There are sports rivalries, and then there’s the Egg Bowl. The long-running series between SEC football squads at Ole Miss and Mississippi State, now in its 116th meeting, splits the state and even families right down the middle.
The rivalry goes back even further, though, before the universities first exchanged the Golden Egg trophy in 1927. If you’re counting —and who isn’t?— Mississippi State holds the records for largest victory, 65-0, and longest win streak at 13 games, while Ole Miss gets overall bragging rights in the 62-47-6 series.
If you find yourself Starkville-bound this Thanksgiving, we have a few pre- and post-game recommendations for you to enjoy during this storied football match-up.
Tailgating at the Junction in front of Davis Wade Stadium is a high priority on Thanksgiving, but be sure to stick around and experience Starkville’s inspired culinary hot spots.
The Biscuit Shop
Get your carb on at The Biscuit Shop, where owner Krista Olley has experimented with more than 90 specialty flavors throughout the years.
Bulldog Burger was created with the goal of bringing the world’s best burger to Starkville. Mission accomplished. Located in Starkville’s colorful, hip Cotton District neighborhood, this mouth-watering burger joint is within easy walking distance of campus. Must order: You come for the burger, but be sure to get the onion rings as a side as they are also chef’s kiss
Head chef at Restaurant Tyler and one of the state’s culinary stars, Chef Ty Thames uses only the freshest and most local ingredients in his masterful Southern-inspired dishes. Whether it is local farm raised pigs for in-house smoked bacon, straight-from-the-farm okra or famous Vardaman sweet potatoes, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic farm-to-table fine dining experience at this downtown staple. Must order: Barbeque okra
Located in the heart of historic downtown Starkville, Hotel Chester was built in 1925 as a full-service hotel. Not only has the historic hotel been lovingly restored, but the hotel’s unique Beer Garden was given a facelift in 2013 by world-renowned chef Gordan Ramsay during season 2 of his program, Hotel Hell.
The Guest Room
This Starkville speakeasy is easily the college town’s best kept secret.Nestled in the alley behind Restaurant Tyler, this rustic, yet sophisticated taproom offers up seasonal cocktails, handmade bitters and house-made ingredients. Their menu is ever changing with fun cocktails for football season.
You’d be remiss to leave Starkville without a ball of MSU’s famous Edam cheese purchased from the MAFES Sales Store on campus or a CuRio Brands candle from the company’s downtown storefront.