Oxford Food Trail
It is no secret that Oxford is on the map for the richness of its food scene that includes award winning restaurants, celebrated chefs and a diversity of food than spans the globe and back.
The idea for The Oxford Food Trail started as a way to help restaurants after the year they had dealing with the pandemic. The Oxford Food Trail is a celebration of the food that is at our doorstep and a banner to welcome visitors and residents to explore the food that is distinctly Oxford. We need to get the word out that Oxford restaurants are open!
Stops on The Oxford Food Trail include classic southern dishes, farm to table cuisine, some of the south’s best barbecue, gourmet delights, vibrant venues for dining and creative cocktails that befit a town whose cheer is Hotty Toddy. It’s one of the most vibrant food cities in the Southeast, and we want the word to spread wider as people begin to travel and explore.
For residents, many of the spots on the trail are much loved and often visited. Other restaurants are new or places you have missed in the past. Like any trail, it is about the journey as you work your way through the full array of food offerings and develop your palate and appreciation for what we have in our backyard. See you on the Trail!
Need to find your way around? Click on the map for all the locations.
Big Bad Breakfast
The brainchild of James Beard award-winning chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast gives the proper respect to “the most important meal of the day.” Enjoy Big Bad Breakfast staples such as custom-created meats, fresh biscuits and preserves, locally roasted coffee and some of the best cocktails you’ll find anywhere. Whether it’s the house-cured Tabasco/Brown Sugar Bacon or the Anson Mills Steel Cut Oatmeal, you’ll be talking about coming back before you’ve left the table.
They wear their “Big Bad” name as a badge of honor and take special pride in serving all your Southern favorites with the creativity and technique that only a skilled, world-renowned chef can bring to the table.
719 N Lamar Blvd
Housed in the old Leslie’s Drug Store and Downtown Grill building, the newly renovated space is home to the “Up-scale Down-home” fare of Bouré. Decidedly Creole in its overall scope, the restaurant isn’t easily labeled. A bustling casual dining room, attentive service and an outstanding menu elevate Bouré to something greater than just another college joint. Bouré is for everyone from a college date night to a special dinner with the family. Once you arrive, head upstairs to sample Bouré’s inventive cocktail offerings – and one of the best balcony views on the Oxford Square.
110 Courthouse Square
Buffalo Wild Wings
Do you want all American food coupled with worldwide sports? You already know where to go- It’s hard to beat Buffalo Wild Wings, affectionately referred to as “B’Dubs”. BWW stands out as a premiere Oxford destination with exemplary service and a clean safe environment for families and friends to cheer on their favorite team while chowing down on some crisp bone-in wings and a cold draft beer. But wings are no longer all BWW is about – they sport a wide array of burgers, sandwiches, wraps and vegetarian options to meet the needs of different types of sports fans AND friends of sports fans who could care less about sports but tag along for the comradery and food. Oh, and when the Ole Miss game is over, don’t leave before trying the loaded ice cream (look it up)- win or lose you’ll be glad you to the leap.
2315 Jackson Ave W
Early on the scene of the Oxford town square revival, City Grocery has become a landmark in the Oxford dining scene. Exposed brick walls & heart pine plank floor augment the candle light and white linen staging some the most inventive and interesting food in the South. “Their (dishes’) deft presentation is imaginative, skillful and disciplined, elevating them above qualification as regional and ethnic cuisine.” City Grocery makes every meal feel like a special occasion.
152 Courthouse Square
Common Ground Coffee Bar
Looking for a specialty drink, regionally-known breakfast burritos, or just a fantastic cup of coffee? Common Ground Coffee Bar is the place for you. The friendly atmosphere is packed with local art and is perfect for a quick catch-up with friends, a study session, and everything in between. Common Ground prides itself on serving up the best coffee in town. The high-quality brew, which comes from an award-winning roster, is always fresh and delicious. If you don’t know what to order, don’t worry–baristas are trained to help you find your perfect drink, whether that be a specialty coffee, loose leaf tea, or fruit smoothie.
81 Ed Perry Blvd Suite 101
As one makes their way up Sisk Avenue, there is a unique structure that catches one’s eye. With its towering white dome and high-fashion interior (featuring huge chandeliers, mirrors, and marble accents), the building that houses El Charro immediately invokes the feel of a classic Mexican restaurant.
The original El Charro, which opened in 1995, served the community for close to ten years before merging with Casa Mexicana in 2007. Now, the restaurant has expanded to a nicer, brighter location that will connect them with a new customer base.
