When it comes to seafood, The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the reel deal. In fact, we’ve been called a Seafoodie’s Paradise by more than just a few folks. And it’s easy to see why with some of the freshest, most flavorful catches in the country.
That said, this is no ordinary itinerary. It’s an eat-itinerary. A three-day roadmap to please your palate. So let’s grab some oysters and take in some jaw-dropping views.
Have a Main Course on Main
Ever hear of legendary Commander’s Palace in New Orleans? Of course you have. And Nancy Moynan, owner and chef of Lulu’s on Main, used to cook there. So it should come as no surprise that they have Jazz Brunches every Sunday.
Let’s Set Sail!
Bet you didn’t see this one coming. With Southern Comfort Fishing Charters, one of six captains will customize a fishing trip for you. Because let’s face it, lunch and dinner taste better when you catch it yourself. There’s redfish, speckled trout, flounder and more. We’ll supply the rods, reels, and lemon wedges.
The Bayou and You
If you left your sea legs at home, you can skip the fishing trip and head straight to Cuz’s Seafood, which overlooks the bayou. Try Gulf Coast favorites like the boiled crabs or shrimp. Mmm…yeah.
Taste the Caribbean
The Rum Kitchen may have an unassuming exterior, but inside is an island oasis of flavor, served up by local Chef “Chappy.” Try the fresh shrimp or fish tacos with a side of jalapeño slaw and mango rice, washed down with a watermelon margarita or other craft cocktail. Then finish with the coconut rum cake. Yah mon, you’ll be happy you stopped in.
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Walk it Off
Full? Need a walk? We know the feeling. Possum Walk Trail is a 3.1 mile stroll that crosses through beautiful marsh and wetlands, with historic markers along the trail. Totally worth it.
Go For a Stroll The Sequel
Still digesting? Want a change of scenery? Take a stroll along the beach in Bay St. Louis. Get the sand between your toes, the waves lapping up to your ankles, and ooh yeah, that’s nice.
A husband and wife have teamed up to make some of the greatest crepes on the Coast at Cannella International Creperie & More. With both German and Italian influences, their after dinners and desserts will give you something to instagram about for years to come.
Now for an Adult Beverage
Thirsty for something different? Swing on by The Blind Tiger. (Psst. Blind Tiger meant speakeasy back in the day.) This open-air bar/restaurant overlooks the water, has fresh seafood, and cold drinks. Ask for the “Tiger Juice.” Rargh.
Try something a little out of the ordinary and a lot delicious: a donut made with potato flour. Stop by Tato-Nut Donut Shop to try one of these fluffy, delicious specialties. Just be sure to get there early - they go fast and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Add a gourmet coffee into the mix and you’re off to a great start.
This Café is Calling Your Name
Go from one café straight to another. Tucked away in Quality Poultry & Seafood, Rosetti’s Old Biloxi Café serves boat-fresh seafood daily. It’s Monday-Friday, lunch only, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly. Did we say they serve boat-fresh seafood daily?
A Local Institution
Travel a little off the beaten path and pay a visit to the Blow Fly Inn, a local favorite perched overlooking the peaceful Bayou Bernard. This coastal icon has been serving up great food and friendly service for generations. Convinced it’s worth a visit yet? Try the Seafood Pasta with shrimp and crawfish. And oysters. And crabmeat. It’s a glorious dish. Just save room for Banana pudding!
McElroy’s is McYum
McElroy’s Harbor House Seafood has unbeatable views of Deer Island. But let’s face it. You want more than just a view; you want a plate stacked high with raw oysters and another overflowing with shrimp & grits.
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Museums Can Be Delicious Too.
Working off the last big thing you ate? You know the one. Well, stop on by Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum to chew on something educational and give your tummy a timeout. Here you can learn about the rich maritime history of the Coast through extraordinary exhibits, artifacts and photographs.
If you liked the Southern Comfort Fishing Charter, then you’ll love our Biloxi Shrimping Trip. Get in on the shrimping action, as a real crew shows you how the nets are operated. PS. Shrimpers catch more than just shrimp. There’s crab and squid down there for the taking too!
Thirsty? You’ve Got Options.
There’s nothing shabby about Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach, where you can enjoy a few Coronoritas along with your seafood noshes. If you feel like bumming around after a long day, you can bum on over to Beach Bums Bar & Grill. It’s got great local bands worth raising your glass to. Thirsty for something a bit more exotic? Try the Pineapple Cilantro Margarita at Baja Beach Biloxi or swing by the Sky Bar at The Reef Biloxi for a cocktail and an Gulf view. On second thought, all these places have Gulf views. Isn’t Coast life grand?
Biscuits and craft coffee. That’s how you’re gonna start the day at Greenhouse on Porter Avenue. And if you pop by later in the day, there’s local cheese, wine and beer tastings. And oh yeah, lectures, movie screenings, and art classes. You’ll see this place really is kind of a one-stop shop. You could spend the whole day here really. Really, really.
Everyone’s Favorite Aunt
Next up on the docket is Aunt Jenny’s Catfish Restaurant. Aunt Jenny’s has pond-raised catfish, shrimp and all you can eat chicken. The restaurant is a 19th century home framed by 500-year-old oaks. Bring your appetite and a camera.
A Courtyard You Can Call “Home”
Or stop by the Maison de Lu. They’ve got these amazing Goat Cheese Tortes. And a pretty great courtyard. And 4.5/5 stars on Trip Advisor.
Bayou and You Part Deaux
Mikey’s on the Bayou has it all, if you consider “it all” to mean raw oysters at $5 a dozen, locally caught crab, shrimp and decks overlooking the bayou.
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A Shore Fire Way to Have Fun
Visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore for an amazing way to start, continue or end the day. The Davis Bayou area is incredible for fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching and more. The Davis Bayou Trail is 2 miles long and cuts through coastal forest and two bayous. Yeah, it’s some trail alright.
Move Aside Gravy Boat. Dessert Train! Coming Through!
Snow cones and ice cream cones, that’s how this caboose gets it done. Visit Caboose Cones for a cool, sweet ending to a great day.
Kiss a great day goodnight with French Kiss Pastries. Complete with delightfully decadent, European-inspired pastries, gelatos and coffee. Sit inside or out, however the mood strikes you.
Last Call from the Cove
Oh, why does the night have to end? Since it does have to end, bah, try finishing up at Huck’s Cove, located at the mouth of the Mary Walker Bayou and the West Pascagoula River. It’s like a fireworks filled grand finale. Only without the fireworks and plenty of delicious cocktails.