Mississippi: A Taste of the New South

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Jackson, Mississippi’s state capital, has revitalized its downtown into a vibrant, bustling epicenter of great shopping and dining. Parlor Market draws from local farms, ranches, and time-honored Southern tradition. In fact, you’ll be immersed in tradition here, with an interior featuring marble, wood, and brick dating back to the 1850s. Insiders recommend a “pre-prohibition” cocktail and fresh oysters. And don’t forget that in December, the city of Jackson will play host to one of Mississippi’s three big bicentennial concerts. 

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Borroum’s Drug Store & Soda Fountain, in Corinth, is a step back in time. Founded in 1865, it is Mississippi’s oldest continuously operated drug store. Not only does it serve up fountain favorites like shakes and flavored sodas, burgers, and fries, but it also celebrates Mississippi history with Civil War relics (the shop’s founder was an army doctor), Native American artifacts, and much more. 

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Historic downtown Greenwood is a quaint district with brick-paved streets and a retro-chic vibe you’ll love. Delta Bistropub anchors the neighborhood with its updated take on traditional Mississippi Delta cuisine, thanks to chef Robert Gillespie. Don’t take our word for it: Garden & Gun and the New York Times have raved about Delta Bistropub, and Southern Living named it one of the three best restaurants in the state.

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Mayflower Cafe, in Jackson, was opened back in 1935 by two Greek families and has been wowing guests every since by blending the Gulf Coast’s amazing fresh seafood with traditional Greek seasonings and cooking techniques. Insider tip: Order the house-made “comeback” dressing and the fried squash. 

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Yup, Neon Pig, in Tupelo, is a butcher shop. It’s a superb butcher shop. But it’s also so much more, offering one of the state’s best craft beer selections, and the local favorite “smashburger,” which combines several fine cuts of meat (including aged filet) with Benton’s bacon. 

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Behind its charming, unassuming exterior, the original Doe’s Eat Place, in Greenville, is a major Mississippi food powerhouse, the winner of a prestigious James Beard award in 2007. Meat is the name of the game here, and you can’t go wrong ordering filet mignon, T-bone, porterhouse, ribeye, well, you get the idea. There's another Doe's in Paducah, and several franchises throughout the South. 

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Bully’s Restaurant, in Jackson, dishes up the best in traditional soul food, serving favorites like ribs, fried chicken, and catfish. Bully’s is designated one of the Iconic Restaurants of Jackson by the Southern Foodways Alliance. 

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Sure, King’s Tavern has the look and feel of a venerable neighborhood institution, and it is, in a building dating back to the 18th century. But the bar, in the heart of Natchez, is so much more, serving comfort food like steaks and pot pies, plus craft spirits, and mixology classes through Natchez Pilgrimage Tours. 

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New chefs are born at the Viking Range Cooking School in Greenwood, with more than 70,000 students of all ages attending each year. The school is a great place for beginners, those who love to entertain friends and family, and anyone looking to explore culinary creativity.

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We love Bay St. Louis, a great Gulf Coast beach town that is one of Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns in America, for its awesome BBQ scene. Yum!

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We love a birthday party, and this year Mississippi is throwing a big one, celebrating 200 years of statehood. No party would be complete without amazing culinary delights, and the Magnolia State has a cool food scene that “looks back and moves forward” by blending Southern tradition with cutting-edge creativity.

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