Oxford is a beautiful small town in North Mississippi. Home to the University of Mississippi (most commonly referred to as Ole Miss), Oxford has a rich history, unique shopping, and fantastic local eats.
I had the pleasure of living in Oxford for four years while attending Ole Miss. Although the town is full of great restaurants, here is our list of the best restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi.
South Depot Taco Shop
The South Depot Taco Shop is my favorite restaurant in Oxford. Here, you create your own taco, quesadilla, burrito, nachos, burrito bowl, or salad from a mix of fresh ingredients. The homemade chips, queso, and guacamole cannot be passed up. South Depot also serves great margaritas and offers several drink specials throughout the week.
Oxford Grillehouse is a classic Southern steakhouse. The steak menu and topping offerings are plentiful as well as delicious. Be sure to order the Boom Boom Shrimp as an appetizer–they’re my favorite! Oxford Grillehouse serves brunch on home Ole Miss football weekends.
Soulshine Pizza Factory
The most popular spot for pizza in Oxford is hands down Soulshine Pizza Factory. The menu consists of an endless variety of pizzas and calzones, po’boys, traditional Southern food, and a wide assortment of locally brewed beers. Soulshine is a very casual restaurant with a super laid-back atmosphere.
Old Venice Pizza Company
Old Venice Pizza Company serves eclectic Italian with a touch of Southern creole dishes–much more than just great pizza as the name would suggest. The welcoming atmosphere is great for a casual lunch or a more intimate dinner. Plus, the complimentary bread and oil mixture is worth the visit to Old Venice alone.
Note: Old Venice is now Venice Kitchen.
Big Bad Breakfast
Big Bad Breakfast is not your average breakfast joint nor is it just for breakfast. Start your day with BBB’s house-cured Tabasco/Brown Sugar Bacon, crispy southern fried chicken, or Original Grit Girl grits. This is one of the best restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi for a reason!
If you are looking for Greek/Mediterranean food, head to Volta Taverna. This small restaurant is always busy and serves some of the best margaritas in town. Start your meal at Volta with the Dip Plate (Hummus and pimento dips served with pita).
One of the most popular restaurants on the Oxford Square is Bouré, an up-scale down-home restaurant that is perfect for families or date night. In addition to the 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. Order the Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings as an appetizer.
Winning Mississippi Magazine’s “Best Downhome Soul Food”, “Best Cornbread”, and “Best Plate Lunch”, it’s no surprise that Ajax Diner makes our list of best restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi. While Ajax’s menu has a lot to offer, we come for the Veggies. Mac & Cheese, Broccoli Rice Casserole, Butter Beans, Turnip Greens, Cheese Grits, Fried Eggplant, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Sweet Potato Casserole, Red Beans & Rice, Coleslaw, Squash Casserole–Ajax has them all!
Enjoy Oxford’s Food Scene
Oxford is full of great restaurants–and new ones pop up all of the time.
While this is my list of best restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi, we would love to hear what yours are!
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