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Where to Eat in Oxford, Mississippi: 11 Yummy Suggestions

Where to Eat in Oxford, Mississippi: 11 Yummy Suggestions

Oxford is a beautiful small town in North Mississippi and home to the University of Mississippi (more commonly referred to as Ole Miss). It has a rich history, unique shopping, and fantastic local eats. With a daughter attending school there and frequently revisiting after graduation, we are well versed on where to eat in Oxford Mississippi for a darned good meal. Here is our list of the best.


Ajax Diner

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 comfort food menu offers a lot, I come for the veggies, which can also mean starches in the south. The choices range from mac & cheese, purple hull peas, corn & tomato salad, broccoli rice casserole, coleslaw, and sweet potato or squash casserole, to cheese grits, red beans & rice, and mashed potatoes.


Ajax does side dishes like it’s nobody’s business, but they even go a step above with the greens—turnip greens, fried okra, and green beans. You can have a three or four-veggie plate with a dinner roll or jalapeño cornbread.

They also proudly serve classics like turkey & dressing, chicken & dumplings, fried catfish, and casseroles. God love them.


South Depot Taco Shop

South Depot Taco Shop is Taylor’s favorite Oxford, Mississippi, restaurant. Here, guests can create their own taco, quesadilla, burrito, nachos, burrito bowl, or salad from a mix of fresh ingredients. Protein choices include chicken, ground turkey, tofu, tilapia, fajita steak, and shredded pork. 

We can never pass up the all-you-can-eat fresh homemade chips. Add salsa, queso, or guac for dipping, or all three for a deep discount.

South Depot also serves great margaritas (frozen or on the rocks) and offers several weekly drink specials.


Oxford Grillehouse

Oxford Grillehouse is a classic Southern steakhouse. The chargrilled beef selections menu and steak topping offerings (mushrooms, blue cheese, béarnaise, and more) are plentiful, as well as delicious.

Start your dining experience with the Boom Boom Shrimp appetizer with a creamy Asian sweet chili sauce. They are well seasoned and really flavorful, a great way to get your taste buds ready for the main course. 


Tobacco Onions is another southern pleaser, served with Comeback sauce. You can’t go wrong with the juicy, tasty steaks for dinner.

Oxford Grillehouse serves brunch on home football weekends. Little ones will love the menu items like fried chicken tenders and smoked gouda Mac & cheese with grilled chicken.

Did you know there are other locations, as well? You can find Oxford Grillhouse in Tupelo, Navarre, and Southaven.

Photo from Oxford Grillhouse FB page.

Venice Kitchen

Venice Kitchen (formerly Old Venice Pizza Company) serves eclectic Italian with a touch of Southern creole dishes. They have way more than pizza, but the award-winning pizza is fantastic, so you may not need anything else. But, the Walnut Grove Salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, cranberry, chicken, and a blush vinaigrette, makes it so very tempting. 

Venice Kitchen has a specialty pizza of the day Monday through Friday. The BYO pasta bowls are intriguing, while the world-famous lasagna will always be my go-to dish.

Photo from Venice Kitchen website.

Big Bad Breakfast

Big Bad Breakfast is not your average breakfast joint, nor is it just for breakfast. It is an icon created by James Beard award-winning chef John Currence.

Start your day with a freaking fantastic plate of biscuits followed by a delicious Vietnamese coffee. If you’ve never tried tomato gravy, a southern staple, this is where you can do it. OMG, it is sweet and unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. I chose the two biscuit plate with one tomato gravy and one sausage gravy—the best of both worlds.


Big Bad Breakfast is easily one of the best restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi, for a reason! Oxford is the original location, but you can now find BBB in KY, TN, AL, SC, and FL.

Hint: You can get on the waitlist or try to get a seat at the bar for quicker service and seating.



Oxford has surprisingly good Greek food. You can get your favorite dishes (gyros, souvlaki, Greek salad, and kabobs) from Opa! on The Square. Let’s start with the Mediterranean Trio of spanakopita, spicy feta dip, and delicious hummus served with warm pita chips. 

Meanwhile, there is a front and back bar to enjoy a cold beer, cocktail, or quick meal from. Opa does not take rservations, and they are closed on Mondays.


Volta Taverna

Another excellent Greek and Mediterranean restaurant is Volta Taverna, with an outdoor patio that is popular with the locals. This small restaurant is always busy and serves some of the best margaritas in town.

Try the Dip Plate, with creamy hummus and pimento dips served with pita.  

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Bottletree Bakery

A mainstay in Oxford is the delicious Bottletree Bakery. You’ll find an arsenal of mouth-watering treats, breads, and homemade goodies in this little gem.

