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Best of Mississippi.

William Faulkner once said, "To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi." Our readers truly understand and appreciate the value that comes with intimately knowing a place, and in our fifth annual Best of Mississippi issue, our readers highlight their favorite hotspots from around the state. We're giving you the very best that our state has to offer in food, fun, history, and true insider knowledge of the entire state. Whether you're Mississippian by birth or state of mind, a true appreciation of the world lies in recognizing the very best of our roots.



Shapley's, Ridgeland

First opened in 1985, Shapley's remains one of Mississippi's favorite restaurants. The commitment to unprecedented quality with selection and choice-cuts of steaks has landed this superior restaurant on the top again. For a superb dinner with an elegant atmosphere, Shapley's is sure to impress. 868 Centre St., Ridgeland; 601.957.3753;



Mugshots Grill and Bar, several locations

Select from a variety of gourmet burgers grilled to perfection Adv. 1. to perfection - in every detail; "the new house suited them to a T"
just right, to a T, to the letter
 and served on delicious toasted sourdough buns. From the eight-ounce Middleburger to Anthony's Peanut Butter Burger, these tasty creations will satisfy any burger enthusiast. If you're adventurous, attempt to finish the infamous "The Mugshot" within twelve minutes, or invite a group of friends and share a good meal and night out together. For locations visit



Mint the Restaurant

Mint, the younger sister to Jackson's Julep julep (jlĭp) or mint julep, alcoholic beverage of the S United States. , appeared on the restaurant scene in November of 2008, and the combination of Southern style food with a creative twist has been delighting patrons since its grand opening. Serving innovative Southern-infusion cuisine, Mint utilizes flesh ingredients that are unique to the region. The menu changes seasonally, highlighting certain components of each dish and presenting patrons with lighter foods in summer and heavier foods during the winter months. By using locally-grown seasonal foods, Mint gives back to the community and facilitates culinary collaboration between neighbors.

David Farris, co-owner and executive chef for Mint and Julep, develops the recipes and tests them with his manager and co-owner Patrick Kelly For other uses, see Patrick and Kelly.
Patrick Kelly may refer to the following people:
  • Patrick Kelly (1779-1829), first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond (U.S.) (from Aug 24, 1820 - Feb 9, 1822)
  • Patrick Kelly, (c.
. Recipes are constantly being tweaked and changed over time to arrive at a perfect combination of flavors that tantalize all the senses. The specials change regularly, but the popularity of several dishes is bound to keep them on the menu despite the changing season. Pan roasted redfish redfish
 or rosefish or ocean perch

Commercially important food fish (Sebastes marinus) of the scorpion fish family (Scorpaenidae), found in the Atlantic along European and North American coasts.
 with grilled corn maque choux Maque choux (pronounced: "mock shoe") is a traditional dish of southern Louisiana. It is thought to be an amalgam of Acadian French (Cajun) and Native American cultural influence, and the name is likely to derive from the French interpretation of the Native American name. , jumbo lump crabmeat crab·meat  
The edible flesh of a crab.

Noun 1. crabmeat - the edible flesh of any of various crabs

crab cocktail - a cocktail of cold cooked crabmeat and a sauce
, and champagne beurre blanc beurre blanc  
A sauce made with butter, shallots, and vinegar, white wine, or lemon juice.

[French : beurre, butter + blanc, white, not browned.]
 is one of the most popular dinner dishes, and for lunch patrons cannot get enough of the grouper grouper, common name for a large carnivorous member of the family Serranidae (sea bass family), abundant in tropical and subtropical seas and highly valued as food fish.  sandwich on a ciabatta ciabatta

a type of bread made with olive oil [Italian: slipper]
 bun with frissee, chipotle chi·pot·le  
A ripe jalapeño pepper that has been dried and smoked for use in cooking.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl xipotli.]

Noun 1.
 aioli ai·o·li  
A rich sauce of crushed garlic, egg yolks, lemon juice, and olive oil.

[Provençal : ai, garlic (from Latin allium) + oli, oil (from Latin oleum
, and fresh tomato. Without a doubt, the creativity of Mint will cement the popular restaurant as a Mississippi favorite for years to come.--Olivia Bushardt 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, Ridgeland; 601.898.MINT(6468);



Soulshine Pizza, Flowood and Ridgeland

Boogie on down to Soulshine Pizza. With two locations in the Jackson area, Soulshine Pizza is an offbeat off·beat  
n. Music
An unaccented beat in a measure.

adj. Slang
Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional: offbeat humor.
, hip pizza parlor offering a Southern twist to the Italian signature dish A signature dish is a recipe that identifies an individual chef. Ideally it should be unique and allow an informed gastronome to name the chef in a blind tasting. It can be thought of as the culinary equivalent of an artist finding their own style, or an author finding their own . Choose from local favorites such as the "Kitchen Sink" and "The Mississippian," or create your own pizza from dozens of toppings choices. This funky eatery puts the heart and the soul into creative food. 1139 Old Fannin Rdy Flowood; 601.919.2000; 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland; 601.856.8646;


Doe's Eat Place Doe's Eat Place is a chain of restaurants in Mississippi and Arkansas that specializes in steaks and tamales.

