10 Great Places to Go for Brunch

“But first, brunch.” Mississippi loves a good brunch! This late-morning-to-early-afternoon meal provides opportunities to enjoy some of the state’s best culinary delicacies that might not be found on a restaurant’s “regular” menu. From holiday get-togethers to relaxing weekend meals, brunch (a combo of breakfast and lunch) is a great time to sit and enjoy a delectable meal and popular brunch cocktails (think mimosas and bloody marys!) with friends and family. Here are a few of Mississippi’s brunch hotspots that serve up some of the best brunch classics with a Southern twist.

Oxford | Saint Leo

With a cozy atmosphere and a bold menu of wood-fired Italian cuisine, this James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best New Restaurant” combines the style of a big city establishment with the ambiance of a small Southern town. With fresh, flavorful salads and amazing pizza, this will be a brunch to remember.

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Tupelo | Fairpark Grill

Fairpark Grill is located in the heart of downtown Tupelo and offers guests a remarkable view of the nearby park from its outdoor patio seating area. The sleek, modern design provides a comfortable space to share tempting starters before settling in for a classic brunch or a selection of unique featured entrees.

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Biloxi | White Pillars

With its well-earned reputation for exciting, exclusive dishes made from local ingredients, this award-winning Biloxi restaurant is a fantastic beach-casual eatery with a menu that is sure to suit your fancy. With its rotating menu and a setting designed to evoke the best of Southern hospitality, guests return again and again to enjoy Chef Austin Sumrall’s latest culinary creations.

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Cleveland | 8 West Grille

In the Mississippi Delta, “farm-to-table” is no new concept, and 8 West Grille, located in the West End District of Cleveland, has sourced local ingredients for generations. That local twist combined with the restaurant’s elevated culinary style ensures guests are treated to a seasonal menu of delicious local favorites and savory steak and seafood options that sure to please.

Natchez | The Little Easy

Located in a relaxed neighborhood setting, The Little Easy is a hidden gem in one of Mississippi’s oldest cities, and it is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend meal. The brunch menu is anything but simple, featuring classic breakfast favorites and a few savory treats that will have the whole table ready for an early nap. 

Starkville | Restaurant Tyler

For fine Mississippi cuisine at an award-winning local favorite and “foodie destination,” Restaurant Tyler in Starkville serves up interesting brunch dishes that will certainly leave you with a favorable lasting impression. Featuring a menu of specialty dishes like the Mississippi River Biscuit and a generous offering of blue plate specials, there’s sure to be something to satisfy even the most discerning palates.

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Hattiesburg | Blu Jazz Cafe

This downtown Hattiesburg bistro features brunch every day, with a selection of specialties that make this Hub City favorite an easy choice for kicking back with friends and family over some good food and cold drinks. With Cajun-style cuisine and the occasional local band playing, this is a dining experience fit for any celebration or casual get-together.

Meridian | Weidmann’s

As the oldest restaurant in Mississippi, there’s a lot of history in this legendary Meridian eatery. With the restaurant’s signature crock of handmade peanut butter and crackers awaiting guests at each table, its impeccable menu, its impressive collection of art, and views of downtown available from the upstairs balcony, guests will enjoy an authentic Mississippi brunch experience at this historic culinary landmark.

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Jackson | The Iron Horse Grill

This iconic Jackson staple was built in 1906 as Armour Smokehouse, and since that time, it has mysteriously burned down twice. Today, it is an exciting downtown restaurant and music venue. Brunch, which is offered on Sundays, consists of savory omelets and irresistible Belgian waffles, which are prepared fresh in the dining room by Iron Horse chefs as they chat with diners. It’s truly an impressive mix of hospitality and flavor that is quintessential Mississippi.

Gulfport | The Chimneys

Surrounded by majestic oaks and featuring an amazing view of the Gulfport waterfront, this Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurant has been a local favorite since 2000. With its relaxed setting and heavy emphasis on hospitality, guests can rest assured they will have a memorable experience while indulging in a brunch menu of delicious seafood and perennial classics.

Contact Visit Mississippi for More Travel Tips

Mississippi cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients and rich flavors. Every community has its own style, and every local restaurant has its own specialties. For more information about the best restaurants, bars, and cafes here in the Hospitality State, or if you’d like other recommendations on where to eat, stay, and play, check out Visit Mississippi.