2920 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-5914

Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar

Cuisine: Southern/Soul, Cafe, Cajun

Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar is a Southern/Soul, Cafe, and Cajun restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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 San Juan Capistrano, CA

Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa

The food at Memphis Café surprised the hell out of me. I have to confess I was expecting semi-vegetarian, overpriced, pretentious, hipster-targeted crap. What I got was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a very long time. It had an incredible bun. It was soft, warm, crusty sourdough, but not dense or chewy at all. The patty was thick, juicy, flavorful and perfectly cooked. I’m not sure how they do their burgers, but it seems like when they mix the ground beef together they might put a little cheese or something in it to give that extra bit of juiciness. I’ve really never had another burger like it.
The fries deserve special mention. I ordered the Soul Burger and it covers about half of a large plate. It’s a big burger. The other half of that plate was covered by heaps of these hot, fresh, still-oily julienne potatoes. They feel less substantial than fries, almost like you’re eating warmed chips rather than big, starchy French fries. What that means is that you will sit there happily putting handfuls into your mouth until you eat the whole plate. They really are that good.

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 Anaheim, CA

Memphis Café turns Southern home cooking gourmet in Costa Me

Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco and Andy Christenson decided to partner up and open their own restaurant in 1995. This restaurant really was built by their own hands – through the restoration of the old Kings Inn building all by themselves. They did a great job and almost 20 years later, they are still packing in the foodies. The exterior is simple, but when you pass through the doors, it becomes a 1950s vibe with dim lighting and vintage dining furnishings. The kitchen is small, but it efficiently pushes out amazing foods before your very eyes.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with mashed potatoes, mustard greens, and surrounded by andouille country gravy. I have heard tales of this famous fried chicken and am honored to have finally tried it. The coating was perfect. The collard greens were the best I’ve ever had with a slight sweet flavor. The country gravy was creamy, buttery, and added a nice touch to the mashed potatoes and chicken. The gravy would also be good on buttermilk biscuits! Thumbs up, way up!

Nightly BBQ

Nightly BBQ was beef brisket and served with black-eyed pea salad and macaroni & cheese. The brisket was tender and flavorful. The grill added a yummy charcoal flavor. The black-eyed pea salad was refreshing and flavorful; think of a picnic on a summer day. The macaroni & cheese was like cheesy macaroni casserole, not overly saucy, with the cheese flavor infused into the macaroni. Thumbs up!

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding was custardy with a melty chocolate goodness. The crème anglais was fantastic by a adding a velvety, creamy blanket of flavor to the bread pudding. It’s been a long time since I’ve had bread pudding this good. Thumbs up, way up!

Southern/Soul Cafe Cajun
Mon-Fri 11:30AM - 03:00PM
Sun,Sat 10:30AM - 02:30PM
Sun-Thu 05:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri-Sat 05:00PM - 11:00PM
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