Doe's Eat Place was started in Greenville, Mississippi in 1941 by Dominick "Big Doe" and Mamie Signa. It started as a honky-tonk for blacks.
, Greenville and Starkville

Upon first arrival at Doe's Eat Place, patrons walk through the kitchen to country style tables with red and white checked tablecloths. The kitchen is truly the heart of Doe's Eat Place, and the delicious tamales and steaks are evidence for that fact. The hospitality is truly Southern, and you will feel a part of the family as soon as you arrive. 502 Nelson St., Greenville; 662.334.3315; 213 E. Main St., Starkville; 662.324.4005;


Old Mexico, Philadelphia & Papitos, Madison

For a traditional Mexican dining experience, try Old Mexico, where patrons enjoy large portions of their favorite Mexican food including delicious fajitas fajitas
Noun, pl

a Mexican dish of soft tortillas wrapped around fried strips of meat or vegetables [Mexican Spanish]
 and chimichan-gas. For handmade tortillas rolled fresh everyday, look no further than Old Mexico! 214 Line Ave., Philadelphia; 601.656.6686.

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 coupled with a lovely outdoor dining facility. You'll love the authentic Mexican atmosphere at this great restaurant!; 11 Colony Crossing Way, Ste. 400, Madison; 601.605.0275.


BEST FRIED CHICKEN Fried chicken is chicken which is dipped in a breading mixture and then deep fried, pan fried or pressure fried. The breading seals in the juices but also absorbs the fat of the fryer, which is sometimes seen as unhealthy.  


Peggy Webb Peggy Webb, neé Peggy Elaine Hussey (born February 8, 1942) is an American author of romance novels. Biography
Peggy Webb has born and raised on a farm in Lee County, Mississippi. As a child she would often sit in the hayloft and write down her stories.
 has been cooking for visitors in Philadelphia for more than forty one years, and although she retired seven years ago. her famous fried chicken continues her legacy. When the telephone company changed to the dial system in the 1950s. Peggy began serving lunch to men who came from all over the state to work, and when they returned to their hometowns, the news of Peggy's Restaurant began to spread. By the early 1960s, so many visitors came to the restaurant daily that Peggy could not cook, serve, and make change. Customers began laying their money on the counter, and soon after a wicker basket was added that still remains today.

Peggy doesn't cook her chicken in a multitude of spices but allows the taste of the tender, perfectly cooked chicken to stand on its own. She has kept the same menu for years, and patrons declare that the food tastes just as good as it did when they visited Peggy's years before. Another feature that hasn't changed is the family-style seating, which allows patrons to sit and talk with other guests. Strangers usually find a connection, whether friends or kin, and they have Peggy and her delectable crispy fried chicken Crispy fried chicken is one of the most standard dishes in the Cantonese cuisine of southern China. The chicken is fried in such a way that the skin is extremely crunchy, but the white meat is relatively soft.  to thank.--O.B. 512 Bay St. E., Philadelphia; 607.656.3478;


Bonefish Grill Bonefish Grill is a seafood restaurant chain that is owned and operated by OSI Restaurant Partners. The chain's first location opened its doors in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2000.

There are currently over 100 Bonefish Grill locations in 27 states across the United States.
: Bang Bang Shrimp, Biloxi and Madison

The restaurant's no-nonsense approach to fish and its many other options has led to many delicious creations, including the much-loved Bang Bang Shrimp. This spicy dish is sure to leave a great impression with diners of all ages. For great atmosphere and dining, you can't go wrong with Bonefish Grill. 2600 Beach Boulevard The following roads are named Beach Boulevard:
  • Beach Boulevard (Jacksonville)
  • Beach Boulevard (Orange County, California), part of State Route 39
, Biloxi; 228.388.0009; 207 Colony Way, Madison; 607.60Z3334;



Nick's, Jackson

Known for its elegant and upscale atmosphere, Nick's remains a Mississippi favorite since its opening in 1983. Its old English Old English: see type; English language; Anglo-Saxon literature.
Old English
 or Anglo-Saxon

Language spoken and written in England before AD 1100. It belongs to the Anglo-Frisian group of Germanic languages.
 club feel with rich leather-covered banquettes lends an air of refinement to the restaurant. For candlelight dinner for two, business lunch, or just a fun dinner with friends, Nick's fine American cuisine is sure to impress even the pickiest of diners. 7507 Lakeland Drive, Ste. 101, Jackson; 601.981.8017


Ajax Diner, Oxford

Located on Oxford's town square, Ajax serves good home cooking, and patrons cannot get enough of the blue-plate special Blue-plate special or blue plate special is a term used in the United States by restaurants, particularly (but not only) diners. It refers to a specially-low-priced meal, usually changing daily.  style dishes. With Matty's mom's meatloaf, hot tamale pie Noun 1. tamale pie - a meat mixture covered with cornbread topping that resembles a Mexican dish
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
, cheese grits grits

coarsely ground hominy served in traditional Southern breakfast. [Am. Culture: Misc.]

See : Southern States
, jalapeno corn bread corn bread or corn·bread
Bread made from cornmeal.
, and loads of Southern vegetables, this restaurant has something for everyone. 118 Courthouse Sq., Oxford; 661.232.8880.


Sweet Pepper's Deli, various locations

For a casual dining experience, Sweet Pepper's Deli offers an excellent selection of wraps and salads for a quick lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is always upbeat, and amid the flurry of activity, the servers always stop to smile. Visit for locations.



Amerigo, Ridgeland

Amerigo serves classical Italian cuisine Italian cuisine as a national cuisine known today has evolved from centuries of social and political change. Its roots can be traced back to 4th century BCE and into the Middle Ages which brought Arab and Norman influence to certain regions along with introduction of notable chefs  with an American and Mediterranean twist, resulting in a Mississippi favorite restaurant. Boasting an intimate atmosphere, friendly servers, and an impressive array of dishes including veal piccata pic·ca·ta  
Sliced, sautéed, and served in a sauce containing lemon, butter, and spices. Used of meat or fish.

