Having been around for years, a visit to any of these 10 restaurants means you’ll get your fill of delicious food
and local history.
1. Bill's Hamburgers, Amory
This Amory staple was established in 1929, and while many things have changed since then, one thing has remained the same – the secret recipe used to make the one-of-a-kind burgers Bill’s has become known for.
2. Onward Country Store, Rolling Fork
This general store and restaurant is known today for its delicious hamburgers, but the Onward Store has another claim to fame – it was the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s famous bear hunt, which, of course, resulted in the creation of the Teddy bear.
3. Ramon’s Restaurant, Clarksdale
Proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover, this Clarksdale gem doesn’t look too appetizing from the outside, but step inside and you’ll find some of the best food in the state. Ramon’s fare includes everything from chicken livers to spaghetti to a virtually endless supply of fried goodies, which are always crunchy and never greasy.
4. Weidmann’s, Meridian
Weidmann’s first opened in 1870, and its iconic image lives on through the restaurant’s servers, who are more than happy to give customers a history lesson on Weidmann’s and its impact on Mississippi culture.
5. Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain, Corinth
Open since 1865, Borroum’s is the oldest operating drug store and soda fountain in the state. Stop by this Corinth gem and enjoy Borroum’s specialty, the slug burger, in a nostalgic atmosphere that is sure to transport you back to yesteryear.
6. Mary Mahoney’s, Biloxi
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 garnered quite the reputation, even attracting presidents, celebrities, and dignitaries.
7. Mammy’s Cupboard, Natchez
Built in 1940, this larger-than-life mammy stands at 28’ tall and offers diners the chance to fill up on home-cooked classics, gourmet sandwiches, and homemade desserts in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
8. The Old Country Store, Lorman
Housed in a building that is over 100 years old, a visit to Lorman’s Old Country Store is truly a unique experience. The still functioning general store includes a restaurant that has become famous for serving “the best fried chicken in the south,” which is prepared by the singing cook, Mr. D.
9. The Dinner Bell, McComb
The Dinner Bell has been at its present location since 1959, but the restaurant actually first opened nearly a century ago. Boasting a “uniquely southern round table” atmosphere, the Dinner Bell offers everything from the “finest steaks” to the “best catfish in the south,” making it easy to see why it has remained a local favorite all these years.
10. Mayflower Café, Jackson
This historic restaurant has been serving Jackson since 1935, making it the oldest restaurant in the capital city. Aside from a unique fare that perfectly combines local cuisine and Greek seasonings, the Mayflower Café is known for being the creator of Comeback Sauce – a Mississippi condiment that goes well with just about anything fried.