The year is more than halfway over, but there’s still time. “Time for what?” you ask. Time to visit some of Mississippi’s tastiest, most iconic eateries. Think you (and your taste buds) are up for it? Read on to learn about the classic restaurants that belong on your bucket list.
Opened in 1870, Weidmann’s takes the title of Mississippi’s oldest restaurant. And what better way to start this list than with the oldest eatery in the state? Over the years, Weidmann’s has earned national recognition for its tasty southern fare, which includes world famous black bottom pie.
Address: 210 22nd Avenue, Meridian, MS, 39301
2. Doe’s Eat Place
This eatery was originally opened in 1941 as a honky-tonk. Eventually, however, it was transformed into a full-time restaurant known for its award-winning steak. Today, there are several Doe’s restaurants in various states. Of course, there can only be one original and it’s right here in Greenville, Mississippi.
Address: 502 Nelson Street, Greenville, MS, 38701
3. The Crystal Grill
In business for more than 70 years, this family-owned diner has become a Greenwood staple. The lengthy menu is filled with everything from southern favorites to American classics. Over the years, the legendary eatery — and its famous pie — has been featured in countless publications as well as on the Food Network and TBS.
Address: 423 Carrollton Avenue, Greenwood, MS, 38930
4. Walnut Hills
Not only is this eatery housed in a historic building, but it serves up a slew of southern classics, including some of the best fried chicken in the state, possibly the world. You even have the option to enjoy your food à la carte or roundtable-style. The latter definitely makes for a unique (and old-fashioned) dining experience.
Address: 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS, 39183
5. Old Country Store
The all-you-can-eat buffet at this Lorman restaurant may be filled with southern classics but it’s the fried chicken that customers can’t get enough of. The award winning chicken has even been featured on the Food Network and included in Yahoo’s listing of the "Best Fried Chicken." Only adding to the experience, the restaurant’s walls are lined with antiques and other items for sale.
Address: 18801 US-61, Lorman, MS, 39096
6. Taylor Grocery
Known simply as "the catfish place," this eatery serves up some of the best catfish around — and has been doing so for decades. The fact that it’s housed in a building that dates back to the 1800s only adds to its charm.
Address: 4 First Street Taylor, MS, 38673
7. H.D. Gibbes & Sons
Tucked away in the tiny town of Learned, H.D. Gibbes & Sons has been around since the 1800s! It originally opened as a general store and still serves as one to this day. Several nights a week, it transforms into a restaurant that has become known for its perfectly grilled steaks.
Address: 140 Main Street, Learned, MS, 39154
8. Mammy’s Cupboard
Because you never know when you’ll have another chance to dine underneath the skirt of an almost 30-foot tall woman, a visit to this unique Natchez landmark should be on everyone’s bucket list. Aside from daily hot plate specials like chicken and dumplings and beef pot pie, Mammy’s Cupboard is known for delicious (and enormous) pies. Be sure to save room for dessert.
Address: 555 US-61, Natchez, MS, 39120
9. Mary Mahoney’s
Housed in one of the oldest homes in the country, this Biloxi gem is loaded with history. The historic home was constructed in 1737 and by 1962, it was transformed into the renowned Mary Mahoney’s. Since opening its doors, this restaurant has been frequented by everyone from locals and tourists to celebrities and presidents.
Address: 110 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi, MS, 39530
10. The Onward Store
This Rolling Fork staple’s original claim to fame was being the site of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous bear hunt. Today, it’s known for something else — amazing food made with only the freshest ingredients. While there, be sure to check out the gift shop, which is full of Teddy bear-related merchandise.
Address: 6693 US-61, Rolling Fork, MS, 39159
So, how many of these iconic eateries have you dined at? Which restaurants would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments section.