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Mayflower Cafe

123 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS - (601) 355-4122
Posted By Robert Schinlder on January 10, 2014 3:06 PM
Just got back from lunch at the Mayflower. It was good but not especially noteworthy. The fried chicken was certainly above average but the mac and cheese and the turnip greens were just run of the mill. Truly the highlight was the coconut pie.
2 star rating
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Fried Chicken

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Posted By Jennifer Parisi on January 14, 2013 5:30 PM
We had a visit here for lunch while we were in town for the Jackson marathon. Well worth a visit for the character and the food. Some of the food was just good/average (collard greens, fried catfish), but things like the fried chicken, mac 'n' cheese, and an oyster appetizer (oysters Colbert?) was simply off the hook. Daily specials were reasonable, but dinner prices seemed a bit high.
3 star rating
Overall Rating
Fried Chicken
mac n' cheese

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Posted By Randy Owens on January 24, 2012 12:09 PM
I was in Jackson recently on a business trip, and I took the opportunity to seek out some local Roadfood fare. I had a hard time deciding, but ended up heading to the Mayflower after getting the nod from some locals on the choice.

Overall, the meal was good and the experience was 'authentically local'. I'll have to overlook the seriously decayed condition of downtown Jackson (especially the roads.... front end alignment shops must be making a killing around there!) and say it was worth seeking out. I really wanted the broiled redfish, but since it was lunch, the only broiled fish offering was 'Mystery Fish'. I'm not quite sure if it was redfish or tilapia, but whatever it was, it was tasty. It came with two side and I picked the fries and the turnip greens. Both sides were well prepared and the whole meal was great!

I finished things off with a slice of the lemon icebox pie. Very large and very tasty! I could have eaten half of it and been happy, but I went for broke and finished it off.

I'm glad I went to the Mayflower. It's not necessarily as awesome as some of the reviews that have been previously posted, but it was overall a good experience in a very 'local' place.
2 star rating
Overall Rating
Lemon Ice Box Pie
Dinner Rolls

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Posted By Glenda D. on June 3, 2011 9:08 AM
I'm hoping that the waitress was simply inexperienced. The glasses that they served tea in were about eight ounces, so with ice we got about two ounces of tea. We were always without tea. There were three little pats of butter for two baked potatoes and two rolls. No cocktail sauce for Captain's Platters. I could have asked for these but our waitress was so abrupt, I didn't get a second to ask during the few times she came to our table. In her defense, they were very busy.

It was expensive for the amount food that you got and totally without seasoning. I read the review that said it was like New Orleans. Not! The waitress couldn't get us tea but she could ask if we wanted dessert, twice. All that being said, the oysters had an off taste and the shrimp were just OK. The soft shell crab would have been one of the best I have ever eaten, had it been seasoned.

I probably should have had the desert for $5.00, as I was still hungry when I left, after spending $63 for two meals.
1 star rating
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Captains Platter

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Posted By Jeff Binder on March 23, 2010 2:05 PM
I was in Jackson for a weekend basketball tourney and tried the Mayflower Cafe on the first night. Overall it was very disappointing.

I found the gumbo to be quite bland and short on seafood. My wife had the crab and shrimp salad and she liked it, but I suspect the crab was from a can or had been around for a while. We had the Captains Platter, broiled, and it was terrible. All items were overcooked; chewy scallops and burnt soft-shell crab led the way. All items were sitting in a pool of a separated, un-emulsified vinaigrette. Really pretty disgusting. The homemade fries were cold and anything but crisp.

For a Thursday night the place was packed with locals and it is seemingly a Jackson institution, but it struck out with us on this visit. BTW: there is another local establishment, Que Sera, that had much better gumbo and Cajun seafood items.
1 star rating
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Mike's Gumbo
Captains Platter

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Posted By Anne Ritchings on May 27, 2009 1:41 PM
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 cumback dressing. The dressing also adorned our salad and was equally good both ways. We found the recipe for cumback 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.
5 star rating
Overall Rating
Half Shrimp-Half Oyster Plater
Crab Bisque
Mike's Gumbo

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