Local Experiences

Cast Iron Cafe

8/11/2017 | Chris Dearman

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Lisa Wold, along with her husband Tim, opened the Cast Iron Cafe´ in July of 2014 to immediate success. Realizing the area near the Vancleave/Gautier exit off Interstate 10 needed more places to eat, they rented a building that over the years has housed a liquor store, tobacco shop, and was even a filming site of the short-lived reality show about the famous BBQ joint The Shed, which is located down the road from the restaurant.

Lisa, a former kindergarten teacher for thirty years, and Tom, who retired from F.E.B Distributing after nearly the same, decided to try their hand in the restaurant business by opening the Cast Iron Cafe´. They have since brought their reputation of fantastic food to Ocean Springs with a seafood restaurant called Off the Hook, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary.

While not having first-hand restaurant experience before opening the Cast Iron Cafe´, they grew up with it, with Lisa’s grandfather T.T. Hebert having owned and operated the East Side Cafe in Biloxi in the early to mid-1940's.

The Cast Iron Cafe´ has a wonderful breakfast menu, with a variety of plates, omelets, French toast, pancakes, and an assortment of delicious sides. You can’t go wrong with their Ham Steak with redeye gravy, the Southern Fried Chicken, the Southern Benedict, or if you’re really hungry, The Big Cast Iron Plate which consists of four eggs cooked any style, with sausage patties, bacon strips, Cast Iron potatoes, butter grits, and a choice of two buttermilk pancakes or the famous "Cathead” biscuits with creamy pepper sausage gravy.

You should also consider one of the Cast Iron Omelets, for which they recently made Best Things Mississippi’s top ten list for best places to get an omelet. Offering six styles including Three Cheese, Denver, Veggie, and a Southwest style, you can also get yours made with Gulf Shrimp, or go with their specialty, The Big Cast Iron Omelet. Consisting of three fluffy eggs with shredded roast beef, diced turkey, diced ham, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and Wisconsin cheddar cheese served with Cast Iron potatoes and grits, you may have to unbuckle your belt a bit.

They also offer short and tall stacks of buttermilk pancakes topped with cinnamon whipped butter and warm syrup. Their French toast comes with two thick French bread slices rolled in a vanilla cream batter. Cooked on the cast iron, it gives them a unique flavor due to evenly distributed heat, creating a wonderful crust around the edges. You can add a fresh banana, blueberry, or strawberry toppings as well. For an added treat, order a side of their award- winning Chicken Fried Bacon.

The lunch menu at Cast Iron Cafe´ offers salads, burgers, Po Boys, and plates such as hamburger steak, fried catfish, chicken fried steak, along with their special Hot Open Faced Roast Beef. A local favorite, it’s covered with brown gravy and served over a bed of fries, with a side of homemade Mac & Cheese and Cast Iron Italian Green Beans.

Save room for desert as well, choosing from a Barqs Root Beer or Coke Float, milkshakes made with Blue Bell Ice Cream, or one of their featured deserts of the day.

The Cast Iron Cafe´ is open seven days a week from 7am to 2pm. Breakfast is served all day, and lunch is served 11am-2pm. While technically in Gautier, if using GPS make sure to input Vancleave as the city. It’s located on the East side of Mississippi 57 about a quarter-mile North Interstate 10, near The Shed BBQ joint. Just look for the huge chicken statue out front.

Cast Iron Cafe
7350 Highway 57 Vancleave, Mississippi (228) 215-3360


Chris Dearman