Let your soul be satisfied by authentic Southern dishes and unforgettable authors.
There’s a saying about too many cooks spoiling things in the kitchen, but in Mississippi, we say the more the merrier. There are so many memorable restaurants here, from hole-in-the-wall diners to elevated hotspots to havens of home cooking, we created an entire trail devoted to dishing them up. Divided into the state’s five regions, the trail’s online guide reveals the delicacies for which each area is famous. There are also out-of-the-way places only the locals know. On the Gulf Coast, you’ll taste the influence of settlers from Vietnam, France and Croatia. The Hills highlight specialties like slugburgers and catfish. The Capital/River region features menus with urban sophistication and farm-to-table fare. In the Delta, enjoy your tamales—the recipes were brought here from Mexico over a century ago—with a side of Southern hospitality.
When you get to the Pines, combine your culinary feast with one of the literary variety. Here, alongside nationally lauded barbecue joints, you’ll find the former home of literary legend Tennessee Williams and the college where Eudora Welty perfected her craft, Mississippi University for Women, also known as The W. This area is so rich in literary tradition, the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville recently became the new home base of the Southern Literary Trail. The nation’s only tri-state literary trail, the novel project directs fiction lovers to the favorite haunts not only of Williams but also of many other Mississippi authors, including William Faulkner, Shelby Foote and Walker Percy. Welty’s former home in Jackson, also on the trail, is now a museum and a National Historic Landmark. Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County may have been born in his imagination, but a trip down the roads he and these other talents once traveled is a real-life literary adventure.
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