[Italian, feminine of piccato, larded, past participle of piccarsi
, pasta pomodoro For the American chain of casual dining restaurants, see .
Pasta Pomodoro is an Italian food typically prepared with angel hair pasta, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, basil, and other fresh ingredients that may vary. It is intended to be a quick light dish, rather than a dish in a heavy sauce.
, and tiramisu tir·a·mi·su  
A dessert of cake infused with a liquid such as coffee or rum, layered with a rich cheese filling, and topped with grated chocolate.
, this Ridgeland eatery is a perfect dining choice for any occasion! 6592 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland; 601.977.0563;


BEST SUSHI sushi A Japanese raw fish delicacy that may be a vector for parasites–eg, Anasakis, which often affect sushi made from mackerel caught in early spring Endoscopy Edema, gastritis, erosion Clinical Myalgia, abdominal pain Radiology Thread-like larvae may  

Little Tokyo/Sakura Bana, Ridgeland and Jackson

Little Toyko and Sakura Bana offer a warm, inviting atmosphere to patrons who visit these Mississippi hotspots. Both restaurants offer a range of sushi, sashimi, and tempura Tempura - Language based on temporal logic. "Executing Temporal Logic Programs", B. Moszkowski, Camb U Press 1986.  dishes. Their many offerings like the Mississippi roll will leave you wanting more. Little Tokyo, 876 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland; 601.991.3800; and Sakura Bana, 1-55 N., Jackson, 601.982.3035;



Hamil's, Ridgeland

Serving savory cuisine since 1977, this Southern-style buffet is a popular choice among Mississippians. The homemade yeast rolls, chicken and dumplings, and creamy mashed potatoes n. pl. 1. Potatoes which have been boiled and mashed to a pulpy consistency, usu. with sparing addition of milk, salt, butter, or other flavoring. It is a popular accompaniment to a meat course [U.S., 1900's], providing bulk and calories to a meal.  are just some of the favorite dishes found at Hamil's. Arrive hungry because the food is so plentiful and delicious you will leave completely satisfied. 480 Magnolia St, Madison; 601.856.4407,


AJ's on The Lake

With the new location on Township Avenue, Al's on the Lake has significantly expanded to accommodate the number of patrons clamoring to visit this well-known establishment. Lucy and John Taylor John Taylor, or Johnny Taylor may refer to: Academic figures
  • John Taylor (1704-1766), English classical scholar
  • John Taylor (1781-1864), British publisher and Egypt scholar
  • John Taylor (Oxford), Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University 1486-1487
 first opened AJ's in 1999 and named the family-friendly restaurant after their two children, Alyssa and Johnny. From the beginning, the Taylors have kept their commitment to providing a superior dining experience for every customer, and with a charming ambiance am·bi·ance also am·bi·ence  
The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment: "The noir ambience is dominated by low-key lighting . . .
, dulcet dul·cet  
a. Pleasing to the ear; melodious.

b. Having a soothing, agreeable quality.

2. Archaic Sweet to the taste.
 music, and Southern hospitality, John and Lucy have certainly raised the bar for casual fine dining in Dining in is a formal military function for members of a company or other unit. The practice is thought to have begun in 16th Century England, in the monasteries and early universities.  Mississippi.

AJ's serves Caribbean fare reminiscent of Lucy's South American origin, and with unique dishes such as seviche se·vi·che  
Variant of ceviche.
, plantains, delicious three-milk cake, and fresh seafood, AJ's provides a culinary treasure for all who visit. Every table offers patrons a stunning and different view of the gorgeous lake. With the calming decor and delicious food, AJ's really is a place to "relax, don't rush the meal, and get away from troubles," says John.--O.B. 361 Township Ave., Ridgeland; 601.856.2844;




Cherokee Inn

For divine Southern style food, the locals know that Cherokee Inn is the place to eat! The fried mushrooms, delicious plate lunches, and po-boys will have everyone saying "yum!" Attempt to save room for decadent pecan pie and lemon icebox for dessert. Either way, the food, service, and fun atmosphere will leave you wanting to come again. 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson; 601.362.6388.



Que Sera, Jackson

With their delicious Creole cuisine and New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded  style decor, Que Sera provides patrons with an unforgettable dining experience. When the weather is pleasant, guests love eating outside on the patio under one of the many umbrellas and ordering top-notch Cajun cooking. 2807 N. State St, Jackson; 601.987.2520; www.



Walker's Drive-In, Jackson

For a date with that special someone, Walker's provides a romantic yet lively ambiance coupled with superior service and great-tasting food. Located in an old drive-in, Walker's offers a fine dining experience without the pretense and boasts an extensive selection of tasty creations. 3016 N. State St., Jackson; 601.982.2633; Walker's Drive-In.



Sal & Mookies, Jackson

Since its recent opening in 2007, Sal & Mookies has emerged as a popular casual dining choice. With New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 style pizzas and an ice cream bar An ice cream bar is a frozen dessert on a stick or a candy bar that has ice cream in it. The coating is usually a thin layer of chocolate. Sometimes there is some crunchy goodness on the outside too.  with an everchanging selection of twenty-four flavors, this hidden gem offers a family-friendly dining experience for kids of any age. 565 Taylor St., Jackson; 601.368.1919;



Keifer's Jackson

With its mix of Greek and American flavors, Keifer's is an excellent choice for those craving a unique dining experience. Eat outside under one of the covered porches and sample a variety of Greek fare including cottage fries, gyros This article is about the food dish. For other uses, see Gyro.

