Winner List – Oxford’s Best Eats 2014

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A few months ago, we asked EatingOxford.com readers to participate in a 40-question survey to help choose the best in Oxford’s restaurant scene (best burger, catfish, sandwich, shrimp & grits, chef, customer service and more).

The votes have been tallied and the winners are listed below. In addition to finding the list here, you can locate it easily at any time via the “Oxford’s Best Eats” page on EatingOxford.com.

We hope this will inspire you to explore some new restaurants in Oxford; let us know your thoughts about the winner selection in the comments section below.

–Liz

 

Newk’s Eatery

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  • Best Sandwich
  • Best Soup
  • Best Salad
  • Best for Healthy Eating

My Michelle’s

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  • Best Catering/Tailgating

Ajax Diner

  • Best Plate Lunch
  • Best Vegetarian Selection
  • Best Country Cooking

Snackbar

  • Best Restaurant
  • Best Restaurant for a Date

Boure

  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Restaurant for Hanging with Friends
  • Best Restaurant for a Business Meeting

Handy Andy

  • Best Burger
  • Best Barbecue

Oxford Grillehouse

  • Best Steaks

Ember’s

  • Best Biscuits

Tre Amici

  • Best Italian

Soulshine Pizza Factory

  • Best Pizza

Tequila’s

  • Best Mexican

Jinsei

  • Best Sushi

Rice & Spice

  • Best Asian

Bottletree Bakery

  • Best Bakery

Big Bad Breakfast

  • Best Breakfast
  • Best Brunch

Popeye’s

  • Best Fried Chicken

John Currence

  • Best Chef
  • Best Restaurateur

Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Best Wings

High Point Coffee

  • Best Coffee

Ya Ya’s

  • Best Frozen Yogurt

City Grocery

  • Best Shrimp & Grits
  • Best Bartender (Chip Moore)
  • Best Bar

Oxford City Farmer’s Market (loop)

  • Best Farmer’s Market

Chick-fil-A

  • Best Fast Food

Lamar Lounge

  • Best Fries

McAlister’s

  • Best Sweet/Unsweet Tea

Chevron 4-Corners chicken on a stick

  • Best Late-Night Snack

Taylor Grocery

  • Best Catfish

 

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Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in Oxford on Southern Tour

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The New York-based Big Gay Ice Cream truck is coming through Oxford on its Southern Tour, working a private event for the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium on Saturday.

For those not attending the SFA event, the truck will also be set up on Friday, Oct. 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., serving favorites such as the Salty Pimp, Bea Arthur, Mermaid, and American Globs.

See the official Big Gay Ice Cream truck Facebook invite page here for more info.

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All is New Again at Rooster’s Blues House

roosters signIf you haven’t been to Rooster’s Blues House lately, you haven’t been.

A new kitchen, new menu, new chef (Jeff Robertson), and new specials are all beckoning new and seasoned customers up those familiar wooden steps and onto the balcony of Rooster’s Blues House at 114 Courthouse Square.

Owner Scott Michael says that the newly condensed menu focuses on three amazing burgers, wings, smoked barbecue nachos and Rotel house fries. “Our Coldwater River burger is a hefty 16 ounces of meat topped with bacon, jalapenos, Rotel, and homemade barbecue sauce,” says Michael. “We want people to know they can come here for burgers, fries and wings and find the best prices on The Square.”roosters menu

And speaking of great prices, every Tuesday night, Rooster’s Blues House offers every item on its menu for only $5, and Monday nights have become famous for 25 cent wings and $3 pitchers of beer.

Rooster’s regularly hosts live music on the weekends and tunes into the Ole Miss game on the televisions, but did you also know that you can  grab dinner there any night of the week and enjoy lunch on the weekends? The kitchen is open 7 days a week, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday to Sunday the doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the lunch crowd.

Don’t miss happy hour and late-night drink specials, and keep up with the latest food specials and band appearances via the Rooster’s Blues House Facebook and Twitter pages.

