The Memphis Cafe's concept was just the initial spark that ignited The Memphis Group's vision of providing innovative culinary experiences and ... More
The Memphis Cafe's concept was just the initial spark that ignited The Memphis Group's vision of providing innovative culinary experiences and revitalizing emerging areas, while becoming a cultural mainstay in the community. The first Memphis Cafe quickly earned overnight critical acclaim and a loyal following from those starved for an innovative menu and casual yet sophisticated setting in this restored 1953 mid-century classic building. Memphis Cafe offers a distinctive gourmet interpretation of Southern home-style cooking, in a casual "roadhouse" setting, with the enlightened service and hospitality you would expect in fine dining establishments.
What I did like about Memphis was their Brunch menu. However, I don't go there anymore because it is just too dark and small inside, and someone needs to pay attention on the cleanliness of the place. I believe relocation would be the answer. I think it would help. That is an OLD rundown building!
When we want to go someplace a little different from the mall restaurants and chains, I think of Memphis. A good glass of Chardonnay, a cold beer, some excellent soul food (my fav is the meatloaf) and a cozy albeit drab atmosphere (who cares anyway?) make for a great spot for us locals who know what really matters in a restaurant: good food, plenty of it, quick enough service (no rushes you out the door!) all at a reasonable price.
If this place is a secret, let's keep it that way, eh?
This restaurant has horrible service. The staff is very rude and unaccomodating. We went to brunch there this weekend and 4 of the 6 orders came to the table completely wrong. The staff is too busy standing around chatting and smoking in front of the restaurant and they do not focus on the customer. The manager is rude and hasn't a clue as how to manage a restaurant. Save your money and eat at McDonalds - they'll give you better service!
Memphis is a nice break from the boring Orange County culinary experience - make that a very nice break. It's a real restaurant with a real chef designing the menu. So when you see things like meatloaf or pork chops or gumbo on the menu - throw out your expectations of how they might do those things elsewhere in the OC. Instead think New York - The Hudson Grill for example.
From the appetizers to the after dinner drinks there are all kinds of new and interesting things to try. The lunch menu is a bit different from dinner so try both.
Whatever you order, ask for a side of the flash fried spinach . . . that alone will get you back!
My recommendations are the Portobello Mushroom Sanwhich or the Shrimp Tacos for lunch. They do wonderfull things with Salmon & Halibut and Pork Chops & Chicken for dinner.
The service isn't bad - it's just got a casual sort of feel, and sometimes you might need to catch an eye to get a visit. But they are always helpful and pleasant.
If you enjoy eating - you will like it.