If they have the Cross Danish, try one. This baby is loaded with luscious lemon cream cheese, blueberries, and lemon icing. If pastries aren’t your thing, how about a trifle or granola parfait, which you can find in the refrigerated section. Or grab some gourmet soup for a full meal.



One of the most popular restaurants on the Square is Bouré, established in 2002. This upscale yet down-home restaurant is perfect for families or date nights. In addition to its Southern-style menu, Bouré has an upstairs bar and patio that is ALWAYS packed. 

I’m a fan of the Buttermilk Fried Onion Rings as an appetizer, then the Chicken Carbonara (English peas, bacon, red onion) or Bouré Shrimp & Grits for the main course.

The spin on this nontraditional shrimp & grits dish uses a crispy fried cheese grit cake. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you sink your teeth into this dish. tie

They serve handcrafted beverages, and the patio offers a fantastic view of The Square. Walk-ins only; no reservations accepted.

Fun Fact: Bouré is owned by the City Grocery Restaurant Group, which also owns Snackbar and Big Bad Breakfast. 


Lost Pizza Co.

Another great spot for pizza in Oxford is Lost Pizza Company. The dough and sauces are made fresh daily, cheese is aged perfectly without the use of preservatives or additives, and produce is sliced fresh every morning. 

The Queso Dip, Garlic Bread Sticks, and Fried Ravioli with garlic ranch make great appetizers. 

If you aren’t in the mood for pizza, the simple, but yummy Chicken Spaghetti is comfort food heaven. I was surprised to learn that this dish was only 840 calories, considering how delicious it is. 


We’ve tried almost all of Lost Pizza’s signature pies. Our standouts are Hector’s Taco Pie (beef, onions, salsa, topped with lettuce and tomatoes), The Hot Chick (ranch-base, grilled chicken, onions, and wing sauce), and The Kujo (meat-lovers with black olives and mushrooms).


The Coop

If you are staying at the Graduate Hotel Oxford, stop by The Coop on the 4th floor for a delightful terrace lounge and rooftop patio. Craft cocktails are the specialty, but the views of The Square are the icing on the cake.

Popular snack foods include meat and cheese boards, Rebel tots, and fried buffalo cauliflower. For your main dish, try a Graduate Smashburger with comeback sauce and a brioche bun or a Cobb salad with grilled chicken or salmon. A Skillet cookie with cinnamon ice cream is for dessert. Sign me up!


Enjoy Oxford’s Food Scene

Oxford is full of great restaurants, and new ones pop up all of the time.

What is your favorite restaurant in Oxford? I hope my next visit includes eating at Saint Leo and Snackbar.

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Julia McCoy

Saturday 3rd of September 2016

If you have the money, they are worth the food, but you can get good food off the Square as well and not as expensive. My favorite is the hamburger place across from Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi. I don't remember the name, but they hamburgers are good, and their shrimp Po Boys are pretty good too.

Then, there is that place in Taylor (about 10 miles south of Oxford) that never really had a name that I know of. They started by fixing up catfish in the back of a small store and, since then, have been written up in several magazines, as well as featured on at least one travel cooking show.

Water Valley, where I have lived for the last 20+ years, (about another 10 miles south) is getting some good food in town too. It used to be we couldn't keep a good restaurant open. I am glad that problem has been resolved. The Pizza Den and the Mexican restaurant (there is only one) are my favorites, good and affordable. BTC is not bad either. You can't miss any of them. They are all on the main road going through this small town of 4000+.

You can always tell the natives. They are the ones who don't know the names of the restaurants, but they can sure tell you how to get there.


Saturday 3rd of September 2016

Great response! We will have to give those a try on our next visit! Thanks so much for all the recommendations.


Sunday 29th of November 2015

The build-your-own-taco place sounds great, but Gouda Bacon Macaroni Balls?!?! I think that would probably be my new favorite food! I visited Georgia earlier this year and loved getting a taste of good Southern food for the first time.


Monday 30th of November 2015

They have some unique foods for sure. Southern food is so wonderful on so many levels, mainly "comfort". I hope you enjoyed your visit! Atlanta?

Joe Ankenbauer

Sunday 29th of November 2015

That boom boom shrimp has my mouth watering like crazy!

Mel @ Footsteps on the Globe

Sunday 29th of November 2015

Oh my gosh, you can't go wrong with tacos and pizza anywhere in the world but it's always good to know the best places to go wherever you are travelling to. I've never actually heard of Oxford, Mississippi, just Oxford, England I'll have to check it out :)


Sunday 29th of November 2015

I have such a weakness for southern food after my visit to South Carolina last month. Drooling over the foodporn in your post!


Monday 30th of November 2015

Haha. Thanks! Lots of good eats in South Carolina.

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