Brandon, Mississippi, is a place I frequently visit because the other half of Wherever I May Roam, Taylor, resides there. I love getting out and exploring Brandon’s historic downtown, tasting new menu creations from the local eateries, and buying local from the cute shops. Only 15 minutes from Jackson, Mississippi’s capital, Brandon is a growing city that continues to evolve and attract residents and visitors. Here are the best things in historic downtown Brandon that you may want to add to your travels.
Brandon’s Foodie Hotspots
A few years ago, it was nearly impossible to find anything foodie-worthy in historic downtown Brandon, MS. You can imagine how happy the locals and visitors are now that Brandon is growing by leaps and bounds, with several choices for tasty, locally-owned restaurants.
Burgers, Blues, Barbecue
This downtown Brandon eatery is the newest and my favorite. Choose from gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries, chicken tenders, and a delicious array of side items. The Burgers, Blues, Barbecue menu selections are to die for! You won’t find a burger to compare to theirs for miles and let’s not even talk about how good the pulled pork is. If you are struggling with what to order, every burger I’ve had has been top-notch (Comeback Burger is my top pick), and the pulled pork with slaw and Mac & cheese is an exceptional choice every time.
Burgers, Blues, Barbecue has the best breakfast menu in town.
One of the beloved eateries in downtown Brandon is Genna Benna’s, one of the GB Family Restaurants (Georgia Blue). Combining pizza, pasta, and steaks into one menu, the dishes at Genna Benna’s sound great.
Munch on Genna Benna’s Crawfish Empanadas for starters while you admire the renovation of this 100+-year-old general store and jail space. For dinner, you can’t go wrong with the significant portion of Chicken Parmesan or Seafood Pasta, generously dusted with crabmeat, sautéed shrimp, and sun-dried tomatoes in a white wine cream sauce. Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights at Genna Benna’s starting at 7 PM.
GB Bakery is a full-service restaurant chock full of homemade pastries, sweets, breads, and desserts, plus a large selection of beverages, including shakes, smoothies, soda, iced tea, and orange juice. The bakery serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Coffee options at GB Bakery include espresso, frappes, and cold-brew nitro coffee. My indulgence is the Howlin’ Wulf Nitro with condensed milk over ice.
For breakfast, try a Breakfast Empanada or the classic Cathead Biscuit & (sausage) Gravy. The Blue Plate Breakfast is a unique option where you pick one bread (biscuit, waffle, or French toast) and pair it with three sides (eggs, grits, sausage, bacon, fruit, ham, hash brown casserole). Lunch items at GB Bakery rotate Monday through Friday and feature dishes like Cuban Pizza, Lasagna, and Georgia Blue Red Beans and Rice.
The Gallows at Genna Benna is Brandon, Mississippi’s first speakeasy. Here, indulge in craft cocktails and tiki drinks prohibition style in fun setting with great ambiance. My favorite drink is The Wierhouse–GB Bourbon with sweet tea, Crème de Pêche Liqueur, and peach bitters. Other popular choices are Old-Fashions, Sours, and Mai Tais.
Be sure to check out the tapas menu with a few light snacks for sharing. The Gallows may be hard to find, which plays into its intrigue being a speakeasy venue. If you want me to spoil it for you, you’ll find The Gallowson, the side street behind Genna Benna’s, about midway down.
The Wilander is downtown Brandon’s newest edition to the cityscape, and wait until you see the designer men’s threads they have here! From leather weekend duffels to underwear, accessories, and grooming needs, Live Oak polos to Properly Tied vests and oxfords, you’ll find all your man’s needs in this specialty men’s clothing store.
Downtown Giftery is a darling store full of cute things I love buying, such as dish towels, candles, pottery, seasonal items, and gorgeous yard decorations. Take an art class at the Giftery on Saturdays.
Southern Raised is a cute children’s clothing boutique with friendly staff and adorable apparel. Check out the colorful and stylish clothing, socks, shoes, and sleepwear for babies through adolescents. Southern Raised shop also sells novelty gifts, a few toys, and books.
Vintiques offers a collection of local custom-made wares, including clothing, home decor, food, decorations and seasonal items, furniture, and jewelry. You could seriously get lost exploring this store for hours.
Cobo’s Boutique is where you will find current ladies fashion, shoes, and jewelry. It continually makes the list of best places for ladies to shop in the state, as published in the 2018 Best of Mississippi magazine.
Other Brandon Attractions
This Mississippi town is also home to the Brandon Amphitheater, where you can see your favorite music artists perform. Concerts in the past have included Zac Brown Band, Widespread Panic, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The venue is very family-friendly and every seat is literally a good one. Upcoming shows for 2021 include Luke Bryan, Foreigner, Kane Brown, and Jon Pardi.
Kids will love the Shiloh Splash Park with a 50-gallon dump bucket, spray rings, and water cannons, or a visit to the Brandon Public Library.
The McClain Lodge is making commotion as a one-stop-shop for a local farmer’s market, restaurants, shopping, a general store, and wildlife Safari Park.
Other points of interest in Brandon include East Brandon Crossfit and Downtown Pilates Studio for your fitness needs, Liv the Salon for your beauty needs, and the Black Rose Theatre Company for plays, musicals, and local productions.
Interested in learning more about Brandon? Read about Brandon’s history in this post by the Chamber of Commerce.
Hats Off, Brandon
Historic, downtown Brandon, Mississippi, is a wonderful place to get to know. We are so excited for its growth and new arrivals. Come to Brandon for the shopping and yummy food and drink, but stay for the hospitality and friendly smiles.
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