By: Charles McCool
Amazing Coastal Mississippi Restaurants
The Greenhouse on Porter in Ocean Springs
Start your day, every Coastal Mississippi day if possible, with the daily biscuits (one sweet, one savory) and a cup of tea or coffee at Greenhouse on Porter. Spend a few minutes in the greenhouse, plotting out your day, and hopefully distracted by Marigold (the resident cat with an nice Instagram presence). They also have live music on Thursday nights.
Vestige in Ocean Springs
I have had the utmost pleasure to dine at Vestige in Ocean Springs a few times. Each visit, Chef Alex Perry—a 2019 Best Chef: South nominee from James Beard Foundation—raises the bar and heightens my senses as no other US Gulf Coast restaurant has or can. Combining highest quality proteins, local produce, and Asian and other international spices, Chef Alex creates extraordinary dishes that have me longing for the next visit to his exceptional Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurant.
White Pillars in Biloxi
During a recent lunch at White Pillars—with Coastal Mississippi tourism superstar Anna Roy—Chef Austin Sumrall (nominated as a 2020 James Beard Foundation best chef in US South) gushed about the local oysters from French Hermit, harvested just a few miles away. He said they can be served with two hours of leaving the water, resulting in an amazing fresh seafood experience. During two White Pillars visits, I have sampled—or more correctly entirely devoured—a dozen or so different offerings and all have been exceptional. A couple of White Pillars suggestions, besides the fresh oysters, are the pork belly, duck fat fries, shrimp & grits, and gumbo.
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