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Road Tripping through Restaurants in Mississippi

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

There’s no end to the deliciousness when you’re traveling in Mississippi. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in Mississippi for feasting.

Abe’s Grill, Cornith

Abe’s Grill has been a fixture of the Corinth food scene for forty-seven years. The restaurant’s decor, inside and outside, reflects the pinnacle of roadside Americana – as does their menu, which features a variety of southern breakfast and lunch staples. 

Best Bite: Abe’s is known for hamburgers, but the breakfast is not to be missed. Order anything from their breakfast menu—it’s all good—just be sure it comes with a biscuit.

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Crystal Grill, Greenwood

Although the Crystal Grill is perhaps best known for its amazing pies, the restaurant offers a wonderful variety of seafood, fish, pasta, steaks, sandwiches, and other scratch-made favorites. The overall vibe is unpretentious and casual, with the food clearly in the spotlight. 

Best Bite: Save room for their decadent coconut pie. It’s topped with a mountain of meringue.

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Saint Leo, Oxford

Saint Leo serves us Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza and other Italian favorites in a hip setting, just two blocks from the Square in Oxford. The restaurant was recognized in 2017 by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant.

Best Bite: You really can’t beat the classic margherita pizza. If you’re there for breakfast, try their delightfully spicy avocado toast.

Movie Star, Hattiesburg

Classic Southern comfort food is the star of the show at the Movie Star Restaurant in Hattiesburg. The family-owned, buffet-style restaurant serves up recipes “just like mother used to make” (literally, recipes from the owners’ mom). Come hungry. 

Best Bite: Don’t pass up the fried chicken. That’s what they’re known for.

Pig & Pint, Jackson

Jackson’s Pig & Pint takes barbecued meat to the next level. Plate lunches are available for traditionalists, while more adventurous eaters may opt for their delicious barbecue tacos. Their selection of draft craft beers is rotated regularly, so there’s always something new to sample. 

Best Bite: Try the BBQ taco sampler to combine your choice of pork, chicken, brisket, or fried green tomato. (Choose three.)

Castle Restaurant & Pub, Natchez

Located in the former carriage house of the Dunleith Historic Inn, the Castle Restaurant is a cozy English-style pub that boasts the most extensive wine list in the state and upscale Southern cuisine that’s frequently updated to include seasonal items. 

Best Bite: Order the filet. It’s served with your choice of chimichurri, creole mustard cream, or black garlic and blue cheese butter.

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CAET, Ridgeland

CAET (pronounced “Kate”) offers an upscale, yet casual, seafood and oyster bar dining experience and full bar service. If you’re interested in sharing, a variety of tapas-style options are available. Not inclined to share? Try their to-die-for wagyu burger.

Best Bite: CAET’s broiled oysters rockefeller are available as an appetizer. Combine that with a few other small plates, and you’re set for an unforgettable evening.

The Neon Pig, Tupelo

The Neon Pig is an “old school” butcher shop, market, and restaurant that processes its own local grass-fed cows, heritage pigs, and free-range chickens. In 2015, the Pig’s smash burger was named the best burger in America by Thrillist.com. 

Best Bite: The smash burger, of course. It’s a blend of choice beef cuts and Benton’s bacon, served on a ciabatta bun with bacon bits, cheddar, onion, and a special comeback sauce. 

Rusty’s Riverfront Grill, Vicksburg

Located on Vicksburg’s historic Washington Street, Rusty’s specializes in seafood, with some tempting steak and chicken options available for those so inclined. Be sure to check the restaurant’s chalkboard menu, or ask your server, about daily specials. 

Best Bite: Start with their fried green tomatoes, which are topped with hollandaise sauce and lump crab meat. Then get the fresh Gulf shrimp, either broiled or blackened.

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