Impressed with the success and community impact of the original Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa, the City of Santa Ana approached The Memphis Group in 2000 ... More
Memphis at the Santora
Impressed with the success and community impact of the original Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa, the City of Santa Ana approached The Memphis Group in 2000 to open a location in the heart of Santa Ana's historic downtown. As part of a redevelopment project in the Artists Village district, the city asked The Memphis Group to adapt a portion of the once-legendary Santora Building into a restaurant by adding its signature, revitalizing touch. Opened in 2002, Memphis at the Santora blends traditional Southern and contemporary American classics into flavorful renditions of American comfort food. With a larger kitchen than its sister, Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa, the restaurant's menu covers a wider range of Southern specialties, including buttermilk fried chicken, and a garlic-marinated and grilled center-cut pork chop. drizzled with a balsamic dried-cherry reduction. On the registrar of historic landmarks and perhaps the most beautiful edifice in downtown Santa Ana, the 1929 Santora.
Far removed from the bland suburbs of Orange County that is often portrayed in the media lies Santa Ana. Neatly tucked into the central downtown area is home to approximately 50 studios and galleries, two small live-performance theaters, a few restaurants, and plenty of lofts which are all collectively known as the Artists Village. Over the years all of the new developments in this part of town have slowly rejuvenated a once thriving neighborhood and brought a breathe of fresh air into the city. Once a month artists here open their studios (on the first saturday of the month) and other prominent artists come to town to show off exhibits as well. During these art openings you can often find bands performing on a stage in the courtyard, or even in crammed in artists studios themselves. After you've nibbled on some cheeses, had a few compilentary wines and seen all the art you can handle for one evening drop in Memphis at the Santora and share some southern crab cakes, zuni frybread, or