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

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

Salads

Fried Chicken

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

Shrimp

Mississippi’s Best Restaurants

Phillips Grocery - Fried Peach Pie
Phillips Grocery

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS

Whole broiled pompano in a pool of lemon-butter sauce fills a deep plate
Lusco’s

GREENWOOD, MS

Dinner Bell - Lazy Susan Tables
Dinner Bell

MCCOMB, MS

Oblong bowl of chicken and dumplings and gravy is backed by turnip greens, creamed corn, and beans.
Blue & White Restaurant

TUNICA, MS

Ground Zero Blues Club - Hot Tamales
Ground Zero Blues Club

CLARKSDALE, MS

Taylor Grocery & Restaurant - Exterior
Taylor Grocery & Restaurant

TAYLOR, MS

Phillips Grocery - Biscuit Sandwich
Phillips Grocery

OXFORD, MS

Elite Restaurant - Biscuits
Elite Restaurant

JACKSON, MS

Hicks’

CLARKSDALE, MS

Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn

PETAL, MS

Giardina’s

GREENWOOD, MS

Crystal Grill

GREENWOOD, MS

Ramon’s

CLARKSDALE, MS

Fayard’s

BILOXI, MS

Rest Haven

CLARKSDALE, MS

The Tomato Place

VICKSBURG, MS

Fratesi Grocery and Service Center

LELAND, MS

Steven’s Barbecue

GREENWOOD, MS

King’s Tavern

NATCHEZ, MS

Delta Meat Market

CLEVELAND, MS

The Donut Shop

NATCHEZ, MS

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