“Everything is completely different,” explained owner Ramiro Muñoz. “The Oxford Community has its fair share of international cuisine. It has a bit of everything, and we are wanting to give them something new as far as Mexican food. It will be very traditional with a really cool twist.”
The menu itself is filled with traditional dishes and drinks inspired by Muñoz’s family’s cooking; many of the recipes are lifted directly from his mother’s cookbook.
“My family is 100% Hispanic,” said Muñoz. “My parents were born and raised in Mexico, and we believe that our experience with food is something that Oxford needs to try. People in this community are willing to experiment and try things out and we feel like they would really appreciate what we have been working so hard on. This building is really a thank you to the community.”
699 Sisk Ave
Fox’s Pizza Den
Susie and Greg Miley, co-owners of Fox’s Pizza Den, know what it takes to make a delicious gourmet pizza. The Oxford location, which is situated on Sisk Avenue, offers a wide variety of items on their menu, from pizzas to hot hoagies, to ‘wedgies’ (wedge-shaped sandwiches packed with meat and toppings) and Stromboli.
“Our menu is very diverse,” said Greg. “We have a lot to choose from. You can build your own pizza and we will do it any way you like.”
For those looking to try something more, Fox’s also offers six different flavors of chicken wings, as well as fresh salads and pastas. Whatever you choose can be paired with an ice cold beer (featuring draft and bottle options) or glass of wine.
The couple opened their first Fox’s location in Tupelo back in 2017 before expanding to Oxford just this past year. Since then, they have worked with countless local organizations, including sports teams, sororities, and businesses.
“We feel very blessed to be here in Oxford,” said Susie.
900 Sisk Ave Suite A
Located on the square, Funkys brings a unique blend of New Orleans daiquiris and New York style pizza. You can’t miss the lineup of brightly colored daiquiris, but they also have a full bar with one of the most extensive liquor selections in town. If you’re stopping in for a bite, you’re sure to love the from-scratch pizza with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to buffalo chicken. Whether you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot, somewhere to watch a game or dance the night away, Funkys is a perfect spot for fun anytime.
1012 East Jackson Ave
For Angie Sicurezza, co-owner of Taylor’s Grit Restaurant, family is everything. Sicurezza, who operates Grit alongside her husband Nick, faced a few challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the inability to serve their family-style Sunday meals, but that has not stopped Grit from persevering. Their seasonal and locally sourced menus and collection of masterfully mixed cocktails, combined with Grit’s unique ambience, creates an authentic Southern experience that is meant to feel like an extension of the family’s home.
“We’ve had to pivot so much this year,” she said, “but we made it through because of our family, our team, and our community. Taylor is a special place; I’ve seen all areas of this community pull together this past year and show great strength and love. We are very lucky to be here.”
2 Town Square Lane
High Rise Doughnuts
Serving up some of the most unique doughnuts in the state, starting off your day right at this sunny, family-friendly bakery is sure to put an extra spring in your step! The bakers at High Rise pride themselves on making the freshest, best quality doughnut possible, every single day. Their dedication is obvious in their process—High Rise’s fluffy, airy croissant doughnuts take 3 days to make from start to finish. Make sure to check out their specialty doughnuts, which rotate seasonally and have included flavors like Strawberry Hibiscus, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and Chocolate Covered Strawberry. You also can’t go wrong with their core offerings; we recommend trying the classic glazed or chocolate, both available year-round.
While you’re there, grab some local Brown Dairy milk or a cup of high-quality coffee from Velo Coffee Roasters in Chattanooga, TN. Looking for a specialty drink? We recommend a latte, which pairs well with the fluffy croissant dough.
309 N Lamar Blvd
Voted Best Pizza in Mississippi 6 years in a row, Lost Pizza has something for all walks of life. Whether you’re a family, student, visiting ball team, or grabbing a drink after work, Lost Pizza provides the coolest atmosphere to enjoy fellowship, food and libations. Not to mention, their large screen TVs and giant outdoor patios – upstairs and down – offer Ole Miss fans and the like a nice place to watch the game. From artisan pizza like “The Lucille” (grilled chicken, bacon, roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes and a ranch drizzle) to homemade delta tamales to salads and gluten-free options, Lost Pizza’s funky versatility is a mainstay for Oxford locals and a “must” for anyone visiting the area.
