tamalesmsAbove, Delta Style Tamales, done best in Mississippi.  They are different from normal tamales in that they contain much more meat and are more the size of a cigar than common tamales.  They are normally the spiciest food in MS.  They are everywhere, sold in coffee cans at donut shops and gas stations.  

They eat a lot of catfish in this state.  If you want to know where to get the best catfish, just ask a local.

Amory, MS


Bill’s Hamburgers – 310 S Main St, Amory, MS 38821- (662) 256-2085-High rated burger from folks like George Motz.

Biloxi, MS

Eats and Gas-Yes, you can get great food and po boys in gas stations in these parts.  Serves til 6:30 pm at FAYARDS Marathon-1757 Popps Ferry Rd Biloxi, MS 39532

Amusement park-
Biloxi Beach Amusement Park , 1785 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS (228) 374-4338 -small park with small coaster

Clarksdale, MS

Home of the Annual JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL every April

Birthplace of the blues and Ike Turner.  There is a plaque to Ike Turner on the main thoroughfare.


Delta Blues Museum-The Official Delta Blues Museum located in Clarksdale Mississippi. The Delta Blues Museum is the state’s oldest music museum.
1 Blues Alley Ln  Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 627-6820

Hicks’ Variety Foods, 305 S. State Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614-6313
(662) 624-9887, along the blues highway, this place is famous for Tamales.

Shack Up Inn-1 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 624-8329-Made up of former cotton picker shacks and a cotten storage bin converted to rooms in a boutique inn.  They have an onsite venue that they have great shows at but only on mondays.

Live Music-
Ground Zero-387 Delta Ave, Clarksdale, MS 3861 (662) 621-9009-Blues club owned by Morgan Freeman

Red’s Lounge-398 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale, MS 38614-Blues club with live music on weekends

Columbus, MS

Live Music- Elbow Room– 418 2nd Ave N, Columbus, MS 39701-Historic pub with occasional live music

Corinth, MS

Eats-Borrum’s Drug Store– 604 E Waldron St, Corinth, MS 38834 (662) 286-3361-Old Timey Pharmacy

Greenville, MS
Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville (Make sure you go the original and not their spur by the highway). A very famous place for their 40oz. Porterhouse steaks, French fries, and tamales

Gulfport, MS


Blow Fly Inn-1201 Washington Ave, Gulfport, MS 39507. Locals joint featured on DDD with amazing crabcakes.  Mini Muffalatta appetizers

Half Shell Oyster House -Upscale-casual Southern seafood with oysters & po’ boys: 2500 13th St #1, Gulfport, MS 39501 most days 11AM–10PM   (228) 867-7001 part of a  mini chain.  Dont miss the chargrilled oysters.

White Cap Seafood Restaurant –560 Beach Dr, Gulfport, MS 39507 (228) 604-4444-More chargrilled oysters, right on the beach.

Hatttiesburg, MS

Live Music-

Thirsty Hippo-309 Mcleod St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 (601) 583-9188


There is a chain here called Wards, home of the Big one, a burger with chili and cheese, plus “homemade” root beer.  Plus chili dogs and spicy fries. Also throughout southern MS

Wards Big One Chili Burger. One of the best chain burgers in the country.

Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn is located at 6374 US Highway 98 West
on the left, 3 miles past the Interstate 59 bridge, behind Ken Pickett’s RV Sales. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Closed Sundays and Mondays. She serves melt-in-your-mouth ribs, tender beef short ribs, all covered with a very unique sauce, it’s sweet, but not overly so. Amazing stuff.

Coney Island Lunch Stand- 400 Main St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401- (601) 582-8513-Charming Main Street Lunch counter for chili dogs and chili burgers.

Chili Dog and Chili Burger

Jackson, MS


Sam’s Lounge-5035 I 55 N Jackson, MS 39206  (601) 983-2526-Dive bar with pool tables


Orange Peel – 422 Mitchell Ave, Jackson, MS 39216  (601) 364-9977 Vintage shop

Mayflower Café. A 1935 diner that has retained its character. Like many places in Jackson, there is a Greek influence on the food. The seafood salad is especially memorable. Make sure you try the Comeback sauce. Comeback is a Jackson food specialty.  I guess you would call it a spicy Thousand Island but much, much better.  Good on crackers.

Brents Drugs-655 Duling Ave, Jackson, Mississippi (601) 366-3427-Drugstore/Soda fountain with the best Milkshakes in MS, including the ginger finger, butterfinger and Ginger Syrup, and the Maltdown, crushed whoppers in a malt.  Good chili and lunchcounter food.

Bully’s Restaurant -3118 Livingston Rd, Jackson, MS 39213 (601) 362-0484-Soul food restaurant with good chicken, fries and oxtail.

Cock of the Walk-141 Madison Landing Cir, Ridgeland, MS 39157  (601) 856-5500-Only two dishes, catfish or chicken with great onion rings, fried pickles, cole slaw, pickled onions and greens..  They have two others, one in Nashville.

