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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: CRAWDAD’s

by Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Best Steakhouses in Mississippi, CRAWDAD’s, Merigold

Start a conversation about good places to eat in the Mississippi Delta, and you’re eventually going to mention Crawdad’s. The landmark in Merigold opened in the early 1980s as a takeout crawfish place. “That place has morphed into one of the finest eating establishments in the Delta,” said Rep. David Norquist, D-Cleveland, who said he’s […] [...]

Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: DOE’S EAT PLACE

One of the measures of success is if people copy what you do. By that standard—and many more—Doe’s Eat Place has it made. It has been replicated 14 times now, with the family business owned by the Signa family since 1941 now having 13 franchises in the Southeast and a second family-owned Doe’s in Paducah, […] [...]

Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: SHAPLEY’S

by Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Best Steakhouses in Mississippi, Ridgeland, SHAPLEY’S

For a quarter of a century, Shapley’s Restaurant in Ridgeland has been serving up steaks that keeps customers coming back time and again. “The reason for our longevity in the restaurant arena is the quality of the product we serve to choose,” said Scott Koestler, the owner of the restaurant since 1998. Koestler started working […] [...]

Beer party!

by Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Andrew Robertson, beer, Dining, Jeff Good, Sal and Mookie's

Dinners pairing beer with food are a growing trend in Jackson and the rest of the country Move over wine snobs; beer drinkers are going upscale with a burgeoning number of craft breweries offering more variety. Dinners pairing beer with food dishes are showcasing the versatility and compatibility of beer.  In Jackson, these dinners began […] [...]

Excitement builds

by Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Denny Mecham, Museum of Art, Ohr O'keefe

Five buildings expected to open in November Five of the buildings on the new campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on Highway 90 in Biloxi are becoming a reality and will open to the public Nov. 8.  Dedicated to George Ohr, the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter,” it will be America’s first museum devoted to a […] [...]

Schimmel’s restaurant has closed

by Published: May 25,2010

Tags: real estate, restaurant, Schimmels

Schimmel’s, a fine dining restaurant at 2615 North State Street in Jackson’s Fondren district, has closed.The restaurant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2009, and continued to operate as it looked for a buyer. It was converted to Chapter for liquidation on Friday. Court records show the restaurant had between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 in […] [...]

‘Small’ museums offer big treasures

by Published: September 7,2009


    Mississippi is home to some large, impressive museums. Facilities such as Beauvoir in Biloxi, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale are just a few of the museums that are known throughout Mississippi and beyond.   But, there are scores of smaller museums scattered across […] [...]

A busy season ahead

by Published: September 7,2009


Performing arts centers have full slate of shows   Performing arts centers around the state are gearing up for a busy season, providing an eclectic lineup of performances, in some cases state firsts. A tribute to Buddy Holly, the drama of Robert Kennedy and the Civil Rights movement, the musical stylings of Marty Stuart — […] [...]

‘All without a penny of taxpayer money’

by Published: September 7,2009


Sports Hall of Fame and Museum offers meeting space as well as trip down memory lane   The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (MSHOF) is not exactly your great-grandfather’s place of exhibition. If you want to view dusty artifacts in cramped, musky rooms, the museum would not be your cup of Gatorade.  At […] [...]

People still showing up hungry

by Published: September 7,2009


  Mayflower has been feeding folks in Jackson since 1935   Defining a landmark is pretty simple. It has to have been around a while and it has to have stayed in the same place. For a business to become a landmark, folks have to know where it is and there has to be something […] [...]

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