Oxford’s New Restaurants

new restaurantsSummertime in Oxford means hot weather and lots of new restaurants! Get the latest scoop with this quick round up….

New Openings

Starbucks is now open at 1804 Jackson Avenue.

The Wine Bar at 401 S. Lamar is open for business.

Sweet T’s Bakery opened in the Papa John’s shopping center on Jackson Avenue

Coming Soon

Krystal is slated to be added to the Exxon on Hwy 6

Wingstop is getting close to completion next door to Rice & Spice on Jackson Avenue

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is nearing completion at 306 S. Lamar

England Dan’s is under construction in the former location of Bistro Burger

Panera is scheduled to open in September on Jackson Avenue

TriBecca Allie Cafe in Sardis is working on opening a coffee/dessert shop next door to the pizzeria

Ron Shapiro has plans to reopen his Hoka/Main Squeeze concept as Hoka, Also, in the former Renasant Bank just off the Square

Mesquite Chop House has been approved for buildout at 1001 E. Jackson Avenue

Nashville-based burger restaurant The Slider House has its eyes on an Oxford location

Ming’s Kitchen is opening next door to England Dan’s in the Walmart shopping center on Jackson Avenue.

The Growler, a craft beer bar serving steamed subs will open soon next to High Point Coffee on the Square.

An outpost of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and Boneheads (grilled fish/piri piri chicken) are planned for the new Highland Court project being constructed in the old Cannon Motors location on Jackson Avenue.


Next Eating Oxford Institute: Family Cooking Night

The next Eating Oxford Institute class on Tuesday, August 12, invites families (max 4 people) to create a family supper with the help of Sunny Young of Good Food for Oxford Schools. Get all of the details here, and pre-order tickets early as seating is limited to 10 families.


Cellar Undergoes Remodel

cellarHave you been by the Cellar recently? For those wondering, it’s the lower-level bar of The Levee, which was, for a short time, called McCarthy’s Irish Pub, and then changed back to the Cellar.

Turns out the bar is currently undergoing a remodel, so we checked in with executive partner/co-founder/manager Seth Klein for the inside scoop.

EatingOxford.com: How long has The Cellar been open and why have you decided to remodel?

Seth: The bar itself has been around since 2007, but in early 2012 the decision was made to venture away from the Cellar theme and it was turned into McCarthy’s Irish Pub. After much deliberation, we decided that McCarthy’s was not a good fit and we wanted to bring the Cellar back due to the success it had previously. Therefore, we decided it would be best to give the bar a whole new look and feel instead of just changing the name.

EatingOxford.com: What changes will be made during the remodel?

Seth: The entire bar is undergoing a remodel. We are adding new flooring and seating as well as making multiple changes throughout, which will help bring the feel of an upscale martini lounge to the historic Oxford square.

EatingOxford.com: How long will the remodel take?

Seth: About one month. The remodel is scheduled for completion in early to mid-August 2014.

EatingOxford.com: Will The Levee be affected at all?

Seth: The Levee will not be affected. The Cellar is closed until the remodel is complete, but the Levee is open for business as usual.

EatingOxford.com: Will the menus at the Cellar change after the remodel?

Seth: Yes. The overall goal is to focus on great martinis and great cocktails. Our martini menu and specialty drink menu will offer a wide variety of new and exciting beverages to enjoy. We plan to use fresh juices and fruits as well for many of the drinks we are adding to our menu. We also have plans to add new beers, some of which will be catered to customers trying to live a little healthier. We also plan to add a bunch of great items to our food menu.


Juicing Class: June 18

juicingEating Oxford Institute Kicks Off This Month!

EatingOxford.com, in partnership with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and Oxford Park Commission is offering monthly food-centric classes starting in June.

