Hi All: mr. diva and I are new to Hattiesburg, and we need suggestions on where to eat and shop for groceries. We will go anywhere, from hole-in-the-wall places to more upscale so long as the food is chow-worthy; we've lived in central Texas and in metro NYC, and we'd rather find what's good locally than vainly try to find, say, Jersey-shore style pizza in southern MS. I will be adding to this thread as we try places in the hopes of generating more Hattiesburg traffic.
For now, I'll say that I like the garden patio at the Mahogany bar, and the late night food options are solid. The specialty cocktails are also quite good and properly mixed/shaken with fresh ingredients.
I picked up some gumbo for mr. diva at E and L's Seafood, and he quite enjoyed it. The roux was nice and dark and had good color. It came with some whole blue crab legs in it, and it had chicken and andouille. I plan to return and try po' boys and seafood platters.
I went to Leatha's BBQ when I was house hunting and thought it was very good, though the sauce was much sweeter than I prefer. The meat, however, was very good, as were the yeasty rolls they bring you.
I was not super impressed with 206 Front, though I'm willing to give them another shot or two. I had the spinach salad and the duck crepe appetizer and found the salad dressing bland. The duck had good flavor, but the meat was somewhat dry. I did like the outdoor seating upstairs on the balcony. This could be a good choice for a late-night drink and sandwich.
Is the Corner Market the best place to go for specialty cheeses and produce? Are there any other groceries that offer more than Winn Dixie or Super Walmart? I went to the CM on Hardy and 38th Ave. today, and was happy to see a small olive bar and a cheese case stocking more than the typical Kraft/Sargento/etc. (blech) varieties.