From remote locations to inconspicuous buildings, some of Mississippi’s best restaurants are also some of the hardest to find. And since we’d hate for you to miss out on any mouthwatering dining options, we put together this list of some of the tastiest restaurants hidden throughout the state. Take a look:
1. Underground Café (2476 Memphis Street, Hernando)
Tucked away in a basement, visitors have to venture down a set of steep stairs in order to access this hidden Hernando eatery. Aside from the unique location, it’s the made-from-scratch Cajun-American cuisine that customers can’t stop talking about.
2. Cowboy Jim’s Riverside Restaurant (186 Highway 35, Prentiss)
Situated in the “middle of nowhere” on the banks of the Bouie River in the center of a Certified Wildlife Habitat, this restaurant boasts a beautiful, secluded setting and a menu filled with everything from hamburger steak and chicken tenders to filet mignon and seafood.
3. Sonny’s Smokehouse (8936 Highway 15, Ackerman)
Between the small building and remote location, this Ackerman eatery is a bit difficult to find, but once you’ve tried the delicious ribs, tender brisket, and out-of-this world steak, you won’t regret making the trip.
4. Crawdad Hole (129 N Main Street, Water Valley)
Included in Food & Wine’s cross-country list of “remarkable little food towns,” the streets of Water Valley are dotted with several great restaurants, one of which is the Crawdad Hole. Specifically named in the Food & Wine article, the local favorite can be found inside an old gas station.
5. The Simmons-Wright Company Store (5493 Highway 11/80, Kewanee)
Tucked away in the small town of Kewanee, you’ll find the state’s oldest general store, which just so happens to include an amazing restaurant that serves delicious home-cooked meals.
6. Mary Lou’s Biscuit Bar (127 Cagle Street, Louisville)
If you’re craving an amazing, “down home country breakfast,” you’ll definitely want to visit this hidden Louisville gem, which is known for a mouthwatering fare that includes delicious homemade biscuits, of course.
7. The Onward Store (6693 Highway 61, Rolling Fork)
This still-functioning general store, which is located on a remote stretch of Highway 61 in the Delta, has been serving locals and hunters since 1913. In recent years, it has grown to include a restaurant that serves a variety of southern favorites, from homemade pig skins to fried chicken.
8. Dempsey’s Steak and Seafood (6208 Kiln Delisle Road, Kiln)
With a population of less than 2,500, “the Kiln,” isn’t exactly overflowing with restaurants, which makes this amazing eatery even more of a treat. In addition to delicious seafood and Cajun-inspired dishes, Dempsey’s is known for serving up mouthwatering steaks, which according to customer reviews, are always cooked to perfection (and your preference).
9. Louise’s BBQ (588 Salem Road, Picayune)
Located in Picayune’s Salem community, this barbecue restaurant is about as remote as you can get. In business for years, Louise’s has garnered a reputation for its delicious hickory-smoked meats, sandwiches, and homemade desserts.
10. Friendship House, (20025 Doss Drive, Aberdeen)
The Friendship House may be located in the middle of nowhere but that hasn’t stopped hungry patrons from visiting the restaurant, which probably has something to do with the fact that the eatery’s catfish has been named some of the best in the country by Taste of the South magazine.