I was in Mississippi for a few days last month. Though I missed some of the restaurants on my list (Abe's, Coleman's, The Shed, White Front), I still managed to find some great food...
Squealer's BBQ (Meridian)- Pulled pork sandwich, tasty sauce and slaw. Beans had bits of pork mixed in--terrific!
Tay's BBQ (D'Iberville)- I drove to the Shed in Vancleave, but it was closed for the day. I spotted Tay's on a "Food" information sign while driving west on I-10 towards Gulfport. The restaurant was inside a Shell station, just off the interstate. Again I had a pulled pork sandwich. The pork was crunchy at the edges, chewy in the center; just right! The sauce was tangy, with kind of a sweet and sour flavor--but hot!
Bowie's Smokehouse (Brookhaven) - Glad to see it's still there and seemed to be doing booming business at lunchtime. I enjoyed a three-meat plate with beef brisket, sausage and pulled pork. All were excellent, as were the sides--fried okra, beans, hushpuppies. But next time I'm going for the ribs. When I went back for more sauce, the customer ahead of me in the serving line had ribs on his plate and they looked g-o-o-d!
Based on earlier recommendations, I drove to Rosedale for tamales at the White Front Cafe'. Though the sign in the window read "open," the door was locked and the place was dark. I gave up, but remembered the MS Chowhounds who suggested I try the tamales at the Airport Cafe' in Cleveland. I did. They're fantastic!!! I'll go back there for sure next time I'm in the area.
Though I didn't make it to any fish camps, I did have an excellent catfish dinner at Cock O' The Walk in Ridgeland. I could have made a meal on just the skillet bread and pickled onions, but the catfish was wonderful.
I hope to return to Mississippi a.s.a.p. As an ex-resident, I miss the place, the people and the FOOD!!!
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