7102 College Hill Rd
For delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, and southern hospitality, make sure to check out McAlister’s. The restaurant, which has locations across the country, was founded here, and holds a special place in the community as an Oxford institution. Their new location on Jackson avenue is a fresh new take on the popular spot, and has a modern feel with the same inviting atmosphere. If you’re visiting for the first time, try the half and half deal, which lets you get the most out of your McAlister’s experience. We recommend trying the half club and half spud max. Make sure you don’t miss out on their famous sweet tea—people buy it by the jug.
2605 Jackson Ave W
Moe’s Original BBQ
From their prime location on the Oxford Square, four local friends share one simple focus: to serve the best barbecue in town. John Allgood, a Mississippi native and Ole Miss graduate, owns and operates the location, serving up pulled pork sandwiches, smoked chicken, ribs, and more than 60 classic Southern sides that are rotated daily. All of this delectable food can be enjoyed with an ice cold beer either in the main dining room or in the downstairs Penny Bar, home of a local happy hour hotspot.
“I fell in love with the Oxford community really early on,” said Allgood. “It’s such a diverse city, but with a small-town vibe, and a community that loves to support local establishments. It’s a great place to own a business.”
311 S Lamar Blvd
Classic Southern Casseroles, Grab-and-Go Meals, Her Baby Girl’s Chicken Salad and that special small-town touch are all what characterize My Michelle’s Catering. Founded in 2010 by long-time Oxonian and Ole Miss graduate Michelle Rounsaville, My Michelle’s boasts an ever-changing menu filled with delicious quiches, soups, salads, casseroles, and more — including one of Rounsaville’s favorites, the beef and spinach lasagna. “We started substituting zucchini noodles for regular lasagna noodles,” she said. “It is really delicious.”
Other healthy custom meals include Chicken Egg Roll Bowl, Ranch Burger Bowl, Beef Bolognese over Spaghetti Squash OR Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps, each of which is perfectly seasoned with the option of complimentary delivery to your doorstep Monday through Friday. My Michelle’s online menu changes every week, depending on what fresh ingredients arrive in their kitchen — each week offers something new, flavorful, and healthy to try! Rounsaville, who is supported by her community of fellow caterers and customers alike, says she has been “very blessed.”
“Oxford is such a small treasure in the northern part of Mississippi,” she said. “We are a very supportive community, which I just love.”
3000 Old Taylor Rd C
Oxford, MS 38655
Oby’s of Oxford serves just about anything a hungry customer could want. From po-boys packed with meat and flavor, to salads piled with fresh toppings, to giant spuds served with melted cheese and bacon, there is nothing on this menu that disappoints. Each bite evokes the classic flavors of New Orleans and Mississippi Delta cuisine. The chain itself is a Mississippi staple with the first location opening in Starkville in 1976. The Oxford location, which sits on University Avenue, was opened in 2005 by Ayers Spencer and David Calhoun, who have been providing our town with great food ever since. For anyone looking for a taste of fine Southern classics, look no further than Oby’s of Oxford.
1931 University Ave
The Oxford Creamery is quickly becoming known for the best ice cream in the region. By coupling fresh, local ingredients with innovative twists on southern favorites, a scoop (or two, or three) from the Creamery is the perfect treat for a day out on the Square. Looking for something classic? Try the Milk & Cookies, Banana Pudding, or Fresh Mint Chip. For something a bit more unique, try fan favorites like Lemon Butter Cake, which features lemon buttermilk ice cream with big chunks of gooey lemon butter cake and a strawberry rippe, Oxford Coma, a chocolate lover’s dream, or Sweet Corn Blueberry Crisp, which pairs delicious jammy blueberries with crunchy corn crisps. Whatever you choose, all flavors are made using fresh, local ingredients, including milk from Brown Dairy Farm.
Eyes too big for your stomach? Pro Tip: order the ice cream flight to try up to 6 flavors at once!
309 N Lamar Blvd
Oxford Gourmet and Gifts
Oxford Gourmet and Gifts is a one-stop-shop! Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, artisanal food wares, or a sit-and-sip cooking class, Oxford Gourmet and Gifts has got it all. And now, with their new cozy lunch counter, grab a chef-inspired meal every week day from 11a-2p. Chef Jon Myrick, who has proven his chops across the South, is serving up fresh, delicious lunch offerings, cooked right in the open kitchen area. Visiting for the first time? Try the crab cakes–Chef Jon is known for them. And, if you’re looking for dinner, pick up one of their oven-ready meals for two- one of the most popular items in the Gourmet-to-Go coolers.
