Dining May 18, 2021
The Ultimate Guide To The Best Restaurants In Mississippi — Pizzas, Tacos, Ice Cream, And More!
When you think of Mississippi, you think of rich Southern cuisine and barbeque, but the state has much more than these. If you are craving it, you can probably find it in Mississippi. Whether you’re seeking a rooftop restaurant, outdoor dining, or an all-you-can-eat buffet, Mississippi’s dining options won’t disappoint. You can also enjoy a quaint hole in the wall deli or winery filled with local flavor and atmosphere. Of course, you might go for a steakhouse burger, Mississippi River or Gulf waterfront restaurant, or even a themed restaurant when you visit. Here are a few restaurants that we think you should try when you visit Mississippi.
The Best Pizza in Mississippi
If you are craving pizza, you will not be singing the Mississippi Delta blues, and you have plenty of excellent choices all across the state. You might not know this, but there is a Mississippi-style pizza. New York and Chicago have nothing on the Bank by Pizza Shack in Olde Towne Clinton. This is a bank turned pizza parlor. You will enjoy the bar covered with coins and currency. A Mississippi-style pizza begins with a special dough and sauce, but it is the toppings that make it unique. What makes it special is chicken, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar, banana peppers, diced tomatoes, and ranch sauce.
This is a combination that is something you simply must try when you visit The Bank by Pizza Shack
The Most Delicious Tacos in Mississippi
Sometimes, the best things are in small packages, and this is the case with Mr. Taco located in Meridian. If it is Taco Tuesday, then you should head over to this unique taco shop. This tiny restaurant serves 12 different types of Tacos. It is a tiny place, but it constantly receives raving reviews from locals, and some even consider it to be the best in the state. You can enjoy treats like Mexican sausage, chicken, pork, and beef tongue. Be forewarned, the tacos are huge.
You will not be disappointed when you visit Mr. Taco.
The Oldest Italian Restaurant in Mississippi
Fans of Italian cuisine will not be disappointed when they visit Lillo's. It has the honor of being the very first Italian restaurant in Mississippi. Lillo's has been around since 1948 and has been operating for over 71 years. It is a family restaurant that serves family-style meals. Their meals are mostly homemade, and you can enjoy a fine selection of wines. Be sure to call ahead before you visit, because sometimes they have live music at Lillo's.
What will you order when you visit?
The Most Mouth Watering Donuts in Mississippi
You might think that all donuts are created equal, but a trip to TatoNut in Ocean Springs just might prove you wrong. They might just have the best selection of unique donuts in the entire United States. What makes them so special? They opened in 1960 and call themselves he "the only real donut." Both tourists and locals love their donuts and cappuccino. The donuts are a special Mohler family recipe and so is the chocolate icing. It is not unusual to see a line going out the door.
They are that good, so you should put TatoNut on your travel itinerary.
The Most Amazing Ice Cream in Mississippi
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Mississippi summers are hot, and it should not surprise you that the competition for the best ice cream is stiff, but if you have to ask, we think Area 51 is the winner. No, we are not talking about THAT Area 51. This one is in Hernando, and it has some of the most famous farm-to-scoop ice cream in the state. The ice cream is made from scratch daily from natural, seasonal produce.
We think that you should visit Area 51 for a nice treat to cool down on a hot day.
One of the Best Bakeries in Mississippi
Baking is a longstanding Southern tradition, and it is not surprising that Mississippi has some excellent bakeries. The small town of New Albany might not be the place that you would suspect to have a nationally recognized bakery, but it is. Sugaree's Bakery ships their famous layer cakes all across the country. They make treats like Praline, Rocky Road, Turtle, and Cream Cheese. They are so famous that you can expect a line.
Are you ready to get in the car and head on over to Sugaree's Bakery yet?
One of a Kind Sandwiches in Mississippi
Have you ever tried fried bologna? The answer to this question probably depends on what part of the country you are from. If you are from the South, we know that you are familiar with it, but everyone else needs to stop by Pig and Pint in Jackson to find out. This resident is in a residential neighborhood and is easy to pass up, but you will not want to because of their famous bologna sandwiches and famous BBQ.
Check out the Pig & Pint for some authentic, local Southern cuisine.
The Most Delicious Mexican Food in Mississippi
When you are in Mississippi, you do not have to cross two states to get authentic Mexican food because Mississippi has plenty to offer. The one that we pick as our favorite is Babalu Tacos and Tapas. They offer an extensive menu that includes fresh, tableside guacamole and gourmet tacos that are a real taste sensation. They call it southern cuisine with a Latin flair. We would certainly suggest the braised beef short rib in a tortilla with horseradish crema sauce and cilantro.
Stop by Babalu Tacos and Tapas on your next trip to Jackson.