The first class, Juicing for Health and Energy, with Melody Sharp, owner of Oxford-based Living Foods (formerly Local Flavor), will be held Wednesday, June 18 at The Powerhouse from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/pp

This class will begin with a short primer on the benefits of juicing fruits and vegetables, as Melody illustrates how juicing can increase energy and improve overall health and mood. Attendees will sample juices as Melody reveals her top tips for combining fruits and vegetables to create tasty combinations. All ticket holders will leave the class with a full-size juice and a coupon toward another juice at Living Foods.

Seating is limited to 40 people. Secure your tickets here.

EatingOxford.com Members receive a $5 discount on all classes. Email liz@eatingoxford.com for more details.

Contact liz@eatingoxford.com with any questions.


Opening Soon: The Wine Bar

SAMSUNGOxford has been abuzz over the Wine Bar signs that went up recently on the former location of Emileigh’s/Roasted at 401 South Lamar Boulevard.

With everyone wondering what this potential hot spot will offer, EatingOxford.com intern Leah Hawkins tracked down Lee Valentine and family along with manager and partner, Kevin Brooks, who are busily preparing for a mid-summer opening.

Read on to find out why the foursome chose to set up shop in Oxford, and how the restaurant’s unique offerings will help to set The Wine Bar apart from other bars and restaurants on The Square.

Leah at EatingOxford.com: Why did you choose to open The Wine Bar in Oxford?

The Valentines: As Ole Miss Alumni, and long-time supporters of the Oxford community, we feel like The Oxford Square is a quintessential southern destination for shopping, eating and nightlife. We wanted to add to the sophistication and charm of The Square by bringing it something unique and different.

Partnering with manager Kevin Brooks was the first step in making this dream a reality. Kevin brings years of experience in managing restaurants, country clubs, and wine & spirits shops. He’s a certified whisky expert and is equally knowledgeable when it comes to wine, having been a student of wines of the world for the better part of a decade.

What is The Wine Bar exactly? Is it a bar/lounge? What will the atmosphere be like?

The Wine Bar is a bar and restaurant with a 1920s, speakeasy feel—something that is very unique to the Square. We want our guests to be able to experience everything a bar and restaurant has to offer, combined with an upscale, elegant aesthetic reminiscent of a bygone era. The low-key yet sophisticated atmosphere will allow patrons to enjoy conversation in a relaxed, welcoming environment.

What types of wine will you offer?

The Wine Bar will offer a very eclectic array of wines from all over the world. We are going to focus on the very best grapes from the best regions, which can change seasonally or annually. Our selection of wines will truly run the gamut. We have relationships with some of the top wine providers and will have access to exclusive wines that you will only find at The Wine Bar.

Will The Wine Bar serve food?

Yes. We are privileged to feature executive chef John Burge (you may know him from his work at Lenora’s). He brings with him decades of experience cooking as well as teaching food and wine classes all over the United States. He’s been instrumental in helping us craft our food vision. We believe that wine should dictate the dish, so as our wine offerings evolve, so will our menu.

Every wine region in the world has food indigenous to its area, so we will recreate that, or at least, pay homage to it. Our menu will generally feature small plates and tapas-style items, but won’t be limited to those barriers. Each dish will be prepared from the freshest local ingredients. We are dedicated to supporting local farms and our food will be an inspired farm-to-table experience.

Will The Wine Bar offer beer?

Despite what our name may suggest, we are much more than just wine. In addition to favorite domestic and imported beers, our guests will be able to enjoy the best ales, pilsners, lagers, and stouts the country has to offer, with a focus on supporting the many micro-brews from around the South. Like our wines and whiskeys, our beer selection will change seasonally to provide the best and freshest beers available.

What about specialty scotches, etc.?

Yes, keeping with the theme of varied and unique drink offerings, our whisky concentration will include all the regional Scotch whiskeys such as Speysides, Highlands and Islay styles. We’ll also carry the malted whiskeys of Japan, Canada, and the U.S. Irish whiskeys and American Ryes are a special offering to show how far American whiskeys have come. And, we’ll of course offer Bourbons—be it Kentucky or West Coast, we’ll have them at The Wine Bar.

