The main course doesn't always have to be the star of the meal. A good appetizer sets the mood for the whole experience—and in some cases, it's the only thing you need to order! An appetizer-only meal can be great for a date, business lunch, or just an excuse to try an upscale place you've been hearing rave reviews about. With that in mind, we've rounded up our picks for the top 10 places to get appetizers in Mississippi!
The Ravine is an exciting restaurant located in a log cabin just outside of Oxford. Owners Joel and Cori Miller opened Ravine in 2007, and their dedicated to locally-sourced food and fresh flavors has been drawing a crowd. Their Southern-style appetizers include beef tenderloin mini burgers with red onion jam and bleu cheese and Mississippi fried rabbit pies.
Don't let the name fool you—you'll not be served by a carhop at Walker's Drive-In in Jackson. This fine-dining establishment is designed to provide a more casual experience with upscale food. Enjoy appetizers such as grilled pork belly with cornbread and onion-pepper marmalade, salsa verde, and a poached egg. Other options include foie gras with local fig jam and portobello fries.
The Blue Canoe in Tupelo describes itself as a "Five Star Dive Bar,” so where better to grab some delicious food? They have over 100 beers available, so have fun pairing brews with appetizers like fried black-eyed peas, fried avocado wedges, and crack dip fries—an addictive combination of crispy fries and a spicy dip made from sausage and cheese.
Sherman's began as a grocery store in Greenville in 1947, and it has been a fully operational restaurant since 1985. It was owned by the original family until 2012, but today's owners strive to honor that original feel. Start your meal off with smoked catfish cakes with spinach aioli, fried crawfish tails, grilled artichoke hearts, and more.
Cotton Blues is a unique blend of Mississippi comfort food and Louisiana creole cooking with a focus on elevating the locally-sourced ingredients. Start your meal with fried cheese curds with tomato jam and mustard dipping sauce, Deep South egg rolls with shrimp and rabbit, or fried green tomato with pork belly and tomato jam.
Woody's Tupelo Steakhouse is known throughout north Mississippi for their hand-cut steaks and relaxing atmosphere. If you're just looking for a quick bite, though, consider ordering a few of their appetizers. Enjoy regional fare like gator bites, blackened beef tidbits, homemade smoked gouda kettle chips or wild game sausage and cheese plates.
The Walnut Hills Restaurant is located in a charming Southern home which was built in 1880. Rocking chairs adorn the porch, and the fried chicken is some of the best in Vicksburg. But no meal is complete without a starter—try the tomato aspic or the house-made pimento cheese, served with Cajun sausage and flatbread crackers. And of course you'll want to try the fried green tomatoes!
J. Broussard's has been bringing the delicious flavors of New Orleans to the Columbus area since 2000. The restaurant sources its ingredients from a dozen local farms, bringing the freshest food available to your table. Their upscale appetizers include baked brie, escargot bourguignon, and parmesan-crusted grilled cheese sandwiches.
Roux 61 in Natchez is known for having huge portions of their incredible food. The Natchez location is the original, although they've since expanded to Baton Rouge. The vibe at Roux 61 is laid-back and quirky. You'll have no trouble getting full, but go ahead and start off with an appetizer anyway. For a totally unique (and delicious) experience, try the shrimp & alligator cheesecake.
Brackish is located in one of the most distinctive buildings on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Built to new specifications after Hurricane Katrina (for what was originally the Oyster Reef Club), the building looks a little like a spaceship hovering 36 feet above the harbor. Appetizers here include Creole Devils on Horseback (dates stuffed with boudin and andouille and wrapped in bacon) and rock shrimp tacos with Louisiana sweet chili sauce.