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BEST OF MISSISSIPPI

by melanie m. ward | photography by tristan duplichain

Styled and modeled by Kathleen Williams Barnes | Makeup Artist: Alisha Sartin—Maison Weiss of Jackson

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DINING OUT

Best Coffee

Cups: An Espresso Café

Jackson, Brandon, Flowood, Clinton, and

Madison | cupsespressocafe.com

A Mississippi favorite for more than two decades,

Cups is known for superior coffee. For

years they have only served coffee from beans

roasted in-house, allowing them to control the

quality of their brews. Only premium ingredients

are to be expected at Cups, and they take

the art of coffee to a new level with offerings

like the Brunette, Blondie, Turtle, and Diablo, all

made with Ghirardelli chocolates. It’s the perfect

place to hide and read a book, meet great

friends, or simply breeze by for a cup to go.

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Strange Brew Coffeehouse,

Starkville

The Depot Coffeehouse & Bistro,

Hattiesburg

Mockingbird Café, Bay St. Louis

High Point Coffee, Oxford

Best Fried Chicken

Julep

Jackson | 601.362.1411 | juleprestaurant.com

Selected as one of the Top 10 fried chicken

dishes in the United States by USA Today, it isn’t

a surprise that Julep tops this list again in 2013.

They take a chicken breast and deep fry it to a

crispy coating then toss it in their secret honeyrosemary

glaze. It might be messy, but it sure is

delicious!

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Woody’s Stop N Shop, Noxapater

Two Sisters Kitchen, Jackson

The Veranda, Starkville

Mama Hamil’s, Madison

Best Dessert

Crescent City Grill—

White Chocolate Bread

Pudding

Hattiesburg | 601.264.0657

crescentcitygrill.net

Served with a helping of raspberry coulis and

a delectable white chocolate sauce, this housespecialty

dessert has long been a mainstay of

this Hattiesburg establishment. The homemade

bread pudding is filled with threads of imported

white chocolate, making for a tempting end to

every meal. Robert St. John knows how to craft

dishes and menus that tease the senses and entice

the palate, and this famed dessert does not

disappoint.

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Amerigo—Tiramisu, Ridgeland

Cotton Blues—Mississippi Mud Pie,

Hattiesburg

Broadway Deli—Cheesecake,

McComb

Haute Pig and Hickory Pit—Hershey

Bar Pie, Jackson and Madison

Best Cornbread

Cock of the Walk

Ridgeland and Pocahontas

cockofthewalkrestaurant.com

Grab a seat at a rustic table and settle in for delicious

fried catfish, hush puppies, and fried pickles.

However, the best part of the meal comes

in a skillet—their fresh and piping hot cornbread,

that Granny would appreciate.

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The Dinner Bell Restaurant,

McComb

Restaurant Tyler, Starkville

Ajax Diner, Oxford

The Veranda, Starkville

Best Steak

Shapley’s

Ridgeland | 601.957.3753

shapleysrestaurant.com

We’ve simply lost count of how many years

Shapley’s has taken home top prize for the

state’s best steak. Owned by Julie and Scott

Koestler, Shapley’s promises an evening featuring

the best cuts of meat cooked to perfection

and an incredible array of side options. Those

not in the mood for a ribeye or filet may enjoy

one of their many seafood dishes. The cozy atmosphere

lends itself to a romantic evening or

privacy for a large gathering.

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Doe’s Eat Place, Greenville

The Caboose, McComb

Tico’s, Ridgeland

Cappe’s Steakhouse, Starkville

Best Hamburger

Mugshots Grill & Bar

various locations | mugshotsgrillandbar.com

Now with multiple locations in Mississippi, Louisiana,

and Alabama, this burger joint placed its

founding roots in the city of Hattiesburg. Ron

Savell and Chris McDonald dreamed of a business

that offered a fun atmosphere and good

food. Mugshots burgers are well known for being

grand in size and taste with amazing buns

and a variety of options that provide twists on

an old favorite—like Stu’s Magic Mushroom,

Trevor’s 1,000 Island Burger, or the Pizza Burger.

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Brian Michael’s Burger Company,

Starkville

Burgers & Blues, Ridgeland

Doretha’s, Summit

Majestic Burger, Ridgeland

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BEST PLACE TO FIND NEW JEWELRY—Stein Jewelry, Madison

BEST COFFEE—Cups: An Espresso Café

BEST SOURCE FOR THE WELL-DRESSED WOMAN—CoatTails, Ridgeland

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Best Pizza

Soulshine Pizza Factory

various locations | soulshinepizza.com

When owner Chris Sartin began his little pizza

shop in Brandon, it was a take-out-only spot.

Soulshine’s reputation for amazing pizza, creative

options, and quality grew, leading to the

Soulshine found today. Now, with locations in

Flowood, Ridgeland, Oxford, and Nashville, the

little pizza joint around the corner is making a

big name for itself. The Dr. John (muffaletta

style), The Kitchen Sink (don’t forget a single ingredient),

or The Bob Marley (Jamaica inspired)

are just three of the many options, along with

appetizers like Rasta Nachos, amazing crawfish

soup, and salads.

