In some places, a sandwich can be a pretty boring option for a meal. Luckily, Mississippi isn’t one of those places. Between overstuffed po’ boys, buns piled high with smoky barbecue, and local creations that can’t be found anywhere else, sandwiches in Mississippi can’t be beat. Thankfully, Mississippi is filled with locally owned eateries, making it easy to get your hands (and mouth) on an amazing sandwich; here are 12 of them.
1. Oby’s Restaurant, Starkville, Oxford, and Tupelo
Opened since 1976, Oby’s is a must when in northern Mississippi. The Cajun-inspired menu features an authentic Muffaletta sandwich and a variety of po' boys, including Oby’s famous alligator po’ boy.
2. Kellie’s Poor Boy Express, Picayune
This local favorite started off as just a small lunch counter in a gas station. Over the years, the location has changed but the great food has been a constant. From delicious po’ boys to mouthwatering muffalettas, the sandwiches at Kellie’s will not disappoint.
3. Lil Ray’s Po' boys and Seafood, Gulfport
This coastal restaurant has been serving its signature po’ boys for over 40 years now, and for good reason. The gravy for Lil Ray’s famous roast beef po’ boys is made in-house, only fresh, local seafood is used, and the French bread is delivered daily from New Orleans.
4. Pirate’s Cove, Pass Christian
Ask any Pass Christian local where to get a good po’ boy and they’ll undoubtedly mention this restaurant. In business for decades, Pirate’s Cove has perfected everything from seafood to gravy-drenched roast beef po’ boys.
5. Ole Biloxi Schooner Restaurant, Biloxi
This family-owned restaurant may be a bit off the beaten path but is definitely worth the trip. Ole Biloxi Schooner has been serving the Gulf Coast for over 30 years, and according to customer reviews, the overstuffed po’ boys are the “best in Biloxi.”
6. Dutch Oven, Clarksdale
Located inside a 1927 passenger train depot, this Clarksdale restaurant has become a favorite among both locals and tourists since opening in 2003. The amazing sandwiches are all served on bread that is baked in-house on a daily basis, and that includes the Dutch Oven’s specialty and local staple – a pimento and cheese sandwich.
7. United Deli and Grocery, Columbus
Here in Mississippi, if there’s one thing we love as much as sweet tea, it’s amazing gas station food. And Columbus’ United Deli and Grocery offers just that. Between the subs, muffalettas, gyros, and po’ boys, this local favorite has something for everyone.
8. The Blind Pig Pub and Deli, Oxford
A combination of a great atmosphere and even better food, it’s easy to see why the Blind Pig Pub is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The robust menu includes a variety of options, including the “best sandwiches in town.”
9. B.B.’s Po’ boys and Seafood, Ocean Springs
Since opening in 1990, this Ocean Springs’ restaurant has become known for their mouthwatering homemade sandwiches, which include everything from classic po’ boys to signature sandwiches.
10. Big Apple Inn, Jackson
The Big Apple Inn has been serving Jackson for over 100 years, which means they’ve had plenty of time to perfect one of their most popular items – a pig ear sandwich. The local specialty is made by placing a cooked pig’s ear between two buns that have been slathered with spicy mustard. Not feeling too adventurous? Another popular item is the “smokes,” which is simply a smoked sausage sandwich.
11. In and Out Breakfast and Lunch, Biloxi
This Biloxi gem is proof that a New York-style deli can be a great place to grab an amazing sandwich – for breakfast or lunch. In and Out’s signature 3” thick sandwiches, which are the creation of formally-trained Chef Monti, are made with only the freshest of ingredients. Guaranteed to have your order on the table in five minutes or less, In and Out lives up to its promise of providing “fresh food fast, never fast food.”
12. Bozo’s Grocery, Pascagoula
Tucked away in the back corner of this Pascagoula grocery store is a lunch counter that sells some of the best po’ boys around. And it’s not just the locals that think so – Bozo’s has been featured in several publications, including USA Today.
Where else do you go when you get a hankering for a mouthwatering sandwich? Tell us in the comments section below.