Gyros or gyro (Greek: γύρος, "turning") (IPA: [ˈjɪːɹəʊ] 
, and tasty hummus hum·mus also hum·us or hom·mos  
A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita.
 with pita bread. Guests at Keifer's love both the food and the atmosphere, which provides a popular place to socialize so·cial·ize  
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.

2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable.
 with friends long after the meal is finished. 705 Poplar Bird, Jackson; 601.355.6825; 120 N. Congress St., Jackson; 601.353.4976.



Cups, several locations

This laid-back coffee house is known for its delicious coffee, friendly staff, and commitment to the community by purchasing many items locally. Cups also serves as an art gallery for local artists, which helps create the relaxed atmosphere. Cups is the perfect place to get together with old friends and to meet new ones while enjoying a wonderful cup of coffee. Visit for locations.



Hickory Pit, Jackson

For true barbeque lovers, Hickory Pit provides savory Southern barbeque bound to delight even the toughest critic. Try a huge plate of barbequed ribs or the pulled pork Pulled pork is a form of barbecue.

Pulled pork is served in many areas of the world and its presentation varies within the United States.[1] Preparation
In Eastern North Carolina, this barbecue is traditionally made from a whole hog.
 plate with a side of sweet potato sweet potato, trailing perennial plant (Ipomoea batatas) of the family Convolvulaceae (morning glory family), native to the New World tropics. Cultivated from ancient times by the Aztecs for its edible tubers, it was introduced into Europe in the 16th cent.  flies and beer-battered onion rings. Add any type of sauce (hot, mild, or sweet) for an intense flavor that will leave you dreaming of more. 1491 Canton Mart Rd., Jackson; 607.956.7079.



McAlister's Deli McAlister's Deli is a chain of fast casual restaurants founded in 1989 in Oxford, Mississippi by retired dentist Dr. Don Newcomb. They currently have over 200 locations in 18 states, mostly in the southeastern United States. , several locations

On a hot Mississippi summer day, nothing could taste better than a refreshing tall glass of McAlisters World Famous Sweet Tea. The traditional Southern staple has sparked numerous rumors as to the source of this mouth-watering mouth·wa·ter·ing or mouth-wa·ter·ing  
Appealing to the sense of taste; appetizing: the mouthwatering aroma of a baking pie.

Adj. 1.
 drink, but this highly prized recipe is under wraps. See for locations.



Char: Pecan Caramel Butter Crunch Cake, Jackson

Don't let the humble name fool you, Char's Pecan Caramel Butter Crunch Cake served with French vanilla ice Robert Matthew Van Winkle (born October 31, 1968), better known as Vanilla Ice, is a Grammy Award nominated, American Music Award winning American rapper and actor known mostly for the 1990 single "Ice Ice Baby.  cream and topped with cinnamon-braised Granny Smith Apple sauce features an extraordinary mix of flavors designed to delight the taste buds taste buds taste nplGeschmacksknospen pl  of patrons to this charming restaurant. 45001-55 North, Suite 142, Jackson; 601.956.9562;



Cock of the Walk, Natchez and Ridgeland

With its relaxed atmosphere and country-style cooking, Cock of the Walk provides diners with a laid-back dining and divine cornbread that cannot be beat! Patrons have been eating scrumptious fried catfish at Cock with the hammer raised and ready to fire; - said of firearms, also, jocularly, of one prepared for instant action.

See also: Cock
 of the Walk since the first restaurant opened in Natchez in 1977, and their heavenly cornbread is still flipped right at your table. 200 N Broadway St., Natchez; 601.446.8920; 141 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland; 607.856.5500;



Julep, Jackson

Julep is a stylish restaurant specializing in nouveau Southern fusion. Sunday brunch, a favorite among patrons, showcases new twists given to time-honored classics such the banana's foster French toast, catfish taco, and fried green tomato Benedict. Just don't forget Julep's award winning fried chicken and mouth-watering shrimp and grits. The scrumptious menu is bound to delight your taste buds. 4500 1-55 North, Ste. 105, Jackson; 601.362.1411;



Broad Street, Jackson

Aptly named "Jackson's Favorite Artisan Bakery/Deli," Broad Street Bakery is certainly Mississippi's favorite bakery. Experience the delicious made-from-scratch European breads and pastries, but don't forget the popular sandwiches, quiches, and soups that make this bakery a popular lunchtime spot. 44651-55 N, Suite 101, Jackson; 607.362.2900;




Geyser geyser (gī`zər) [Icel.], hot spring from which water and steam are ejected periodically to heights ranging from a few to several hundred feet.  Falls, Choctaw

For fun in the sun, Geyser Falls has something for every water-lover from calm pools surrounded by white sand beaches to slippery water slides and wave pools. This popular summertime water theme park is sure to delight all members of the family with its extensive selection of water activities. Your toddler will love spending all day at Lil' Squirts Hollow with special mini-features for small children including a mini water slide. Teens and adults love the Backsplash back·splash  
An upright surface or border, as of tile, that protects the wall behind a sink or stove.
! and Mt. Everwet water slides for an exciting thrill ride, and everyone in the family will enjoy spending a lazy hour floating along the Roundabout River and cooling off with a dip under the refreshing waterfall. For those who crave a relaxed Caribbean experience (without the plane ride), visit the Beach Club for sunbathing, live music, and good food. Geyser Falls will certainly bring out the kid within all who visit the magical park and bathe in its rejuvenating water.--O.B 209 Black Jack Rd., Choctaw; 601.389.3700;



Dancing Rabbit Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage near Rutledge, Missouri, USA.