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Bianchi’s, Hattiesburg

Stromboli’s, Starkville

Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza &

Ice Cream Joint, Jackson

Pizza Shack, Jackson

Best Mexican Food

Oscar’s Mexican Grill &

Cantina

Hattiesburg | 601.336.7961

The chips are always fresh and the salsa is homemade,

and these staples seem to be a favorite

of regulars. In this college town full of Mexican

restaurants, this little cantina rises above the

rest. Authentic Mexican favorites from chili rellenos

to fajitas to avocado salad are available,

and there are even burgers for the kids.

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Papito’s Mexican Grill, various

locations

El Sombrero, Flowood

Sombra, Ridgeland

Tortilla Soup Irresistible Mexican,

McComb

Best Sweet Tea

McAlister’s Deli

various locations | mcalistersdeli.com

Mississippi-based chain McAlister’s Deli didn’t

invent sweet tea, they just made it the best

sweet tea in the South. It’s never a surprise that

their tea wins year after year. Just thinking about

a tall glass of tea with a giant wedge of lemon

is enough to entice you to go for a drive and

grab a glass. The recipe for their tea is a closely

guarded secret, and if we can’t have the recipe,

at least we can buy it by the gallon.

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Sweet Peppers Deli, various

locations

Broma’s Deli, Brookhaven

Newk’s, various locations

Mama Hamil’s, Madison

Best Barbecue

Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn

Hattiesburg | 601.271.6003

Located in an old shotgun house on Highway

98 in Hattiesburg, guests have been coming in

droves for years to enjoy Miss Leatha’s worldfamous

ribs. Order the ribs, chicken, or even a

wood-grilled steak, and leave happy. Locals rave

about Leatha’s potato salad and the “secret recipe”

slaw as well. Head west on 98 and look for

the RV dealership, then enjoy Mississippi’s best

barbecue.

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The Little Dooey, Starkville

The Shed, Ocean Springs and

Gulfport

Backyard BBQ, McComb

Hickory Pit and Haute Pig, Jackson

and Madison

Best Appetizer

Babalu Tacos & Tapas—Guacamole

Jackson | 601.366.5757 | babalums.com

Tacos and tapas are what you find at Babalu, a restaurant named for the moniker from “I Love Lucy,”

but it’s the tableside handmade guacamole that keeps the crowds coming back. Served with freshly

fried tortilla chips, this simple dish is an all-time favorite. Babalu generously shared their famous

recipe with Mississippi Magazine readers. Enjoy!

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Chesterfield’s—Crabby Cheese Bread, Hattiesburg

Broma’s Deli—Broma’s Basket, Brookhaven

Harvey’s—Broccoli Bites, Tupelo, Columbus, and Starkville

The Veranda—New Orleans Nachos, Starkville

Babalu Guacamole

2 large Haas avocados, halved, seeded, meat

removed (use 3 if they are small)

1 tablespoon green onions, sliced thin on the bias

1½ tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed

1½ tablespoons finely minced red onion

1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

1½ tablespoons chopped sundried tomato

Salt to taste, about ½ teaspoon

Place all ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle

salt all over to evenly incorporate. Mash with

a spoon, large fork, or potato masher. Be

sure to keep mixture somewhat chunky, and

serve with freshly fried corn tortilla chips.

Yield: 2-4 servings

ron blaylock

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DINING OUT

Best Seafood

Half Shell Oyster House

Biloxi, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg

halfshelloysterhouse.com

This amazing seafood spot first opened its

doors in Gulfport’s historic Kremer building in

2009 and has since branched to reach Biloxi,

Hattiesburg, and even Sarasota, Florida. True to

its name, oysters on the half shell are a house

specialty. The freshest oysters are charbroiled

over an open flame, served up barbecue style,

Rockefeller, or Bienville, and if oysters aren’t for

you, then their other seafood dishes are sure to

impress—Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Pot Pie, or

housemade gumbo. It might be a relatively new

restaurant on the dining scene, but it is certain

to become a long-standing favorite.

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Mayflower Café, Jackson

Justin’s on the Lake, Summit

Walker’s Drive-In, Jackson

Crescent City Grill, Hattiesburg

Best Italian

Amerigo

Ridgeland | 601.977.0563 | amerigo.net

Amerigo’s first location in Ridgeland is still

thriving and has long been one of Mississippians’

favorites. This isn’t the first time they have

walked away with the award for Best Italian in

the state, and it most likely will not be their last.

This neighborhood Italian favorite is known for

authentic Italian dishes like tiramisu, lasagna, and

more. With a few eclectic spins on old favorites

such as Cheese Fritters (featured in Bon Appetite),

Smoked Chicken Ravioli, and piccata with

chicken or veal, Amerigo is the place to go for

an amazing and a romantic dining experience.

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Tabella, Hattiesburg

Old Venice, Oxford and Starkville

Salute, Gulfport

Bravo!, Jackson

Best Other Ethnic Food

Keifer’s

Jackson | 601.355.6825 | keifers.net

For more than 30 years, Keifer’s has been a

Mediterranean mainstay in Jackson’s Belhaven

neighborhood. Try their house made hummus,

artichoke hearts, or feta cheese plate to start;

then move to their amazing pitas, like the Chicken

Yavne with chicken sautéed with onions and

barbecue sauce, or the shrimp featuring baby

rock shrimp sautéed with onions and bell pepper

and wrapped in lettuce and zazeeki sauce.

