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"Eat Here or We Both Starve"

A & B Discount Grocery Chinese Takeout - Hattiesburg
700 Emerald Lane - 601 584-6811!/pages/A-B-Discount-Grocery-Chinese-Takeout/118367694845122

Abe's BBQ - Clarksdale
616 State Street - 662 624-9211

Ajax Diner – Oxford

118 Courthouse Square - 662 232-8880!/pages/Ajax-Diner/65012671617
Open daily from 11:30 am – 10 pm

Betty Davis BBQ - Waterford

3359 Old Oxford Road - 662 252-7144
No relation whatsoever to the famous Hollywood actress.  This is a true dive; a cross between a backwoods BBQ joint and rickety country store.  There are only a few seats inside (at a picnic table), but the ribs here are worth the trip.  Very unique smoky taste --- almost like country ham. The sauce is nice and tart and the help is usually upbeat and friendly.  Sit inside (at the small table) or outside (on the hood of your car).  Betty Davis Grocery can be found just off Mississippi Highway 7 (down a short gravel road) between Oxford and Holly Springs.  Give them a shot ... we're guessing you won't be disappointed!

The Big Apple Inn – Jackson
509 North Farish Street - 601 354-9371
Named for the old Big Apple dance ... not New York City! The specialty here is Pig's Ear sandwiches (hey, don't knock it till you've tried it!). In business in the same location since 1939, when a Pig's Ear sandwich cost 10 cents.  You may also want to sample the spicy homemade tamales.

Bill's Hamburgers - Amory

310 Main Street - 662 256-2085
Your choice here is a hamburger with onions or without ... that's it.  Of course, ketchup, mustard, and hot sauce are provided as condiments.  Patrons munch burgers while sitting on bar stools surrounding the grill.  No plates ... just wax paper.  French fries are served as a side.  Open Monday - Saturday for breakfast and lunch; closed Sunday.

Blue and White - Tunica

1355 Highway 61 North - 662 363-1371
They start early at the Blue & White.  Hours are 6 AM to 10 PM for this quaint eatery along Mississippi's famed River Road.  They offer a daily lunch buffet featuring many delicious homemade items. Don't miss the fresh greens, homemade chicken n' dumplings, and wonderful chocolate and coconut desserts; classic southern breakfast of eggs, grits, biscuits, and huge slabs of ham bathed in red eye gravy.  Blue plate lunches and dinner also served here 7 days a week. Opened in 1937, the Blue and White is a combo gas station and cafe operated by Linda and Michael Tutor, who particularly recommend the Sunday lunch buffet, but try to make reservations --- it's a popular after-church stop for the locals.  Sort of a local landmark on the famous Hwy 61. Sunday specialties include turkey and dressing, roast beef, ham, fried chicken, and a wide variety of fresh country veggies.

Borroum's Drug Store - Corinth
604 Waldron Street - 662 286-3361!/pages/Borroums-Drug-Store/165720063486298
Ice cream and sandwiches ... not necessarily in that order!

Bottletree Bakery - Oxford
925 Van Buren - 662 236-5000!/bottletreebakery
Cool place just off the historic square with funky folk art throughout the joint and an eclectic breakfast crowd.  The ginger scones and delicate apple tarts are sublime.  Good granola with fruit and coffee too!  Breakfast and lunch only.

Chunky Shoals Fish Camp – Chunky/Meridian
Old Highway 80 - 601 655-8311
Open Thursday and Friday at 5pm ‘til around 9pm, Saturday from 4pm-10pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 8pm.

Bozo's Seafood Market - Pascagoula
2012 Ingalls Avenue - 228 762-3322
Open daily ‘til 8pm.

Dixiedining review

Bucks One Stop - Calhoun City
601 N Main Ext. - 662 628-6822
Enjoy the caramel cake.

Juniors - Hernando
2450 Highway 51 South – 662 429-7812

Chamoun's Rest Haven – Clarksdale
419 N. State Street - 662 624-8601
Features both Lebanese and Down-home cuisine.  Closed on Sunday.

