Local Markets and Food in Meridian, MS

By Barbara Biehler on May 11, 2014 at 6:00 am EST
The Balcony Bar at Weidmann's Restaurant in Meridian, MS


Great food, inviting atmospheres and unique local flavors can be found in the restaurants and markets of Meridian and East Mississippi.

Local Favorites

Weidmann’s, a Meridian favorite since 1870, specializes in traditional Southern cuisine and new classics in a refined and historic downtown setting with exemplary service. Diners can sample a wide variety of Southern favorites, such as chicken and sausage gumbo, shrimp and grits and blackened catfish po'boys for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Meanwhile, a rotating selection of salads, sandwiches and pasta have made Deli on 5th a downtown lunch favorite. The deli opens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Foodies know to stop by Cater’s Market for specialty items, organic products and a selection of “gourmet-to-go” casseroles like Chicken Divan, classic meat lasagna and shrimp.


Looking for a great steak? Rustler Steak House and Lounge serves high-quality steak and seafood dishes in an upscale atmosphere. Ole Farm Beef House offers an assortment of charcoal-grilled steaks, seafood, chicken and other family favorites. 

Country Favorites 

Now located in a single, expanded location, Squealer’s Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que is Meridian’s go-to restaurant for tasty barbecue. Have the pulled pork, pulled chicken or brisket sandwich, or try the “redneck nachos” with your choice of smoked meat and other decadent toppings while you listen to live music on Thursday night.

Northwood Country Club members and their guests can enjoy the club’s Sunday brunch, which usually includes many choices of down-home Southern cooking, such as squash casserole, deviled eggs, slow-cooked country vegetables and more.

International Food

Nick & Al’s New York Style Pizzeria offers a large selection of hand-tossed pizzas, Italian pastas, calzones and paninis. For traditional Japanese cuisine in a casual setting, try Sake Sushi, which has experienced chefs at its full sushi bar as well as those who can prepare delicious steak, chicken or shrimp dishes and other hibachi-grilled fare.

If you crave Mexican food, La Pinata serves classic favorites and tasty margaritas. El Norte's three locations also serve traditional Mexican food, including a wide variety of combination dinners, vegetarian specialties and Mexican beers.

Meridian Area Farmers Market

Cooking at home? When summer rolls around, locals can find fresh fruit and veggies from local farms on Front Street near Union Station, where the Meridian Area Farmers Market opens up beginning in June and running through September. During these months, the market is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To help plan before you go, check the market’s Facebook page for updates on what types of produce are available as the season progresses.

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