We hope you guys are excited because it’s been a minute since we last shared a segment of United Tastes. Today, we have the incredible Jennifer Campbell from Just Chasing Rabbits with us, and she’s going to tell us all about the best eats in Mississippi. For those of you looking to experience all things delicious there, you’re definitely going to want to bookmark this post.
Name: Jennifer Campbell (Just Chasing Rabbits)
City/State: Tupelo, Mississippi
1. Grab brunch with your friends: D’Cracked Egg in Tupelo, Mississippi serves up brunch options that are sure to please, from “D’Omelettes” to “D’Waffle Sandwiches”, “D’Pizzas” to favorites from “D’Grill.” Grab a coffee or something from the bar (the mimosas are highly recommended!). The delicious comfort food and friendly service turns first-time visitors into repeat guests in no time!
2. Satisfy late night cravings: When you need to satisfy a sweet tooth craving late at night, Crave, a dessert cafe in Tupelo, Mississippi, is the place to go. Crave’s specialty (and local favorite treat), the Skillet Cookie, has been named the best dessert in Mississippi by Mississippi Magazine. Crave offers a laid-back atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating, with great views of the Tupelo courthouse and historic downtown buildings.
3. Splurge $$$ on a killer meal: City Grocery is the place to go for fine dining in the college town of Oxford, Mississippi. Headed by New Orleans native Chef John Currence, the menu changes every few weeks at this award-winning, highly lauded restaurant.
4. Go for date night: At Patio 44, couples can enjoy creole and Southern dishes with fine wine or craft beer on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. This Biloxi restaurant offers award-winning dishes without being pretentious.
5. Eat clean: Popsy, located in Tupelo, Mississippi, began by offering gourmet, health-conscious popsicles that utilize local, sustainable, organic ingredients. The popularity of these yummy treats led to the expansion of the menu, which now includes smoothies, smoothie bowls, juice cleanses, wraps, toasts, and more.
6. Enjoy coffee/tea with a friend: Strange Brew in Tupelo, Mississippi is an Elvis-themed coffee shop housed in a former gas station. It’s a great spot to catch up with friends or take a sightseeing break while in Elvis’ hometown.
7. Dine on a budget: For local favorite food that won’t break the bank, head to Connie’s Chicken in Tupelo. The chicken and onion rings are great, but we recommend going for breakfast and getting the famous Connie’s Blueberry Donut (or a dozen!). This doughnut has inspired desserts throughout the area, but there’s no beating the original.
8. Find the best happy hour deals: Tupelo’s Blue Canoe is a juke joint-inspired restaurant with a dim, funky interior offering live music and great drink options. Happy hour specials on drinks are offered throughout the week (like “First Beer’s Free Friday”), and they carry more than one hundred beers! Don’t miss the “Connie’s Blueberry Doughnut Bread Pudding” while you’re there!
9. Eat for the gram: Is there anything more Instagram worthy than an over-the-top milkshake? We think not. Magnolia Creamery, a food truck in Tupelo, Mississippi, creates gorgeous sweet treats that practically beg to be photographed. From milkshakes in Mason jars topped with doughnuts to epic shaved ice treats, these delights are big enough to share… after you take that perfect ‘gram photo, of course!
10. Go with a large group: The Shed in Ocean Springs, Mississippi is part barbecue restaurant, part junk yard. With long bench-style seating, an upbeat, eclectic atmosphere, and often offering live music, it’s a great place to go with a large group of friends or family for a fun meal with delicious barbecue. It’s a treat for both the taste buds and the eyes!
1. Burger: George’s Restaurant in New Albany, Mississippi serves up fresh, juicy burgers that just can’t be beat. Pair a burger with George’s cookies and cream shake or their signature Strawberry Biscuit for a sweet and savory meal that won’t soon be forgotten!
2. Pizza: At Piezons Pizza in Fulton, Mississippi, customers can order artwork on pizza (all made with traditional pizza ingredients, of course), but this place isn’t a local favorite for its novelty alone; the pizza is incredible! The real stand out here is the award-winning hand-tossed crust that perfectly complements the fresh toppings. Don’t miss the cheese sticks as well!
3. Ice cream: For artisanal ice cream made fresh daily from local, seasonal ingredients, head over to Area 51 Ice Cream in Hernando, Mississippi. These are not your everyday flavors either; enjoy delicious creations like Saigon Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, Caramelized Banana, Root Beer, and Coffee and Donuts. Visitors will also find baked goods and specialty drinks available.
4. Asian food: Tokyo is a Japanese restaurant located in New Albany, Mississippi. Here, you’ll find hibachi meals, soups, noodle dishes, fresh sushi, and our favorite chicken fried rice.
5. Drink: Queen’s Reward is Mississippi’s first and only meadery. For a tasting of this sweet wine made from honey, stop by the meadery in Tupelo, Mississippi, and take home a bottle or two. The mead slushes are a great way to cool off in the hot and humid Mississippi summertime!
6. Steak: Doe’s Eat Place is an institution in Mississippi. This legendary restaurant, which originated in the Mississippi Delta, has been in business since 1941 and is known far and wide for its delicious steaks. While there are several locations around the state (and the south), the original restaurant can be found in Greenville, Mississippi.
7. Seafood: Housed in a 1737 home built in French style, the legendary Mary Mahoney’s in Biloxi, Mississippi serves up the best seafood in the state.
8. Noodles: U&Me Noodle House is a Thai restaurant in Tupelo, Mississippi, specializing in Pho. Stop in for your noodle fix and pick up some Asian items from their grocery store to make dishes at home (Did someone say Japanese Kit Kats?!).
9. Coffee: Located in the friendly, trendy Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, the Mockingbird Cafe is a great stop to enjoy a cup of fresh, flavorful coffee. Peruse the local art while you sip in this laid-back, welcoming cafe.
10. All you can eat: Mama Hamil’s is a buffet in Madison, Mississippi that serves all the traditional southern comfort foods you could ever want to eat… and they’re all delicious! We recommend wearing your stretchy pants for this one!
11. Barbecue: For some melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, head to Mike’s Barbecue House in Tupelo, Mississippi. Mike’s method of cooking the barbecue “low and slow” creates the most tender meat for fall-off-the-bone ribs and pork that almost dissolves in your mouth. Don’t miss the “Piggyback Fries”!
12. Chicken: Old Country Store in Lorman, Mississippi is a buffet-style restaurant serving up southern favorites and the state’s best fried chicken. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get serenaded by the owner, Mister D.
13. Catfish: For delicious Mississippi fried catfish, get a fillet plate at Jones’ Restaurant, located in Columbus’ Catfish Alley. Jones’ has been cooking up this Mississippi staple for fifty plus years.
Alright Nomsters, we hope you enjoyed reading all about the Mississippi food scene. A huge thanks to Jennifer for all of her incredible recommendations! To see more from our United Tastes of America series, make sure y’all click here and definitely give her a follow on instagram for more delish eats that will feed your feed. Until next time, friends! Happy eating.