So, my guess is unless you went to Ole Miss, are an Ole Miss fan, or your team played Ole Miss at Ole Miss you have never been to Oxford, Mississippi. Am I right? Well, I have been to Oxford and I don’t fit into any of those categories. My BFF since 6th grade actually got a job in Oxford and I took the opportunity to support him and his family and took a trip with S across the southeast (side note: If you are traveling from anywhere east of Birmingham, Alabama you should fly, because the drive from Birmingham to Oxford is quite boring.)
Oxford, MS, is the home of Ole Miss, my best friend and his family, and a pretty charming little town. While there isn’t a bunch to do, this post hits some of the neat places we found on our visit.
Things to do:
If you’r in town, you should definitely check out The Square, which I guess you could say is Downtown Oxford. The Square is made up of Lafayette County courthouse, which sits in the middle and is surrounded by fun shops-including the South’s oldest department store, Nielson’s, and eateries. If you’re a book lover, you should definitely check out Square Books. S was fascinated by the selection.
Although we didn’t take the opportunity to do so, make sure you visit the Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) campus. I hear it is beautiful!
Where to Eat:
Of course, this was my second favorite part of the trip. I always try to find cool local places when visiting an area. Now, if you don’t know, James Beard Award winner Chef John Currence owns four restaurants and a catering company in Oxford. Unfortunately, his first restaurant, City Grocery, was a little busy during my visit and we were not able to dine there. We did however check out Bouré for lunch and Big Bad Breakfast, also known as BBB.
Bouré boasts a cajun-focused menu with appetizers like fried green tomatoes and a crawfish basket, the Bouré salad on the salad menu with herb-roasted gulf shrimp, a variety of sandwiches such as a fried shrimp po’ boy, the peacemaker and the fried chicken sandwich. Bouré’s entree menu includes a pecan crusted catfish lafitte, shrimp and crawfish and grits, and, of course, a pasta jambalaya.
During our visit, we shared an order of the fried green tomatoes. S had the Peacemaker, which is fried Louisiana oysters, shrimp, and crawfish, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and french quarter remoulade on a toasted french loaf served with sweet potato fries. He was so happy with this sandwich! I had the Bouré fried chicken sandwich, which was delicious and highly recommended.
BBB seems to be the place to go for breakfast and brunch in Oxford. I definitely recommend getting there a little early to beat the crowd. I think when we arrived the wait was about an hour. Yup, an hour wait for breakfast. We did catch a pro-tip though, if you sneak next door to Snack Bar, also owned by John Currence, you can sit at the bar and get drinks and they serve BBB’s menu starting at 10. (sshhhh it’s a secret) BBB’s menu covers all of your basic breakfast needs with pancakes, eggs, waffles and french toast, but there also skillets, which seem to be my new breakfast thing!
S and I both had a skillet. S had The Creola- 2 scrambled eggs, crawfish, andouille sausage, hash, tomatoes, onions, peppers and cheddar. I had The Lowcountry- 2 scrambled eggs, shrimp, andouille sausage, corn, onions, tomatoes, hash, and cheddar. It was delicious!
Just a heads up, I hear the waffles and pancakes are huge!
Where to Drink
With our desire for fancy cocktails, sometimes it is difficult for S and I to find a bartender that can give us what we are looking for. S is an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac type of guy and he will not allow a bartender to make any of those for him unless they feel comfortable doing so. With that being said, I was pretty excited when I ran across an instagram account for The Summit, a ski-lodge themed bar on The Square, with a bartender that calls himself Oxfordbartender on IG. I thought to myself, “This seems hopeful.” I will say, the fact that I won a hat from their IG giveaway helped persuade me to check this place out!
Upon our visit, they were about to release their new bar menu, so I say it was perfect timing. Of course, S had the Old Fashioned, and he was not disappointed. I had The Gin Blossum and The Weimeraner. Oh so good!
Well, if you just so happen to be in Oxford, Mississippi, whether it be for something Ole Miss related or not, make sure you check out these great places!