Will you offer wine flights for those wanting to sample wines?

Yes. We will have wine, whiskey, and beer flights along with flights/samplers of certain food items.

Will private parties be accommodated at The Wine Bar? 

Yes, absolutely. The Wine Bar is the perfect venue for private events of all sizes. We will also have a room called “The Cellar” that will specialize in smaller private events for up to 16 people and there are plans to possibly add another private room in the future.

Can we look forward to any special events such as wine tastings, wine and food pairings, etc.?

Yes! We will have special events of all kinds, ranging from fun wine, beer, whisky, and food tastings to engaging wine classes for those who want to expand on a beverage and food experience. The best part about our events will be their accessibility. They will cater not only to the casual enthusiast but also to the most obsessed connoisseur.

What will your business hours be?

We plan to be open seven days a week from noon to 1:00 a.m. (or midnight depending on the day). On Sundays, we will likely open early for wine and champagne-paired brunches.


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Movie Nights at Lamar Lounge

movie night 1Have you been to Lamar Lounge for the new Monday Movie Nights?

Each movie night features a special cocktail, and free popcorn is always included.

Check out the schedules for April and May included here and we’ll see you at the movies!

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Saturday, April 19: Oxford Craft Beer Festival

beer fest 1This coming Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m. marks the 2nd Annual Oxford Craft Beer Festival and this year promises some awesome additions.

  • Unlimited sampling of 140+ beers
  • Free souvenir mug
  • Live entertainment
  • Gamesbeer fest 2
  • Food vendors
  • Beer/Food pairing demonstrations by local chefs
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Live pizza competition sponsored by PMQ Pizza Magazine
  • Live home brewing demonstrations
  • VIP Lounge

Location: Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill

Time: Noon to 6:00 p.m. (VIP ticket holders enter early)

More info: Visit the Oxford Beer Fest site for information and Tickets

April 19: Oxford Craft Beer Festival

Oxford Craft Beer Festival officialStory by Katherine Baily; photos provided by Oxford Beer Festival

The 2nd Annual Oxford Craft Beer Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 19, and with more than 140 craft beer selections, a Southeast pizza competition, food/beer pairings and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the popular festival being held at Colonel’s Quarters on Highway 6.

Oxford Craft Beer Festival organizer Darryl Parker is excited about this year’s new additions. Not only will there be new craft beer selections, but also a Southeastern Pizza Cookoff, where pizza chefs from all over the southeast come together to compete for the title of Best Pizza in the Southeast, with the winner joining the U.S. Pizza Team.

There will also be a home brewers section of the festival where brewers from Mississippi and Tennessee can discuss home brewing and see demonstrations of the process.beer fest 3

For foodies, along with the pizza tasting, local chefs will prepare recipes specifically developed to compliment certain local beer selections and festivalgoers are welcome to taste each chef’s sampling. As a sponsor of the festival, EatingOxford.com is especially excited about all the different food options. Similar to last year, food vendors will be on the grounds selling more delicious creations (Be aware, most take cash only, so stop by an ATM before you get to the festival).

Hours: The Oxford Craft Beer Festival runs from Noon until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, with the last beer poured at 5:45 p.m. An Early Bird event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with VIP ticket holders invited to enter at 10 a.m.

Tickets: General Admission is $45 with $15 for Designated Drivers tickets. VIP tickets are $75 with $25 for Designated Drivers. Early Bird tickets are $25.

Ticketholdebeer fest 4rs are provided all the beer they can sample, food sampling on a first come first serve basis (local chef samples are guaranteed for VIP ticket holders) and other event activities.

Last year, the festival was a huge success, with more than 900 attendees, and this year, the festival is expected to reach even higher numbers, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Visit www.oxfordbeerfest.com for more information, and don’t forget to bring a pretzel necklace to “cleanse your palate” while sampling various brews.

