Our visit to Natchez introduced me to this particular Mississippi city that I hadn’t been to. Lining the banks of the Mississippi River and a cruise port stop for the gorgeous and stately paddlewheel steamboats, Natchez is a quintessential southern city that you shouldn’t miss. In addition to the antebellum mansions and National Historical Park that it’s known for, the food scene is pretty darned good, too. Here are five great restaurants in Natchez, MS, that will suit your culinary needs.
1. The Camp
Positioned along the waterfront to where you can see the passengers disembarking at the cruise port is The Camp. Camp’s menu is chock full of tasty sandwich creations, fresh salads, and tacos, but we dove right into the appetizers.
The Philly Cheese Tot-Chos are smothered with queso, sautéed peppers and onions, and tender, juicy grilled steak strips. The whole mess is topped with melted cheese. Mmm, mmm, good. My husband chose the Camp Nachos with pulled pork, jalapeños, and a duo of pepper jack and cheddar cheeses. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and rich lime crema were drizzled across the platter of nachos. These appetizers hit a home run for us.
Kudos to The Camp for the online waitlist opportunity so you can have your table ready when you arrive.
2. Mammy’s Cupboard
I’d seen the roadside attraction known as Mammy’s Cupboard for years in Southern publications and ads, so I was especially thrilled to be able to go there in person. At first, we struck out as the restaurant was closed for a private function. But days later, we caught it at opening time, beating the lunch crowd, and had a taste of what this iconic eatery (circa 1940) was all about.
First, let me say that the family owners are super friendly and accommodating. That goes a long way in this day and age. And second, the menu is an excellent testament to fantastic southern dishes. I had the daily(Friday) hot lunch special: chicken pot pie, a layered salad, and broccoli cornbread. The layered salad is an old-school favorite that I hadn’t had in 20 years or more—what a great menu offering.
Other daily specials are slow-cooked brisket (Tuesday), chicken rosemary (Wednesday), roast pork loin with muscadine glaze (Thursday), and red beans and rice (Saturday). My husband had the curry chicken salad croissant with pineapple and almonds and a scoop of potato salad. Of course, I sampled them all, and they got the thumbs up.
Save room for Mammy’s Cupboard pies, both meringue, and icebox. They also may have Italian cream or hummingbird cake, of which I had a tiny sliver of both. It was the perfect ending to a perfect lunch experience.
Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM-2 PM.
3. Slick Rick’s Foods
I had to make all my friends jealous with a Monte Cristo Sandwich from Slick Rick’s, so we went for dinner one night. I loved the location, with off-street free parking and two-story dining options. Slick Rick’s is a restaurant, bakery, and bar so that you can satisfy multiple needs at one establishment.
Seriously, every appetizer sounds so delicious, but I was able to skip them all and go straight for the deep-fried goodness I came for. So, the Monte Cristo is a wrap, fried with roasted turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, and provolone, dusted with powdered sugar. Then, it is paired with a side of tabasco jelly, a game changer right here. I could eat this stuff on anything!
Usually, I would ask for a different side other than fries, but the hand-cut fries at Slick Rick’s are insanely good. They are “next level” dipped in a side of green onion sauce. My husband had a chicken and toasted pecan salad, which looked like a much healthier choice than mine, and it suited him perfectly. Try the house-made citrus vinaigrette salad dressing, original and full of flavor.
Slick Rick’s is closed Sunday and Monday. Ask about the burger of the month!
4. Roux 61 Seafood & Grill
On the day we went to Mammy’s Cupboard, and it was closed, we ended up at Roux 61 for lunch. It would have been our dinner choice during our Natchez, MS, visit, but this worked out just fine. Roux 61 Seafood & Grill has a really impressive menu and is a popular restaurant with classic dishes and plenty of choices.
Roux 61 has a lunch and dinner menu, saving you money and offering smaller portions for choosing lunch over dinner. The lunch menu is valid 11 AM-3 PM, Monday through Friday.
My husband chose the fried chicken tender plate with slaw and fries, while I went a bit heavier with the grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and creamy Swiss cheese. I chose grilled veggies and the stuffed potato casserole, which I highly recommend. Our food was delicious and the service friendly and fast. I can see why this is one of the top 5 restaurants in the city.
5. Fat Mama’s Tamales
I was first introduced to Fat Mama’s “Knock-You-Naked” margarita mix at a travel conference two years ago. It made making the perfect margarita at home super simple and always turned out perfectly. We had to stop for a quick bite and an alcoholic beverage on our Natchez visit.
Fat Mama’s Tamales is a Mexican spot known for tamales and margaritas with a colorful and artsy interior and laid-back, warm, and welcoming outdoor patio. It’s a counter-service place that also has a drive-thru option.
I ordered a boudin (cajun pork & rice sausage link) with the fire & ice pickles. OMG, if you are a pickle fan, you’ve got to try these. I could have eaten a whole jar! My husband stuck with the classic margaritas but couldn’t stop at just one.
Fun Fact: You can have Fat Mama’s award-winning tamales shipped to you if you can’t visit in person.
Hopefully, these five restaurants will give you some ideas on tasty dishes to try and make your trip a little more decadent and delicious. Safe travels!
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