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The Carlyle House has garnered accolades for the dishes of chef David Crews, who placed second at the Great Mississippi Seafood Cookoff and helped the establishment win three "Best Of" awards from Delta Magazine. This year's winter menu showcases the chef's creative comestibles and eternal battle against Jack Frost, tempting palates with the Dr. Pepper chili cheeseburger, which blankets ground beef in Dr. Pepper chili, cheddar, and an onion ring ($9). A study in layers, the grilled pimento cheese stacks roasted red pepper, sharp-cheddar spread, and Texas-smoked bacon on sourdough ($6). Alternately, herbivore-friendly fare such as the five-bean vegetarian chili surmounts hunger like a giraffe plucking the highest-growing pot of chili ($5). Post-main options treat patrons to genuine desserts, such as the mason-jar cake of bacon, chocolate, and cardamom whipped cream. While tucking in, diners can luxuriate in The Carlyle House's restored Southern architecture and swig libations from Lazy Magnolia brewery.

221 East Harrison Street
Ruleville,
MS
US

Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.

1650 Sunset Drive
Grenada,
MS
US

Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo exhales party-starting inertia, kicking off its Night Falls Tour by rolling out a carpet of dance-floor passports. Melding the talents of guitarist, vocalist, and French-literature buff Dave 1 with the dexterous fingers and throwback savvy of synthmaster P-Thugg, Chromeo has earned reverence from funkophiles for its slick grooves and mastery of jam architecture. With PBRs in hand, Groupon buyers can expect congenial beats, riffing Moogs, and song craft that father-and-son yachts can enjoy together in support of the band's latest album, Business Casual. Inflating the soulful evening, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne channels wandering Motown spirits with a retroactive Detroit sound, and French funk enthusiast Breakbot sets the scene with genre jumping and remixes that rumble like tubas in a Cuisinart.

1006 Van Buren Ave
Oxford,
MS
US

Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).

185 House Carlson Dr
Batesville,
MS
US

With its namesake communal-eating spread, sun-hugged outdoor patio, and scratch-stitched cuisine, Round Table on the Square gathers and forges friends over hearty, heartfelt meals. Rumbling bellies and slightly twisted sturgeon may quench hunger with a menu featuring appetizers like the Mississippi caviar, a textured delicacy of purple-hull peas, corn, and diced veggies ($6). Entice blasé tongues with entrees such as the Palomino burger, a 6-ounce patty sharing real estate with bacon, cheese, pimentos, a host of photosynthesizers, and Creole mustard ($10) or the country-fried steak, a hand-pounded doused-and-sizzled top sirloin ($10).

132 Courthouse Sq
Oxford,
MS
US

Main Squeeze’s menu enlivens patrons with its expansive smoothie selections, freshly squeezed juices, and healthy café fare stocked with organic and locally grown produce. Tackle morning cravings with a Sunrise smoothie ($3.95–$4.95), which fuses together a medley of sweet treats including banana and honey, or deliver the midday energy boost needed to finish work or beat local ducks in a waddle race with a Boogaloo berry smoothie ($3.95–$4.95), filled with blended strawberries and blueberries. Juices showcase freshly squeezed flavors from locally harvested crops, such as the wheatgrass shot ($2.25–$3.75) and Magenta juice ($4.25–$5.25), a mixture of beets, carrot juice, and celery. Diners can also satisfy mouth pearls by chomping down on a fish taco ($3.95) or personalize leafy amalgamations with the create-your-own-salad option($6.99), which lets patrons choose from a variety of veggies, cheeses, and names such as "My Salad" or "Steve."

1504 University Ave
Oxford,
MS
US