Oxford is home to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). I had the pleasure of living there for four years while attending Ole Miss. Although the town is full of great restaurants, these are my top five restaurants in Oxford. Surprisingly, they can all be found on the Oxford Square.
Taylor’s Top 5 Picks:
Restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi
#1. South Depot Taco Shop
Some days, I wake up and debate driving the two and a half hours from Brandon to Oxford just to eat at South Depot. It is a create your own taco/quesadilla/burrito/salad/nacho/burrito bowl restaurant and the food is absolutely delicious! They also have great margaritas and offer drink specials throughout the week. Their fresh, homemade chips, queso, and guacamole cannot be passed up!
Oxford Grillehouse is a “classic Southern steakhouse”. Their steak menu and topping offerings are plentiful as well as delicious. My favorite appetizers are the Boom Boom Shrimp and Gouda Bacon Macaroni Balls. They offer brunch on Sunday, complete with a make your own Mimosa or Bloody Mary bar, and it is my favorite brunch option in Oxford. The best part is that their prices are pretty reasonable, considering the quality of food you are getting.
#3. Soulshine Pizza Factory
I am pretty sure that I ate at Soulshine at least once a week all four years that I lived in Oxford. I also pride myself on the fact that I have eaten at all four locations, multiple times. Soulshine is a local pizza chain that offers an endless variety of pizzas and calzones, po’boys, traditional Southern food, a wide assortment of locally brewed beers, and often features live music. It is a very casual restaurant with a super laid-back atmosphere.
#4. Old Venice Pizza Company
Old Venice serves “eclectic Italian with a touch of Southern creole” dishes; “much more than just great pizza” as their name would suggest. Old Venice’s welcoming atmosphere is great for a casual lunch or a more intimate dinner. In addition to their large menu, Old Venice allows you to create your own pastas and pizzas. The Burgundy Room is their accompanying bar, which is a great late night hangout and offers specialty beverages.
The City Restaurant Group describes their Bouré restaurant as an “up-scale, full service family concept” and I would have to say that I completely agree. Chef John Currence carefully crafts Bouré’s menu as well as its atmosphere to ensure that guests have an unforgettable experience. In addition to their Southern style menu, Bouré has an upstairs bar and patio that is ALWAYS packed, serves handcrafted beverages, and offers a great view of the Oxford Square.
So there they are, my top restaurant picks in Oxford, Mississippi. Do you have a favorite? Did it make my list?
This article was written by Taylor Pittman Hardy.
Check out my other Mississippi restaurant reviews:
Char Restaurant -Jackson
El Sombrero -Flowood
Sal & Mookie’s NY Pizza and Ice Cream Joint -Jackson