Opening Soon: England Dan’s Opens Next Weekend

England Dan’s will open next weekend.

I interviewed co-owner and chef Mike Salts for my biweekly column in the Oxford Citizen and have included the story below for those who missed yesterday’s issue.

–Liz

SAMSUNGI sat down with Mike Salts last week, the co-owner and chef at England Dan’s Char-Steaks & Grill, opening next weekend at 2580 West Jackson Avenue, Suite 30, to find out what the former owner of Fred Red’s Steaks (Tupelo) had planned for Oxford.

In addition to an extensive menu covering traditional southern favorites such as whole catfish; pork chops; meat loaf; deep-fried oysters; fried chicken; and chicken livers, Salts and his son Pat-Rue will also offer a full lineup of chargrilled Certified Hereford steaks, breakfast starting every morning at 5:30 a.m., weekday plate lunches, and a salad bar.

“I just want to serve quality food at good prices,” says Salts, who named the restaurant after his son England-Dan, who the family lost in a swimming accident in 2012. “England-Dan used to own a steakhouse in Starkville, and now his brother Pat-Rue and I are carrying it on.”

Salts says that he’s looking forward to serving the type of food he was raised on and still enjoys today. “You might look at a few of the food combinations and wonder if they will work, but trust me, it’s good,” says Salts. “We’ve also recruited some dynamite local cooks and servers who we’re excited to have on board.”

England Dan’s will offer BYOB service and be open Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 a.m. until the last person leaves. If you stay late enough, Salts might even turn on the disco ball he recently had installed.

 

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Panera to Showcase Local Artists

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Artwork: Benny Melton

I ran into local artist Benny Melton yesterday at High Point Coffee who passed along some exciting news.

The new Panera Bread opening on Jackson Avenue will be featuring Melton’s artwork alongside several other Oxford artists in the future.

It’s always great to hear about a new restaurant integrating itself into the community this way, and I’m looking forward to checking out the gallery of artwork when Panera opens its doors.

–Liz

 

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.

 

Krystal Coming to Oxford

krystal logoIt was just a rumor a couple of years ago. Now the Krystal rumor has been confirmed.

After getting a tip from Eating Oxford fan Jerrod Ham on Twitter, we traced the info back to Exxon on Highway 6 to confirm that the station got the OK on July 18 to add a Krystal burger restaurant to the gas station.

No completion date has been released as of yet, but you can follow the progress on the Oxford Exxon Twitter page here.

 

 

New Restaurant Replaces Bistro Burger

england dans smallHave you spotted the new sign on the now closed Bistro Burger at 2580 West Jackson Avenue, Suite 30?

Looks like a restaurant called England Dan’s Char-Steaks & Grill is planning to open in the spot.

From what we saw today, there’s a few weeks to go before opening, and we’ve been unable to locate contact information for the new owner, who we believe is named Mike Salts.

If you have any information, contact us at liz@eatingoxford.com and we’ll help spread the word.

 

Coming Soon: Mesquite Chop House

mesquite chopThe Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission recently approved an application to open a Mesquite Chop House at 1001 E. Jackson Avenue.

The application, submitted by Blake Tartt III, who is currently completing construction of a Starbucks on W. Jackson Avenue, would involve adding a one-story addition to the rear of the building as well as various exterior modifications for accessibility and outdoor seating. View the full plans/application here.

According to historical records, the building once served as office space for lawyer and author John Grisham during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Mesquite Chop House is a steak and seafood restaurant with locations in Memphis, Germantown, and Southaven. They are part of the River City Management Group of restaurants, which also includes Spindini, Rum Boogie Cafe, and others.

Coming Soon: Wingstop

wing stop picA sign for an upcoming Wingstop restaurant recently went up on the Kiamie’s Coin Laundry at 1518 Jackson Avenue (big thanks to Antonio Barragan, owner of Bim Bam Burgers for letting us know, and providing the photo!).

Construction will likely take a few months, as the franchisee is also opening locations in Tupelo and Starkville, with Oxford being the final one scheduled for completion.

The Dallas-based Wingstop restaurant chain was started in 1994 and now has more than 600 locations offering regular and boneless wings with a choice of 10 flavors and a number of sides. See the Wingstop website for more information and a complete menu.

 

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New Thai Restaurant Now Open

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Photo: Urbanspoon

Pick Thai has opened in the former location of Bangkok Thai at 1101 Frontage Road inside the Days Inn.

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Photo: Urbanspoon

While efforts to contact the owners have been unsuccessful, there’s an Urbanspoon page that’s been set up, showing a menu, which includes items such as traditional curry dishes; rice plates; noodles; fried rice; salads; appetizers; entrees; soups and desserts.

Pick Thai is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays. For more information, call 662-380-5428.

 

 

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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Cajun Food Truck Rolls into Oxford

dats cajunThere’s a Sardis, MS-based food truck that recently started visiting the Farmer’s Market on North Lamar every Wednesday and Saturday for lunch starting at 11:00 a.m.

