Tupelo is best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, and The King’s legacy continues to bring tourists to this Mississippi city. It is also a big draw for motoring fans, with its automobile museum and the Natchez Trace Parkway. Here’s where to grab a bite while you’re here.
If you’re a fan of live music, pub grub, and a funky, laid-back atmosphere, Blue Canoe is the place for you. They have a selection of over 100 beers, 35 of which are on tap daily. Large numbers of patrons are drawn in from around the area for the live music, and it proudly declares itself as being ‘Tupelo’s home of original live music.’
One of the finest barbecue restaurants in the city, Bar-B-Q by Jim prides itself on 20 years of experience in the barbecue game, serving the best cuts of meat seasoned and cooked to perfection. For pulled pork, they only use the “Boston butt”, the front shoulder, and ribs are done St Louis style, where the meat is thick and well-marbled.
Established in 1945, Johnnie’s Drive In remains one of the most popular restaurants and barbecue joints in Tupelo. Tourists are drawn in as part of the Elvis tour, and Elvis’ original booth is still in use, as well as a plethora of memorabilia dotted around the walls. There is even a picture of Elvis sitting at the booth on the wall.
Crossroads Ribsack Exterior | Courtesy of Crossroads Ribshack
An eclectic café that also supports the local arts, with art on display and secondhand books for sale, Cafe 212 is popular among Tupelo’s creative types. The interior has exposed brickwork and ceilings, wooden furnishings, an open kitchen, and free wifi, which makes it a pleasant place to work or hang out.
Crossroads Ribshack is all about the ribs. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1996, and for nearly 20 years it has been committed to providing great tasting ribs using the best cuts of meat. All of the ribs are seasoned with a dry rub, rather than smothered in sauce, to unlock the real flavor potential of the meat.
Park Heights Restaurant has served the residents of Tupelo with creative Southern and American food since 1982. The large restaurant has one of the mos pleasant and refined interiors in the city, with a high ceiling, large windows, tablecloths and modern light fittings. The large, wooden bar is the focal point of the restaurant, but the rooftop terrace with an attractive view of Main Street also helps to make it one of Tupelo’s popular night spots.
Neon Pig Cafe Exterior | Courtesy of Neon Pig Cafe
Steakhouse, oyster bar, delicatessen, bar and apothecary, Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen has plenty to offer for those who want a taste of America. The restaurant has a back-to basics feel, with exposed brickwork, wooden furnishings and some Old South features. The interior matches the menu; down-to-earth, but still very much up-to-date.
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The Neon Pig Cafe is an old-school butcher shop, a food bar, a seafood specialist and one of Mississippi’s best craft beer purveyors. It also puts a strong emphasis on the important of local produce with the restaurant and market serving and selling local meats and award-winning cheeses.
A family owned business that specializes in home-made Southern dishes and casseroles. Sweet Tea and Biscuits Café serves its food with typical southern charm. The owners run the restaurant driven by their love of food and good customer service. The inside is filled with lots of different ornaments and souvenirs which give the café some real character.
To claim to be Tupelo’s favorite steakhouse is quite a bold statement, yet, Woody’s Tupelo Steakhouse has the goods to back this up. It is the only certified Angus steakhouse in the city and has a three diamond rating from AAA. The menu has an extensive variety of Mississippi favorites and the interior has an understated refinement to it.