Don’t forget to order something with their famous

feta dressing—people have been trying to

steal the recipe for years!

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Aladdin Mediterranean Grill,

Jackson and Flowood

Glory Bound Gyro Co., Hattiesburg

Petra Café and Hookah,

Hattiesburg

Zorba’s Greek Tavern, Starkville

Best Blue Plate Special

Georgia Blue

Madison, Hattiesburg, and Flowood

georgiablue.net

When it’s lunchtime at Georgia Blue, the line

flows out the door. Lunchers clamor for their

blue-plate favorites like country fried steak and

gravy, meatloaf, fresh fried okra, and mac and

cheese. But don’t be disappointed if you miss

the lunchtime rush, because this little hotspot

also serves up other amazing options like

Gorgonzola Chips, Bayou Catfish, and Crispy

Smoked Duck (served with Vardaman’s sweet

potato risotto, a blueberry reduction, and Mississippi’s

Homemade Hoover sauce).

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The Veranda, Starkville

Ajax Diner, Oxford

Primos Café & Bake Shop, Jackson

and Ridgeland

Restaurant Tyler, Starkville

Best Fine Dining

Walker’s Drive-In

Jackson | 601.982.2633 | walkersdrivein.com

Mississippi has only a handful of chefs honored

as James Beard Foundation Award nominees

or winners, and Derek Emerson of Walker’s is

one such chef (and he has been selected more

than once). When Emerson and his wife Jennifer

took over Walker’s Drive-In they stayed true to

the restaurant’s long-standing status of fine dining,

but kicked it up several notches. With a passion

for sourcing local ingredients, an evening at

Walker’s showcases Emerson’s culinary talent

within a retro chic, intimate setting. Offering everything

from foie gras, wood-grilled octopus,

and fried lobster skewers to their famous Redfish

Anna with Lump Crab Meat, you’ll never

leave Walker’s disappointed.

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Table 100, Flowood

Restaurant Tyler, Starkville

The Purple Parrot, Hattiesburg

Char, Jackson

Best Buffet

Mama Hamil’s Southern

Cookin’ & Bar B Cue

Buffet

Madison | 601.856.4407 | hamils.com

Come with an appetite because Mama Hamil’s

Southern Cookin’ & Bar B Cue Buffet will leave

you fat and happy. The buffet menu changes

daily to blue-plate-inspired offerings like fried

chicken, chicken and dumplings, and even fried

gizzards and livers. It is downhome cooking at

its finest because you have four generations of

Southern cooks behind this local favorite.

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Mom and Dad’s Country Cooking,

Petal

Two Sisters Kitchen, Jackson

Star Drive-In, Summit

Movie Star Restaurant, Hattiesburg

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BEST FINE DINING—Walker’s Drive-In,

Fondren Arts District, Jackson

BEST SOURCE FOR THE WELL-DRESSED

WOMAN—CoatTails, Ridgeland

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DINING OUT

Best Breakfast

Big Bad Breakfast

Oxford | 662.236.2666

citygroceryonline.com

Chef John Currence’s foray into the breakfast

business is exactly what you think it might be—

absolutely amazing! Some dishes are named for

novels by Mississippi writers, and whether you

choose the “With Signs Following” (breakfast

sandwich—complete with Tabasco mayo) or the

“The Tender Hooks” (bruleed grapefruit halves)

with a side of house-cured Tabasco/Brown Sugar

Bacon, you will quickly appreciate Currence’s

knack for providing tasty meals.

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Primos Café & Bake Shop, Jackson

and Ridgeland

Starkville Café, Starkville

The Buttercup, Bay St. Louis

Broad Street Baking Company,

Jackson

Best Outdoor Dining

Walnut Circle Grill

Hattiesburg | 601.544.2202

walnutcirclegrill.com

Walnut Circle Grill, located in downtown Hattiesburg,

is one of those restaurants where the

locals go. With an elegant outdoor dining space

featuring an expansive covered patio, bar seating,

ceiling fans, twinkling lights, and flora and

fauna, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy one of chef

Mike McElroy’s many appetizers or Bronzed

Grouper, Braised Beef Short Rib, or Comfort

Island Chicken. It’s outdoor dining at its finest!

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Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Jackson

Burgers & Blues, Ridgeland

BIN612, Starkville

Shaggy’s, Biloxi and Pass Christian

Best Deli

Newk’s Express Café

various locations | newks.com

A deli with the freshest, made-to-order offerings

and fast food service is what you will find

at Newk’s. This Mississippi-based chain features

fresh-tossed salads, California-style pizzas,

homemade cakes, and made-from-scratch

soups, as well as toasty oven-baked sandwiches.

It’s a quick stop in, but an enjoyable and delicious

meal.

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Sweet Peppers Deli, various

locations

The Deli Diner, Collins

Broma’s Deli, Brookhaven

McAlister’s Deli, various locations

Best Kid Friendly

Sal & Mookies

New York Pizza &

Ice Cream Joint

Jackson | 601.368.1919 | salandmookies.com

Located in the trendy Fondren District of Jackson,

Sal & Mookies continues to be a favorite

of young and old. Grab an amazing pie with

fresh ingredients (they’re huge) then nosh on

one of the 24 flavors of ice cream or make a

selection from the vast dessert menu. When

Dan Blumenthal and Jeff Good dreamed up Sal

& Mookie’s, they wanted a place where parents

would want to take their kids, and from the vibrant

atmosphere to the kitchen’s observation

window, they have succeeded.

