If you’re looking for a place to relax and have some awesome pizza or pasta, Pizza Grocery in Corinth, MS has consistently been recognized as one of the best restaurants in Corinth for the past 11 years.
After Pizza Grocery owner Joshua Bryant finished his education at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) he moved back to his hometown of Corinth to work with his dad, homebuilder Jimbo Bryant. Like any hard working young southern man, Bryant was looking for a place he and his friends could hang out and have a beer after work.
When he couldn’t find the right spot, he approached his dad and asked if they could help build a place that served great food in a fun atmosphere. That’s how Pizza Grocery was conceived in 2006.
“The building kind of fell in our lap,” noted the younger Bryant. “It formally housed the Alcorn Wholesale Company, a grocery wholesaler, and that’s how we decided on the name Pizza Grocery. The location was ideal being so close to downtown with ample parking and access. Fortunately, and with Dad’s help, we were able to retain the buildings charm.”
Although he wasn’t raised in culinary family, Joshua spent a year working for a local restaurant to learn the basics of food service. It doesn’t take much to figure out the Bryant family isn’t from Italy, so I had to ask how they decided to serve pizza and pasta.
“Hey, I like pizza and spaghetti. So do most people I know and I thought it would work in Corinth,” Bryant stated.
When the restaurant he was working at closed, Joshua approached the chef who was also a good friend and asked if we wanted to embark on a new venture. “He helped us in designing our menu and set the tone in the back of the house. We’ve always been fortunate to have great support from the community too.”
Chefs Joey Thompson and Robin Carlyle currently run the kitchen and consistently produce a variety of outstanding dishes on the Pizza Grocery menu ranging from Smoked Duck pizza with sweet onion jam and goat cheese mozzarella to one of my favorites, the Pasta Creole with creole crawfish tails, peppers, onions and mushrooms in a creamy Cajun style cream sauce.
Of course, there are others popular dishes like the Shrimp PoBoy and the Lasagna Calzone, both of which require a hearty appetite to finish unless you plan on making a second meal of it later.
I would also recommend the Reuben Fries, consistiing of hand-cut potatoes topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, thousand island and mozzarella. What’s not to like about this dish?
Besides serving wonderful food, Joshua has always been determined to make sure Pizza Grocery is a fun place to eat and work.
“Our employees are the backbone of this restaurant and many of them have been with us for several years. I look forward to coming in every day and I want them and our customers to have the same experience,” he stated. “I want Pizza Grocery to be the best it can be and a fun place to eat and work.”
Corinth also has a number of other good restaurants in the downtown area and Joshua belives that is good for the community and his customers who enjoy food and friends.
“As far as downtown restaurants go, the more the merrier,” said Bryant.
Asked if there were in plans to take the Pizza Grocery concept on the road, Bryant says for now he’s happy with one location.
“Things will usually evolve by themselves,” he stated. “When your expectations are low and it turns out half way successful then you’re ecstatic. We’ll see where things go but I’m happy with what we’re producing now.”
Great food isn’t all that’s available either. A couple of years ago a well decorated coffee bar was added to the upstairs area serving high-octane coffee and other warm and cold drinks.
Pizza Grocery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 or 9 p.m. The coffee bar opens at 7 a.m. Monday -Saturday.
Address & Contact Info:
800-A Cruise Street
Corinth, MS 38834