Collins Dream Kitchen - Jackson

1439 Terry Road - 601 353-3845
Open every day from 11:30am-5:30pm

Como Steak House - Como
203 Main Street - 662 526-9529
Open for dinner only Monday-Saturday, they’re known throughout the state for great steaks and chops (as well as their uniquely retro atmosphere).  Oyster Blues, a bar with a distinctly nautical feel, is housed upstairs in this historic structure (once a general store). The steakhouse has been in operation since the late 1980's and diners trek from Memphis, Oxford, Jackson and beyond.  Steaks are cooked to perfection in full view of patrons.  In fact, the grillmaster and a vintage cooler filled with choice meats is located on the dining room side of the fire.  You'll surely hear the cook as he frequently barks out commands to the youthful servers.  I went for the 12 ounce filet mignon and I wasn't disappointed.  The beef was served alongside a loaded baked potato,Texas toast, and a fresh house salad drenched in a homemade blue cheese dressing.  My wife enoyed the grilled shrimp on a skewer.  Even the kids' french fries were top notch --- yep, they caught me sneaking a few!.  One unusual appetizer we sampled was the fried stuffed olives --- pretty darn tasty.  Desserts are offered but rarely ordered --- folks are just too darn full.  Arrive early on weekends --- they get real busy.  While in Como, be sure to take a few carefree moments to stroll down Main Street, once the stomping ground of Blues legend Mississippi Fred McDowell. Cruise along the railroad tracks past the rusty water tower (COMO is only visible from one side). The town has a number of charming well-maintained homes from years gone by.  All in all it's a fun, "turn back the clock" experience that's well worth the time it takes to reach this sleepy Delta community; get here quick and then SLOW DOWN!

Cool Al’s - Jackson
4654 McWillie Drive - 601 713-3020

Crawdads - Merigold
104 South Park Street - 662 748-2441

Crechale’s – Jackson
3107 Highway 80 West – 601 355-1840
A long time Jackson landmark; look for the retro neon sign out front.  Fine steaks, shrimp, and onion rings with "Comeback" Sauce (a slightly spicier variation of Thousand Island dressing).

Crown Restaurant, The - Indianola
112 Front Street - 662-887-4522

Crystal Grill - Greenwood
423 Carrollton Avenue - 662 453-6530
Famous for its mile-high meringue pies. In business since the 1930s, this landmark restaurant is owned and operated by the Ballas family.  Open everyday from 11am-10pm.

Dale's - Southaven

1226 Main Street - 662 393-2060!/pages/Daless-In-Southaven/205010742872377
A favorite lunch spot for many a year, Dale's is hard to miss along Southaven's main drag (just off I-55 about 10 minutes south of Memphis).  Just look for the bright salmon colored exterior.  This eatery seats a bunch of folks and needs virtually all the room they have on weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. Stop by and find out why! Their Chicken and Dressing days are extremely popular. Home-owned and operated by Dale & Lillie Graham at this location since 1966.

Desporte & Son's Seafood - Biloxi
1075 Division Street - 228 432-1018
Sandwiches and fried fish platters.

Dilworth's Tamale Shop – Corinth
111 Taylor Street - 662 665-0833
Drive thru only.  They have been in business since 1962 ... must be making them right!  Stop by Monday through Saturday between 10am and 8pm or on Sunday from 2pm-6pm.

Dinner Bell - McComb

229 5th Avenue - 601 684-4883!/pages/The-Dinner-Bell/151323673711
Housed in a colonial structure, they serve good, down-home cooking in huge quantities.  Diners sit around large, lazy Susan style tables.  A simple spin will bring your choice of dish to you.  Choose from the likes of fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, ham, butter beans, squash, biscuits and corn bread and some fine desserts.  Closed Monday; lunch is served Tuesday – Sunday.  Highly recommended!

Dinner Bell’s Sweet Potato Casserole

8 sweet potatoes
1 tbsp vanilla
3-5 tbsp sugar
½ stick margarine
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ to 1 tsp nutmeg (to taste
¼ c orange juice
cinnamon sugar (optional)

Boil or bake sweet potatoes until done. 

Remove peeling from the hot potatoes and mash well, removing all stringy pieces. 

Add all ingredients but marshmallow and cinnamon sugar, mix well. 

Spray or grease lightly a large baking dish.  P

ut a layer of sweet potatoes, then a layer of marshmallows,

repeating until the dish is filled. 

 Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for added flavor. 

Bake at about 350 degrees until HOT. 

 Remove from the oven and place marshmallows on top. 

Return dish to the oven to brown lightly. 

Serves 10-12.

