When it comes to lunch at Vicksburg, I’m beginning to run a little low on options. From what I can tell, a lot of the restaurants were put out of business by the casinos and their promise of all you can eat buffets. As much as I love a good delta tamale, there are times when I crave something a little less greasy. Conveniently, there’s Café Anchuca, the restaurant of the Anchuca Mansion.
After finding parking on the street, I wasn’t quite sure where to go. I immediately thought the front door to the mansion was the entrance, but, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a sign for the café. Walking past decades old trees and into a shaded courtyard and patio, I found the door to the Café. Inside, it’s what you would expect from a quality bed and breakfast. There are plenty of homey touches, but there are also enough antiques and a wrought iron fence to remind you this is a Southern antebellum mansion.
It doesn’t take long to look through a lunch menu, but there are more than a few interesting options, particularly the Soup & Sandwich Duos. The first features a chicken salad sandwich, but I’m more interested in the Gourmet Burger Duo. With a choice of a Vick or a Café Burger with Asparagus Bisque and a Café Side, it seemed like the obvious choice.
Centered on half a Cafe Burger, a 10 oz patty topped with Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato, a cup of the Seafood Gumbo and a side of Fruit Salad, it seemed like a delicious lunch combination.
Starting with the gumbo, I was greeted with a rich color
along with a number of spicy chunks of andouille and a few large, albeit overcooked and slightly mealy shrimp.
This wasn’t a fancy gumbo and there wasn’t a lot of deep roux flavor, but it was spicy and a real treat.
After finishing the gumbo, I was ready to get to know my half of a Café Burger.
I’m generally not a fan of pimento cheese, but I was delighted to find that the cheese spread covered every bite. There wasn’t much of a kick from the jalapenos but each bite had its fair share of cheese.
As for the burger itself, it’s a simple affair, plain beef, overworked and a little overcooked. The bacon was crispy and added a nice smokiness. Looking too round to be a hand formed burger, I was still pretty happy with the sum of the parts. It’s not going to win awards, but it’s a quality companion to the gumbo.
The real surprise to the meal was the side of Fresh Fruit Salad.
Tossed in a citrus dressing and topped with honey spiced walnuts, it was a nice mix of red and white grapes, pineapple, strawberries, apples, and what I think was a muscadine grape or two. The walnuts were all right but the citrus dressing really brightened and unified all the fruits.
Soup, salad and a burger, that’s a pretty good combination for lunch. A departure from my usual Vicksburg lunch of hot tamales, Café Anchuca offers a touch of sophistication with excellent service as well. I’m curious to see what Café Anchuca is like for dinner as the menu looks pretty promising. At the very least, it’s nice to have a new option for whenever I find myself in Vicksburg.