A memorable dining experience usually results from the perfect combination of quality food, great service, and an amazing atmosphere. And while Mississippi is practically overloaded with remarkable restaurants, these 10 are sure to give you an unforgettable experience. Want to see Part 1 of this list? Click
1. Mammy’s Cupboard, Natchez
If dining underneath the skirt of a nearly 30’ tall woman doesn’t qualify as an unforgettable experience, I don’t know what does. Over the years, this Natchez eatery has become a must-visit for tourists and locals alike, which can definitely be attributed to the amazing southern-style home cooking and hospitable service.
2. Leatha’s Barbecue, Hattiesburg
This barbecue joint has been attracting both foodies and celebrities since 1976, and for good reason. Not only has Leatha’s been the recipient of numerous awards but the nationally renowned restaurant has been featured on several television shows as well as being the subject of the book, “If These Walls Could Talk.”
3. Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain, Corinth
Whoever said you can’t revisit the past has never been to Borroum’s. The local mainstay has been in business since 1865, making it the state’s oldest operating drug store and soda fountain. From the black-and-white checkered floor to the nostalgic décor to the delicious food, visitors to this historic eatery are guaranteed a one-of-a-kind experience.
4. Doe’s Eat Place, Greenville
Originally opened in 1941 as a honky tonk, Doe’s Eat Place eventually transformed into a full-time restaurant after one local doctor showing up for lunch turned into two and so on. In addition to the hot tamales that made Doe’s famous, the menu also includes award-winning steaks and southern classics. And while there can only be one original, Doe’s Eat Place has expanded and now includes numerous locations in several different states.
5. Gin Mill Galleries Restaurant and Bar, Indianola Mississippi
The Gin Mill Restaurant, which is located next to the B.B. King Museum, just so happens to be the former site of the Fletcher-Barnett Gin, a past employer of B.B. King. And for a music enthusiast, what could be more memorable than dining in the exact spot the Blues legend used to work? The restaurant includes a gallery and gift shop and also serves as a performance venue, attracting bands from all over the world. Aside from the great atmosphere, diners can enjoy local classics such as pimento cheese, fried bologna sandwiches, and pulled pork.
6. RUST Restaurant at the Shack-Up Inn, Clarksdale
This Clarksdale business has long been known for its unique accommodations but the inn has something else to offer guests – awesome food thanks to the onsite restaurant, RUST. Aside from the traditional southern fare, guests are promised “good vibes and a relaxed atmosphere,” which can be accredited in part to the live musical performances that often take place at RUST.
7. Weidmann’s, Meridian
This historic Meridian restaurant has been in business for nearly 150 years, and in that time has attracted locals, tourists, and celebrities. Throughout the years, Weideman’s has been the recipient of several awards as well as been featured in numerous books, magazines, cookbooks, and television shows. Guests to the Meridian eatery are treated to both traditional southern dishes, many of which are original recipes, and new classics. Want to know more about the history of Weidmann’s? Your server will be able to give you the entire lowdown on the restaurant, including its influence on the state’s heritage and culture.
8. Mary Mahoney’s, Biloxi
If dining in one of the country’s oldest homes sounds like your idea of an unforgettable experience, then a trip to Mary Mahoney’s should definitely be in your plans. The beautiful home that houses the restaurant was constructed in 1737, and remained a residence until 1962 when it was transformed into Mary Mahoney’s. In the years since its opening, this coastal gem has garnered quite the reputation for its “elegant meals,” which can be enjoyed in the ambient dining room or private courtyard.
9. The Crystal Grill, Greenwood
In business for over 40 years, this family-owned diner has become somewhat of a Greenwood landmark. The lengthy menu is filled with everything from southern favorites to American classics, sure to please even the pickiest of taste buds. Featured in Southern Living as well as on the Food Network and TBS, the Crystal Grill is a must when in the Delta.
10. The Tomato Place, Vicksburg
This Vicksburg eatery may not look like much on the outside, but don’t let that fool you! The onetime fruit stand has been transformed into one of the city’s best restaurants, serving southern favorites such as po’boys, BLTs, sweet potato fries, and peach cobbler. And if it’s locally produced items that you’re after, the Tomato Place can deliver since it offers locally-grown fruits and vegetables as well as homemade jams and preserves.
Have you dined at any of the restaurants listed above? Or have a unique eatery to add to the list? Tell us in the comments section below. And while you’re doing that, I’ll be grabbing a bite to eat…for some reason, I’m starving!