Doe's Eat Place - Greenville

502 Nelson, 38701 - 601 334-3315!/pages/Does-Eat-Place/47990524820
Nationally recognized as one of the best steak houses anywhere, it is certainly one of the more unique settings.  Opened in 1941, Doe's is located in a rundown house on the rough side of town.  However, this hasn't deterred diners such as President Bill Clinton from making tracks to Doe's.  You may be seated in one of the two small dining rooms or perhaps the kitchen.  The perfectly cooked steaks are simply enormous, served up with french fries cooked up in a cast iron skillet.  You can also order tamales, a Delta favorite.  Dinner only, Monday – Saturday.  They have opened a satellite on Hwy 1 in Greenville, but stick with the original if at all possible.  This dining experience is pricey but highly recommended. Open Monday – Saturday, 5 pm to 9 pm.  Tamales are available as a takeout item from 9 am – 9 pm. Two family owned locations in Greenville, MS and Paduca, KY.  Lots of franchises listed on the website.

Donanelle's Bar & Grill - Hattiesburg
4321 U S Highway 49 - 601 545-3860
Open 5pm-9pm weekdays; 5-pm-10pm weekends.

E & L’s Bar-B-Q - Jackson
1111 Bailey Ave. - 601 355-5035
Follow your nose to this smoky BBQ dive and try the combo ribs and links, pan trout (a rare find!) or the rib tips.  The rythmic chopping of a meat cleaver tells you that this is not your ordinary BBQ mush.  "Q" such as this takes time, but you can taste the love and happiness in each bite!  Stop by between 10am and 10pm during the week or stay until midnight on the weekends.

Elite Cafe - Jackson
141 E. Capital Street - 601 352-5606
Located in its present downtown location since way back in 1911.  Seafood is a specialty including the Alabama favorites fried crab claws and West Indies salad, fresh veggies and corn muffins.  Greek baklava is a rich treat for those with a sweet tooth.

Fat Baby's Catfish House - Shaw
3670 Highway 61 South - 662 721-9001

Fat Mama's Tamales - Natchez
303 S Canal St. - 601 442-4548!/pages/Fat-Mamas-Tamales/122192511164000
"Let Fat Mama Light Your Fire" is their slogan.  Located in a log cabin they serve an eclectic mix of tamales, Chili, Gringo Casseroles, Cajun Boudin, Marinated Onions, and more.  Also worthy of note are the Fire and Ice Pickles, Natchez Nachos, and a decadent Snicker Bar Pie.  Wash it down with a "Knock You Naked" Margarita.  Open daily.

Goldie's Trail BBQ - Vicksburg
4127 S Washington - 601 636-9839
The open at 11am and close at 9pm on weeknights; 10pm on the weekend.

Mama Hamil’s Barbeque - Madison

751 Hwy. 51- 601 856-4407!/pages/Mama-Hamils-Southern-Cooking-BBQ-Inc/133381713380884
All you can eat lunch buffet is $9.50.  Pork shoulder here is highly rated by locals.  Swine is smoked for up to 15 hours for a real treat. Veggies are about as fresh as they get - they grow their own! Nice lunch buffet with smokey BBQ pig and fried chicken, good red beans & rice, and turnip greens are done right.  Green beans (riddled with pork fat) are just like Granny used to make.  Dessert options the day we visited consisted of bread pudding or pineapple upside down cake - I topped both with a little vanilla soft serve ice cream.  Fine sweet tea brewed fresh on the premises (plop in a lemon wedge and you're good to go).  Located just a few miles north of Jackson. Open 10:30am to 2pm. Consistently voted one of Jackson's finest home cooking hangouts.  Highly recommended!

Hollywood Cafe - Robinsonville
1585 Old Commerce Road - 662 363-1125!/pages/The-Hollywood-Cafe/324100898114
This lively spot features music and dancing as well as good food.  Specialties include catfish, frog legs, and fried dill pickles.  The Hollywood offers beer and wine coolers.

Jean's - Meridian

2116 Front St. - 601 482-2348
Combo lunch counter and sit-down restaurant.  Good plate lunches at a very affordable price.  Try the lemon ice box pie.  Located in the heart of historic downtown Meridian, just steps from the city’s new railroad station

Jim’s Café – Greenville 

314 Washington Avenue - 662 332-5951
In business for over 50 years and still serving from 7am to 2:30pm.

Jocelyn's - Ocean Springs
Highway 90 East - 228 875-1925
This hot pink building is easily spotted from the highway.  Upscale dining features beef, chicken and seafood.  Save room afterwards for some peanut butter or pecan pie. Open Friday and Saturday only from 5pm-10pm.

Johnny's Two Rivers Restaurant - Canton
1537 West Peace Street - 601 859-9999
Fine dining with a Southern flair. Good seafood choices.

Larry's Fish House -Itta Bena
4238 Highway 7 South - 662 254-6001
Serving lunch Friday only from 11:30 to 1pm.  Dinner is available Thursday through Saturday from 5pm –9pm.

