Best Places to Eat in Tupelo, MS

Old Venice Pizza Co. in Tupelo, MS
Old Venice Pizza Co. in Tupelo, MS

Tupelo has a great selection of restaurants, many of them family-owned. From Italian and Greek to barbecue, families and visitors will have their work cut out for them choosing a place to dine. Here's a quick guide to some local favorites:

Pizza

If traditional Italian strikes your fancy, Vanelli’s Greek and Italian Restaurant on North Gloster Street offers pizza and Italian dishes from Greek-born restaurant owner Demetrios Kapenekas. Meanwhile, Old Venice Pizza Company is where the Deep South meets old world tradition, while Lost Pizza Company keeps it hip with its new Tupelo location. If you’re hungry and up for a challenge, Lost's 30-inch Big Fat Monster Pizza Challenge will give you and a partner 30 minutes to pack it in.

Popular Lunch Spots

Café 212 provides a downtown, eclectic atmosphere with local artwork and used books for sale. Its menu of sandwiches and salads include creative names such as Some Like It Hot and The Italian Job.

Yummy Yogurt and Café offers sandwich, soup, quiche and frozen yogurt specials each day, made fresh and healthy.

Nautical Whimsey Italian Bistro and Wine Bar, and Flowerdale Marketplace and Café are two more local lunch favorites worth a visit.

Barbecue

What would a Southern town be without its local barbecue hotspots? Tupelo has many to offer including a couple of newer additions – Magnolia BBQ and Fish in East Tupelo and Crossroads Rib Shack at Tupelo Commons.

Papa V’s Deli is a long-standing, family-owned establishment, with three locations in Tupelo. The Verona and East Main locations provide a popular tailgating menu for game day.

Romie’s BBQ, on Troy Street, offers the meat-and-three plate, making it a popular lunch destination for those craving 'cue midday.

BBQ By Jim on Commerce Street cooks only select meats – Boston Butts pulled pork and St. Louis-style ribs – and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Bishop’s BBQ Grill serves several locations in Northeast Mississippi and features homemade hickory barbecue, hot barbecue and Rockin’ Ranch sauces.

And don’t miss out on Eli’s BBQ Grill on Main Street, with its BBQ Sundae – baked beans, pulled pork and coleslaw all in one delicious bite.

Original and family-owned describe most of these Tupelo dining options. The town’s culture shines with its barbecue and Southern comfort presentation. Cuisine styles from abroad are present, too, meaning hungry patrons need only let their appetites be the guide.

Check out the full food scene in Tupelo.

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