Restaurants in Mississippi

Barbecue, catfish, fried chicken, and meat-and-three meals all are Dixie-standard highlights of a Mississippi road trip, but the Magnolia State has banner dishes you might not expect. Throughout the Delta, well-spiced tamales are a vital part of local culinary culture – sold as appetizers in sit-down restaurants and as snacks from street-corner vendors. Along the Gulf coast, expect not just good seafood, but dishes with a south Louisiana twist, especially some excellent po boys. Mississippi also is home to four-star steak dinners and the most elegant pompano — both served in funky back-room eateries that have lured generations.

Mississippi’s Most Famous Dishes

Tamales wrapped in corn husks

Hot Tamales | Food of Family and Community

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.

Salads

Fried chicken drumstick and thigh rest upon greens and corn

Fried Chicken

Pink, butter-sauced shrimp surround a mound of thin spaghetti noodles

Shrimp

Mississippi’s Best Restaurants

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