Have a craving for slow-cooked barbecue? Tupelo serves up its version of this beloved cuisine at a variety of restaurants around town.
Romie’s Barbeque recently moved to a new, more spacious location on Troy Street. Bright colors, exposed-brick walls and neon lights create a fun, inviting atmosphere where you can feast on some of Romie’s signature dishes, like the pulled pork sandwich, sticky rib racks, BBQ nachos or fried green tomatoes.
“Our fresh meat and homemade everything is what sets Romie's BBQ apart from others,” Leeann Lesley of Romie’s Barbeque says. Romie's makes its own dressings and other side dishes from scratch, and uses three types of beans and plenty of meat in its special house baked beans recipe. Romie’s is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, and has a full bar featuring live events Tuesday through Saturday night.
BBQ by Jim
BBQ by Jim co-owner Barbara Beane says consistency is the secret to success after 19 years in business. BBQ by Jim uses only select meats, like Boston Butts and St. Louis-style ribs, to create its tasty barbecue. Choose from a variety of fresh-cooked meats and vegetables to create your plate lunch, served every weekday. Bulk or carry-out orders can include pulled pork, smoked half chickens, and whole and half slabs of ribs. BBQ by Jim is open Monday through Saturday at two convenient locations, on Commerce Street and in the Mall at Barnes Crossing.
Bishop’s BBQ Grill
Bishop’s BBQ Grill in Saltillo first served barbecue to its customers in 2008. Take in its “inviting down-home atmosphere” and order a jumbo pulled pork sandwich or the beef brisket plate. Bishop’s also features unique items hungry diners will enjoy, such as the smoked Angus burger, smoked whole quail plate and gator taters. Bishop’s BBQ Grill is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Owner Ronnie Bishop says he will open a second location in Tupelo later this year.
Eli’s BBQ Grill
At Eli’s BBQ Grill on West Main Street, you can choose from a selection of sandwiches, plates, side dishes and family packs. Try the beef brisket sandwich or smoked chicken breast plate with two sides and a slice of thick Texas toast. Specialty items include pig salad with pulled pork, BBQ nachos and smoked BBQ wings. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Eli’s BBQ Grill Monday through Saturday.
Papa V’s BBQ and Deli
Papa V’s BBQ and Deli has three Tupelo area locations where customers can sample its distinctive food. Each location offers different breakfast, daily and special menus. Two locations – Papa V’s at East Main Street and neighboring Verona – feature tailgating menus with pulled pork, smoked chicken, ribs and other barbecue favorites. Contact each location for hours.
Magnolia BBQ and Fish
Magnolia BBQ and Fish in East Tupelo is relatively new spot for barbecued ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, fish and shrimp. While barbecue is a mainstay, owner Daniel Rogers says the specialty of the house is the “Big Magnolia” burger, loaded with cheese, pickles, onions and much more. Magnolia BBQ and Fish is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
Crossroads Rib Shack
The newest arrival on the Tupelo barbecue scene is Crossroads Rib Shack. The restaurant already has a loyal following for its ribs and barbecue in Corinth, so owners sought out a second location here. The restaurant opened in the Tupelo Commons retail development of North Gloster Street in fall 2011.
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