Closed: Irie On The Square

SAMSUNGWe received a man-on-the-street alert from Eating Oxford reader Steve Wooten (along with the attached photo), that Irie On the Square has closed.

It was just about five years ago when we first posted about Irie opening (see original post here). Since then, the restaurant became a favorite spot for its wide array of beers on tap, big burgers, and seafood platters.

Word around town is that a new restaurant named Smitty’s (no apparent relation to the former Oxford Smitty’s) will soon inhabit the location.

UPDATE: According to a former Irie employee, the next restaurant to take over the space will be Fins Fish & Oyster Co., owned by Clint Boutwell, chef/owner of Oxford Grillehouse.

–Liz

 

 

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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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

 

 

Interested in being an Eating Oxford intern? Contact us at Liz@EatingOxford.com.

Panera Sneak Peek

EatingOxford.com was invited to a practice party today at the new Panera on Jackson Avenue, which is scheduled to open next Wednesday, September 17.

I knew you’d want a peek into what the new restaurant looks like, so of course I snapped some photos for you….

Some of the things that stood out to me today were the array of pastries and breads available; flavored teas at the soda station; the option to get my soup in a sourdough bread bowl; and interesting pastas such as butternut squash ravioli and pesto sacchettini.

Enjoy the pics!

–Liz

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Turkey bravo sandwich and broccoli cheese soup

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Mediterranean Veggie sandwich

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You Said It: Oxford’s New Parking Meters

parking meterNew parking meters went live on the Oxford Square Tuesday.

We were curious about what locals thought about them, but we weren’t expecting the dozens of responses that came flooding into our Facebook page when we posed the question yesterday.

There were people on both sides of the debate, including restaurant servers who are concerned about spending their money in the meters, and those who say that a couple added bucks spent on the Square is no big deal (the meters require a dollar per hour).

Check out some of the responses we received here and share your own feedback if you have an opinion.

–Liz

 

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.

 

Honeymoon Food Photos. May Induce Hunger.

Benjy and I are back from our honeymoon to London and southern Ireland, and as you can imagine, the food was amazing!

We kicked things off here in Oxford with a ceremony at Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill and reception next door to Tribecca Allie Cafe (yes, delicious pizza and cakes by Dutch and Becca were had by all!).

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And while our meals from overseas are thousands of miles from Oxford, Mississippi, I couldn’t help but think about how fun it would be to have some of these foods available in our own town back home. Who knows, maybe you’ll see some of them at a future EatingOxford.com event.

Here are just a few of the photos we took. If you aren’t already hungry, you will be.

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Fish and chips near Oxford Street in London

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Tapas at a champagne bar overlooking London

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Breakfast at a local diner in London

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Afternoon tea!

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Seafood stew in Killiney, Ireland

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Cappuccino at Buckingham Palace

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Pizza in Cork, Ireland

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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.

 

 

Oxford’s 11 Best Patios (Oxford Citizen column from July 10)

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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.