As warmer weather returns to Coastal Mississippi, so does the reinvigorating spirit of coastal life both on and within the waters. With 62 miles of scenic shoreline, including 26 miles of white sand beaches, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the ideal place to uncover authentic, coastal cuisine and unique experiences that will entice the senses!
The seafood industry has played an integral role in the history and evolution of our regional cuisine with more than 200 species of fish and nationally recognized oysters and domestic shrimp. Nourished by the freshwater of the area’s many rivers and the salty waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Coastal Mississippi’s abundance of fresh seafood from fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters is enough to make taste buds swoon with every bite.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast also boasts layers of flavor and influence that evolved over our 300-year history. Infused by generations of people and cultures from around the world, the history of the region’s fishing culture is as deep and wide as the Gulf itself. The myriad of flavors and fusions coastal cuisine offers keep travelers longing for this distinctive culinary experience.
From fine dining to casual, toes-in-the-sand eateries, Coastal Mississippi’s food scene is a roulette wheel of intriguing palate-pleasing delights. With our temperate climate and fertile landscape, the exceptional local produce found in shops, markets, and restaurants across the region continually adds appeal to the appetizing fare. From Pascagoula to Waveland, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian, and everywhere else in between, the farm-to-table restaurants serve up some of the most delicious dishes using the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers.
Enjoy one of several down-home dives for casual eats in a laid-back atmosphere. Watch the sunset from the deck of any of the dozens of beach and bayfront restaurants. For outdoor enthusiasts, catch and cook the day’s haul following a fishing expedition with one of the expert boat captains.
Of course, no trip to Coastal Mississippi is complete without a special night out at one of the many fabulous fine-dining restaurants. From a sophisticated take on authentic Asian cuisine, steaks cooked to perfection, and a spin on traditional Cajun French and seafood, there’s no shortage of amazing options in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With 12 area luxury casino resorts, several award-winning restaurants, and a few James Beard Award nominees, we know how to fine dine and dine fine. Just make sure to leave room for dessert!
Let this coastal destination lure you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Plan your next culinary adventure in Coastal Mississippi and delight in the decadent culinary treasures that await.
- by Erin Byers Murray