England Dan’s Not Closing

england dansYou may have noticed the lights out at England Dan’s over the last week or so, but co-owner Mike Salts assured EatingOxford.com yesterday that the restaurant will not be closing.

Due to an undisclosed medical emergency, Salts says he has been in the hospital since November 9.

A sign on the door yesterday indicated that the restaurant would be reopening under new management today with updated hours Wednesday through Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

We all wish Mike a speedy recovery.

–Liz

 

 

Oxford Thanksgiving: Eaten Out or Catered In

thanksgiving postEvery year around this time I receive several emails from folks looking for a place to dine out on Thanksgiving.

More and more people either don’t want to deal with the mess of cooking at home, or they’re coming to visit their children who live in the dorms at Ole Miss and they want to be able to take them out to eat for the holiday.

This year, we also have the Egg Bowl on the same weekend as Thanksgiving, meaning many people will be traveling and not wanting to shop for all of the Thanksgiving fixings.

Since most restaurants in Oxford close for the holidays, I usually end up recommending that visitors try places such as IHOP, Huddle House, Applebee’s and Cracker Barrel (Batesville), which are usually open on holidays.

However, there are a couple of restaurants on the Square open this year….

Lenora’s will also be open on Thanksgiving, offering a small buffet-style dinner. Call 662-236-1144 for more info.

Locals will be open on Thanksgiving with a turkey and dressing brunch. Call 662-234-9594 for more info.

For those who have a space in town to hold Thanksgiving, but would rather have someone else cook, Oxford offers many catering options if you’d like food prepared ahead of time and ready for the big day.

A few options include:

Rib Cage: smoked turkey, smoked ham, pork loin – p/u by Nov. 26, (662) 238-2929

Honey Bee Bakery: hams, pies, breads – order by Nov. 24, (662) 234-2490

My Michelle’s: ham, turkey, dressing, casseroles, etc. – order by Nov. 24, (662) 236-1512

Queenissippi Catering: roasted Cajun turkey, casseroles, desserts, etc. – order by Nov. 23, (662) 609-5475

Lamar Lounge: smoked turkeys – order by Nov. 24, (662) 513-6197

Rebel Barn: smoked turkeys and hams – order by Nov. 22, (662) 469-6227

Mark Davis: variety of turkeys, brisket, pork loin, dressing, etc. – order by Nov. 21, (662) 801-3939

Lenora’s: A variety of Thanksgiving items; order by Nov. 25, (662) 236-1144

Have I missed a restaurant or catering option? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

–Liz

 

Sno Biz Disappearance

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Did you notice Sno Biz disappear this week?

Eating Oxford reader Shannon Lewis Kellenberger thought it was torn down, so I did a bit of investigating and found a story about it in the Oxford Citizen.

According to the Oxford Citizen, Sno Biz will be moving from the spot it has inhabited for more than two decades in order to make room for an Auto Zone. Sno Biz owner John Sherman told the paper that he’ll be relocating the Sno Biz hut to the shopping center across the street from Beacon in the spring after a few renovations. (See the full story here.)

It will certainly be strange to drive down University Avenue and not see the Sno Biz, but the new location should provide ample parking and lots of room for outdoor seating.

Let me know in the comments what you think about the move and some of your favorite memories from Sno Biz over the years.

–Liz

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Central BBQ Now Serving Oxford

central-BBQ-food-truckCentral BBQ, a staple in the Memphis barbecue scene for 13 years, is now serving its famous barbecue to Oxford via its food truck on Ole Miss football game weekends, according to truck manager Mark Goldsmith.

“Our slow-smoked Memphis-style BBQ, house made seasonings and sauces have been a huge success in Memphis and we hope Oxford will enjoy it just as much as Memphis does,” says Goldsmith.

On Ole Miss game day weekends, the Truck parks at 400 S. Lamar, in the parking lot near Holli’s Sweet Tooth, and opens Friday nights from 9:00 p.m. until around 2:00 a.m. Saturdays it opens for tailgate pick-up orders and lunch straight through until the bars close or they sell out. Contact Goldsmith directly for tailgate orders at truck@cbqmemphis.com or 901-240-8954.

 

Oxford’s Favorite Server: Judy Chrestman Pettit

A couple of week’s ago EatingOxford.com asked readers who they thought was the best server in town, and we received an overwhelming response.

judy at beaconOne of the names that stood out was Judy Chrestman Pettit, who has been a server at Beacon for 18 years!

When asked how she makes customers feel welcome and appreciated, Pettit told EatingOxford.com, “I get to know my customers by name. They feel like part of my family,” she says. “The customers feel at home because they can feel the love in the cooking and in the air!”

Pettit says she enjoys being a server in Oxford because she gets to provide a good experience for her customers, and says she’s never thought of working anywhere else but the Beacon. “I love the customers and my coworkers so I’ve never wanted to be a server anywhere else,” she says.

Her advice for server’s just starting out? “Enjoy what you’re doing!”

Be sure to congratulate Judy the next time you visit her at Oxford’s Beacon!

–Liz

 

 

 

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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Chef Kelly English Opening Restaurant in Oxford

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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

 

 

Panera Sneak Peek

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The Story Behind the Newk’s Teal Cup

Newks cupIf you’ve been to Newk’s lately, you’ve received a teal cup in place of the standard issue black one, and you may have wondered about the switch.

At more than 70 Newk’s locations, the signature black cup has been replaced by a teal cup in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this September thanks to the efforts of Lori Newcomb.

Lori, the wife of Newk’s Eatery co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb, was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in early 2013, and in response, decided to launch a Newk’s Cares campaign to raise awareness about the disease.

By educating women and their loved ones about early warning signs of the disease, promoting research for a cure, and sharing her story, Lori hopes to be a source of strength, inspiration and hope in the fight against ovarian cancer (in the U.S., ovarian cancer causes more deaths than all other gynecological cancers combined and is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women).

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Lori Newcomb

Throughout the Newk’s Cares campaign, Newk’s will provide educational information on ovarian cancer signs and symptoms at each restaurant and the story of Lori’s personal journey will also be available to guests in restaurants, as well as on the Newk’s Cares website. Newk’s will donate a minimum of $15,000 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as part of its charitable initiative. And on September 25, Lori and Newk’s Cares will raise funds for OCRF through a 5-hour Ovarian Cycle® indoor cycle event in Jackson, Mississippi, where Newk’s is headquartered. The fundraising goal for this event is $50,000.

The 5-hour Ovarian Cycle® fundraising event will be held at the Country Club of Jackson on Thursday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will raise much-needed money for ovarian cancer research. Information about event registration and guidelines is available at ovariancycle.kintera.org/JACKSON2014. More information about Ovarian Cycle events can be found on the OCRF website.

For more information about ovarian cancer and to hear Lori’s story in her own words, visit Newk’s Cares.

 

Opening Soon: England Dan’s Opens Next Weekend

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Panera to Showcase Local Artists

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Oxford’s New Restaurants

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