Dancing Rabbit, founded in 1997, is a rapidly growing intentional community in the pioneering stage. It aspires to grow to be a small, locally self-reliant town of 500 to 1000 residents, committed to radical
, Choctaw

With two award-winning courses spanning more than seven hundred acres of luxurious greens, Dancing Rabbit Golf Course is a work of art. Whether you're preparing for your PGA championship The PGA Championship (often referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship outside of North America) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA Tour.  or playing a few rounds with close friends, Dancing Rabbit's spectacular views and lush fairways are sure to impress every golfer. 1 Choctaw Trail, Choctaw; 607.663.0071; www



Neshoba, Philadelphia

Always a favorite among the locals and visitors since its beginning in 1889, the Neshoba County Fair has something for everyone, from rides for the kids to an antique car An antique car is generally defined as a car over 25 years of age, this being the definition used by the Antique Automobile Club of America and many other organizations worldwide. However, the legal definition for the purpose of antique vehicle registration varies widely.  and livestock show The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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. Guests travel from all over to visit the fair and catch up with old friends and meet new ones. A trip to Neshoba wouldn't be complete without sitting on the front porch of the Fair Cabin, drinking lemonade, and people watching People watching or crowd watching is a hobby of some people to watch those around them and their interactions. This differs from voyeurism in that it does not relate to sex or sexual gratification. . 16800 Highway 21 South, Philadelphia; 607.656.8480;



Roosevelt State Park Roosevelt State Park is a U.S. state park in Mississippi. It is located off I-20 near Morton, between Jackson and Meridian.

The park is located at  GR3 See also
, Morton

Open year round, Roosevelt State Park is a great destination for outdoor recreational fun. From Memorial Day to Labor Day Labor Day, holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September to honor the laborer. It was inaugurated by the Knights of Labor in 1882 and made a national holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1894. , spend time in the water with a lake, pool, and waterslide, and in the fall stay a while to watch the leaves change colors. Whether you're picnicking, camping, or boating, this park is great for special events, family reunions, or just a swim in the lake with the kids. 2749 Highway 73 S, Morton; 601.732.6316.



Reservoir, Ridgeland

Located in Central Mississippi, the man-made, 33,000-acre Reservoir feeds into the Pearl River Pearl River, uninc. village (1990 pop. 15,314), Rockland co., SE N.Y., near the N.J. line. It is a residential suburb of New York City, and a computer and telecommunications research and development center.
Pearl River

River, central Mississippi, U.
 and provides an ideal spot for fishing. The Reservoir also boasts gorgeous overlooks, trails for hiking and mountain biking mountain biking Sports medicine A sport in which participants use specialized bicycles to navigate rough, steep trails covered with unforgiving rocks Injury risk Concussions, fractures, death. See Extreme sport, Novelty seeking behavior. , parks, and campgrounds. For wholesome outdoor fun, the Reservoir is a great place to enjoy the sweet Mississippi air! 115 Madison Landing Cir., P.O. Box 2180, Ridgeland; 601.856.6574;



Ford Center, University of Mississippi The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1848, the school is composed of the main campus in Oxford and three branch campuses located in Booneville, Tupelo, and Southaven.  Thalia Mara, Jackson

Completed in 2003, the acclaimed Ford Center boasts two performance spaces and hosts a plethora of events ranging from lectures to Broadway shows. The Ford Center remains at the center of University life in Oxford. 700 University Avenue, University; 662.915.2787;

Located in the heart of downtown Jackson, Thalia Mara is home to the International Ballet Competition (IBC IBC International Building Code
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) held every four years. Local, national, and international performers appear at the Thalia Mara, which hosts all types of dance performances, symphonies, operas, and plays. 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson; 601.960.1537.



Ridgeland Trail, Ridgeland Tishomingo, Tupelo

For an urbanized hiking trail that combines the location of the city with the fresh air and sunshine of nature, Ridgeland Trail offers visitors the opportunity to engage in outdoor recreational activities without driving into the woods, and all located along the beautiful Natchez Trace Natchez Trace, road, from Natchez, Miss., to Nashville, Tenn., of great commercial and military importance from the 1780s to the 1830s. It grew from a series of Native American trails used in the 18th cent. by the French, English, and Spanish. .

With thirteen miles of breath-taking hiking trails, Tishomingo provides guests with the opportunity to closely experience nature. Enjoy numerous water activities and expansive campgrounds while viewing gorgeous photographic scenery. Tishomingo is truly awe-inspiring. P.O. Box 880, Tishomingo; 662.438.6914.


Trustmark Park Trustmark Park is the home of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and is located in Pearl, Mississippi, USA. The ballpark, which opened April 18, 2005, has capacity for nearly 7,500 fans. There are 5,500 chair-back seats in the reserved seating areas.  

At Trustmark Park, baseball is king. The park offers multiple restaurants, picnic areas, a kid zone, and even features a 360-degree concourse that fully encompasses the field--allowing viewers access to every section of seating. The stadium seats 5,500 comfortably in chair-back seats and another 2,200 in general admission seating near the outfield.

Situated next to 1-55, 1-20, Highway 49, and Highway 80, Trustmark Park is in the perfect location for baseball fans all over the state. And between April and September, the resident M-Braves take the field. Now in their fifth year the team will play 60 games at the stadium this season.

