Some of Mississippi’s best restaurants are a bit out of the way. And though they may require travelling to small towns or rural locales or navigating back roads, their food is so good, it’s completely worth it. Need proof? Read on for 10 out of the way restaurants that are so worth the pilgrimage.
1. Mr. Whiskers Family Catfish Restaurant
This family owned fish house is located in the small town of Summit, not far from Percy Quin State Park. Despite its remote locale, it continues to draw in crowds, which probably has something to do with the eatery’s mouthwatering buffet, which, of course, includes catfish. Mr. Whiskers Family Catfish Restaurant is located at 5196 State Highway 48 West, Summit, MS 39666.
2. Country Diner
This eatery may be out of the way, but it’s more than worth the trek. A great place to satisfy appetites of all sizes, the diner is known for its incredible buffet, which is full of southern classics, including some of the best fried chicken in the state. Country Diner is located at 1504 MS-35, Foxworth, MS 39483.
3. Lloyds Harper Road Café
Dubbed a "culinary destination," this longstanding café belongs on every Mississippian’s bucket list. Open for breakfast and lunch, it’s a great visit any time of day. And if you do stop by for breakfast, be sure to try the chocolate gravy – it’s a customer favorite. Lloyds Harper Road Café is located at 1401 N Harper Rd., Corinth, MS 38834.
4. Jourdan River Steamer
If you got a hankering for seafood, this small town restaurant is the place for you! Stop by and fill up on all your favorites from under the sea, including fresh fish, lobster, crabs, and oysters. The menu also features steaks and pasta dishes, so there really is something for everyone. Jourdan River Steamer is located at 15152 MS-603, Kiln, MS 39556.
5. Bar-B-Q By Jim
This BBQ joint is situated a bit off the highway but well worth finding. In addition to delicious BBQ, the eatery offers a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, making it a must-visit. Bar-B-Q By Jim is located at 203 Commerce St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
6. Tin Lizzie Café
Because this café is situated near the highway, it attracts a great deal of travelers, which has only increased its popularity – despite its small town locale. And, with a menu that includes everything from burgers to comfort food, it’s no doubt a great choice to re-fuel. Tin Lizzie Café is located at 8041 US-45 ALT, West Point, MS 39773.
7. Spencer’s Dairy Kream
Travelling back to the 50s is much easier than you though. It simply requires trekking a little ways off the highway to this themed diner. The menu includes classic fast food eats and sweet treats, making this a great visit for the entire family. Spencer’s Dairy Kream is located at 279 Sunset Dr., Grenada, MS 38901.
8. Jordan’s Fish Camp
Hiding in a town of 565, this isn’t a restaurant you’d just stumble upon; however, it’s definitely worth travelling for. A longtime local favorite, it’s known for its incredible catfish and seafood. Jordan’s Fish Camp is located at 694 US-45, State Line, MS 39362.
9. Landmark Café and Grill
Situated in a small town a few miles off the main highway, it’d be easy to pass up this Lucedale eatery – but you definitely don’t want to do that. The menu features a "unique blend of Cajun/American food," making for an unforgettably tasty dining experience. Landmark Café and Grill is located at 5173 Main St., Lucedale, MS 39452.
10. Marshall Steakhouse
Marshall Steakhouse is tucked away in the small town of Holly Springs. Though opened less than two years, the rustic restaurant has already become known for its mouthwatering steaks. For the die-hard steak fans, there’s the 72-ounce Steak Challenge, which requires eating a 72-ounce steak, baked potato, salad, and shrimp cocktail in less than an hour. Marshall Steakhouse is located at 2379 Hwy. 178 West, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
So, ever been to any of the restaurants mentioned above? Have one to add? Tell us in the comments section.