If you’re looking for a great meal, small town Mississippi can deliver. Sure, the remote location means you’ll have to trek a few extra miles (and maybe pull out the GPS), but the incredible food more than makes up for it. So, the next time you’re craving a tasty meal, pay a visit to one of these 10 small town restaurants.
1. The Crown
Serving up a fare that’s described as "new southern," the menu at this Indianola eatery is filled with salads, sandwiches, and tasty main dish specialties that change weekly. In addition to great food, The Crown includes an art gallery, bookstore, and gift shop, where you’ll find gifts, food, and more. Visit The Crown at 112 Front Ave., Indianola, MS 38751.
2. Wades Place
With a population of just over 2,000, Eupora is the epitome of a small town. And just like many of Mississippi’s small towns, it’s home to a great restaurant – Wades Place. Open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the eatery features a buffet of catfish, hushpuppies, frog legs, and other local dishes. Visit Wades Place 2027 US-82, Eupora, MS 39744.
3. Rocky Creek Catfish Cottage
A true hidden gem, Rocky Creek Catfish Cottage can be found on the back roads of Lucedale. The restaurant's specialty is all-you-can-eat catfish, but the menu also includes a variety of seafood dishes and steaks. Before the main course, diners get complimentary hushpuppies with a cheesy dipping sauce along with some tasty homemade Cole slaw. Visit Rocky Creek Catfish Cottage at 4196 Old 63 N., Lucedale, MS 39452.
4. Highway 35 Country Diner
If you’re looking to get your fill of traditional southern cooking, then this is the place for you. Visit during breakfast and you’ll find a menu filled with true southern classics, including tomato gravy that is so good, you’ll swear your grandma made it. Head to the diner later in the day and you’ll be met with a buffet made up of home-cooked classics, including the restaurant’s specialty, Mrs. Candy’s fried chicken. Visit Highway 35 Country Diner at1504 MS-35, Foxworth, MS 39483.
5. Stark’s Family Restaurant
A remote restaurant with a full parking lot is usually a tell-tale sign of a good eatery – and that’s exactly the case with Stark’s. And while the building’s exterior may show signs its age, the home-cooked fare is just as good as it was when the doors were first opened in 1984. Visit Stark’s at 28082 MS-28, Hazlehurst, MS 39083.
6. Como Steakhouse
In spite of its obscure location, Como Steakhouse has won numerous awards. Most recently, its filet mignon was included in Memphis Magazine’s "Top 10 Dishes for 2017." Visit Como Steakhouse at 203 Main St., Como, MS 38619.
7. Jourdan River Steamer
Head to this recently reopened eatery, and you can indulge on all your under-the-sea favorites, including Maine lobster, oysters, and king, snow, and Dungeness crabs. And don’t let its remote location deter you; it’s not uncommon for patrons to travel for hours just to get a bite of the tasty fare. Visit Jourdan River Steamer at 15152 Hwy. 603, Kiln, Mississippi 39556.
8. Vine Brothers
An all-in-one gas station, restaurant, and meat market, Vine Brothers is located in the small town of Centreville. Specializing in "quality meats," the restaurant grills up some of the best BBQ in the area, and that’s in addition to a buffet brimming with soul food. Visit Vine Brothers at 115 MS-24, Centreville, MS 39631.
9. Coleman’s Bar-B-Q
This longtime favorite has been serving up its mouthwatering barbecue for decades. One of the biggest praises customers give the eatery is the fact that the food tastes just as good as it did when Coleman’s first opened all those years ago. Visit Coleman’s at 312 E Main St., Senatobia, MS 38668.
Despite its location in a small town, this restaurant is hard to miss, and that’s because it’s housed in a huge barn. Much more than a unique exterior, Berry’s features a buffet loaded with southern favorites, including the "Best US Farm Raised Catfish in Mississippi." Visit Berry’s at 2942 US 49, Florence, MS 39073.
So, have you eaten at any of the eateries mentioned above? Know of a small town restaurant that should’ve been included? Tell us in the comments section.