400 S Lamar Blvd C
There is nothing quite like the smell of a steak on the grill; when one steps onto the Square, this recognizable, delicious aroma leads them straight to the Oxford Grillehouse, voted best steak for nearly a decade and delicious seafood that rivals any in the state of Mississippi. Founded in 2012 by Chef Clint Boutwell, the Grillehouse has certainly made a name for itself, serving up top choice near prime steaks, creamy smoked gouda mac and cheese, Southern-inspired seafood dishes, and expertly mixed cocktails for the public. The Grillehouse’s wide array of alcohol is displayed in a gorgeous wood bar-scape, which sits behind their equally gorgeous heartpine bar! The expansive drink menu features classic cocktails, such as the Sunset Sipper and the Bourbon Smash, as well as seasonal choices; each visit to the Grillehouse’s bar offers a chance to try something new. Boutwell, who has expanded to Southaven & Tupelo will always call Oxford home, has perfected his grilling techniques — and his talent is evident with every bite!
114 Courthouse Square Suite A
Pizzashop is one of the newest and most acclaimed additions to Oxford’s food scene. Josiah Urban first started this artisanal New York style “quality first” pizza place in Belmar, New Jersey right on the Jersey shore. His self-proclaimed “labor of love for the art of pizza making” comes honestly – his wife, Toni, grew up in a pizza family (Brooklyn Pizzeria in Gulfport) and together they have a combined 30 years in the NYC pizza business. Toni learned the ins and outs from her father who taught her original recipes circa 1960s Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Pizzashop not only makes everything from scratch – the sauce, the dough, the focaccia bread for sandwiches – they dare you to find another pizza establishment with as many topping offerings as you can find on their menu. Committed to a high standard of authentic NY style pizza with a gourmet twist, they put their employees through rigorous training in both pizza making and customer service. Stop by Sunday – Thursday 11 am to 11 pm OR Friday – Saturday 11 am – 1 am and grab an authentic NYC slice or whole pie. Shoobies beware, “this ain’t your Grandma’s tomato pie”.
81 Ed Perry Blvd
“Come for the food. Stay for the music.” It is the tagline that has become almost as famous as Proud Larry’s, the premier location for good food and good music on the Oxford Square. Since 1993, owners Scott and Lisa Caradine (both Ole Miss alumni) have transformed the location into what is now both a pizza joint and a renowned music venue. Many well-known musicians have played the stage at Proud Larry’s, including Elvis Costello, John Mayer, and the Black Keys. Blues music and the mouth-watering smell of good food flood this establishment day after day; it is no wonder it has become an Oxford crowd favorite.
Their menu is just as impressive as their lineup of musical stars. Their classic gourmet pizzas share the page with pasta dishes, jambalaya, salads, and a handful of delicious sides, all infused with a unique pop of flavor inspired by New Orleans cuisine. It is the perfect place to enjoy some food for your stomach and some music for your soul!
211 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655
A 2017 James Beard Foundation “Best New Restaurant” semifinalist, Saint Leo is one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in town. The space is stunning, with a warm, comfortable atmosphere that is perfect for a variety of occasions, from girls’ nights to family dinners to happy hour. Make sure to check out their cocktails–the prosecco pop, which features a house-made popsicle floating in prosecco, and espresso martini are house favorites. The spot is known for its wood-fired pizza, made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients that change with the seasons. Make sure not to skip the small plates, too; we recommend the wood-fired clams, which pair perfectly with the house-made bread.
If you’re looking for a fantastic brunch, stop by on Saturday or Sunday morning. If you like something sweet, the dutch baby, served with seasonal fruit and créme fraîche is a crowd-pleaser. For something saltier, try the lion tamer, which features two eggs baked in tomato sauce with Parmigiano, parsley, and their house-made garlic bread—it won’t disappoint.
922 E Jackson Ave
For some of the best cupcakes and specialty cakes in town, check out SmallCakes, a locally owned and operated bakery on Merchant Drive! With a stellar roster of homemade cupcakes including flavors like Caramel Turtle, Coconut Cream, Chocoholic and Birthday Cake, this bright, family-friendly bakery has something to satisfy every sweet tooth! If you’re not a cake person, check out their variety of homemade ice creams, with flavors inspired by their cupcakes! Make sure to try 24 Karrot, a cream cheese ice cream with chunks of carrot cake cupcakes, and the popular Blue Munster Cookie, a blue vanilla ice cream layered with chocolate cookie crumbles and chocolate chip cookies. Specialty cakes, cupcakes and mini-cupcakes can be special ordered for your next event.