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Plaid Rhino, Hattiesburg

Newk’s, various locations

Broma’s Deli, Brookhaven

Burgers & Blues, Ridgeland

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Best Brunch Spot

Restaurant Tyler

Starkville | 662.324.1014

eatlocalstarkville.com

One of chef Ty Thames’ four Starkville-area

restaurants receiving continuous accolades is

Restaurant Tyler. With a commitment to eating

local, Thames’ brunch offerings are creative and

delicious. How about an Eggs Benedict Po-Boy

or Catfish Cake Benedict Order a Belgian waffle

customized from toppings that include caramel,

vanilla bean whipped topping, blue cheese,

pecans, and even ice cream. You’re sure to enjoy

the experience!

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Julep and Mint, Jackson and

Ridgeland

Table 100, Flowood

Nick’s, Jackson

The Veranda, Starkville

Best Sweet Shop/Bakery

Campbell’s Bakery

Jackson | 601.362.4628

Founded in 1963, Campbell’s Bakery in Jackson

has long been the metro area’s spot for sweet

treats. From their famous iced sugar cookies

(available in every imaginable shape) to French

macaroons, cheesecakes, and cupcakes, the

selection is endless and the sugar fix attainable.

Children stop in after school for an afternoon

reward while others work with the pastry chef

and bakers to craft the perfect cake. Just look

for the pretty pink façade on State Street in

Fondren.

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Janie’s Pastry Shop & Bakery,

Brookhaven

Home Bake & Candy Shoppe,

Hattiesburg

Paul’s Pastry, Picayune

Holli’s Sweet Tooth, Oxford

Best Catfish

Old Taylor Grocery

& Restaurant

Taylor | 662-236-1716 | taylorgrocery.com

Tender and juicy Mississippi catfish, fried to perfection

with a light and crisp batter, is what to

expect at this unique, out-of-the-way spot. Located

in an old country store built around 1889,

there is plenty of atmosphere to take in. It’s only

open Thursday through Sunday evenings, and

come early because they don’t take reservations.

Catfish is what they are known for and can

be ordered blackened, grilled, or fried. Feeling

ravenous Order the whole catfish (hand scored

and breaded whole, then deep fried). Top off

the evening with a helping of Deb’s Chocolate

Cobbler, and all will be right in the world.

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Jerry’s, Florence

Cock of the Walk, Ridgeland and

Pocahontas

Justin’s on the Lake, Summit

Penn’s Fish House, various

locations

Best Tamales

Fat Mama’s Tamales

Natchez | 601.442.4548

fatmamastamales.com

Britton and Jimmy Gammill saw a need for a

hot tamale source in Natchez when they began

experimenting with recipes during their weekends.

After feeding an abundance of tamales

to friends and children, perfecting the cooking

method and ingredients, Fat Mama’s was born.

Now, years later, the couple is still making their

prized tamales at their Natchez location and

even selling them on the Internet. Buy a dozen

today and enjoy the Mississippi-made difference

Fat Mama’s makes!

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Doe’s Eat Place, Greenville

Tony’s Tamales, Ridgeland

Buddy’s, McComb

Shapley’s, Ridgeland

Best New Restaurant

The Rubba Boot

Crawfish Company

Starkville | 662.268.8086

Pure Louisiana crawfish (raised on the family

farms in Opelousas, Henderson, Port Barre, and

Arnaudville) are guaranteed at this new hotspot.

The owners of The Rubba Boot Company share

their Creole upbringing and unparalleled-quality

crawfish in their new home state. It’s a great

place for the entire family to enjoy. Stop in, grab

some of the best mudbugs around, and don’t

forget to try their famous pink sauce!

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Cotton Blues, Hattiesburg

Roux 61 Seafood & Grill, Natchez

Signa’s, Ridgeland

The Neon Pig Café & Grocery,

Tupelo

Best Sushi

Little Tokyo

Ridgeland | 601.991.3800

Sakura Bana

Jackson | 601.982.3035

Once known as Little Tokyo I and II, the Jackson

site now bears the name Sakura Bana, but rest

assured it’s the same fabulous menu at both

locations. Rumor has it that they changed the

name because to-go orders were being called

into the wrong locations. Needless to say, this

sushi spot was one of Mississippi’s first and has

remained the best. Unique rolls, the freshest selections,

friendly service, and more await at this

local favorite.

UMI, Starkville and Columbus

Nagoya, Jackson and Madison

Kyoto Japanese Steak House,

McComb

Fatsumo, Pass Christian

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GETTING OUT

Best Golf Course

Dancing Rabbit

Philadelphia | 866.447.3275

dancingrabbitgolf.com

Golf course designers Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate

crafted the two courses that make up Dancing

Rabbit. Featuring more than 14,000 yards, these

par 72-courses are favorites of amateurs and

professionals alike.

