When it comes to unsuspecting restaurants, Mississippi has plenty. You know; the types of places that, if it weren’t for word-of-mouth, probably wouldn’t be around. Focusing on their fare rather than frills, these kinds of eateries may not be the most eye-catching but you won’t mind one bit because they serve food so good, it should be illegal.
1. Bill's Creole and Steak Depot (471 Railroad Ave., Flora)
A small town, Flora is home to the Petrified Forest, about 2,000 residents, and this amazing eatery. In business for years, Bill’s serves up a mouthwatering fare, which includes everything from steaks and seafood to Creole-inspired dishes, such as crawfish etouffee, gumbo, and red beans and rice.
2. Old Hickory Steak House (1301 Hwy 45 N., Columbus)
Raved about by locals, a visit to Old Hickory Steak House is a must for any steak lover. The Columbus eatery is known for its melt-in-your-mouth steaks, which are charcoal grilled and served with perfectly cooked baked potatoes and crispy garlic toast.
3. Beechwood Restaurant and Lounge (4451 Clay St., Vicksburg)
Opened in 1956, Breechwood offers family-friendly dining, a full bar, live entertainment, and great food, of course. The Vicksburg staple features a menu filled with southern favorites, all of which are prepared using family recipes that have been passed down for generations, making for one memorable, and tasty, dining experience.
4. Becky’s Burgers (831 McLaurin Dr. NE, Magee)
Proving that good things do come in small packages, this tiny Magee eatery has gained a reputation for serving some of the best hamburgers in the entire state. In fact, people drive from miles around just for a taste of the mouthwatering burgers, which, according to customers, are "big, juicy, and fantastic."
5. Kathryn’s on Moon Lake (5770 Moon Lake Rd., Lula)
For over 70 years, Kathryn’s has been serving up authentic southern comfort food in a true Delta setting. Aside from the delectable fare, it’s the at-home atmosphere customers rave about. From the red-and-white checkered tablecloths to the cozy dining area, you’ll feel right at home at this Lula treasure.
6. Two Sister’s Creole Kitchen (119A Highway 11 S., Picayune)
Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary, this Picayune eatery is definitely doing something right. And if you ask the customers, that "something" is an incredible fare of po’ boys, pasta dishes, and plenty of seafood.
7. Ms. Bar-B-Que (3421 N Liberty St., Canton)
This Canton restaurant may be modest in appearance but the fare is sure to satisfy. Browse the menu, and you’ll find a variety of fast-food eats, including barbecue, burgers, and fried fish.
8. Alice’s Café (2918 7th Ave., Gulfport)
Even though Alice’s Café is located just minutes from the often-hectic Pass Road, many are unaware of its existence – and that’s a real shame because the food is absolutely incredible. Look over the menu, and aside from a variety of appetizers and specialty sandwiches, you’ll find daily specials, which include hearty dishes, such as smothered pork chops, meatloaf, and pastas.
9. Betty Davis Grocery (3359 Old Oxford Rd., Waterford)
The fact that residents of the food-centric city of Oxford head to Betty Davis Grocery when craving barbecue speaks volumes. A bit off the beaten path, the roadside barbecue joint features a menu brimming with smoky goodness, but the mouthwatering ribs are definitely a customer favorite.
10. Granny’s Corner (6935 Burt Jordan Rd. SE, Mccall Creek)
A true hidden gem, Granny’s Corner is tucked away in the small community of McCall Creek. In addition to serving as a general store, the local favorite is known for preparing some of the best food in the area. Offering both breakfast and lunch, Granny’s Corner features daily specials and an extensive menu that includes everything from sandwiches to steaks.
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