0.00 – $17.00
CUISINES
American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
meals, features
Menu

Daily Lunch Special
All Lunches Include One Meat, 2 Vegetables & Cornbread or Rolls
Tuesday
Vegetables: Cabbage, Green Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Rice
Fried Chicken (White)
US$8.75
Fried Chicken (Dark)
US$8.75
Pork Chops
US$8.85
Baked Catfish OR Tilapia
US$9.55
Fried Catfish
US$9.45

Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
PRICE RANGE
$0.00 – $17.00
CUISINES
American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles150 reviews
Excellent
106
Very good
27
Average
10
Poor
3
Terrible
4
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

PamnCecil
San Antonio114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 couples
Miss Betty Joyce is the creator of Alcenia's Soul Food Restaurant in Memphis. The place is named after her mother ( her granddaughter shares the name). Greg took good care of us in his quiet, efficient way. Menus are at each place setting. You write your name on the top, then check off which entree you'd like, what two sides, and your drink. That then goes to the kitchen and back to you as the check. While we waited for our lunch, we admired the colorful collections of tables and chairs brightening the place. Then Betty Joyce came out of the kitchen to check on each customer. She placed a quick loving kiss on top of my husband's head, then mine. We were now "family. " The fried cucumber appetizer was astonishingly good. The fried catfish and fried chicken were so excellent, we hardly talked except to say how good it was. Sides of Lima beans, blackeyed peas, and green beans were very tasty. Peach crumble for dessert was over the top. I'd seen this place listed on DDD from 13 years ago and it's soulful food still delights. Do stop by!
Written 8 September 2022
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CNYfan
121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 couples
We recently stayed at the Sheraton Downtown Memphis to attend the Blues Music Awards and returned to Alcenia's restaurant, which we had discovered last year and loved! It's just a 5-minute walk from the Sheraton and is our favorite restaurant in Memphis. The owner greets you with a big hug when you enter and immediately, you feel welcomed and ready for a delicious meal. All of the menu choices are homemade, and the owner takes great pride in her cooking. We ordered the fried chicken which included cornbread and two sides each. We both chose black eyed peas with okra, and I had yams while my husband had macaroni and cheese. After we began to eat, the owner checked in with us and suggested we add fresh tomatoes to our black-eyed peas, like she used to have while growing up in Mississippi. We loved her suggestion, and the food was delicious. We wanted to order desserts, such as peach cobbler or German chocolate cake, but the lunch was so filling, we passed on them. We will definitely be back again next year when we visit Memphis for the Blues Music Awards show.
Written 15 May 2024
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Rh
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 family
If you are ever in Memphis, you must visit ALCENIA’S Restaurant! If you don’t stop bye, you will never know how good ole home cooked soul food is suppose to taste. The food is SUPERB! And I have never seen a restaurant where the owner comes out to personally spend time with you. ALCENIA’S ❤️
Written 3 July 2022
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Adam T
York910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 none
We were looking round the Bass Pro Pyramid and found this based on the reviews, so were looking forward to the food and a big reception. When we arrived, there was only one other couple eating and it all seemed a bit dead. To say it was empty, our food took half an hour to arrive. However the place did fill up within the hour, and once our food was out, BJ came out of the kitchen and we got the exuberant welcome we were expecting with a kiss on the head! It was a shame that due to COVID they were still serving everything in takeout trays, but this didn’t change the fact that I loved the food. My wife thought her fried chicken with mac and cheese and mash was only ok, but my catfish with green beans and yams was incredible. Such delicate and perfectly cooked batter and fish. They were happy to have our 10 month old baby there, but they didn’t have a highchair so we fed him on our knee. Definitely worth venturing further out of the downtown area for.
Written 17 April 2023
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revjones06
Springfield100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 couples
Stopped here because it’s close to the Renasant Center, where I was at a conference. The only word I have for it is amazing. The fried chicken was among the best—if not THE best—I’ve ever had, and the yams and mac & cheese were both delicious too! Besides that, the service was great and the owner was friendly and attentive to everyone—even though she was running herself ragged. Long story short: do yourself a favor and check out Alcenia’s. You won’t regret it.
Written 25 June 2023
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T B
McMinnville73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 none
All food is prepared when it is ordered so don't be in a rush. Ate the BEST smothered pork chops, beans, and yams! BJ the cook/owner greeted us and gave us a kiss. When you are kissed by the cook you are family! It has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Definitely worth the stop.
Written 20 September 2022
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Shyla J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
This place gave me grand momma vibes!!! The owner was so sweet and welcoming and the forehead kiss to greet all her customers is what did it for me! It reminded me of how much I miss my grandmother and being in her place of building made me feel like I was sitting in my grandmothers kitchen. Food was delicious all of it and the Ghetto juice yum yum!!
Written 23 August 2023
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Harry L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 family
If you miss your grandma, come say hello! Grandma would host all the grand kids, all 11, and we all felt loved! We all had our bellies filled and we all had her attention! BUT if you ever lined stepped, you knew grandma could bring the heat! BJ does the same at Alcenia’s! Her food is 100%! Every customer gets a kiss on the forehead, and act right, because grandma don’t have time for games! She makes everything fresh! Don’t come in a hurry, but bring your appetite!
Written 20 March 2024
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Jennifer901
48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
The meatloaf and green beans were both some of the best I've ever eaten. The smothered chicken breast was overcooked, but with good flavor. Portions are large, and lunch was served in a styrofoam container - we dined in. I guess this is to make sure they don't have to get you a to-go box. The food was excellent, but overpriced for home cooking ($56 for 2 people for lunch {Meat & 2 sides}, with gratuity and 4% credit card fee). I'm not sure why the name is on TripAdvisor is "Alcenia's Desserts & Preserves" - neither desserts nor preserves were seen on my lunch visit. You fill out your own order form, and the waitress picks it up. It shows you the specials of the day, and side options. There was not a dessert section, and there were none at the checkout. Not that we could have eaten any, after our huge lunch.
Written 7 November 2023
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Ticodecorazon
San Jose13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 business
Best green beans I’ve ever eaten. Food was outstanding. Service was fabulous! Even though it was packed, I felt taken care of like I was family.
Written 14 June 2023
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Dorian B
New York10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
This is a fabulous, family-owned restaurant. We were served by Alcenia, actually the granddaughter named after the founder, who was extremely friendly and very considerate of any food issues. (I am gluten free.) I had incredible catfish--the best I've ever had--along with sweet potatoes and greens, and gluten-free corn bread. My dining partner gave me a taste of her huge portion of meatloaf and it was incredible, too. Definitely come here if you're in Memphis and want traditional southern food.
Written 19 July 2022
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Ky_Steve
Northern Kentucky2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 family
Wonderful Sunday brunch with a friendly atmosphere! The owner is super friendly and the restaurant was clean and bright.
Written 12 June 2022
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Jstinger
Memphis916 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 solo
Got the chicken and green beans, it was wonderful, good portions for the price and the staff was busy so it was a little bit off but understandable.
Written 15 March 2022
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387indy
Coral Springs4401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
Alcenia's has a homey decor a very good staff, known for soul food. I enjoyed cat fish, ice tea and sweet potato cobbler.
Written 10 March 2022
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Jagriffith M
95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
This was the best food on our trip to Memphis. Her macroni and cheese transported me back to when my mother made it. She tells you her food will take a little time because it is made with love and it is certainly worth the wait. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere. There is a lot of construction nearby and I hope it doesn't cut down on her business, so just find your way around it.
Written 19 December 2019
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