Just as the name implies, comfort food is, well, comforting. From perfectly fried chicken and country fried steak to meatloaf and fresh vegetables, no other food can compare to authentic southern cooking. Luckily, Mississippi is full of restaurants that serve hearty, homemade meals just like your grandma use to make. Here are 11 of our favorites (in no particular order):
1. Dale’s (1226 Main St., Southaven)
Opened for over 40 years, Dale’s is one of the best "home cooking family restaurants" in the state. The welcoming atmosphere, low prices, and tasty southern fare, which includes things like country fried steak and fried green tomatoes, make it easy to see why Dale’s has long been a local favorite.
2. The Dinner Bell (229 5th Ave., McComb)
One of the state’s most popular restaurants, the Dinner Bell has been in business for nearly a century. An all-you-can-eat experience with a twist, the classic southern fare is served family style via a large lazy Susan.
3. The Trace Grill (574 Hwy 51 N. Suite F, Ridgeland)
Serving hearty meals in a cozy setting, you’ll feel right at home at The Trace Grill. The tantalizing menu is filled with blue plate specials, plentiful platters, and an array of delicious desserts.
4. The Checker Board Southern Kitchen (2223 S Frontage Rd., Meridian)
Over the years, this "southern kitchen" has become a local favorite. According to customer reviews, the buffet is always "hot, delicious, plentiful, and definitely southern." A quick tip – get there early because the Checker Board is known to fill up fast.
5. Farmer’s Market (6581 U S Highway 49, Hattiesburg)
The perfect place for anyone with a big appetite, Farmer’s Market features a buffet full of southern favorites, like fried chicken and catfish. It even includes some hard-to-find items, like frog legs and alligator.
6. Martha’s Menu (302 Taylor St., Corinth)
Open for breakfast and lunch, you can fill up on everything from biscuits and gravy to country fried steak and meatloaf at Martha’s. In addition to a menu brimming with comfort food, the eatery offers mouthwatering blue plate specials that are sure to hit the spot.
7. Rowdy’s (60 Highway 27, Vicksburg)
This Vicksburg eatery is known for serving up a slew of home cooked favorites. And the fact that it’s been in business since 1988 speaks volumes. Browse the menu, and you’ll find all sorts of southern favorites, including catfish, which has been voted "Vicksburg's Best" for the past 20 years!
8. Romie’s Grocery (804 W. Jackson St., Tupelo)
Even though this Tupelo eatery has only been in business since 2005, it’s already garnered quite the reputation, attracting everyone from locals to celebrities. The menu is brimming with down home southern style cuisine – and a great way to enjoy it all is with a "meat and 3" place lunch. As the name implies, the hearty special includes your choice of a meat and three sides.
9. Country Platter Restaurant (700 Ruby St., Cleveland)
The Country Platter has been in the business of whipping up classic soul food for years now. The all-you-can-eat buffet is full of authentic southern favorites, like smothered pork steak, fried chicken, and butter beans. Even better? Country Platter is open seven days a week.
10. Bovina Cafe (193 Tiffintown Rd., Vicksburg)
This local favorite is the place to go for a true southern soul food experience. Grab a blue plate special, which includes an entrée, three vegetables, salad, dessert, and a drink, for only $10. Be sure to bring cash because credit and debit cards aren’t accepted.
11. Whistle Stop Café (127 Magnolia Dr. S., Wiggins)
With over 40 items on the menu that range from "good old country meals" to burgers and po’ boys, it’s easy to see why customers claim the Whistle Stop has the best food in Stone County. Feeling overwhelmed by all the mouthwatering options? The blue plate specials, fried seafood, and burgers are said to be among the café’s top items.
So, have you ever dined at any of the places listed above? Know of another eatery that should’ve been included? Tell us in the comments section.