Leatha's Bar-B-Que Inn - Hattiesburg
6374 U.S. Highway 98 West - 601 271-6003
Some say Leatha Jackson is the Queen of Mississippi BBQ.  One of 14 children in her family, she started picking cotton at age 5.  Now she serves up smoky BBQ ribs with cole slaw, real fried potatoes and huge glasses of iced tea.  Hard to find but worth the trip.  Open for lunch and dinner Thursday - Saturday only. No credit cards or checks accepted.  Highly recommended.

The Little Dooey - Starkville/West Point/Columbus
701 Highway 45 North - 662 327-0088!/pages/The-Little-Dooey/175943367274?sk=wall The original opened in 1985, they now have 7 Mississippi locations.  A favorite of ESPN's College Game Day crew ... especially the one and only Lee Corso.  Highly regarded pork BBQ.

Lusco's – Greenwood
722 Carrollton - 662 453-5365!/pages/Luscos-Restaurant/167968569465?sk=info
A truly strange dining experience can be had here: each party dines privately behind drawn curtains with a buzzer provided to summon the waiter.  Originally opened as a grocery store and restaurant in 1933, serving Mama Lusco's famous spaghetti.  Since that time seafood, steaks and chicken have been added to the menu.  Dinner only, Tuesday – Saturday.  Reservations are suggested.  Featured in the Denzel Washington flick “Mississippi Masala.”

Mack's Fish Camp – Hattiesburg
820 River Road - 601 582-5101
Fresh Gulf seafood and Mississippi farm raised catfish. 

Mammy's Cupboard - Natchez 

555 Hwy. 61 S. - 601 445-8957!/pages/Mammys-Cupboard-Natchez-Mississippi/258463451684?sk=wall
From an appearance standpoint, Mammy's is one of the most unique restaurants in the US.  From the highway it appears to be a giant statue of an Aunt Jemima character wearing an antebellum hoop skirt.  The restaurant is actually housed inside the skirt.  Mammy's was built by Henry Gaude in 1940 and it is still owned by the Gaude family.  The lunch room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am - 2 pm with a daily lunch special such as Chicken Pot Pie or Red Beans and Rice, homemade desserts and a tart blueberry lemonade.  They even offer a peanut butter and wild plum jelly sandwich on sourdough bread.

Martin's - Jackson
214 S. State Street - 601 354-9712
Open daily.

Mary Lou's Biscuit Bar - Louisville
127 Cagle Street - 662 773-4939
Favorite spot of hunters looking to bag a good meal. Now serving lunch, they’re open from 5am-2pm.

Mary Mahoney's Old French House - Biloxi
110 Rue Magnolia - 228 374-0163

Mayflower Cafe - Jackson
123 W Capitol St - 601 355-4122
This nostalgic restaurant was started in 1935 and still serves good food at reasonable prices.  Lunch until 2:30pm and dinner from 4:30pm to 9:30pm daily.

Mr. Whiskers Family Catfish Restaurant - McComb
5196 Highway 48 - 601 249-3667
Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30pm-9:30pm and Sundays they only serve lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Old Country Store, The - Lorman
18801 US 61 - 601 437-3661
Open 10-6 daily, owner Arthur Davis turns out some top notch fried chicken, greens and cobbler in this 130 year old structure. Featured on Alton Brown’s Feasting on Asphalt episode 2.

Petty's BBQ - Starkville

103 Hwy 12 West - 662 324-2363
Barbecue, catfish, and pork ribs.  A favorite rustic BBQ shack among MSU students and Bulldog faithful.  Outside dining or carry-out.  Open daily from 9:30am -10pm; check it out folks --- many (including our buddy Brett Noe) swear by it!

Pig Out Barbeque - Natchez

116 South Canal Street - 601 442-8050!/pages/Pig-Out-Inn-BBQ/128763460487607?sk=wall

Primos Cafe - Jackson
2323 Lakeland Drive - 601 936-3701
515 Lake Harbor Drive - 601 898-3600
Opened way back in 1948 and nothing much has changed since.  Comforting atmosphere with red and white vinyl booths.  Rich creamy grits are a breakfast fave.  Some say they are tops in all of the Magnolia State.  Blue plate lunches and steaks and seafood for dinner.  Open for 3 meals a day, Monday-Saturday.

Ramon's - Clarksdale
535 Oakhurst Avenue - 662 624-9230
Fried seafood, chicken livers, crawfish (in season), and more.  Highly recommended by our friend Roger Stolle at Cat Head in Clarksdale.  Give 'em a try! Ramon's was even featured in the September 2005 issue of Gourmet magazine.

