The tri-county region of Coastal Mississippi boasts layers of flavor and influence distilled from the bountiful seafood of its generous gulf to the international communities who call its 62 miles of coastline home. Our restaurant scene is a culinary roulette wheel, from fine dining to casual eateries, providing an intriguing pilgrimage for your palate. Whether you’re on The Secret Coast for the day or spending a weekend road-tripping our shores, review our foodie itinerary below to discover the diverse restaurant scene that every visitor needs to experience.
From the west:
Breakfast - Order the chicken and waffles or buttermilk pancakes from Mockingbird Cafe. In a rush? Enjoy plastic-free to-go containers!
Coffee for the road - Sometimes you need the extra fuel. Local roasters Coast Roast have their headquarters at Bankhouse Coffee.
Afternoon snack - Did someone say pastry? The family-owned Le Bakery & Cafe is a coastal staple with fresh breads and pastries baked daily. See also: bubble tea!
Dinner and drinks - For a fun, downtown atmosphere and delicious food to suit every diet, dine at Mosaic Tapas Restaurants or The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs. Bonus: both establishments frequently host local musicians!
From the east:
Breakfast - With fresh baked breads and a variety of iced and hot coffee drinks, Delo's Heavenly House of Coffee covers all of your early morning bases.
Lunch - For an old-fashioned po-boy, look no further than Quave Brothers. Your new favorite sammie may be on the daily specials menu!
Afternoon snack - The artisanal popsicles at Pop Brothers are like no other. They also offer pupsicles if traveling with your furry friend.
Dinner - Fill up on prime steaks in the intimate setting at Whiskey Prime, also serving an extensive wine selection.
Extending your stay? Take our suggestions from Day 1 and follow them up with our top picks below for Day 2.
From the west:
Breakfast - Rest assured that this bakery takes your bread tastes very seriously. Stop at Serious Bread Bakery for a wide selection of breads, scones and muffins.
Coffee for the road - The local roasters at Coast Roast serve a wide selection of coffees and teas. Stop in for a drink or drive-thru for ease.
Lunch - Helmed by James Beard nominee Austin Sumrall, the White Pillars Restaurant is a coastal classic. With emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients, this fine dining establishment will please your palette with its creative, southern-centric menu.
Afternoon snack - The coastal favorite Greenhouse on Porter serves daily specials of sweet and savory biscuits, along with regionally sourced coffees and beer. Check their social pages for upcoming musicians and food truck pop-ups!
Dinner - Located in historic downtown Pascagoula in an early 20th century building, Scranton's serves up seafood favorites like shrimp & grits, crab cakes, and gumbo.
From the east:
Breakfast - You say donut, I say Tato-Nut! This longstanding coastal favorite usually sees lines around the building on weekends, but we assure you the wait is worth it!
Lunch - A coastal favorite for over 50 years, the menu at Mary Mahoney's matches its French origins with an emphasis on decadent seafood dishes.
Afternoon snack - In addition to the unique Asian-fusion menu at Long Beach Market & Deli, the establishment features the largest cold mix and match selection of beer in the state of Mississippi. Stop by for a pre-dinner drink or appetizer!
No matter how long you to stay in Coastal Mississippi, you won't leave hungry.