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Old Waverly, West Point

Grand Bear, Biloxi

Annandale, Madison

Canebrake, Hattiesburg

Best Performing Arts

Venue

Saenger Theater

Hattiesburg | 601.584.4888

hattiesburgsaenger.com

Renovated in 2000, the Saenger in Hattiesburg

was opened as part of the Saenger Amusement

Company in 1929. The theater’s original chandeliers,

fountain, organ, and other elements were

preserved during the construction and can still

be enjoyed.

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Gertrude Ford Center, Oxford

New Stage Theater, Jackson

Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson

Riley Center, Meridian

Best Attraction for

Kids

Mississippi Children’s

Museum

Jackson | 877.793.5437,

mississippichildrensmuseum.com

The Mississippi Children’s Museum offers more

than 40,000 square feet of fun with exhibits

located in five themed areas that relate to the

state’s heritage, health and nutrition, literacy,

cultural arts, and science and technology. It’s

a must-stop place for anyone traveling to the

capital city.

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Geyser Falls, Philadelphia

Jackson Zoo, Jackson

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center,

Gulfport

Mississippi Museum of Natural

Science, Jackson

Best Fair or Festival

Neshoba County Fair

Philadelphia | neshobacountyfair.org

Fondly referred to as Mississippi’s giant house

party, families have been making the yearly pilgrimage

to Neshoba for decades. Colorful cabins

dot the pathways, vendors sell their wares,

and politicians take the microphone. Big name

entertainment arrives and activities abound for

the four days. Plan your visit in 2013 for July 26

to August 2.

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Mississippi State Fair, Jackson

Cotton District Arts Festival,

Starkville

Double Decker, Oxford

Bay Bridge Fest, Bay St. Louis

Best Flea Market

Canton Flea Market

Canton | 601.859.8055

cantonmsfleamarket.com

On October 10, come see what all the fuss is

about! The famed Canton Flea Market, held the

second Thursday of each May and October, is a

sight to behold. The square in Canton is transformed

into a sea of tents with artists and vendors

peddling their wares.

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Tupelo Flea Market, Tupelo

The Flea Market, Flowood

Hwy. 49 Flea Market, Hattiesburg

First Monday Trade Days, Ripley

Best Hiking Area/

Destination

Natchez Trace Parkway

662.680.4027 | nps.gov/natr

The picturesque parkway that winds 444 miles

through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi is a

nature lover’s paradise. Bike, hike, or cruise along

the scenic drive and stop in the visitor’s center in

Tupelo and learn more about the history of the

Trace, talk to a ranger, or plan a trip.

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Percy Quin State Park, McComb

Live Oak Bike Trail/Davis Bayou,

Biloxi to Ocean Springs

Longleaf Trace, Hattiesburg

Tishomingo State Park,

Tishomingo

Best PLACE FOR A

WEDDING RECEPTION

The South Warehouse

Jackson | 601.939.4518

Rustic brick walls, tall ceilings, salvaged furnishings,

and accessories mixed with modern

touches—The South has it all—from tables and

chairs to florals and food. The historic building

provides ample space and a chic atmosphere to

celebrate.

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The Venue at the Bakery Building,

Hattiesburg

Community Hall, Bay St. Louis

Dunleith, Natchez

Providence Hill Farm, Flora

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BEST PLACE FOR A WEDDING RECEPTION—

The South Warehouse, Jackson

BEST PLACE FOR BRIDAL ATTIRE—

The Bridal Path, Jackson

BEST PLACE TO FIND ANTIQUE

JEWELRY—Juniker Jewelry, Jackson

BEST PLACE TO FIND A FLORAL

ARRANGEMENT—A Daisy A Day, Jackson

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GETTING OUT

Best Park

Percy Quin State Park

McComb | 601.684.3938 | mdwfp.com/parksdestinations/ms-state-parks/percyquin

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Hotel Chester, Starkville

The Eola, Natchez

Old Capitol Inn, Jackson

Fairview Inn, Jackson

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Mississippi Gulf Coast

Oxford

Bay St. Louis

Starkville

Vacation cabins and lodges, RV hook-ups, motel

rooms, or traditional campsites are available at

one of the state’s oldest parks, many with views

overlooking Lake Tangipahoa, a 700-acre lake

that allows fishing, skiing, and tubing. Golfing is

also available at Quail Hollow Golf Course.

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Winner’s Circle Park, Flowood

Lamar Park, Oxford

Roosevelt State Park, Morton

Strawberry Patch Park, Madison

Best Historic Site

Vicksburg National

Military Park

Vicksburg | 601.636.0583 | nps.gov/vick

As Vicksburg is set to celebrate the sesquicentennial

of the great siege that lasted 47

days during the War Between the States, this

national 1,800-acre park readies with multiple

commemorative celebrations. Also see the USS

Cairo, restored from the depths of the Yazoo

River.

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Beauvoir—The home of Jefferson

Davis, Biloxi

Rowan Oak—The home of William

Faulkner, Oxford

Tennessee Williams Home,

Columbus

Ruins of Windsor, Port Gibson

Best Hotel/Resort

The Alluvian Hotel

Greenwood | 662.453.2114 | thealluvian.com

This cosmopolitan, chic boutique hotel can

be found in the heart of the Delta, on Howard

Street in Greenwood, home to The Viking

Corporation. Located next to Viking’s flagship

cooking school and headquarters, this posh spot

features a luxurious spa, restaurant, and all of

the comforts of home.

