6 Awesome Places to Eat in Ridgeland, Mississippi
Ridgeland is one darned tasty place, only minutes from Mississippi’s capital city of Jackson. In this sophisticated town, Taylor (my oldest daughter) and I had the opportunity to sink our teeth into some tantalizing and creative meals, prepared with great skill and presented beautifully on our plates. Color me impressed; I’m still raving about these restaurants. I see why they are so popular with visitors and locals. Here are six awesome places to eat in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
1. Local 463 Urban Kitchen
Kicking off my list of six awesome places to eat in Ridgeland, Mississippi is my favorite restaurant, Local 463 Urban Kitchen. Named for the restaurant’s previous location (on Highway 463), the new spot in Renaissance at Highland Colony is incredibly attractive. Wait until you see the wine bottle display beside the bar; it is stunning!
Local 463 Urban Kitchen’s menu is bursting with Southern dishes, seafood, flatbreads, burgers, and local favorite blue plate specials. If you like mushrooms, you must try the Portobello Fries, accompanied with spicy comeback sauce (a Mississippi remoulade-style dressing). My pick was the Southern Trio: a scoop of classic egg, curried chicken, and veggie pasta salads over a bed of lettuce with tomatoes, sweet onions, and comeback sauce. Taylor enjoyed the “original” Honey Rosemary Fried Chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. I’m already planning what to order on my next visit to Local 463!
2. Seafood R’Evolution **closed as of 4/2/2019
A prestigious fine-dining experience in Ridgeland begins at Seafood R’Evolution, yet another great restaurant in the Renaissance at Highland Colony. You won’t believe your eyes when you step foot into this gorgeous eatery, with the most spectacular tile floor I’ve ever seen. It is common for Instagram pictures to be taken on the floor because it makes a fantastic background! The rest of Seafood R’Evolution’s decor is pretty noteworthy, too.
Wine is a big draw at Seafood R’Evolution because more than 4,000 bottles (domestic and international) are offered. The food is a fusion of flavors that have shaped the Gulf Coast for years, including raw bar oysters, gumbo, and Gulf shrimp. Seafood R’Evolution’s fish-on-a-plate program allows diners to pick a fresh fish from the daily board and have it prepared in the manner they choose as well as adding a sauce and topping to create their own signature menu item.
Our favorite dishes were the Beer-Battered Crab Beignets (with four remoulades), Seared Sea Scallops and Pork Cheeks (with creamed farro), and the gorgeous and utterly mouth-watering Red Velvet Cornbread, that you can’t leave without trying! Save room for dessert as the list is enticing. We tried the Caramel Pie, piled high with whipped Crème Fraiche and drizzled with a yummy Toffee Apple Sauce.
Greek food is prevalent in the Jackson, Mississippi area, and Ridgeland has its share of tasty Greek cuisine. We discovered Krilakis Greek Gyros and Salads, a quaint eatery with a small patio on Jackson Street. The menu is full of traditional Greek dishes, like gyros, salads, grilled meats, and hummus. A Greek salad at Krilakis includes fresh garden greens, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, tomatoes, and Kalamata olives, topped with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. Of course, pita slices come on the side. I opted for the Grilled Chicken Salad. The flavor combination was spot on and I enjoyed a huge plate of healthy food for $10!
Krilakis has free Wifi, three flat-screen HDTV’s for your viewing pleasure, and unlimited soda/tea refills. Bonus, Krilakis allows you to bring your own wine to accompany your meal.
4. Another Broken Egg Cafe
Another Broken Egg Cafe is a local chain that I have eaten at many times in the past. Though this was my first time at the Ridgeland location, I already knew how delicious the restaurant’s food was. Serving breakfast and lunch, Another Broken Egg Cafe has hearty portions, Southern-style biscuits, gourmet egg dishes, and all around tasty eats.
I’m a breakfast lover and haven’t tried anything on the menu at Another Broken Egg Cafe that I have not loved. My go-to item is the Eggs Blackstone Benedict, but during this visit I went with classic Biscuits & Gravy. The biscuits & gravy come with two eggs (prepared to order) and two house-made sausage patties. Yum! My daughter raves about the Buttermilk Pancakes and perfectly crisp bacon strips.
Brunch cocktails and seasonal menu items are available. Cutting carbs or calories? Another Broken Egg Cafe has many choices including Skinny Omelets, granola, power bowls, and Steel Cut Oats. The restaurant also uses domestically sourced crawfish and shrimp.
5. Ely’s Restaurant and Bar
Ely’s Restaurant and Bar dubs themselves as Ridgeland’s swanky, modern steakhouse and they hit the nail on the head! You will need to have a reservation to dine at this upscale restaurant, but your experience is bound to be amazing. In fact, Taylor and I sat at the bar, since the restaurant was booked solid for the evening, and had the most noteworthy service of our entire trip to Ridgeland. The bartender hustled to ensure that his guests were well taken care of and that all of the drinks for the restaurant were made to perfection.
Our dining experience began with Crawfish and Shrimp Dip served with toasted crisps. It was one of the best dips that I’ve ever eaten. After hearing how scrumptious the Crab Bisque was, I had to try it. Oh my, I’m quite sure the heavens and earth joined in an “Oh, Happy Day” chorus when my taste buds got a bite of this! For dinner, we opted for Grouper Pecan (with a warm butter pecan sauce) and Filet Louisiane (with a bangin’ BBQ creole butter). So much delicious food! Save room for dessert because Salted Caramel Cheesecake and Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce are waiting in the wings.
6. High Biscuits
I love a good afternoon tea and must say that I was shocked to see one in Ridgeland. Of course, I had to visit! High Biscuits is a tastefully decorated tearoom done in pastel colors and more casual than a proper tea shop. I liked the whimsical touches and the wide variety of foods that made up the menu. My eyes were drawn to two appetizers, Welsh Rarebit and Collard Green Eggrolls. Taylor and I dropped by after having lunch, so we were too stuffed to enjoy the full bounty of British tea and pastries. I did, however, order a pot of Double Earl Grey breakfast tea with scones. Other tea varieties included Decaf Chai, Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and Angel’s Dreams, just to name a few.
British scones are delicious and I’ve never had them measure up in the United States, but High Biscuits did a great job on them. The scones are paired with a creamy whipped topping and a side of tasty preserves. I envied the Afternoon Tea tray of goodies that was being served to the ladies dining beside me, so I settled for asking them for a photo before they dug into their tasty treats. When visiting Ridgeland, you should definitely swing by High Biscuits for a unique experience with good food and drinks.
I’m Still Full From My Tasty Eats in Ridgeland
Taylor and I loved visiting these six places to eat in Ridgeland, Mississippi. The attractive shopping complexes are great anchors for some of the upscale restaurants that we went to. I look forward to exploring more dining hot spots in this Mississippi city. If you have any recommendations, please let us know!
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Thanks to the Ridgeland CVB for hosting Taylor and I on our familiarization trip and taking care of all of meals. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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