–Liz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Samples at High Point Tonight

chemex (2)Have you ever tried coffee made with a Chemex brewer before? High Point Coffee on The Square will be introducing Oxford to this unique way of brewing coffee tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 21) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via demonstrations and free samples.

High Point manager Adam Saunders invited EatingOxford.com in for a sneak peek of the system yesterday and says that while Chemex brewing has been going on for years, it’s something that isn’t available anywhere nearby. The process incorporates freshly ground coffee beans and a barista who uses special equipment to manually pour hot water, 100 grams at a time, over the coffee.

I had never heard of Chemex brewing before. I drink coffee, but that’s about as far as it goes. I found that the slower brewing from the Chemex gave the coffee a more pure taste, if that’s possible. I’m no coffee expert, but I noticed a difference.

Saunders says that High Point will begin by offering Chemex-brewed coffee on afternoons during the week, and eventually serve it every day as demand grows.

Taste it for yourself tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

–Liz

 

 

Coming Soon: Chef Kelly English Opening Restaurant in Oxford

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New Food Truck: Serrano’s Tacos

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If you’ve been on The Square past 11:00 p.m. recently, you may have noticed a new addition to the late-night landscape–a food truck called Serrano’s Tacos serving up Tex-Mex tacos and quesadillas.

Serrano’s Tacos is run by three Ole Miss students: Stuart Monteith, Eric Olsson, Andrew Bracy, and executive chef/general manager Samuel Rubin, who is a third-year culinary student at Johnson & Wales.

EatingOxford.com caught up with chef Samuel Rubin to get the scoop about the food truck, so we’ll all know where to look for it, and what type of food to expect.

Eating Oxford: When and where can we find the truck?

Rubin: The hours vary from weekend to weekend, but will always be posted on our Facebook and Twitter. This weekend we are open from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday. The truck will be parked between Soulshine Pizza Factory and Abner’s.

Eating Oxford: What’s on the menu?

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Rubin: Our two staples are breakfast tacos, which are made up of eggs, cheese, chorizo, and bacon all rolled up in a warm corn tortilla, and chicken quesadillas with avocado, cilantro, grilled onions, and tomatoes. We also make our own green salsa daily from fresh tomatillos. Everything is made from scratch on the truck. The rest of the menu changes daily and is based on what’s fresh and what the chef can dream up (see a sample menu here).

Eating Oxford: How long have you been running a food truck?

Rubin: This is our first time running a food truck and it was in the works for six months before finally opening at the beginning of October.

Eating Oxford: Many have had to fight the city over food truck regulations. How have you bypassed this?

Rubin: It took us a long time and a lot of permits to finally get our truck on the street.

Eating Oxford: Do you set up in locations other than Oxford?

Rubin: We are only in Oxford at the moment. On game weekends we cater and are open more of the time, but on off weekends our goal is to cater to the late-night crowd.

Have you tried Serrano’s Tacos yet? Let us know about it in the comments!

–Liz

 

 

 

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Menu Spotlight: Proud Larry’s Calzone

proud larrys calzoneYou’re on a first-name basis with the Fat Larry, Penne Goat and Lobster Nachos, but when was the last time you had a calzone at Proud Larry’s?

Calzone choices include Italian sausage, peppers and onion; spinach & mushroom; chicken & pesto; meatball; barbecue chicken; or any of Larry’s specialty pizzas made into a calzone. Most are also chock full of herbed ricotta, mozzarella, marinara and fresh basil.

They’re great alone, or with a friend–such as a Larry the Greek salad.

Try one out; you won’t be disappointed.

–Liz

 

 

37 October Events – Mark Your Calendar!

Looking for something to do while you’re enjoying this beautiful weather? There’s no shortage of events going on in the Oxford area and the rest of Mississippi in October. Along with the cooler weather comes an assortment of fall festivals, BBQ cook offs, holiday cooking conventions, tailgating classes, chili competitions, Halloween balls and much, much, more. Below is a list of food-related happenings that’s sure to keep you busy all month long.

