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By: The Local Palate
Gorgeously colorful chickpea salad with radish, grapes, and ruby red tomatoes from Snackbar.

Indian-meets-Southern snacks at Snackbar, run by chef Vishwesh Bhatt who expertly fuses Gujarati-spiced stewed black eye peas with fenugreek dumplings alongside a French 75 or two.

Migrating with his family from Gujurat, India, to Strasbourg, France, and ultimately to Mississippi, Bhatt’s eclectic and multicultural background makes it into every beautifully constructed plate. A several-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award, Bhatt combines earthy Indian spices that shaped his childhood with homestyle Mississippi hill country cuisine to offer his signature “Bubba brasserie” a truly unique experience. Rooted in a foundation of fond memories spent cooking with his late mother and learning from her mastery of Indian cuisine, Bhatt was able to create something entirely new. More than just amazing flavors, customers can taste the joy and reverence in each of Bhatt’s dishes.

Snackbar’s dimly lit hunting club-inspired interior is perfect for cozy meals with loved ones. The restaurant features a raw bar and elevated classic dishes like harissa-spiced roast chicken with cumin-fennel potato puree. The spot opened in 2009 as an inconspicuous tiny space in Oxford, Mississippi, at the north flank of the Midtown Shopping Center. Neither Indian, Missippian, or French, executive chef Bhatt has created a rare environment where culture is melded to welcome all who enter its doors. Don’t be fooled by its humble exterior, great culinary adventure, dangerously delicious drinks, and a sense of belonging await just over that threshold. Snackbar has continued to impress and cultivate curious and loyal patrons eager to try the blend of home-cooking styles from either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

about this restaurant

  • Chef

    Vishwesh Bhatt

  • Address

    721 North Lamar
    Oxford, Mississippi

    • Bars

    • Wine Bars

    • Oyster Bars

    • Family Friendly

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South Indian Cabbage Fry

In a large frying pan, heat 4 tablespoons canola oil over medium-high heat. Add asafetida, cayenne pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala, pepper, and salt. Sauté for 3 minutes.


Raitha (Indian Yoghurt Salad)

In a medium-sized mixing or serving bowl, combine yoghurt, sour cream, heavy cream, lemon juice, cucumber, tomato, and onion. Mix well.


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This pani puri recipe is a combination of multiple cultures, but holds true to the original Indian philosophy with rich, earthy, full flavors.