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Famous for its catfish, shrimp and grits, and lots of sticky barbecue pork and beef, Mississippi cuisine has been influenced by waves of European immigration and the proximity to the Gulf Coast. From food festivals and fine-dining establishments to classic BBQ shacks and spots, here are the top places to sample the best of American cuisine in Mississippi.
The Delta Bistropub in Greenwood serves up a contemporary take on classic Southern cuisine and has earned rave reviews from customers and the press. The award-winning chef and owner, Taylor Bowen Ricketts, is a native of Jackson and has been featured in the New York Times, Southern Living and has been a semi-finalist in the James Beard Awards in the ‘Best Chef in the South’ category. In 2014, Southern Living magazine named the Delta Bistropub as one of the top three restaurants in Mississippi. On the menu are curious dishes like alligator sausages, black-eyed pea cakes, Creole catfish, fried rabbit tenderloin, and smoked elk brisket.
Delta Bistropub, 222 Howard Street, Greenwood, MS, USA, +1 662 459 9345
The Biloxi Seafood Festival is a Mississippi institution and has been running for over 35 years in the city on the Gulf Coast. Held at Point Cadet Plaza, the festival is a celebration of the seafood industry that was historically an integral part of Biloxi. There are gumbo contests held with both professional and amateur divisions and big money prizes for the best tasting entrants. The whole event is run and administered by the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce and is connected to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in the city.
Vestige opened in 2013 as a spot for modern American cuisine in the downtown area of Ocean Springs. Vestige has gained plaudits for the food and chef Alex Perry has several times been named as one of the top chefs in Mississippi by Best Chefs America. The seasonal menu changes to keep up with the best produce available and features small plates, including foie gras and compressed peaches and crab croquettes, and main courses like fish of the day with citrus vinaigrette. There’s also an excellent selection of whiskey, including Kentucky bourbons, and malts from Japan and the Highlands of Scotland.
Vestige, 715 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS, USA, +1 228 818 9699
The World Catfish Festival is held every year in Belzoni, the county seat of Humphreys County. It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the catfish in Mississippi cuisine, and Belzoni is known as the catfish capital of the world, producing more farm-raised catfish than anywhere else in the USA. Over 40,000 acres of land are used around Belzoni for the farming of catfish and there’s even a catfish museum. The festival takes place every year with much of downtown Belzoni given over to the festival, and usually attracting over 10,000 visitors.