Let your taste buds explore what Fall brings to the South and don’t forget to send photos of yourself having fun to liz@eatingoxford.com (we may use your pic in a new project we’re creating!).

Happy Fall Y’all!

–Rashell Dawsey, freelance writer, EatingOxford.com

 

October 1-12 — Mississippi State Fair — Jackson Fair Grounds, Jackson

October 2-4 –Hog Wild BBQ Festival — Historic Downtown Corrinth — Corinth

October 2 — Moonlight Masquerade “Feeling Groovy” – Biloxi Civic Center —  Biloximargarita class

October 3 — First Friday at LAZY MAGNOLIA - Lazy Magnolia’s brewery — Kiln

October 3-5 — North Mississippi Fall Fest – Horn  Lake

October 3-5  – Mighty Mississippi Blue’s Festival — Warfield Point Park — Greenville

October 3-5 — Holy Family Seafood Festival — Pass Christian

October 4  – Sunset on the Bay — Bay St. Louis Community Center — Bay St. Louis

October 4 – Loblolly Festival - Downtown Laurel —  Laurel

October 4 — Downtown Vicksburg Fall Fest – Vicksburg

October 4 — Octoberfest – Olive Branch

October 4-5  – Highway 61 Blues Festival- Warfield Point Park – Lelandblind wines

October 4 — A Day in the County Festival – Madison

October 4-5 — Mississippi Peanut Festival – Mitchell Farms — Collins

October 5 — Bachtoberfest – Pascagoula

October 6 — Margaritas and Guacamole classOxford

October 9 — 3 Blind WinesOxford

October 10-11  – Octoberfest – Downtown Cleveland — Cleveland

October 11 — 11th Ever ShedHead Blues Festival and BBQ Competition — Ocean Springs, Ms

October 13 — Fall Pilgrimage – Historic Natchez, Ms

October 16-18 — Deep Blues Festival — Shack Up Inn’s Juke Joint Chapel —  Clarksdale

October 16-18 — Delta Hot Tamale Festival – Greenville

October 16-19 — Fear Fete Horror Con & Film Festival (includes a ZOMBIE pub crawl!) — MS Coast Convention Center — Biloxi

October 17-25 — South Mississippi Fair – Laurel

October 17-18 — The Bukka White Blues Festival – Tenn-Tom Waterway — Aberdeen

October 17-20 — Great Mississippi River Balloon Race — Natchezballoon race

October 17 — Paint the ‘Burg Purple and Gold block party music festival (18 or older) – Downtown Historic Vicksburg — Vicksburg

October 18-19 — Mullet and Music Fest — Gautier

October 18 — St. Rose de Lima Heritage Festival — Bay St. Louis

October 18-26 — Jackson County Fair — Pascagoula

October 21 — Extreme Tailgating Cooking Class – Gulfport

October 22-25 — Celebration Village — Tupelo

October 23 —  Holiday Hobnob  —  Gulfport

SFA-logo1October 23 — 17th Southern Foodways SymposiumOxford

October 25 – Frogfest and Deer Creek Chili Cook off - Leland

October 25 — Fall Fest on the Roost – Old Towne — Olive Branch

October 31 – November 3 — Hambone Festival — Clarksdale

Did we miss your favorite food-related Mississippi-based event in October? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!

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Class Wrap-Up: Flaming Desserts

IMG_8142Flaming Desserts, last Tuesday’s Eating Oxford Institute class held in the downstairs cellar of Locals Restaurant & Bar was fiery and delicious.

Seasoned chef Roland Shnider, with 50 years experience in kitchens abroad and in the U.S., showed attendees how easy it can be to create show-stopping flaming desserts at home–without setting off the smoke alarms.

The class learned how to make Cherries Jubilee, Crepes Suzette, and Bananas Foster, while sipping wine and noshing on appetizers. IMG_8144

With plenty of dessert and ice cream to go around, everyone departed with a sugar high and a new yearning to set fire to desserts.