Dat’s Cajun Cookin’ serves up items such as gumbo; blackened or fried chicken and shrimp wraps; Creole burritos; jambalaya and Calas (fried rice fritters). Credit and debit cards are accepted according to the Facebook page.

Check it out the next time you’re at the Farmer’s Market.

 

 

 

Coming: Mugshots Sets its Sights on Oxford

mugshot mapEating Oxford reader Derek S. sent us a tip that Mississippi-based Mugshots Grill & Bar, with 10 locations throughout Mississippi and Alabama could be headed to Oxford before the summer of 2015.

I have an email into Mugshots corporate to confirm dates and more information, but the “coming soon” map on the Mugshots website looks pretty clear to us.

–Liz

 

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Coming: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Photo: TripAdvisor

While still awaiting confirmation from Gus’s, one of our reliable Eating Oxford fans, Ed, heard from a source at Gus’s this past weekend, during a trip to a food festival in New Orleans, that the popular Memphis-based restaurant will be opening a location in Oxford soon, and has already leased the space next door to Soulshine Pizza Factory.

If it’s true, Oxford could soon be enjoying the spicy chicken, coleslaw, beans and fries that Memphians have been flocking to since 1953.

UPDATE 4/1: A representative from Gus’s has confirmed with Eating Oxford that the company is working to bring Gus’s Fried Chicken to Oxford, but all of the details have not been ironed out yet. They will have more information next week.

–Liz

 

Opening Soon: A Food Truck with No Wheels

oxford canteen photo1Story and photo by Leah Hawkins

“A take-out window, blackboard-style menu, and outdoor food counter was the concept I had in mind,” says Oxford Canteen owner and head chef Corbin Evans. “The rest just fell into place.” Evans’ unique new concept will open Tuesday, March 25, at 1006 Van Buren, in the alleyway between The Lyric Theater and South Depot Taco Shop.

Oxford Canteen will be different from every other eatery in Oxford. In addition to being situated in an alley on the Square, lunch menu items will offer a unique twist, including a beef brisket grilled cheese with Sriracha mayo, fideos of the day, and ketchup fried rice with pork or tofu.

Getting curious about the rest of the Oxford Canteen menu? Check out the full  menu here. Weekly specials will soon be listed on the Facebook and Twitter pages.

Evans says he will always try to have locally grown and in-season produce on his menu (Panzanella salad of the season for example) so be on the lookout for those. Also, expect to see Oxford Canteen open on the Saturday of Double Decker weekend. Oxford Canteen offers a catering service as well for office parties, private dinners, book club luncheons and more.

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s are in the works!

 

Leah Hawkins is an Oxford-based freelance writer.

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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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7 Things You Need to Know About My Michelle’s

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Photo by Paul Gandy

Last week, we gave away a $25 gift certificate to My Michelle’s on the Eating Oxford Facebook page. The contest drew nearly 100 entries, and helped to provide dozens of new buffet ideas to My Michelle’s. During the process, several questions came up about menu offerings, location and specials. This post will answer all of your questions and more.

1.       New Offerings: Over the past few months, My Michelle’s has grown its meals-to-go and catering model to one that includes those offerings alongside a full sit-down breakfast and lunch buffet Monday through Saturday.

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Photo by Paul Gandy

2.       Menu: The buffet menu at My Michelle’s changes every day, with the help of new chef Trey Bridgers who hails from City Grocery, Oby’s and Aramark. Menus are posted daily on the My Michelle’s Facebook page and include items such as wheatberry French toast; whole wheat biscuits; gluten-free buckwheat pancakes; steel-cut oats; eggs; Applewood-smoked bacon; and a granola, fruit and yogurt bar for breakfast, and a salad bar; smoked turkey pot pie; meaty pasta bake; Cajun shrimp and quinoa; and grilled sticky soy Hoisin chicken thighs for lunch. Breakfast is 7-10; Lunch is 11-3.

3.       Location: My Michelle’s is located at 1308 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 3. It will be four years in June since owner Michelle Rounsaville moved her business from just off University Avenue into a shared kitchen with Nancy Nations of Nations’ Best Catering, and just a few months back when they expanded the 1308 Lamar space to create a sit-down restaurant.

4.       Casseroles and Catering: For fans of Michelle’s to-go casseroles, grab-and-go dips and catering, these are all still very much available. My Michelle’s regularly caters weddings, parties and tailgating events, and by signing up for the newsletter you can keep track of the freezer sales they regularly run on casseroles, soups and dips.

5.       Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-Intolerant Friendly: For those with special dietary needs, the buffet always features a vegetarian soup, most of the vegetables are vegetarian (marked if not), and the vinaigrettes offered on the salad bar are gluten-free.

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Photo by Paul Gandy

6.       Know Before You Go: The menu is buffet style, but you pay according to weight, similar to the Whole Foods pay-per-pound model. This model fits in nicely with the whole/locally grown/organic concept at My Michelle’s.

7.       Insider Tips: Grab a loyalty card while you’re there; it will get you a free trip to the buffet after 10 punches. Students—use your campus ID for free coffee or tea!

To find out more, visit mymichellesoxford.com or the My Michelle’s Facebook page.

 

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