The Ranchero - Clarksdale
1907 North State Street (Highway 61) - 662 624-9768

Rayner's Seafood House - Hattiesburg
7343 U S Highway 49 - 601 268-2639

Rowdy's Family Restaurant - Vicksburg

60 Highway 27 - 601 638-2375

Ruben's Fish House - Columbus
171 Moore's Creek Road - 662 328-9880

Scott's Hot Tamales - Greenville
304 Martin Luther King Blvd. (Highway 1 South) - 662 332-4013

The Shed - Ocean Springs
7501 Hwy 57 - 228 875-9590
Locations along the coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.  A favorite lunch spot.

Sherman's Restaurant - Greenville
1400 South Main Street - 601 332-6924
Great fried chicken and juicy steaks.  Opened as a family grocery in 1947; renovated in 1985.  Try the lemon ice box pie for dessert. They also make a tasty coconut, pecan or chocolate pie. A Delta institution for 6 decades.

Solly's Hot Tamales - Vicksburg
1921 Washington Street - 601 636-2020

Steven's Barbecue - Greenwood
208 Fulton Street - 662 453-0313!/people/Stevens-Barbeque/100001567506142?sk=info

Strick's Bar-B-Q & Catering - Hattiesburg
3802 West 4th Street - 601 264-2502
Restaurant, catering and mail order BBQ.

Stub's - Yazoo City
1902 Jerry Clower Boulevard - 662 746-1204

Taylor Grocery - Oxford 

4 County Road 338 - 601 236-1716
Perhaps the Magnolia state's most talked about catfish house, located in Taylor, a town of 300 or so about 10 miles south of Oxford.  This is really a rickety old grocery store with loads of character.  The sign out front declares "Eat or We Both Starve".  Fried catfish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, and french fries taste terrific in this rustic atmosphere.  This is a favorite hangout for Ole Miss students with the munchies.  BYOB; open Thursday - Saturday for dinner only.  Highly recommended ... bring your camera … restaurants don’t get much more rustic!

Ubon's Barbecue - Yazoo City

80 N. Jerry Clower Blvd - 662 716-7100!/group.php?gid=87836889940&v=info
Full menu featuring Champion Barbeque.

Uncle Henry's Place - Lula
5860 Moon Lake Road - 662 337-2757
Located outside of Clarksdale ... this former casino spot has hosted a reception and dinner during the Delta's annual Tennessee Williams Festival.  Williams visited the Moon Lake Casino here as a child.  Today the old casino rooms are filled with cozy beds for guests wanting to stay overnight.  Steaks, seafood and Creole dishes are served with prices being quite reasonable.  The beautifully planted grounds overlook Moon Lake.  Beer is served but BYO booze.

Velvet Cream – Hernando
2290 Highway 51 North – 662-429-6540
Also known as The Dip.  Home of the Velvet Elvis ice cream shake.

Walker's Drive In - Jackson
3016 N. State Street - 601 982-2633
The tamales are perhaps the best in the entire Jackson area.

Walnut Hills - Vicksburg
1214 Adams St - 601 638-4910
Classic Southern home cooked food, the typical menu includes fried chicken and country fried steak, snap beans, purple hull peas, mustard greens, and okra & tomatoes, biscuits and cornbread, sweet tea and  blackberry cobbler for dessert. Open Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 9 pm; Sunday hours 11 am – 2 pm. Mentioned in Southern Living and Bon Appetit; rated 4 stars by the Mobil Travel Guide.

Westside Bar B Que - New Albany
Highway 30 West - 662 534-7276
Once written up in the Oxford American, this is a BBQ joint most well-known for its pies and cakes.  We found the chopped pork to be good if not exceptional.  Beans featured in the BBQ Pork Plate were tasty.  Slaw was a bit dry the day I stopped in and the mustard based potato salad serviceable.  As expected, the cakes and pies stole the show.  The Caramel Cake is a huge favorite with the locals, but I prefer the Banana or Strawberry Cakes.  Both are moist and flavorful.  The fluffy meringue pies looked equally appealing, but I was simply too full to continue sampling.  If you've got a sweet tooth like me, please don't pass this one by when on the "Elvis Highway" between Tupelo and Memphis.  Really good stuff!

White Trolley - Corinth
1215 Hwy 72 East - 662-287-4593!/pages/I-Wish-I-had-a-White-Trolley-Slugburger-from-Corinth-MS/10150101793760006?sk=wall
Home of the infamous "Slug Burger."


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