Best Restaurants in Vicksburg, MS

By Joe Morris on May 8, 2011 at 6:58 am EST
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For those who think Southern cooking is limited to "meat 'n' threes," Vicksburg is a culinary eye-opener of the first order.

Sure, there are plenty of home-style, blue-plate specials to be had, including the legendary fried chicken at Walnut Hills, but the city also boasts a tempting array of new twists on old ideas as well as infusions of other cultures.

Café Anchuca, Cedar Grove Lend Historical Air

A mainstay for tourists and locals alike is Anchuca Historic Mansion and Inn and its Café Anchuca, where the filet is so tender only butter knives are issued to cut it (the Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie doesn't last long either). At the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant, another antebellum favorite, specialties include wild game and mint juleps.

Slightly newer but still on the historical side is Solly's, where the pork tamales have been a hit on local tables since Solly himself began selling them from a street cart in 1939. And out at Gregory's Kitchen, the motto is "We appreciate you," a sentiment returned by everyone who's sat down to an all-you-can-eat catfish dinner. The fried oysters shouldn't be missed, either, so save room.

ROCA Tees Off With Great Cuisine

Overlooking the golf course at the Vicksburg Country Club is ROCA Restaurant & Bar. Run by Jay Parmegiani, a third generation chef, ROCA serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Parmegiani has created a sophisticated yet familiar menu that includes such mouth-watering entrees as: crispy soft shell crab with Mississippi comeback sauce, angus filet with cabernet shallot compound butter, and buttermilk fried chicken breast drizzled with maple chili glaze.

Downtown District Offers Rusty's, Main Street Market

Steak and seafood lovers know they've got plenty to choose from in the downtown district, including Rusty's Riverfront Grill and its justifiably famous fried green tomatoes with lump crab meat appetizer.  There's even more Creole and Cajun to be had at the family-run Main Street Market nearby.

Even with all this, some do-it-yourselfers still want to wear the chef's toque, so the Vicksburg Farmers' Market does a booming business at the corner of Grove and Levee streets from June through August. Both food supplier and community gathering place, the market represents everything that's fresh and lively on the Vicksburg food scene.

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