In addition to watching the game, visitors can chow down at various concession stands such as the Basket Catch basket catch
n. Baseball
A catch made with the palm of the glove turned upward and the wrist kept close to the body.
, Hot Corner Slice, and the Sweet Spot. If you'd like to sit down for a longer meal, Trustmark Park offers the Cellular South Cafe, a full service restaurant with seating inside and outside, with a view of the right field.

Whether you're there for the food, baseball, or fun with friends and family, Trustmark Park is the place to enjoy it all.--Sophie McNeil 1 Braves Way, Pearl; 601.932.8788 or 888.Braves4;




Dunleith, Natchez

With a picturesque Greek revival Greek revival: see classic revival.
Greek Revival

Architectural style based on 5th-century-BC Greek temples that spread throughout Europe and the U.S. in the early 19th century.
 style plantation house and gorgeous grounds, Dunleith is the ideal place for a memorable wedding. Guests stay in the luxurious inn and experience living in a Southern-style plantation house. The Castle restaurant provides delicious food for visitors and guests to this historic inn. 84 Homochitto St., Natchez; 601.446.8500;



Old Capitol Inn, Jackson

With a massive Gala ballroom that opens onto an elegant courtyard and lush garden, the Old Capitol Inn provides couples with the perfect location to host a wonderful wedding reception. The ballroom boasts a built-in dance floor and stage, and the Inn's superior catering selection will make any reception one to remember. 226 N. State St., Jackson; 601.359.9000;



Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson

Nestled between Thalia Mara Hall and the new Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson, the Mississippi Museum of Art is an everlasting figure in the state's art scene. From permanent art works such as photographs by Eudora Welty Noun 1. Eudora Welty - United States writer about rural southern life (1909-2001)
 and traveling exhibits from painter and textile designer Raoul Dufy Noun 1. Raoul Dufy - French painter noted for brightly colored scenes (1877-1953)
, MMA (Microcomputer Managers Association, Inc.) A membership organization with chapters throughout the U.S. that was devoted to educating personnel responsible for personal computers. It disbanded in 1996.

Mma - A fast Mathematica-like system, in Allegro CL by R. Fateman, 1991.
 offers entertainment for everyone. 380 S. Lamar St, Jackson; 601.960.1315;



The Alluvian, Greenwood

Walking into the Alluvian, you don't feel like you are deep in the Mississippi Delta This article is about the geographic region of the U.S. state of Mississippi. For other uses, see Mississippi Delta (disambiguation).

The Mississippi Delta is the distinct northwest section of the state of Mississippi that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo
. With swanky swank·y  
adj. swank·i·er, swank·i·est

swanki·ly adv.

 lounge areas, fresh flowers in each room, a full spa, and restaurant, the Alluvian is one of the best hotels to check in, unwind, and while away the day. 318 Howard St., Greenwood; 662.453.2114;



Beau Rivage The Beau Rivage is a waterfront casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. It is owned and operated by MGM Mirage. Beau Rivage was rebuilt and re-opened a year after Hurricane Katrina (see details below). The Beau Rivage hotel is currently the tallest building in Mississippi. , Biloxi

Positioned at the heart of the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, the Beau Rivage boasts 1,740 rooms with views of the Mississippi Gulf and the Back Bay. With modern design, plush beds, a luxurious pool overlooking the Gulf, live entertainment, and a collection of restaurants that will satisfy every craving, this resort has it all. And the full service spa, golf, and onsite shopping are icing on the cake. After visiting the Beau Rivage, you may never want to leave. 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi; 228.386.7111;



The Cole House, Philadelphia

Located near the buzzing downtown sights of Philadelphia, this 1916 Victorian home known as The Cole House has been completely restored. With a sunroom, formal parlor, and dining room, this bed and breakfast offers the perfect weekend getaway. Rooms are filled with comfortable antiques that create a homey feel to help guests relax. 235 W. Beacon St., Philadelphia; 607.656.5433;



National Military Park, Vicksburg

In the hills of Vicksburg, a 16-mile tour-road winds through the National Military Park. The park features over 20 miles of reconstructed trenches commemorating the War Between the States. With 1,325 monuments throughout the tour, there is no shortage of things to see in this historic park. 3207 Clay St., Vicksburg, 601.636.0583; www.nps. gov/vick.




Situated at the southern end of the Natchez Trace Parkway Natchez Trace Parkway: see National Parks and Monuments (table). , Natchez truly transports you back in time to the Old South with antebellum homes and Southern charm. Throughout the year, attend one of Natchez's many festivals or its pilgrimage with fully costumed actors, visit one of its many restaurants, or shop its bevy bevy

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 of antique stores in the downtown shopping district.Natchez CVB CVB Convention and Visitors Bureau
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, 800.647.6724;



Mississippi Gulf Coast The Mississippi Gulf Coast refers to the three Mississippi counties which lie on the Gulf of Mexico: Hancock County, Mississippi, Harrison County, Mississippi, and Jackson County, Mississippi.  

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is back and better than ever. Visitors can bask on the 26 miles of sandy beaches, take a ferry to Ship Island, enjoy one of the many fabulous resorts, grab a bite at a world-class restaurant, or experience unparallel shopping options. The Gulf Coast keeps visitors coming back for more. Mississippi Gulf Coast CV8, 11975 Seaway Rd., Gulfport, 228.896.6699;



Double Decker Arts Festival An arts festival or art fair is a festival that focuses on the visual arts, but which may also focus on other arts.

Arts festivals in the visual arts are exhibitions.
, Oxford

Taking its namesake from the English bus imported in 1994, the Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford's courthouse square Courthouse Square is a backlot located at Universal Studios. The set is composed of several facades that form an archetypal American town square with a courthouse as its centerpiece.  is a day of activities, food, music, arts, and family fun. 662.232.2367;


Graceland II, Holly Springs

Beyond the exterior of Paul McLeod's white mansion is a tribute unlike any other--to Elvis and nothing but Elvis.

