Fayard’s

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“Dressed and pressed” is the way to have a po boy at Fayard’s, a lunch counter at the back of a meat market / deli / convenience store / grocery located inside a bustling Marathon gas station just off I-10 in Biloxi. “Dressed” means slathered with mustard and mayo and garnished with lettuce and tomato. “Pressed” refers to the fact that the sandwich is cooked after it assembled – cooked in a press, compacting the top and bottom of the long roll, toasting the bread’s surface and causing its ingredients to meld into a sloppy slurry of deliciousness.

The bread, by the way, is baked every morning on premises (yes, at the back of the gas station!). Continue reading

“Dressed and pressed” is the way to have a po boy at Fayard’s, a lunch counter at the back of a meat market / deli / convenience store / grocery located inside a bustling Marathon gas station just off I-10 in Biloxi. “Dressed” means slathered with mustard and mayo and garnished with lettuce and tomato. “Pressed” refers to the fact that the sandwich is cooked after it assembled – cooked in a press, compacting the top and bottom of the long roll, toasting the bread’s surface and causing its ingredients to meld into a sloppy slurry of deliciousness.

The bread, by the way, is baked every morning on premises (yes, at the back of the gas station!). Possible ingredients range from tuna and burgers to soft shell crab, shrimp, and oysters. We like roast beef that is tender and flavorful, well-lubricated with gravy that swirls together so nicely with all the dressings; and we love an item called country roast – sirloin tips that cook all night until quite literally falling-apart tender, reminiscent of what a New Orleans po boy chef would call roast beef debris. Intensely savory and insanely moist, this beef makes one wonderful sandwich.

Here on the Gulf, oysters are a must, and at Fayard’s you have a choice: regular fried oysters, which are big ocean-sweet mouthfuls that stay remarkably brittle-crisp even when cossetted in all the dressings, or BOOM oysters, to which is added eye-opening hot sauce. We like the excitement of the Boom variation, although Mr. Fayard said that as a devoted oyster lover, he did not cotton to such diversions.

Chances are you will meet Mr. Fayard when you visit his place. He is a hands-on owner who takes a personal interest in customers’ happiness. In fact, when we ordered only a regular roast beef po boy, it was he who suggested we also try the country roast, which was a fairly new item on the menu. As we enjoyed our sandwiches, he stopped by the table several times to make sure everything was OK, and it was easy to get into conversations about his late wife, who decorated what might have been a bland service station with country-crafty charm and about his good friend Craig Perret, who jockeyed the great horse Unbridled to victory in the 1990 Kentucky Derby.

As mentioned, Fayard’s is in the back of a gas station that gives little indication to passers-by that it is a worthy culinary destination. In fact we drove right past on our first cruise along Popps Ferry Road. But if you are in Biloxi and have an appetite for good local eats and a truly hospitable, one-of-a-kind meal, put this nice place at the top of the itinerary.

Dishes to try
Fayard’s, Boom Oyster Po Boy
Boom Oyster Po Boy
Must-Try
A Boom Oyster po boy, dressed and pressed, is a festival of heat and sweet, crunch and ooze.
Fayard’s, Country Roast Po Boy
Country Roast Po Boy
Must-Try
Country roast: sirloin tips, cooked all night, as tender and flavorful as beef can be.
Fayard’s, Beignets
Beignets
Beignets are made to order, served piping hot and smothered with powdered sugar.
Roast Beef Po Boy
Directions and Hours
open now
SundayCLOSED
Monday5am - 7:30pm
Tuesday5am - 7:30pm
Wednesday5am - 7:30pm
Thursday5am - 7:30pm
Friday5am - 7:30pm
Saturday5:30am - 6:30pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes