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Mayflower Cafe

123 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS - (601) 355-4122
Posted By Anne Ritchings on 5/27/2009 1:41:00 PM
We were mourning leaving New Orleans when we read about the Mayflower Cafe in Jackson, MS. We planned our trip to Memphis so that we would pass by Jackson and were we ever happy that we did. The Mayflower Cafe is a gem among the Roadfood experiences that we have had over the years. Stopping here temporarily assuaged our grief at leaving great seafood behind.

Kay ordered Mike's Gumbo and I, crab bisque. The gumbo was full of okra and shrimp and my bisque was creamy and chockablock with crab. Both were absolutely delicious and could have easily been found in New Orleans. Both of us had the half shrimp and half oyster platter--fried. The breading was light and the food was cooked perfectly. There wasn't a hint of grease anywhere on the plate or on the food.

The French fries were, our waitress informed us, a house specialty. Deservedly so: crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, served right out of the fryer. We enjoyed dipping them in the house cumback dressing. The dressing also adorned our salad and was equally good both ways. We found the recipe for cumback dressing and I think it will become a new standard on our iceberg wedges served at home.

For anyone traveling in Mississippi, the Mayflower Cafe should definitely be on your list of places to try.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Half Shrimp-Half Oyster Plater
Mike's Gumbo
Crab Bisque
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Save room for dessert, like the homemade lemon ice box pie.
"Save room for dessert, like the homemade lemon ice box pie."
Cliff Strutz





The excellent redfish tasted of lemon and pepper.  The hand-cut fries were made better by dragging them through comeback sauce.
"The excellent redfish tasted of lemon and pepper. The hand-cut fries were made better by dragging them through comeback sauce."
Cliff Strutz


Gumbo may be the best way to taste that quintessential Southern vegetable, okra.
"Gumbo may be the best way to taste that quintessential Southern vegetable, okra."
Anne Ritchings


Crab bisque is creamy and rich with crab and delicate seasoning.
"Crab bisque is creamy and rich with crab and delicate seasoning."
Anne Ritchings


These shrimp and oysters were as good as any seafood we had in New Orleans.
"These shrimp and oysters were as good as any seafood we had in New Orleans."
Anne Ritchings


The dinner rolls are big, soft, yeasty, and hot from the oven.
"The dinner rolls are big, soft, yeasty, and hot from the oven."
Cliff Strutz


The salad arrives with a small bottle of the famous comeback sauce, which reminded me of Thousand Islands dressing, only sweeter.
"The salad arrives with a small bottle of the famous comeback sauce, which reminded me of Thousand Islands dressing, only sweeter."
Cliff Strutz


This is a busy place with a friendly and efficient staff.  The waiting time is short for a beautiful and well-cooked meal.
"This is a busy place with a friendly and efficient staff. The waiting time is short for a beautiful and well-cooked meal."
Anne Ritchings


Mayflower Cafe has been here since the Depression, but it has stood the test of time.  Filled with locals enjoying their lunch, it is hospitable and has that unhurried pace that we love about the South.
"Mayflower Cafe has been here since the Depression, but it has stood the test of time. Filled with locals enjoying their lunch, it is hospitable and has that unhurried pace that we love about the South."
Anne Ritchings



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