Best Bed and Breakfast

Fairview Inn

Jackson | 888.948.1908 | fairviewinn.com

Housed in one of Belhaven’s most beautiful historic

homes, The Fairview Inn is Jackson’s only

AAA four-diamond small luxury hotel. Guests

can enjoy a meal at Sophia’s Restaurant, spend

the day in their nomiSpa, or wander manicured

grounds. Eighteen rooms are available.

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Ash-Leah Manor, Hattiesburg

Dunleith, Natchez

Monmouth, Natchez

Old Capitol Inn, Jackson

Best Downtown Area

Oxford

oxfordms.net and oxfordcvb.com

This bustling little town in Mississippi’s Hill

Country has been subject matter for revered

writings by acclaimed authors and it’s picturesque

square has been the backdrop for many

artists. Filled with award-winning restaurants,

stellar shopping, and delightful accommodations—all

within walking distance.

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Ocean Springs

Natchez

Bay St. Louis

Starkville

Best Weekend Trip

Natchez

800.647.6724 | visitnatchez.org

Founded in 1716, this river city is one of the

jewels of the South, with a plethora of historic

homes, fine-dining restaurants, and Southerncasual

bistros. Visit antebellum homes, take in a

festival, or shop for antiques.

Best Museum

Mississippi Museum of

Natural Science

Jackson | 601.354.7303 | museum.mdwf.com

Tanks of native fishes, snakes, and other reptiles

delight peering eyes, while the large scale exhibits

educate about Mississippi’s wildlife and ecosystems.

The facility encompasses more than

73,000 square feet inside LeFleur’s Bluff State

Park in Jackson.

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Lauren Rogers Museum of Art,

Laurel

Mississippi Museum of Art,

Jackson

B.B. King, Indianola

Ohr-O’Keefe, Biloxi

Best Farmers Market

Livingston Farmer’s

Market

Livingston | 601.898.0212

Every Thursday evening during the summer Livingston

comes alive. Not your typical “farmers

market,” Livingston is an experience. Chic vendors

showcase products, special events (like a

James Beard Foundation fundraising picnic with

celebrated local chefs), an observation beehive,

artists performing their talents, fresh lemonade,

and much more! It’s an exciting evening for the

whole family!

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Hattiesburg Farmers Market,

Hattiesburg

Mississippi Farmers Market,

Jackson

Freshway Produce, Ridgeland

Columbus Farmers Market,

Columbus

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Great Antiques

Antique Shops of

Jackson

Jackson | 601.982.1881

antiqueshopsofjackson.com

More than 8,000 square feet of exquisite antiques,

accessories, and interior furnishings can

be found in the old Bennigan’s restaurant on

I-55. There is something for everyone.

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Market Place Antiques,

Brookhaven

Magnolia Antique Mall, Columbus

Interior Spaces, Jackson

Interiors Market, Jackson

Best Furniture

Miskelly

Pearl | 601.939.6288 | miskellys.com

Miskelly isn’t just a furniture store with more

than 120,000 square feet of showroom; it’s a

destination. With the largest furniture selection

in the state of Mississippi, bring the whole family.

There is a carousel and a café. Noted as one of

America’s top 100 furniture retailers by Furniture

Today, if Miskelly doesn’t have it, you might not

find it.

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Batte Furniture, Jackson

Ross Furniture, Flowood

J. Allan’s, Hattiesburg and

Brookhaven

SummerHouse, Ridgeland

Best Place to Find Art

Brown’s Fine Art &

Framing

Jackson | 601.982.4844 | brownsfineart.com

Whether looking for a painting by a regional

or national artist, a piece of raku pottery, or a

bronze sculpture, Brown’s selection cannot be

beat. Works from Andrew Bucci, Marie Hull,

and Emmitt Thames, along with many other

celebrated artists line their gallery walls. Brown’s

also offers superior framing, installation, restoration,

appraisals and cataloguing, and consultation

services.

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Walter Anderson Museum of Art,

Ocean Springs

Southern Breeze, Ridgeland

Japonica, McComb

Fondren Art Gallery, Jackson

Best Place to Find a

Floral Arrangement

A Daisy A Day

Flowers & Gifts

Jackson | 601.982.4438

adaisyadayjackson.com

Needing a fruit basket for a friend, planning florals

for a wedding, or picking up a quick birthday

gift, A Daisy A Day has it all. The store features

many gifts as well as fresh flowers. Floral designers

provide all of your needs from traditional to

contemporary.

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Blooms, Hattiesburg

Alford’s Flowers, McComb

Oxford Floral, Oxford

Mostly Martha’s, Ridgeland

Best Gift Shop

The Social Chair

Bay St. Louis | 228.466.5853

yukinorthington.com

In the quaint old town area of Bay St. Louis, The

Social Chair offers a wide selection of art, jewelry,

gifts, and home interior items. Filled with

fun and funky finds, there is something for

everyone.