Katherine Bailey is a freelance writer from Oxford now based in Atlanta.


Open: New Cafe and Market on College Hill Rd.

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Photo: Local Flavor

Story by Katherine Bailey; photos by Local Flavor

Local Flavor, a new café, market, and catering kitchen specializing in organic and local food has replaced Olivia’s Too at 809 College Hill Rd. near Pat Lamar Park.

Owned and operated by Melody Sharp, Local Flavor’s menu offers options ranging from sandwiches to burgers to salads. The cafe also squeezes its own fresh juices and brews its own teas daily.

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Photo: Local Flavor

Sharp says she chose to label Local Flavor as a café and market because she hopes to grow the market side of the store. There are currently refrigerators full of fresh local eggs, grass-fed beef, hormone-free and free-range chickens, as well as to-go casseroles. Additional coolers display fresh local produce that will continue to expand as the growing season continues.

In a tempting case at the counter, an array of cookies, brownies and cakes are available every day. Local Flavor also caters, offering many of its selections for special events.

Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (perfect for grabbing a juice in the morning and/or produce in the evening) with lunch starting at 11:00 a.m. Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call 662-234-4443 or visit the Local Flavor Facebook page here.



Katherine Bailey is a freelance writer from Oxford now based in Atlanta.



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Opening: Fresh Seafood, Beef and Specialty Beer Store

indianola fresh market 1Story and photos by Leah Hawkins

Indianola, Mississippi, native Will Adams is bringing fresh seafood to Oxford with his new store, Indianola Fresh Market, located at 2000 West Jackson Avenue, next to Edward Jones, which will offer an assortment of fresh seafood as well as fresh cuts of beef and specialty beer.

As far as seafood goes, Adams says he will have a large assortment of Gulf catches such as tuna, grouper, redfish, speckled trout, and whole flounder just to name a few. He also says to be on the lookout for red snapper some weeks. Shrimp, oysters, crawfish, and farm-raised Mississippi Delta catfish will also be available.

Steak specials will include filets, ribeyes, NY strips, and sirloin. Adams says he wanted to extend his business to Oxford stating, “It’s good people, a good town, and I want to bring good products at good prices.”

Indianola Fresh Market will offer weekly specials, which you can find featured on the store’s Facebook page. T-shirts and logo stadium cups are also coming soon.

Indianola Fresh Market will have its grand opening on Monday, March 24. For more information call 662-887-5444.


Monday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday- CLOSED (Fresh seafood pickup day)
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Fresh seafood day)
Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


P.S. Next time you pass through Indianola, stop into Adams’ original location at 503 Hwy 82 East, Indianola, MS.


Espresso Cafe Heads to Oxford

cups_homepage_2[[This post sponsored by James B. Justice, PLLC, Attorney at Law]]


Cups an Espresso Cafe, with 11 locations in and around Jackson, Mississippi, has plans to open a franchise in Oxford as early as Spring 2014.

The popular coffee house, started in 1993 by Janice and Dennis Cameron, roasts its own coffee beans and is regularly voted a local favorite by patrons.

The Oxford store will be built inside the former location of Express Computer Service (Kyle moved a few doors down) in the strip mall at 1501 Jackson Avenue.

With High Point, and now Cups and Starbucks slated to open on Jackson Avenue, coffee lovers can officially rejoice in the fact that there’s no possibility of an Oxford coffee shortage.

Check out the Cups menu here.


Are Beer Growlers for You?

Joes beerBy Sean D.

So we got cold beer, which is great in itself, but let’s not limit our joy to just the obvious here. This day in age we all have a freezer and, if you’re like me, you know every trick out there to get your beer cold in no time, so what’s the real gain? If you ask me, it’s Oxford’s legalization of growlers: real beer out of a real tap in a big jug that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own couch.

If you haven’t been to Joe’s Craft Beer recently and seen the selection, then you’re missing out. I stopped by Joe’s in a hurry when I found out it had growlers. The trip was worth it because the store has a great selection that includes some new local brews at their freshest.

