Mississippi is located on the Gulf of Mexico, boasts a nationally ranked seafood trail, and has a booming catfish industry. All of which means one thing; you can find amazing seafood in Mississippi. From nationally ranked restaurants and award-winning chefs to signature creations guaranteed to make your mouth water, these 11 restaurants serve up some of the best seafood in the state.
1. Taylor Grocery, Taylor
Attracting people from all over the country, Taylor Grocery has been serving up the “south’s best catfish” since the late-1970s. The place tends to get pretty crowded, so a wait is likely but after just one bite of the restaurant’s perfectly fried catfish, you’ll agree it was worth it.
2. 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 seafood po’ boys around. And it’s not just the locals that think so – Bozo’s has been featured in several publications, including USA Today.
3. Blow Fly Inn, Gulfport
Included on Southern Living’s “Top 10 Southern Seafood Dives,” Blow Fly Inn is situated on the serene Bayou Bernard, which means the restaurant’s mouthwatering fare is joined by amazing views. The She-Crab Bisque and combination fried shrimp and oyster po’ boy are among the restaurant’s top sellers.
4. Sal & Phil’s Seafood and Lounge, Ridgeland
Recently named the “Best Seafood Restaurant” in the Jackson area, Sal and Phil’s extensive menu includes everything from po’ boys and crab cakes to crab meat stuffed jalapenos and fried crawfish tails.
5. The Crown, Indianola
Classified as “new southern cuisine,” the food at The Crown may not be what you’re used to, but any restaurant with the motto, “Eat like a king,” has to be good. Since opening in 1976, The Crown has perfected a number of seafood dishes, including the popular Catfish Allison. The dish is prepared by topping a filet with a cream sauce.
6. City Grocery, Oxford
Oxford’s City Grocery has gained a reputation for great seafood and impressive culinary creations, which probably has something to do with the fact that the restaurant’s chef has won both the James Beard Award and the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Among the menu’s seafood options you’ll find classics, like catfish and scallops, as well as unique concoctions, like crawfish beignets. And if you absolutely can’t decide what to order, go with the restaurant’s signature dish – shrimp and grits.
7. Chunky Shoals Fish Camp, Chunky
Located on the Chunky River, beautiful views and mouthwatering seafood are perfectly intertwined at this local favorite. The family-owned restaurant serves up amazing seafood with sides to match. Among the fried, grilled, and blackened seafood options that fill the menu you’ll find Chunky’s “famous" hushpuppies.
8. Juju & Crista’s Shrimpboat Café, Corinth
This small Corinth restaurant may not look like much on the outside but inside you’ll find some of the best seafood in the state. From po’ boys and platters to gumbo and etouffee, the menu has just about anything you can think of - even gator, which, according to customer reviews, shouldn’t be missed.
9. Mack’s Fish Camp, Hattiesburg
If you’re looking to get your fill of great seafood, you’ll want to head to Mack’s. The restaurant has a 45’ long seafood buffet! Even better, Mack’s is located on the Bouie River, which means every meal is served with a great view.
10. Jerry’s Catfish House, Florence
Housed in a giant white igloo, Jerry’s may not look like your standard restaurant, and that’s because it’s not. The local favorite serves up all-you-can-eat catfish that has been referred to as “the best in the state.”
11. Mary Mahoney’s, Biloxi
Housed in one of the country’s oldest homes, a trip to Mary Mahoney’s truly a unique experience; one that your taste buds will definitely enjoy. The menu is full of local favorites, like fried green tomatoes topped with crab meat, and a ton of signature seafood creations, such as Half Lobster Georgo – a lobster tail topped with a rich cream sauce made from Parmesan, lobster and shrimp.