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MeLinda’s Fine Gifts, Picayune

Apple Annie’s Gift Shop, Brandon

and Madison

Olive Juice Gifts, Oxford

Persnickety, Madison

Best Yard and Garden

Shop

Callaway’s Yard &

Garden Center

Ridgeland | 601.957.1731 | callawaysonline.com

For more than 50 years, Callaway’s Yard &

Garden Center has been serving the Jackson

metro area with a helpful staff and a vast

selection of outdoor furnishings and accessories,

trees and plants. At Christmastime, the

garden center is transformed into a holiday

wonderland with an array of ornaments, trees,

and décor.

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Paul Bound’s Garden Center,

Picayune

Lakeland Yard and Garden, Jackson

Martinson’s Garden Works,

Ridgeland

Plant the Earth, Meridian

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Best Consignment Shop

Repeat Street

Ridgeland | 601.605.9393

stage.repeatstreet.net

Shopping Repeat Street is truly an experience.

With ever-changing stock encompassing everything

from furnishings to fashion, you never

know what you might discover! The large warehouse-size

location provides space to browse

and peruse the many items.

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Mostly Macie’s, Hattiesburg

Twice is Nice, McComb

Repeat Street Revolution, Starkville

Forget Me Nots, Brandon

Well-dressed Man

Randy Price & Co.

Hattiesburg | 855.283.5046

randypriceandcompany.com

Classic and debonair, a Price & Co.-dressed man

stands out among the crowd. For more than

two decades, Pine Belt gentlemen have been

visiting Randy Price for dressy attire, sportswear,

and top-notch accessories. Can’t make it to Hattiesburg

Shop online.

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The Rogue & Good Company,

Jackson

George Sherman Clothiers,

Starkville

Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, Ridgeland

Hinton & Hinton, Oxford

Well-dressed Woman

CoatTails

Ridgeland | 601.853.1313 | coattailsllc.com

Often referred to as the Neiman Marcus of

Mississippi, brands like Missoni, Badgley Mischka,

and more can be found here. Everything from

formals to cocktail, denim to dressy, plus shoes,

handbags, jewelry, and luxurious cosmetics are

expertly displayed in their two-story location in

Ridgeland.

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Reed’s, Tupelo

Maison Weiss, Jackson

Country Gentleman, Greenville

High Cotton, Jackson

Best Bridal Shop

The Bridal Path

Jackson | 601.982.8267 | bridalpathinc.com

Since 1970, The Bridal Path has been Mississippi’s

premier bridal source. Noted in Bride’s magazine

and a multi-year winner of Best of Mississippi,

the attentive service and vast selection for the

entire bridal party has put The Bridal Path on

the map.

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Mimi’s Bridal, Laurel

Imaginations, Brookhaven

Christine’s Couture, Starkville

The Bride and Groom, Columbus

Best Place to Find

Trendy Fashions

Material Girls

Flowood | Hattiesburg | Ridgeland

Oxford | shopmaterialgirls.com

Fashion-forward styles at all price points can

be found at Material Girls’ four locations. The

trendiest offerings from New York to Los Angeles

line the racks and chic employees can help

style a full wardrobe. Material Girls is one-stopshopping!

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Best New Collectibles/

Home Accessories

GLO Design Studio

Jackson | 601.368.9755 | glodesignstudio.com

Owner and interior designer Anthony Ritter

travels the country to find one-of-a-kind modern

pieces to showcase in his Fondren store and

clients’ homes. His upscale, modern furniture

boutique is filled with glamorous furniture and

accessories—from lighting, fabrics and wall-coverings

to large-scale pieces. Ritter opened GLO

in 2006 and has excelled in the design world.

Known for his sleek design and use of modern

fixtures, Ritter’s work has been featured in several

publications.

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Deep South Pout, Columbus and

Starkville

Friendgirl Things, McComb

CoatTails, Ridgeland

Libby Story, Ridgeland

Accents, Hattiesburg

SummerHouse, Ridgeland

The Finishing Touch, Brookhaven

B.O.B., Bay St. Louis

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BEST PLACE TO FIND TRENDY CLOTHING—

Material Girls, Flowood, Hattiesburg, Ridgeland,

and Oxford

BEST PLACE TO FIND NEW COLLECTIBLES AND

HOME ACCESSORIES—GLO Design Studio, Jackson

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BEST MOTHER-OF-THE-

BRIDE SHOP

Imaginations

Brookhaven | 601.833.6280

imaginationsbridal.com

Brides have been making the journey to Imaginations

in Brookhaven for more than 20 years,

seeking the best price and the best selection.

And Mom has been doing the same. Imaginations

offers the latest, most classic, and most

figure-flattering gowns so that mothers of the

bride (or groom) will look their best on the

big day.

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Fashion Post, Jackson

CoatTails, Ridgleand

Maison Weiss, Jackson

The Bride and Groom, Columbus

Best Place to find

Children’s Apparel

Confetti Kids

Hattiesburg | 601.268.0504

shopconfettikids.com

Hattiesburg’s largest children’s boutique offers

the top clothing lines for your tykes. Dress your

little ones in the finest apparel at competitive

prices—from baby necessities to big kid frocks,

you’ll find it here.

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Popfizz, Jackson

Beyond the Rainbow, Brookhaven

Sweet Dreams, Madison

Polka Tots, Starkville

Best Place to Find

Baby Items

Expectations

Brookhaven | 601.833.5303

Nursery Rhymes

Jackson | 601.368.9997

Two of Mississippi’s oldest children’s shops tied

for this year’s spot, and it’s no surprise. How can

you choose between their selections of baby

furnishings, bedding, clothing, and accessories

Expectations and Nursery Rhymes offer the finest

in all things baby.

