Memphis Cafe

2920 Bristol Street Costa MesaCA92626
10:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm
11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm
11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm
10:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm
Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
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serving up soul. since 1995
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Where to Sit: Patio dining is romantic but chairs are very uncomfortable. For date night, opt for a cozy corner banquette.
by ezlocal on March 05, 2013 from ezlocal
What to Drink: Wine starts at $6 a glass and glass selections are limited. Opt for the bevy of full bar options instead.
by ezlocal on March 05, 2013 from ezlocal

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Memphis in Costa Mesa:
Memphis Café is a small, stylish establishment nestled in Costa Mesa near South Coast Plaza and its painfully-cool smaller sibling, The Lab. The building has a unique, angular look that seems somehow modern and retro at the same time, but its minimalist aesthetic doesn’t continue with the interior. A cozy bar and mute lighting greet diners inside, and this isn’t a big place either; there was no dull roar of conversation from table after table of patrons. That isn’t to say Memphis Café isn’t popular. There were plenty of people there, but it’s clear that this restaurant is going for a more intimate, personal atmosphere. It’s the kind of place where people lean toward each other and softly converse over drinks and good food.
Speaking of good food, let’s get to that. The food at Memphis Café surprised the hell out of me. I have to confess I was expecting semi-vegetarian, overpriced, pretentious, hipster-targeted c@!p. 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.
Memphis Café completely converted me. I went in a skeptic, and I came out bewitched by the burger and obsessed with the fries. I really will be going back there soon.
by Miles Heggi on July 22, 2010

Editorial Reviews

Memphis Cafe Restaurant Review:
This tiny bastion of Southern-style cooking is located next to The Lab, an alternative mall. There’s something quite odd about the décor, so don’t be surprised by the mood lighting, the rather beat-up tables and chairs, and the ramshackle outdoor patio tucked in the back. The hipster set that shops next door is typically drawn to Memphis Café’s mix of Southern treats, which could include...
by gayot on July 29, 2015 from gayot
Zesty gumbo and appetizers deserve praise at this down-home eatery.:
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The small tavern is elegant despite its divey exterior. Inside, a bartender mixes up stiff drinks for regulars while couples cozy up to warm heaters on the candlelit patio....
by by Contributor at Citysearch on September 27, 2007 from Citysearch

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