View more photos from the event below; all photos were taken by the Daily Mississippian’s Giana Leone. Thank you to everyone who came out for a fun evening!

–Liz

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Don’t miss our next class, where you’ll learn to Create Top-Shelf Margaritas and Authentic Guacamole at Casa Mexicana. The class is scheduled for Monday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m.  ($15 admission; limited seating; tickets available here)

–Liz

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Now Open: Butter & Bread Co.

10668741_367525196730117_1225999303_nThere’s an adorable little kitchen store that recently opened just off the Square called Butter & Bread Co.

Owner Taylor Shaffett, born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, says she’s been dreaming of this store for years and finally took the leap.

Butter & Bread offers everything to make a kitchen and home look comfy and cozy.

Check it out at 107 N. 13th St., Ste. A, on the Facebook page here, or on their website here.

–Liz 10708013_367525193396784_2021405268_n

(photos courtesy Butter & Bread Co.)

Video Interview: Favorite Grove Food

Eating Oxford intern Carter Hach conducted his first Man on The Street interview this past weekend during the first Ole Miss home game, asking the question, “What’s Your Favorite Ole Miss Grove Food?” to Rebel fan Randy Hope.

See what Randy had to say, and keep an eye out for our roving cameras next time you’re eating!

–Liz

 

 

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Mississippi Food Events – September

mississippi mapLooking for something to do in Oxford and beyond? Fortunately, there’s no shortage of events happening in the next few months throughout the state. I’m always perusing various sources for the latest food-related happenings, and now you can benefit from all of my research.

Check out what’s on the schedule for September and send along photos of yourself having fun (we may use your pic in a new project we’re compiling!).

Note: Click on each event name to find out more….

Fri./Sat. Sept. 5-6 – Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival – Yazoo Festival

Sat., Sept. 6 – Our Team Our Town Community-Wide Tailgate – Oxford

Sun., Sept. 7 – NW Mississippi Farm Tours – Ashland, Tyro, Coldwater

Sat., Sept. 13 – Muscadine Jubilee – Pelahatchie

Sat., Sept. 13 and Sun., Sept. 14 – 33rd Annual Biloxi Seafood Seafood Festival – Biloxi

Tues., Sept. 16 – Flaming Desserts Class – Oxford

Wed., Sept. 17 to Sat., Sept. 20 – Alcorn County Fair – Corinth

Fri., Sept. 19 – Bash to Benefit Junior Auxiliary of Oxford – Oxford

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Fri., Sept. 19 – 24th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon – Cleveland

Fri., Sept. 19 to Sun., Sept. 28 – 158th Annual Mid-South Fair – Southaven

Sat., Sept. 20 – The Wrecking Ball – Marshall County

Sat., Sept. 20 – Front Porch Jubilee – Hernando

Sat., Sept. 20 – 37th Annual MS Delta Blues & Heritage Festival – Greenville

Sat., Sept. 20 – International Gumbo Festival – Jackson

Sat., Sept. 20 and Sun., Sept. 21 – 5th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival – Raleigh

Tues., Sept. 23 – Oxford Art Crawl – Oxford

Tues., Sept. 23 – Taste of Long Beach – Long Beach

Fri., Sept. 26 to Sat., Sept. 27 – Bodock Festival – Pontotoc

Fri/Sat, Sept. 26-27 – The Great Ruleville Roast & Run – Ruleville

Fri/Sat, Sept. 26-27 – Tallahatchie Riverfest – New Albany

Fri., Sept. 26 to Sun., Sept. 28 – Nourish- Reclaim Real Food – Starkville

Fri., Sept. 26 to Mon., Oct. 13 – Fall Pilgrimage – Natchez

Sat., Sept. 27 – Wing Dang Doodle Festival – Forest

Sun., Sept. 28 - 32nd Annual Chefs of the Coast Food and Wine Gala – Biloxi

 

–Liz

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