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Sweet Dreams, Madison

Giggles, Hattiesburg

Debec’s Sew Be It, McComb

Sprout, Starkville

Best Kitchen Shop

The Everyday Gourmet

Jackson | 601.977.9258

theeverydaygourmet.com

Everyday Gourmet is the kitchen source for all

of your gourmet foods, gifts, home accessories,

and entertaining needs. A popular bridal registry

makes finding a gift for your favorite couple as

easy as a phone call or online purchase. Visit to

find the perfect item or kitchen necessity.

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Thyme, Starkville

The Kitchen Table, Hattiesburg

A Cook’s Place, Tupelo

On the Menu: A Kitchen Gallery,

Ocean Springs

Best Stationery Shop

Holmes Stationers & Gifts

Summit | 601.276.2700 | holmesstationers.com

There aren’t many stationery stores in Mississippi that can stake claim to 72 years in business. Holmes

Stationers has been the go-to name in teachers’ products, gifts, and stationery for decades. Their

8,000 square feet of paper is available online. Anything from birth announcements to party invitations

to the perfect wedding invitations can be found here.

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Forrest Paper and Bridal Co., Hattiesburg

The Paper Place, Jackson

Fresh Ink, Jackson

Party and Paper, Columbus

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Best Place to Find

Antique Jewelry

Juniker Jewelry

Jackson | 601.366.3754 | junikerjewelry.com

Often imitated, but never duplicated, jewels

from Juniker’s exclusive Heritage Collection

seem to be on every girl’s wish list. Named for

Mississippi towns, each beautiful ring, necklace,

or a pair of earrings is a classic, timeless piece.

From the Heritage Collection to true period antiques,

finding that special piece to cherish for a

lifetime is easy.

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Van Atkins, New Albany

Selman’s Jewelers, McComb

Becky’s Antiques, Louisville

Russell’s Antiques & Fine Jewelry,

Greenwood

Best Place to Find New

Jewelry

Stein Jewelry

Madison | 601.605.8648 | steinjewelry.net

One of only a handful of Rolex Official Jewelers

in the Magnolia State, Stein’s carries an impressive

collection of new jewelry designers such as

Lagos, Gabriel & Co., and Zeghani. Find a beautiful

wedding set or an elegant string of pearls, or

register a china pattern.

Best Place to Find

Shoes and Accessories

Lulu’s Shoes &

Accessories

Oxford | 662.234.4111 | lulusoxford.com

Find the hottest, most on-trend shoes, handbags,

and accessories at this Oxford original.

Whether you need an uncommon size, shoes

for a special outfit, or advice on the latest

trends, Lulu’s is there to help.

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Fetish, Hattiesburg

Friendgirl Things, McComb

My Favorite Shoes, Oxford

Maison Weiss, Jackson

Best Salon

Barnette’s

Jackson | 601.362.9550 | barnettessalon.com

Named one of the Top 100 Salons in the

country by Elle magazine and repeatedly a top

winner, Barnette’s provides superior service in

custom color, precision cuts, and an exemplary

salon experience.

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Hair Solutions, Hattiesburg

Salon 11, Ridgeland

Malibu Hair Spa, Summit

Serenity Salon and Day Spa, Corinth

Best Place to Pamper

a Pet

Diva Dog

Ridgeland | 601.856.1616

Pamper your pet at Diva Dog. This chic pet boutique

and spa has everything you could dream

of for your pet—with apparel, products, foods,

and more. The pet spa offers specialized treatments

for your pooch from hair dye to teeth

brushing, and even earrings! It’s definitely the

posh spot for your little diva.

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Aunt Linda’s Pet Hotel, Hattiesburg

Bark Avenue, Picayune

Shaggy Hound, Starkville

Chateau La Pooch, Madison

Best Place to Find a

Good Book

Lemuria

Jackson | 601.366.7619 | lemuriabooks.com

An astounding collection of first editions for sale,

an exclusive list of renowned author signings,

and superior service from a knowledgeable

staff keeps avid readers returning. The crew

at Lemuria truly knows books in the way a

bookstore should. From the Oz Young Readers

Room to the Lemuria Blog, they have your

literary needs covered.

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Newton’s Fine Jewelry, Flowood

Albriton’s, Jackson

Brooks Collection, Oxford

Turkoyz, Jackson, Hattiesburg,

and Oxford

Best Day Spa

AQUA the Day Spa

Jackson | 601.898.9123

aquathedayspa.com

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Square Books, Oxford

TurnRow Book Company,

Greenwood

Main Street Books, Hattiesburg

Turning Pages Books & More,

Natchez

Visit AQUA for a day of pampering in luxurious

and relaxing surroundings. AQUA’s professional

staff provides soothing massages, the latest

anti-aging treatments, or many specialized offerings.

With decades of service, AQUA has set

the standard for day spas in the Magnolia State.

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Healing Touch Day Spa, Hattiesburg

Serenity Salon and Day Spa,

Brookhaven

Alluvian Spa, Greenwood

Vitality Skin & Spa, Starkville

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