Only minutes from Mississippi’s capital city of Jackson is the suburb of Ridgeland. This sophisticated part of Mississippi has upscale shopping, tantalizing eateries, and a beautiful reservoir for boating and fishing. My favorite thing to do there is to eat. You’ll find impressive high-end meals, Southern cuisine, and a few items that might surprise you. Here are six delicious restaurants to try in Ridgeland, Mississippi on your visit.
#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!
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.
CAET (“Kate”) is an upscale yet casual seafood and oyster bar at Ridgeland’s Renaissance at Colony Park. The menu features sharable snacks, succulent small and large plates, decadent desserts, signature cocktails, Mississippi-brewed craft beers, and wine-by-the-pours.
Start with the Wood-Oven Baked Crab Fondue or Parmesan-panko crusted Zucchini Fries and one of CAET’s frozen slushes. The fondue was melt in your mouth creamy goodness, and the zucchini fries were fried to perfection. For dinner, the Fish & Chips and Fish Special-of-the-day are both great choices.
#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.
High Biscuits did a great job on the scones, paired with a creamy whipped topping and 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.
Ridgeland: A Tasty Mississippi Town
Our delicious restaurants in Ridgeland, Mississippi should give you some new places to try or old favorites to return to. I look forward to finding more culinary gems in this Mississippi destination. If you have recommendations, please pass them along in the comments.
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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