5 Can’t Miss Mississippi Meals

Food is one of the Hospitality State’s most enduring attractions. From world-class cuisine to homestyle meals, no one will leave Mississippi hungry. People visit for many reasons, but whatever their tastes, they are sure to find a menu that will satisfy. Here are just a few culinary experiences from regions all over Mississippi:

Capital | Big Apple Inn

Big Apple Inn: From its fragrant hot tamales to its iconic pig-ear sandwich, Big Apple Inn, located on historic Farish St. in Jackson, is a simple yet wildly satisfying culinary experience. With four generations of family members behind the success of this legendary establishment, Big Apple Inn continues to serve up history, nostalgia and unique eats to all who enter its doors.

North Mississippi | Slugburgers

These tasty Mississippi creations don’t take their name from the garden critter, but rather the old Great Depression-era name reflecting their price. A slugburger once was available for just a nickel (then commonly known as a “slug”), which was a fair price for this filling hot sandwich. They are made of patties consisting of a mixture of beef, pork, flour, or other fillers that are fried in oil and served hot on buns with chopped onions, pickles, and a healthy spread of mustard. Fans celebrate this local treat at the Slugburger Festival, which is held each summer in Corinth.

Delta | Barbecue

In the South, there is no escaping BBQ – not that anyone would want to! Slow-smoked pulled pork, succulent brisket, mouthwatering ribs, and tangy-sweet sauces are an unforgettable part of this traditional Mississippi cuisine. In the Mississippi Delta, foodies will find some of the best BBQ in the country at restaurants like Abe’s in Clarksdale, which has been serving this staple dish for nearly a century.

Meridian | Black Bottom Pie

In Meridian, travelers will find the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Mississippi. Since 1870, Weidmann’s has been serving customers its rich and varied menu of classic dishes. Along with the iconic crocks of peanut butter and crackers awaiting guests at every table, guests rave about Weidmann’s World Famous Black Bottom Pie, which is a decadent blend of silky dark chocolate cream on a ginger snap crust, topped with a generous layer of fluffy custard and whipped cream. Weidmann’s is an absolute must for all who visit the “Queen City.” 

Coast | Oysters

Mississippi is blessed by a natural bounty of seafood – some of the best fresh seafood in the world, might we add – from the Gulf of Mexico. Oysters harvested from Gulf waters make their way to tables all over the state. Served raw, steamed, fried, chargrilled – the list goes on – oysters from the Gulf can be found at some of the state’s best restaurants, like Thorny Oyster on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which truly is one of[ the best places to enjoy locally harvested oysters.

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No matter what you’re craving, you’ll find it in Mississippi. As you add activities and lodging to your trip planner, be sure to include all the state’s best culinary traditions! Download our tour guide or contact Visit Mississippi to get started today.