For over 50 years, Elvis has been a large focus of McLeod's life. McLeod even named his son Elvis Aaron Presley McLeod after the singer.

At Graceland II in Holly Springs, Elvis literally covers every nook and cranny Noun 1. nook and cranny - something remote; "he explored every nook and cranny of science"
nooks and crannies

detail, item, point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
 from floor to ceiling. Everything from 45s on the wall in the record room to cardboard cutouts on the staircase highlight McLeod's love for Elvis.

Just walk up the front steps and knock on the door, Graceland II is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. McLeod will be there to greet you and curate CURATE, eccl. law. One who represents the incumbent of a church, person, or20 vicar, and takes care of the church, and performs divine service in his stead.  the home. Elvis may have left the building at the original Graceland years ago, but memories of Elvis can always be found at Graceland II.--S.M. 200 E. Gholson Ave., Holly Springs.





Persnickety, Madison

In a quaint distinct green building with purple shutters, Persnickety has been perfecting the gift shop experience since 2001. With superior customer service, free gift-wrapping, and exclusive items, Persnickety has carved its niche. Lotions and candles for quick gifts line the front of the store, while fine china and Peters Pottery can be found upstairs and in the back rooms. Persnickety is full of colorful designs, making every room bright and airy.

Persnickety has continued its success in the formerly abandoned building by adding an additional two-story structure to fill the expanding Bridal Registry. Featuring crystal, china, and other fashionable wedding gifts, Persnickety offers customers an exclusive selection.

Since purchasing Persnickety from Sherri Hilton in 2007, Hearth and Home owners Ben and Randy Rogers have only added more to the store. Soon, Persnickety Kitchen will open in the old Madison Gallery building a few steps away from Persnickety next to the train tracks.

Now in the renovation stage, Ben Rogers says he hopes to have Persnickety Kitchen open by fall. When the store opens, product lines such as GE, Sub Zero, and Viking will anchor the store's offerings.--S.M 2078 Main Street, Madison; 601.853.9595.


Batte Furniture, Jackson Miskelly Furniture, Jackson

Since first opening its doors in 1883, Batte has offered luxurious furniture and professional design services, including European antiques. Batte's bridal department, opened in 2004, is the state's leader in fine china, crystal, and other gifts and accessories. Here you will find brands such as William Yeoward, Simon Pearce, Anna Weatherly, and Baccarat baccarat (bä`kərä', băk`–, Fr. bäkärä`), French card game formerly widely played in European casinos but now supplanted in popularity by chemin de fer. . 1010 E. Northside Dr, Jackson; 607.366.0335;

From a small furniture company in a 10,000 square foot building to a 120,000 square foot flagship building, Miskelly's Furniture has been helping furnish Mississippian homes for over 30 years. Now offering the largest collection of furniture in the South, Miskelly's is sure to have something to fit every furniture need. 101 Airport Rd., Jackson; 601.939.6288;


Interior's Market, Jackson

With over 40 dealers, Interior Market is full of upscale, unique finds sure to fit any home decor. After browsing through furniture and fashionable accessories, enjoy a meal in the shop's cafe, catered by Jackson restaurant Bon Ami. 659 Duling Ave., Jackson; 601.981.6020


Hudson's, several locations

Started by H. C. Hudson in 1938, Mississippi owned and operated Hudson's is the bargain hunter's paradise. From designer clothing to name-brand home decor, Hudson's is truly a "treasure hunt." For locations, see


Brown's Fine Art and Framing, Jackson; Southern Breeze, Ridgeland

With almost 45 years in the business, Brown's Fine Art and Framing, located in Jackson's Fondren District, has built a reputation for custom framing and an emphasis on Mississippi artists. A 6,000 square foot gallery displays these native artists with different media such as lithographs, silkscreens, bronze sculptures, paintings, wood, posters and more. 630 Fondren Place, Jackson; 800.737.4844; www.;

Located in Renaissance at Colony Park, Southern Breeze is any Mississippian's place to find original artwork. Don't be surprised if the artist is from Mississippi; many of the artists featured in Southern Breeze are native to the Magnolia State. 7000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland; 601.607.4147;



Summerhouse, Ridgeland

At Summerhouse, simple lines and crisp colors are staples in their Ridgeland showroom. This premier design house exudes elegance and functionality and offers design services to suit everyone's taste. 1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland; 607.853.4445;



A Daisy A Day, Jackson

Family owned and operated, Daisy A Day in Maywood Mart constructs creative arrangements for multiple occasions. In addition to floral arrangements, Daisy A Day also offers gift baskets, cards, and candies. 1220 E. Northside Drive, Ste. 180, Jackson; 800.844.8070;



Lemuria, Jackson

On the second story of Banner Hall, Lemuria runs the literary gamut with book signings by famous authors, collectors' first editions, an in-house book club, and a knowledgeable staff. From the section of children's books called Oz to signed cookbooks, Lemuria nurtures the idea of browsing for that next good book. Banner Hall, 44651-55 N., Ste. 202, Jackson; 601.3667619;



Bass Pro Shop, Pearl

A stone's throw from Trustmark Park in Pearl, you can find fishing boats, tents, sporting apparel, and more all in one shopping trip at Bass Pro Shop. This two-story building is not just a store but also an experience that no one should miss. 100 Bass Pro Dr., Pearl; 601.933.3700;


Renaissance at Colony Park, Ridgeland

Since opening over a year ago, Renaissance at Colony Park has blossomed into one of Mississippi's premiere open shopping destinations. It offers restaurants and stores such as J. Crew, Anthropologie, P.F. Chang's, and Fresh Market the only ones of their kind in Mississippi. Renaissance draws customers from across the state for its ambiance, variety, and exceptional specialty stores.

