This city in north west Mississippi is often regarded as being the state’s gateway city, both in terms of geography, with its easy access to Tennessee and Alabama , and due to rich history and culture. It is home to numerous Civil War monuments, four museums, and several historic neighbourhoods, churches and cemeteries. Corinth has plenty to offer for those looking to immerse themselves in the south, and great food is all part of this experience.
The Dinner Bell Steak & Fish
Serving up a mixture of the finest steaks, which are cut in-house, and the ‘Best Catfish in the South’, there is plenty of evidence to show why The Dinner Bell Steak & Fish has been voted Corinth’s best restaurant. Since 1998, the restaurant has been a Crossroads tradition and has won countless prizes for its meat, seafood and even its salad bar. Inside, the dark and red woods provide a tasteful eating environment, and diners should also take up the offer to ring the eponymous bell. To wind down after dinner and take in the views of the town, have a seat on one of the porch rockers. Be sure not to miss out on dessert, particularly the famous chocolate cobbler.
First opening its doors in 1974, Abe’s Grill is in the prestigious position of being the oldest diner on Route 72. It is still run by its original owners who have kept the quality of the food and the service at a consistently high standard throughout the restaurant’s history. Diners regularly make the trek out of town to get a taste of the mid-South’s favorite homemade biscuit as well as other staples such as their famous country breakfast and their old fashioned burgers, made with 100% pure beef that is ground fresh daily. Visitors traveling along the Civil War trail may also find themselves being drawn to Abe’s, with the restaurant being located on the site of a Corona College, an original Civil War landmark.
Simple, tasty Southern home cooking in an atmosphere that reflects its food. This downtown restaurant offers up a menu that changes daily, written by hand on a board each day. A typical dish at Cindy’s Place includes country fried steak, fried chicken, livers, dumplings, home-cooked gravy and Southern style sides such as corn and fried green tomatoes. There are usually four desserts on offer which are worth saving room for, particularly the pies and butter roll dessert. The inside is quite small but still manages to pack a lot of people in comfortably.
Dilworth’s Tamales has long since earned its stripes as Corinth’s go-to restaurant for great tamales. The restaurant has been a staple in Corinth’s community since 1962. While it no longer serves its tamales from a street cart or ties the ends with string, diners are still treated to the same taste as those original tamales from over 50 years ago. It is renowned in the wider area and has featured in national publications such as Southern Living. For the most authentic taste, try the spicy tamales (if you can handle it). For those with a weaker tongue, there is the option of mild tamales, with both spicy and mild featuring the delicious combination of beef and secret spices. Nothing beats a classic.
No visit to Mississippi would be complete without sampling some Southern style seafood. This family-owned restaurant provides the best seafood and among the most attentive service in Corinth. Located on the site of the old Byrds Dixie Queen Diner, it was remodelled and reopened several years ago after a 9 year hiatus following the birth of their daughter and has quickly managed to regain its reputation as Corinth’s premier seafood destination. Fresh seafood is the order of the day at Juju’s Shrimpboat Cafe with popular menu items including jumbo shrimp, po’ boys, gumbo, crab claws, catfish and fried alligator.
For pizza in downtown Corinth, you would be a fool to bypass Pizza Grocery. There is, as you would expect, pizza and calzone offerings aplenty as well as the option to create your own. If for some reason you’re not in the mood for pizza, there are also pasta, sandwich and salad options on the menu. It is popular for social gatherings. The building was originally built in the 1920s for Acorn Wholesale and continued to serve as a grocers until the 1980s, before being bought up and converted to a restaurant by the current owners in 2002. .
Rib Shack, is the most popular stop in Corinth along Mississippi’s barbecue trail. While there are many top notch barbecue dishes, such as steak, chicken, breast, hoagies and burgers, you would be sorely missing out if you visited the restaurant and didn’t try and of their famous ribs. Since 1996, diners have travelled from all across the country to have a taste of the renowned ribs. They take their ribs seriously, seasoning them in their secret recipe dry rub and slow cooking to seal in the rich and savory flavor. This wooden shack provides the perfect environment to seriously chow down on some pork meat. Be prepared to wait for a table.
Russell's Beef House Exterior | Courtesy of Russell's Beef House
Open pit cooking that brings a spectacle to the rich, meaty flavors on the plate. Russell’s Beef House has been serving some of Mississippi’s best beef dishes since 1978. Over time, it has increased the meat being cooked over its open charcoal flame pit, to include chicken and seafood as well as their delicious rib eye and their most popular dish of ‘steak on a stick’. For those feeling a bit healthier, their salad bar is also award-winning. The building was first erected in 1957 and has always been operated as a restaurant, being locally dubbed ‘Dairyland’ throughout most of the 1970s. With its open pit cooking and secret sauce, long may Russell’s popularity continue.
If you’re not too sure what you want but are looking for a taste of Mississippi, head on over to Taylor’s Escape. It hosts one of the most extensive menus in Corinth with their chefs holding equal speciality in cooking steaks, fish, barbecue, chicken, salads and sandwiches to give you comfort that you will be getting top quality, perfectly cooked food no matter where on the menu you are choosing from. Located in a large shack, the interior is simply decorated, with sports jerseys adorning the walls, booth seating on one side, and other tables accommodating the many other diners without ever feeling too crowded. A casual dining experience which showcases the best of local cooking.
Corinthians are undoubtedly serious about their food, and the town’s famous slugburger is arguably the dish that is most typical of the town. For slugburger connoisseurs, or for visitors who want to have a taste of what slug burgers can really offer the taste buds, the stop at the top of every list should be the White Trolley Cafe, the spiritual home of this north eastern Mississippi speciality. For those unsure of exactly what a slug burger is, try not to be put off by the name. It is a thin patty made of a mixture of beef or pork and soybeans, deep fried, then served in a bun with mustard, pickles and onion. A small town diner complete with bar stool seating, this cafe truly showcases what Corinth dining is really about.