4 Restaurants In Tupelo, Mississippi You Need To Check Out
With more than 150 restaurants in Tupelo, Mississippi, deciding where to eat can be a difficult task. From American to Mexican, Italian to Chinese, Tupelo has a little bit of everything. After visiting with my husband (Blake), here are four restaurants in Tupelo that you need to check out!
1. Blue Canoe
2006 North Glosser Street
The Blue Canoe is “a laid back, funky joint and Tupelo’s home for original live music. The relaxed atmosphere takes its patrons miles away, while the staff makes them feel right at home. It serves clever, mostly hands-on bar food and has the best bar selection around, offering more than 100 beers–35 of which are on tap daily”. As if that was not reason enough to visit, it is the #1 rated restaurant in Tupelo on TripAdvisor. Visit the Blue Canoe’s website for the live music schedule and a complete list of beers.
Blake and I started our meal with some of the Blue Canoe’s famous Crack Dip Fries (large side of fries covered with spicy sausage cheese dip). Oh my gosh! After one bite, I understood why they are “crack” dip fries; they are highly addicting.
For dinner, I ordered the Chicken and Waffle because when I see it on a menu, I cannot say no. This Belgium Buttermilk waffle is stuffed with fried chicken and drizzled with a bourbon/maple glaze. I really liked the bourbon/maple glaze (and I am not usually a syrup fan). Blake had the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Sandwich.
Regarded as the best dessert in Mississippi, Blake and I ended our dinner with Connie’s Blueberry Doughnut Bread Pudding, made with Tupelo’s famous Connie’s Blueberry doughnuts. It comes warm in a coffee mug and you eat it with a spoon. The dessert is fantastic!
2. Sweet Tea & Biscuits Cafe
2025 McCullough Boulevard
The Sweet Tea & Biscuits Cafe is a family operated business serving homemade Southern favorites Tuesday through Saturday (11 AM to 2 PM). It is the epitome of Southern Hospitality. The recipes used (soups, sandwiches, snacks, and desserts) were passed down from the owners’ (Joan and Beverly) mother. Although the restaurant is popular with Tupelo locals, it has also been featured in Paula Deen’s Magazine. If you don’t have time to stop in and eat lunch, pick up a casserole or dessert from the Take Home Freezer.
Blake and I visited Sweet Tea & Biscuits Cafe for lunch. I had the Homemade Pimento and Cheese Sandwich (dressed with tomato and spring greens) while Blake ordered Momma’s Famous Chicken Salad Sandwich. Not just any chicken salad, but a hearty salad of mixed spring greens, tomatoes, toasted almonds and juicy sliced red grapes. Our sandwiches were great! They both came with one of the restaurant’s homemade biscuits. Yum! We finished our lunch sharing a slice of Strawberry Cake. The best part of our meal was the Sweet Tea.
3. Fairpark Grill
343 East Main Street
The Fairpark Grill is in the heart of Downtown Tupelo with a fabulous view of the park. “A sophisticated atmosphere with a laid-back twist, The Grill is a place that is comfortable and welcoming like a local sports bar but provides an upscale dining experience.” Simply put, the Fairpark Grill makes patrons happy. Visit the Fairpark Grill for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends.
Blake and I started our dinner with the Grill’s Spring Rolls (cabbage, carrots, onions, celery & Asian pork with slaw and dipping sauce) and Panko-Crusted Fried Cheese. Although the Spring Rolls were really good, I liked the ooey-gooey Mozzarella and Pepper Jack Fried Cheese most. I had never had Pepper Jack in Fried Cheese before but I really liked them.
I opted for the Sriracha Chicken Sandwich (Fried chicken, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, applewood-smoked bacon, Sriracha aioli, tomato, and kosher pickle slices on a brioche bun). It was a superb pick! The fried chicken was not at all greasy and the Sriracha aioli was not super hot. I thoroughly enjoyed my sandwich. Blake Chicken Picatta (pan-fried chicken breast with a light caper-lemon butter sauce, served with mashed potatoes & grilled asparagus). He raved about his dinner and gave it a 10/10!
4. Mugshots Grill & Bar
374 East Main Street
Two college friends had a dream of creating a place where customers and employees would always be “having’ a good time” and making life grand for the community by giving back. Well, those friends have made their dream a reality with Mugshots Grill & Bar. The restaurant serves the Sweetest Buns in the South and was voted as having the Best Burger in Mississippi by Mississippi Magazine for the 11th year in a row. The Mugshots in Tupelo has more than 20 burger creations on the menu. Mugshots also has a noteworthy happy hour from 2 to 6 PM daily, with drink, appetizer, and wing specials.
I tried the Parmesan Chicken Marinara Plate (boneless chicken breast, hand-battered and lightly fried over a bed of penne pasta tossed in Alfredo sauce, topped with marinara and Parmesan cheese, and a slice of Texas Toast). I asked for the marina on the side so that I could mix it in with each bite. It was tasty! Blake had a Patty Melt, one of his favorites.
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Tupelo is growing in popularity and the food scene is a big reason why. I cannot wait to visit again and try some more restaurants in Tupelo. Do you have any restaurant suggestions?
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
Check out our other Tupelo posts:
Guide To Visiting Tupelo
All of our meals were paid for while visiting Tupelo.
As always, all opinions and reviews are completely mine and unbiased.