Mississippi is known for its savory dishes - fried catfish, tamales, and cheese straws, to name a few. But those with a sweet tooth shouldn't overlook the many options for dessert lovers, spanning every region of the state. From ice cream to pastries, cobblers to cupcakes, this list has something for everyone.
Le Bakery – Biloxi
While Le Bakery is known for its bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), other local favorites include the strawberry turnovers, taro smoothie, filled croissants, baklava and assorted pastries, which often sell out before noon. More adventurous eaters can try the coconut yuca pie or bubble tea.
Fleur De Lis – Gulfport
With all cakes made to order, Fleur De Lis is the perfect place for birthday, anniversary or seasonal specialty items. The bakery boasts flavors like pithivier (a butter puff pastry filled with almond cream), Swiss buttercream, doberge (a six-layer, custard-filled cake), white chocolate strawberry, and more. Also be sure to indulge in the coastal tradition of King Cake eating at Mardi Gras if you find yourself in town during the month of February.
La Brioche – Jackson
An authentic patisserie in the capital city, La Brioche offers pastries, entremets, tarts, handmade chocolates and candies, and croissants, all with a blend of European and South American influences. Favorites include the French macarons, in various flavors, and the gelato selection.
Cotton Alley Café – Natchez
Stop in for lunch, but don’t leave without trying a slice of cake. Cotton Alley Café serves up Cajun-style entrees, including catfish, blackened fish, gumbo, oysters and more, but they also pride themselves on their selection of freshly baked cakes and pies, which changes daily. The lemon or strawberry cake are sure-to-please options and are known throughout Natchez as favorites.
Crystal Grill – Greenwood
Mile-high meringue pie is the feature at this diner-style, local gem called the Crystal Grill. Served in a variety of flavors, you can choose from chocolate, coconut, lemon ice box and more. You can even purchase a whole pie to take with you when you leave.
Blue and White Restaurant – Tunica
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this southern diner is famous for its oversized cinnamon rolls in the morning, and its dessert case in the afternoon. Here you can find fresh-made daily pies like pecan, chocolate and coconut. For bread pudding fans, Blue and White offers up some of the best in the area.
Lady Bugg Bakery – Hernando
This family owned and operated bakery strives to use local ingredients, from eggs to herbs, and serves up specialties like custom cakes, cupcakes, macarons, specialty breads, cookies, bars, turnovers and more. Choose from cupcake flavors like Mexican chocolate, chocolate coconut curry, brown butter chai, saffron lemon and pistachio rosewater.
Bottle Tree Bakery – Oxford
Known as a staple on the historic downtown square, Bottle Tree bakes bagels, scones, muffins, pastries, brioche, cupcakes, cookies, pies and more, fresh daily. Sip a freshly brewed coffee outside for the full experience.
Weidmann’s – Meridian
Black bottom pie is arguable Meridian’s most famous treat, thanks to Weidmann’s restaurant. An icon of the city since 1870, Weidmann’s is located in the heart of downtown. The black bottom pie is made with a gingersnap crust and layers of chocolate and bourbon custard, topped with whipped cream.
J. Broussard’s – Columbus
Famous for its New Orleans style cuisine, J. Broussard’s dessert menu offers up bread pudding, caramel pecan blondies with cinnamon vanilla ice cream, and crème brulee. The dessert menu is updated regularly with seasonal items like cupcakes, trifles, strawberry cake, beignets, and a variety of house-made ice creams and gelatos.