Memphis Street Cafe Featured Tonight on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Hernando, Mississippi, may feel small and sleepy, but this burgeoning foodie destination is well worth the short drive from Memphis. If you don’t believe me, check out Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri, who visited Hernando earlier this year to cook with Chef Chris Lee at Memphis Street Café. The episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the Food Network.

During his visit, Fieri sampled the restaurant’s Reuben and chicken salad, but he filmed the café’s banana foster, a scrumptious stand-out dessert made with banana nut bread French toast and homemade ginger and vanilla bean ice cream. Desserts change regularly at this simple but excellent American café, located in a renovated basement eatery off Hernando’s historic town square. Sandwiches and entrees are more consistent, offering a simple but delicious mix of European home-cooking and deli-style sandwiches. Everything on the menu is priced under $10.


We visited Memphis Street Café for the first time on a hot summer day, and the restaurant’s polished cement floors and pale yellow walls were an appreciated respite. Once we cooled off, I dug into Lee’s hearty catfish Po-Boy topped with some of the best house-made remoulade I’ve ever eaten. Tony ordered the blackened chicken and grits, an overflowing bowl of chicken breast pieces simmered in garlic cream, grilled peppers, stewed tomatoes, and Cajun spices. He carried half of the dish home.


In addition to visiting Memphis Street Café, the gregarious star of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives filmed an episode at Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake. Last month, Jason Roberts of ABC’s The Chew also filmed a show, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. No word yet on when either episode will air.


In Memphis, Fieri filmed episodes at The Elegant Farmer, South of Beale, Three Angels Diner, and Rizzos Diner. The episode with chef Michael Patrick at Rizzos Diner is scheduled for August 20 at 9 p.m. Leslee Pascal at Elegant Farmer says to expect their episode in November, although the date could change. Air dates for Three Angels Diner and South of Beale have not been announced.

Memphis Street Cafe, 2476 Memphis St., Hernando (662) 429-9299


Reader Comments:
Aug 8, 2012 11:52 am
 Posted by  Kaysie

I frequent Memphis Street Cafe and LOVE the Shrimp Po-Boy with the homemade remoulade sauce. I thought it was noteworthy to mention if you don't see an item on the menu but the ingredients are avaialble, Chef Chris will be happy to oblige. They are wonderful in the kitchen and the waitressess are no exception. I highly recommend this restaurant as a favorite!

Aug 8, 2012 02:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I also live in the area and can attest to the best remoulade this side of the Gulf coast. The catfish Po-Boy is a complete dinner on a roll. You might also want to try the most perfect sweet potatoe fries you will ever eat.

Sep 5, 2012 02:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I watched this episode with Memphis street Cafe and got all excited about the banana nut bread french toast with bananas foster and home made vanilla bean ice-cream. My aunt and I had a girls day out and made a special trip to Hernando to eat at Memphis street cafe. The cafe was quaint and nice and the waitress was very nice. I had the French dip sandwich and my aunt had the cordon blue chicken sandwich and we told our waitress we were there especially for the dessert we saw on Dinners drive-Inns and Dives. She said great everyone has been asking for it since the show aired. I was upset when it arrived to our table nearly 30 minutes after we finished our meal and as we looked at what was presented I wasn't sure but it looked nothing like what the chef made on the show for Guy. It was a small square of what seemed like pound cake with two shaves of vanilla ice cream that was not home made and had no vanilla beans in it at all a slice of banana and a sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Cost was 8 bucks. Don't get me wrong what was in the bowl was a ok dessert but was not at all what it was on the show. It was not a 8.00 dessert. I came home to make sure I was correct about what was on the show so I watched the episode again (tvo) and I was right. I am a little upset and probably will not eat there again because of this. If you are going to show it on the show and charge to sell it in the cafe it should be the same and not a cheap short cut variation.

Dec 10, 2012 05:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Food is very good, but I don't like that people who park in the back lot walk through the kitchen to access the dining area. Won't eat there again.

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