Stamps Superburger -1801 Dalton St, Jackson, MS 39204 (601) 352-4555-Lemon pepper fries and gigantic burgers in a rustic setting.

Roosters-2906 N State St,  Jackson, MS 39216 (601) 982-2001-Several types of burgers on a variety of buns.  Good onion rings.  Also country fried steak

Live Music-

Martin’s Restaurant & Bar-214 State St, Jackson, MS 39201 601-354-9712-Original bands of many styles.

Hal & Mal’s – 200 Commerce St, Jackson, MS 39201  (601) 948-0888-huge cavernous restauant with cajun food and live blues.   Food can be hit or miss.

Long Beach, MS


Darwell’s Cafe-127 E 1st St, Long Beach, MS 39560, Closed Monday and Tuesday-Til 9 pm most other nights- (228) 868-8946-Featured on Triple D.  Crab, Ham and cheese melt, Gumbo, Etoufee, even a burger topped with Etoufee and blackened shrimp.

Meriden, MS


Weidmanns– (601) 581-5770-210 22nd Avenue Meridian, Mississippi 39301-Historic fine dining since 1870

Moss Point, MS

Eats-Tugus Restaurant, 6909 Highway 613, Moss Point, MS 39563 (228) 474-9910 Southern food restaurant just off I-10
Edd’s Drive-In -19400 Mississippi 63,Moss Point, MS 39562. Ice cream and the Famous Edd’s Special, double burger, chili and cheese, also chili dogs!

Natchez, MS

Eats- The Donut Shop-501 John R Junkin Dr, Natchez, MS 39120 (888) 920-1532  Drive thru donut shop with great tamales

Ocean Springs, MS


Bayview Gourmet Restaurant -1010 Robinson St, Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 875-4252-Breakfast and Lunch where you can get crab cakes benedict and Horn Island “Sunrise Breakfast:” Sautéed grouper or grilled tuna topped with crab meat and hollandaise sauce. Served with hash browns or grits, grilled tomatoes, biscuit and choice of 2 eggs

Phoenicia Gourmet– Mediterranean, Seafood, Greek .1223 Government St Ocean Springs, MS 39564

The Shed-www.theshedbbq.com, 7501 Highway 57
Ocean Springs, MS 39565 (228) 875-9590-Divey BBQ joint with a whole load of charm

Oxford, MS

You can find local info in the Oxford Town paper.


Neon Pig Cafe-711 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655  (662) 638-3257 Hipster burger joint
Handy Andy-800 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 234-4621-Basic BBQ joint with great ribs.  Also a great burger
Phillips Grocery-2406 S Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655  (662) 236-5951-cafe with famous burger (slug burgers to stretch the meat) but still amazing burger, great thick cut fries in a hundred year old plus grocery store next to a train yard.  Pretty awesome.  TrashyTravel recommended.

Ajax Diner-: 118 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655  (662) 232-8880-funky diner with a bar with tradional Mississippi food plus things like the Big Easy ,a country fried steak sandwich, covered with mashed potatoes and butter beans.

The Long Shot, 1107 Jackson Avenue, Oxford, Mississippi.  Bar with bands

Live Music-

Proud Larry’s– 211 S Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655   (662) 236-0050

Square Books, Courthouse Square in Oxford

Label HQ-Fat Possum Records-827 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-2828

Pascagoula, MS

Bozo’s Grocery & Grill ?-Seafood Market with Po boys, 2012 Ingalls Ave, Pascagoula, MS 39567
Most days· 8AM–8PM (228) 762-3322

Tay’s BBQ ,2318 Ingalls Ave, Pascagoula, MS 39581 (228) 205-2166 most days 10:30AM–9PM.  Good ribs.  Also a gas station location in moss and in Madison, MS

Raymond, MS

Record Store-

Little Big Store– 201 W Main St, Raymond, MS 39154  (601) 857-8579-Record store in an old train station.


Sylvester’s Ms Style BBQ : 9434 MS-18, Raymond, MS 39154  (601) 346-8000-Good ribs and chicken.

Taylor, MS


Taylor Grocery-Old Timey Catfish Joint

4 County Road 338 # A  Taylor, MS 38673

(662) 236-1716
Tupelo, MS
Neon Pig – 1203 N Gloster St, Tupelo, MS 38804 most days 11AM–9PM-they have a “smashburger” that has good press.  They also own a few other regional restaurants.
Museum-Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum -306 Elvis Presley Dr, Tupelo, MS 38801
(662) 841-1245
Waterford, MS
Betty Davis Grocery-3359 Old Oxford Rd, Waterford, MS 38685-Grocery Shack BBQ Joint-Near the intersection of 7 and 310.
Waynesboro, MS
Cooley’s Hamburgers-805 Fagan Ave, Waynesboro, MS 39367(601) 735-2048-Breakfast and lunch only.  Tasty burgers