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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Sunday Liquor Sales Fuel New Brunch Offerings

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By Katherine Bailey

With the new Sunday alcohol sales in effect, many restaurants in Oxford are opening their doors for brunch and/or drink specials while others are hoping to see some new faces at existing brunches. We’ve compiled the following list to help you navigate Oxford’s Sunday brunch offerings. Let us know if we’ve forgotten your favorite.

 

Sunday Brunch

City Grocery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Honey Bee Bakery from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Irie from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lenora’s

Locals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oxford Grillehouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (build-your-own bloody Mary and mimosa bar)

Proud Larry’s from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ravine from 10:30 to 2 p.m.

Snackbar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (serving limited Big Bad Breakfast menu)

Tre Amici from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

***Need more details? Check the Eating Oxford Restaurant Guide for restaurant contact info.***

 

7 Things You Need to Know About My Michelle’s

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Be Proud of Your Brunch

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By Sean D.

The Proud Larry’s Sunday brunch is another one of those things that I’ve always heard about and somehow managed to miss week after week. I can now proudly say that I’m in the know on this one.

The joys of Proud Larry’s Sunday brunch are two-fold: the food is amazing and there’s no waiting 45 minutes to two hours for a table.

When we went to Proud Larry’s last Sunday, the first thing I noticed was that the place was busy, but still had open tables. Then I heard the Beach Boys playlist and I was sold.

The brunch menu on Sundays is truly something special, with a large selection of omelets, pizzas and other favorites. The Mediterranean omelet was loaded with artichokes, red onion, feta and kalamata olives inside astonishingly fluffy eggs. It was refreshing to have an omelet filled with such fresh, light ingredients.

proud larrys brunch 2 - seanWe also tried the Larry Benedict with its Tabasco hollandaise and crispy sausage. It was a unique interpretation of a classic that was perfectly complimented by the accompanying cheese grits and biscuit.

Overall, I thought that the Proud Larry’s brunch was perfectly executed, laid back, and well priced. It’s a great spot for Sunday brunch regardless of whether you’re stopping in after church or nursing a 5-alarm hangover.

Have you tried it yet? Where else do you recommend for Sunday brunch?

–Sean

 

Honey Bee Bakery Halts Dinner Service for Summer

For the next six weeks or so, Honey Bee Bakery will not be offering dinner service, according to Honey Bee chef Sean Adams. The restaurant will resume normal dinner hours once school starts back up in the fall.

In the meantime, you can still find baked goods from Honey Bee at the Oxford City Market each Tuesday, and the restaurant’s open hours will be as follows:

 

Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (serving lunch 11-2)

Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (serving brunch 8-2)

Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for brunch/bakery

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Remember Mom this Sunday!

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Me and my awesome mom!

With all of the commotion of Ole Miss graduation this Saturday, don’t let it slip your mind that Mom’s day is on Sunday. Take some time out to celebrate the wonderful woman in your life who has given you so much!

The restaurants around Oxford will be bustling with activity, and Mother’s Day is also one of the “Select Sundays” in Oxford when you can treat mom to an alcoholic beverage of her choice.

While most restaurants will be first-come-first-serve, I’d suggest calling ahead if you have your heart set on taking mom to her favorite place; some restaurants will be accepting reservations, and a few are even organizing special brunches:

The Inn at Ole Miss Mother’s Day Brunch – seatings at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. (reservations required by Thursday at noon - click for more info)

Lenora’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (see event page)

Let me know if you’ve heard of any other Mother’s Day events and I’ll add them to the list.

 

 

 

 

Free Pancakes at IHOP Tuesday, Feb. 5

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For the eighth year in a row, IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day by offering its guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, February 5, from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

For every short stack served, IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations made in the Oxford area will benefit the program at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center. IHOP hopes to raise $3 million this year, with an overall goal of more than $13 million.

For more information, or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com

Game Weekend Sunday Brunch at Char Grille

 

Char Grille at 1518 Jackson Avenue is introducing Sunday brunch on Ole Miss game Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting this weekend. Thanks to new local laws that allow liquor to be served on special holiday and game-day-weekend Sundays, you’ll be able to enjoy mimosas and bloody mary’s along with your meal as well.

