Dishes to Try in the Mississippi Delta
When it comes to great-tasting food and famous dishes, Mississippi is not lacking. Our cuisine is one of the reasons so many people visit the Magnolia State. For visitors seeking a one-of-a-kind Mississippi dining experience in the Delta Region, Visit Mississippi is your Mississippi tour guide. Here, we recommend a few foods that our state made famous to help you plan your next trip to Mississippi.
Please Your Taste Buds with Native Cuisine
While visitors travel to Mississippi for a variety of reasons, like hearing the iconic sounds of the blues or taking in some of the most scenic views in the Southeast, it is Mississippi’s famous cuisine that keeps them coming back for seconds. Guests can’t deny the delicious food Mississippi has to offer. Be sure to check out these famous dishes:
Mississippi Mud Pie
The exact origins of this well-known treat are unknown, but one thing we do know is that it is downright delicious! Mississippi Mud Pie is a rich chocolate dessert composed of pudding, cake, biscuits, ice cream, whipped cream, marshmallows, and liqueur – all presented in a mouthwatering cookie crust. Often built in layers, this pie can be topped with chocolate syrup, pecans, almonds, more marshmallows, or chocolate shavings. This staple has been remixed and reinterpreted many times, so you never know what unique combination you’ll find in the Mississippi Delta.
No matter what you choose to dip into this Mississippi signature sauce, you can’t go wrong. Similar to Louisiana’s rémoulade, its base consists of mayonnaise and chili sauce, giving it its distinctive taste. Originating at the Mayflower Café in Jackson, guests can visit this local eatery and pair this tasty sauce with just about anything on their menu.
Fried Dill Pickles
Often duplicated throughout other areas of the country, fried dill pickles were born in Mississippi. As legend has it, this appetizing snack was invented at The Hollywood Café. There, a cook improvised after a customer ordered food, but the kitchen was low on supplies. The cook had the brilliant idea to cut dill pickles into slices and dip them into catfish batter. He then tossed them into the deep fryer, and the rest is history. The result of his genius idea was a crunchy and tangy creation that’s now enjoyed by millions of hungry Americans.
Once a hidden gem known only to residents in the state, Delta tamales have earned their right to be considered a standalone dish. Not to be confused with traditional Latin-style tamales, Delta tamales:
- are simmered instead of steamed
- feature a gritty texture from the use of cornmeal instead of flour
- contain considerably more spice than other variations
Visitors to the Mississippi Delta can enjoy this dish with a side of chili and saltine crackers.
While Louisiana lays claim to inventing the Po’Boy, Mississippi created its own version – Pressed Po’Boy. This statewide favorite was first introduced by Rosetti’s Old Biloxi Café in the 1940s, and it has kept improving ever since. Visitors can choose to have shrimp, oyster, crab, or even roast beef. Making it authentic to Mississippi, it is then pressed in a sandwich iron.
No matter where you are in the Mississippi Delta, you’re definitely not far from authentic and unforgettable seafood. Be on the lookout for dishes that include catfish, walleye, and bass, as these are some of the species native to the Mississippi River. You also can find fresh shrimp, crab, and much more sourced directly from the Gulf of Mexico.
Enjoy Mississippi Cuisine on Your Next Visit
Visitors traveling to Mississippi are encouraged to enjoy all the delicious foods this region has to offer. To help you plan and enhance your trip, Visit Mississippi offers recommendations for places to stay, must-see attractions in Mississippi, and much more. For more information about Mississippi Delta cuisine and how we can help make your next trip to the Magnolia State memorable, contact us today.