1301 Merchants Dr
In 2009, we became Oxford’s neighborhood restaurant and living room. The brain child of Award-Winning Chef, John Currence, Snackbar is a Southern Brasserie that prides itself on using local Mississippi ingredients whenever possible. We are your place for the freshest raw oysters from around the country, artfully crafted cocktails, and fine internationally-inspired food cultivated by 2019 James Beard ‘Best Chef: South’, Vishwesh Bhatt. Come let Team Snackbar show you a truly memorable experience. Our door is open to all.
721 N Lamar Blvd
Just beneath Neilson’s department store is Oxford’s “go-to” lunch spot, Tallahatchie Gourmet. Angele Mueller’s restaurant/catering company has been Oxford’s preeminent source for authentic New Orleans cuisine for many years – long before the restaurant, founded in New Albany, even opened its doors in Oxford. It’s hard to find a local or visitor who hasn’t partaken of TG’s creole creations in the Grove, at a party or in the restaurant. Due to the straightforward cuisine and service, you will not find a more dedicated customer base in the area. If you go once, you’ll go a thousand times… or you’ll take a crawfish etouffee or shrimp jambalaya casserole home to throw in the freezer and enjoy with family or friends later.
1221 Van Buren Ave
In the 1980s, Mary Katherine Hudson made Taylor, Mississippi a name for catfish with the opening of Taylor Grocery. Years later, after the Lynn Hewlett Family reopened in 1999, the unique charm of Taylor and the quality of food remain the same. The building, which was once a dry goods store in the late 1800s, is now home to the “South’s Best Catfish Joint,” on the authority of Southern Living Magazine.
The rest of Taylor Grocery’s menu is just as enticing: from deep-fried oysters, to shrimp, salads, and gumbo, there is something for everyone’s taste buds. Enjoy all the restaurant’s classic dishes while relaxing on its iconic front porch, which many regard as the “best front porch in the country.” Taylor Grocery, which can be visited via a quick, scenic, 10-mile trip, is open to the public Thursday through Sunday nights.
4 First St
Creamy buttercream frosting. A stack of dense, mouth-watering cakes. This is what comes to mind when one thinks of The Cakery, Oxford’s premier cake bakery, located on University Avenue. All their cakes (of which there are several flavors to choose from) are covered in their trademark buttercream frosting and are perfect for any event you could imagine. From weddings to birthdays to graduation celebrations, The Cakery can do it all — and, for owner Kelli Russell, getting to serve the family-oriented Oxford community her delicious cakes is what she calls a “privilege.”
“We get to be part of so many events in our community,” she said. “One of my favorite things that we get to do is grow with our customers. We have lots of students that, for four years, get our cakes, and then they come back and we get to make their wedding cake. It is such a fulfilling experience.”
1944 University Ave
The Chancellor’s House
From happy hour drinks to special occasions, the Chancellor’s House has got you covered with their upscale-casual dining right in the middle of it all. Though the spot on the square is known for their luxury accommodations, guests and walk-ins alike are welcome to enjoy their fare, which includes delicious small plates, entrees, and creative specialty cocktails. While the interior space is inviting and comfortable, complete with a fireplace and library, this spring we recommend enjoying their patio with a drink in hand—the Lavender Bee’s Knees, made with lavender gin and honey, is a house favorite. While you’re there, check out their “all crab” crab cakes, another popular favorite crab lovers are sure to enjoy
425 S Lamar Blvd
Should a local Oxfordian or a visiting guest be in the mood for top-notch Mexican cuisine, look no further than Uno Mas Tacos and Tequila. What once started as a food truck has grown into a multi-location franchise and is, as director of operations James Pollan describes it, “built different.” “From our drinks to our menu to the vibe you get when you come in the building – it’s a different kind of atmosphere that we want our customers to enjoy,” he said.
What is certainly unique is Uno Mas’s dedication to an authentic Mexican experience. From their wide assortment of tacos and tamales to their famous P5 burrito, one can immediately taste what makes Uno Mas special.
“Everything is fresh and handmade in the store versus just warming it up,” said Pollan. “We wanted to bring the Mexican culture here to Oxford and educate people on it.” Uno Mas has just opened a new location in Starkville and is “not stopping any time soon.”
“We’re expanding as much as possible,” said Pollan. “We want to keep seeing where it takes us.”
206 S Lamar Ct