Mayflower Cafe

Diner | Greek
Worth a detour

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 comeback dressing. The dressing also adorned our salad and was equally good both ways. We found the recipe for comeback 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.

What to Eat
Mayflower Cafe, Half Shrimp-Half Oyster Plater
Half Shrimp-Half Oyster Plater
These shrimp and oysters were as good as any seafood we had in New Orleans.
Mayflower Cafe, Crab Bisque
Crab Bisque
Crab bisque is creamy and rich with crab and delicate seasoning.
Mayflower Cafe, Redfish
The excellent redfish tasted of lemon and pepper. The hand-cut fries were made better by dragging them through comeback sauce.
Mayflower Cafe, Mike’s Gumbo
Mike’s Gumbo
Gumbo may be the best way to taste that quintessential Southern vegetable, okra.
Captains Platter
Mayflower Cafe, Lemon Ice Box Pie
Lemon Ice Box Pie
Save room for dessert, like the homemade lemon ice box pie.
Mayflower Cafe, Salad with Comeback Sauce
Salad with Comeback Sauce
The salad arrives with a small bottle of the famous comeback sauce, which reminded me of Thousand Islands dressing, only sweeter.
Mayflower Cafe, Dinner Rolls
Dinner Rolls
The dinner rolls are big, soft, yeasty, and hot from the oven.
Fried Chicken
mac n’ cheese
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11am - 10pm
Tuesday11am - 10pm
Wednesday11am - 10pm
Thursday11am - 10pm
Friday11am - 10pm
Saturday4pm - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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