Hardly anyone will argue the state of Mississippi serves some of the best Southern dishes in the South. We’re venturing to Mississippi State University for our next tailgate series and highlight the best places to eat in every SEC town. Here are top spots in Starkville, MS.
The Little Dooey – 100 Fellowship St., Starkville
The place serves up some of classic dishes Mississippi is known for such as Catfish, BBQ and smoked meats. Like their food, the story is great too. Margaret Ann and Barry Wood started serving food from a local gas station until they moved to bigger digs in 1985. Interestingly, “Little Dooey,” means “fun gathering,” and that’s what you’ll get with your food. Make sure you try a po’boy.
Harvey’s – 406 Highway 12, Starkville
It’s a steakhouse so there is plenty of meat here. Harvey’s is a small chain with three locations. Some folks who dine there go back the next day if they’re still in town. Lot’s of tasty items on the menu but it’s a steakhouse and I recommend you go with a filet-cooked medium rare. Ton’s of side dishes and broccoli bites come recommended.
Orby’s – 504 Academy Road, Starkville
Cajun, pure and simple. Should be a go-to place when the Louisiana crowd is in town. This place attracts locals and students alike and once again, the po’boy creole roast beef are a hit. The jambalaya and the strawberry-pecan salad are ordered with frequency.
City Bagel Café – 511 University Drive, Starkville
Close to the university and known for their service as well as the food. As the name implies, there are 15 varieties of bagels. Breakfast dishes and sandwiches are popular with students and football fans.
Commodore Bob’s Yacht Club – Rue du Grand Fromage, Starkville
Don’t let the name fool you because it has nothing to do with Vanderbilt. A relatively new restaurant, its garnered rave reviews from a number of publications. Popular place for cocktails and to meet before and after MSU events.
The Biscuit Shop – 104 South Washington St., Starkville
Family recipes make a visit to this place worthwhile. Biscuit and cake recipes change daily so you might now find the favor you liked from a previous visit. For example, the Tuesday menu consists of blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, cinnamon sugar and cheddar-flavored biscuits. For Wednesday, it’s lemon and “sammiches.” Raspberry peach on Thursday, chocolate chip on Friday and maple bacon on Saturday round out the week.
The Veranda – 208 Lincoln Green, Starkville
This is one of Starkville’s most award winning eateries. Fresh seafood is served daily and steaks are also a best seller. Frank Jones and Jay Yates thought Starkville could benefit from a more “progressive” restaurant and opened their doors in 2003. Don’t overlook the fried-chicken and Southern sides like collard greens, cornbread and mashed potatoes and gravy. A top-tier wine list is also offered.
Restaurant Tyler – 100 E Main, Starkville
Ty Thames and Brian Kelley are proprietors of other Starkville restaurants like Bin 612 and The Guest Room. Known for their farm-to-table dishes, they’ve been written up in Southern Living and Mississippi Magazine. The duck-wrapped bacon appetizer and smoked catfish are big hits. Don’t forget the hushpuppies either.