Soft background music, multiple fountains, and outdoor sitting areas are just a few of the positive features of this outdoor shopping market, with a distinct European feel. At night, stroll through the "alleyways" of Renaissance draped drape  
v. draped, drap·ing, drapes
1. To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure.
 with lights as if you were in Italy. Even finding a parking spot and driving around the brick lined roundabout gives that feeling of being across the pond.

If the grand architecture was not enough, the excellent list of retailers (that keeps growing) is sure to bring in customers. National retailers such as Bath Junkie junkie Popular health A popular term for a person, usually an IV narcotic abusing addict, whose life is disorganized vis-á-vis family and societal structure, whose existence revolves around obtaining–often through theft, prostitution or other illicit , J. Jill, and Ann Taylor as well as local shop owners are all tenants.--S.M. 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland; 601.519.0900;



The Rogue And Good Company, Jackson

At the top of the hill on I-55, gentlemen will find the latest duds for the weekend or night out on the town. For the forth-straight year, Jackson's Rogue has claimed the top spot in our readers' choice for Mississippi's premier men's clothing shop. 44501-55 N., Jackson; 800.GO.ROGUE;


Juniker Jewelry, Jackson

Since 1944, Juniker Jewelry has remained a family business with antique and estate jewelry, as well as new, high-end pieces. Now with its fourth generation in the business, Juniker Jewelry offers over 60 years of experience to help you pick out the perfect piece of jewelry. 4500 1-55 N. Highland Village Suite 116, 601.366.3754;


Aqua the Day Spa, Jackson and Ridgeland

With a long menu full of facial treatments, massages, body treatments, manicures, and pedicures, Aqua the Day Spa offers two locations in the Jackson area for relaxation and rejuvenation Rejuvenation

in extreme old age, restored to youth by Medea. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI, I: 322]

apples of perpetual youth

by tasting the golden apples kept by Idhunn, the gods preserved their youth. [Scand. Myth.
. Aqua caters to every age group. Its relaxing atmosphere rivals even the best-known national spas. 4465 1-55 N., Jackson; 601.362.9550 or 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ste. 8001, Ridgeland; 601.898.9123;


Courthouse Racquet and Fitness, Jackson Metro

With five locations, the Courthouse offers a multitude of healthy lifestyle services to many residents in the Jackson area. With cardio machines, group exercise classes, pools, tennis courts, physical therapists and personal trainers, the Courthouse has services to help everyone looking to stay in shape. See website for locations,



Coat Tails, Ridgeland

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1. The loose back part of a coat that hangs below the waist.

2. coattails The skirts of a formal or dress coat.

on the coattails of
 is undeniably chic. From the mother-of-pearl walls in the dressing rooms to the hardwood floors to the posh furniture, CoatTails is the place for the newest, modern apparel. You can always be assured CoatTails is carrying the latest and most fashion-forward trends just by looking at the displays as you drive down Ridgeland's Jackson Street.

Opening its doors in 2006, owner Carolyn Voyles wanted a place for every woman in Mississippi to get great fashions previously not sold in the state.

"I have always had a love for fashion. We opened CoatTails because we wanted to offer the people of Mississippi, who have the same love for fashion, a large selection of unique items," she said.

If you cannot decide on the perfect outfit, Voyles suggests asking one of the associates or get an idea from one of the fashion shows playing on one of the multiple flat screen televisions.

"The selection and customer service at CoatTails sets it apart from others," she said. "Our talented staff's ability to help our customers look their absolute best continues to amaze me."--S.M. CoatTails, 117 West Jackson Street, Ridgeland; 601.853.1373.



Sweet Dreams Interiors, Madison

With a large selection of furniture, bedding, clothing, and toys for any new born, Sweet Dreams Interiors is the destination for all things baby. While cribs and rocking chairs display soft bedding and throws, Sweet Dreams Interiors also offers modern printed baby slings and accessories sure to make any baby's room complete. 1896 Main St. Ste. D, Madison; 601.856.2080.



Liz Henry, Jackson

Nationally recognized jewelry design house Liz Henry Jewelry in Fondren is a Mississippi treasure. With nods in multiple national magazines and pieces owned by many celebrities, Liz Henry is a great source for fashion-forward jewels. And rest assured that every piece is hand-made and hand-strung. From thin gold chains to cameo earrings, Liz Henry Jewelry is creatively crafted to suit any taste. 2906 N. State St. Suite 101 Jackson; 601.362.8337; www.



Bridal Path, Jackson

For high fashion bridal designers worthy of New York's fashion week, look no further than the Bridal Path. For the third year in a row, Bridal Path has wowed us with gorgeous designs and a fabulous selection worthy of your special day. 44651-55 N. Ste. 104, Jackson; 601.982.8267;



* Wendy Ware, Union

* Mary S. Rodney, Gulfport

* Amy Johnson, Philadelphia

* Nancy H. Millet, Pass Christian

* Janet Krohn, Corinth

* Rebecca R. Caldwell, Ridgeland

* Dawn Zingery, Flowood

* Carol Walters, Columbus

* Linda Lou Jenkins, Yazoo City

* Kim Rushing, Fulton
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