After leaving Pensacola, we stayed over in Biloxi at The Grand Casino Hotel. The hotel was clean and very reasonable and had several restaurants on the premises. We chose to eat elsewhere.
Man this place was depressing! The strip consisted of 3 or 4 hotels....The Beau Rivage was the best. But the strip looked like the beginnings of Atlantic City in the early 70's.
When I learned gambling was started 12 years ago in this town, I asked what the heck have they been doing? Yes, Hard Rock is now being constructed, but the have a long way to go before this place even remotely resembles a gambling town.
Anyway, we had a fantastic meal at McElroy's Fish House right on the water. It is surrounded by shrimp fishing boats, which was neat. Forest Gump revisited. This is a no nonsense fish restaurant that was extremely clean with great food and excellent service. They have a website, too.
My buddy had their specialty..whole broiled flounder and real legitimate crab meat stuffing. The flounder, locally caught, arrived whole with the proper slit cuts into the sides of the fish to insure uniform doneness. The meat was incredibly sweet and the stuffing wonderful. It was $19.95 and a bargain at that. Flounders are bottom feeders like catfish..We never did try the State's number one fish..catfish.
I had 15 mediuum sized fried shrimp with great cole slaw, potato, hush puppies, etc. It was $13.95. The shrimp were amazing as to be expected. Biloxi is one of this country's top suppliers of gulf shrimp.
If there are any shrimpers on the site, I had a question...I saw no ice makers on any of the boats or on the docks. I saw no holding bins for ice on the boats either. The people told us they go out for up to 5 days at a time....So how to they maintain the catch?
The following day, it was off to Oxford, MS and the U of Mississippi. What a beautiful campus! We had lunch in the town - Great college town, too!
I'd done my lunch research here as well and the choice was the Ajax Diner. It was featured on FoodTV's Best of Show and for good reason! Not really a diner in the traditional sense, but that would not matter in the least.
We both went with their "platters" which was a meat or fish item and your choice of two vegetables...all homemade - $7.95. This was Southern food at its ABSOLUTE BEST!
Lady & Son came to mind and perhaps could do the job as well, but we had that buffet with fried chicken as the foundation. Anyway, The Ajax diner's food needed no seasoning. .. It was perfect in every way.
I had the grilled pork chops (thin but juicy), creamed corn (amazing) and cheese grits. It all arrived with outstanding jalapeno cornbread.
I'd wanted to test these guys out so I made sure to order tradition sides...they passed with flying colors IMHO. There were around 10 sides to choose from including a sweet potato mixture that they say is great.
My buddy had their famous meatloaf - I learned about it on one of the web sites and was prepared to order it myself. It had cheese, roasted garlic and jalapeno peppers in the middle. It was terrific! He had the creamed corn, too and their ham and cabbage. Everything was very highly seasoned with lots of black pepper, etc.
For dessert, we had a slice of peach pie and a blackberry cobbler. All were homemade and good....not great.
Next stop was Memphis...I want to devote a special post on this town. Will post soon.