Brunch menu items include selections ranging from Shrimp and Crawfish Creamy Etouffee Smothered Biscuits to Bourbon and Banana Bread Pudding served French Toast Style.

See the complete menu above or call Char Grill for more information at 662-701-8285.

Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley

When you’re in the mood for a lazy drive away from the Square, consider the quaint little grocery called The B.T.C. just up the road at 301 N. Main St. in Water Valley.

According to co-owner Alexe van Beuren, The B.T.C. is first and foremost a grocery, but it also houses a small, informal cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and breakfast all day on Sunday. Breakfast highlights include housemade sausage gravy and grits, while lunch features an array of soups, salads, and sandwiches. It may be a simple menu, but Alexe says it’s made with love by Dixie Grimes (former head chef at Oxford’s Downtown Grille). Dixie also makes the grocery’s deli spreads; salads, such as watermelon feta; and frozen casseroles and entrees.

B.T.C. also stocks deli salads such as Tex-Mex pimento cheese and hand-pulled chicken salad; take-home casseroles (think hoop and havarti macaroni, jalapeno grits); and deli meats and cheeses that are sliced daily. Have a sweet tooth? Cora is on hand creating fried pies, chocolate buttermilk cake and other decadent treats.

The cafe is informal, with a playhouse for children, and affordable pricing, including some $2 sandwiches and a full-plate breakfast (eggs, bacon, biscuit and grits) for $5.99.

According to Alexe, the grocery carries several items not found anywhere else in the state, such as Eduardo’s handmade pasta from San Francisco. And B.T.C. Grocery offers delivery service to Oxonians who can’t make the trip to Water Valley, meeting customers at the local Garden Center on Fridays (same prices as if you had driven to Water Valley and shopped yourself).

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New Chef and Menu at Colonel's Quarters

If you haven’t been out to Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill lately, the restaurant recently hired Lauren Lanza, the chef from Yocona in Exile. She’s brought a new menu to Colonel’s Quarters, with items such as fried goat cheese salad, braised short rib grilled cheese, butternut squash lasagna and pan-roasted salmon.

Brunch is available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the kitchen is open until 9:00 p.m. and the lounge is open til midnight. Colonel’s Quarters also has resort status, so the bar is always open on Sundays.

 

New Menus at Lusa Pastry Cafe

Lusa Pastry Cafe has introduced updated menus for breakfast and lunch, which include new sandwiches and a daily soup menu.

The newly expanded restaurant and Portuguese bakery is open Tuesday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A new Facebook group page has also been setup here.

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Aphrodisiacs and New Menus at Ravine

Thursday’s art opening featuring Lisa Williamson of Memphis is the kickoff of several events coming up at Ravine.

The next food and wine pairing, scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, will carry the theme of “aphrodisiacs” as an early tribute to Valentine’s Day. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the cost is $30 per person. Call Ravine for reservations at 234-4555.

And speaking of Valentine’s Day, while Ravine is usually closed on Tuesdays, it will be open to accommodate those who want to enjoy a romantic evening near the fireplace. Call early to reserve a spot.

New menus (all except brunch) have also surfaced since the start of the new year. Check them out on the restaurant’s website or peruse them in person.

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Party at Honey Bee Bakery November 2nd

On Wednesday, November 2, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in celebration of Honey Bee Bakery’s 3rd birthday and its grand opening for dinner, Oxford is invited to an afternoon “Friends of Honey Bee” party filled with delicious food created at the bakery; a showing of artwork from local artists; music; and wine.

Similar to lunch, every dish offered at dinner is homemade, southern, simple, affordable, and utilizes local ingredients whenever possible. A renovated and redesigned dining room helps promote an intimate dining experience, and the bakery is also now licensed for brown bag services, so feel free to bring a bottle of your favorite wine when you try out the new dinner menu.

Honey Bee Bakery is no longer serving breakfast during the week, but the weekend brunch is still offered Saturday and Sunday until 2 p.m. The bakery’s new hours are Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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