Now, if you’re a numbers guy, I’ll just let you know that you do pay a buck or two more for the same amount of beer you would get from buying bottles, but I assure you it is worth it to get a growler. I wouldn’t plan on using these for your long nights with friends, but they sure make a great addition to the fridge when you want a high-quality beer from the tap at home.

Go check out Joe’s and see what he’s got on tap this week. They have an extremely friendly staff that will make picking out your new favorite beer a favorite weekly pastime.

Does anyone else use growlers now that they are legal in Oxford?

–Sean D.

Joe’s Craft Beer
2570 Jackson Ave. (in the Walmart shopping center)
(662) 234-4900

Former Burger King Gets New Occupant

bucksThe Burger King that closed on Jackson Avenue in December of 2011 is finally being replaced by a new business after sitting empty for nearly two years.

Blake Tarrt III, a 1984 Ole Miss graduate and entrepreneur who works in both Texas and Oxford, plans to turn the space into a Starbucks in the coming months.

No word on a projected opening date as of yet.




Upcoming Wine Pairings at Ravine

wineRavine announced two upcoming wine pairing dinners yesterday. These usually sell out fast, so  if you’re interested, give them a call at 662-234-4555 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.


A wine pairing incorporating big, bold red wines

Thursday, Oct. 3, (part of Southern Foodways Alliance symposium “pregame” festivities)

$40/pp, $50/pp with wine

A special menu will be prepared to celebrate this year’s theme of “Women at Work”


April 20-21: Oxford Beer Festival

beer fest flyer

We are mere days away from the Oxford Craft Beer Festival, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill.

I have a special interest in the event since I’m organizing the VIP area, which involves six Oxford chefs being teamed up with craft brewers to create unique dishes that either integrate or pair with craft beers. All VIP ticket holders have access to the general admission area as well, and will have access to special brews, complimentary food and water/soda, and entrance into the festival one hour early (at noon).

Also happening in the VIP area will be a silent auction featuring beer-themed items as well as items donated from local Oxford businesses such as RockIT Computer Solutions, Sweet Cheeks, Deal’s Auto Repair, Lafayette Carpet Cleaning and more.

Some things to know before you go (for all ticket holders):

  • Online ticket sales are ending soon.
  • There are only 100 VIP tickets available per day.
  • Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door.
  • There should be enough free parking, but for those who would like a ride to the event, there will be a shuttle going to/from the JCPenney parking lot ($10 fee).
  • There will be some fun gifts/crafts for purchase at the event, so don’t forget to bring some extra pocket change with you.

Check out the Oxford Beer Festival site for event information and ticket comparison. General admission is $35/pp/day and VIP admission is $75/pp/day.

Find out more about the VIP chefs in the videos below.

Tim Woodard from Little Easy Express Lunches and Catering (Cooking Sunday, April 21)

Sam Thamutok from Rice & Spice (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Sean Adams from Honey Bee Bakery (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Erika Lipe from Lenora’s (Cooking Saturday and Sunday)

Jon Myrick from Proud Larry’s (Cooking Sunday, April 21)

Rob Ray from McEwen’s (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Do You Like Beer?

beer fest flyer

You’ve waited and waited, wondering if a beer festival would ever come to Oxford….Well, the wait is over!

The Oxford Craft Beer Festival will be held on April 20 and 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill. More than 140 craft beers will be sampled along with food, live music, games and more.

Brewmasters from near and far will be on hand to answer questions and participate in special demonstrations created exclusively for this event.

VIP ticket holders will gain access to the exclusive VIP Lounge hosted by EatingOxford.com, where brewmasters and local chefs will team up to prepare dishes that incorporate craft brews. This is something you won’t want to miss!

Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, secure your tickets for an event that’s sure to sell out. General admission is $35/day; VIP is $75/day.

Note: A shuttle and discounted designated driver tickets are also available.