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.
Perched on the banks of the Mississippi River in southern Mississippi, Vicksburg is a little city with outsize historical significance. In the summer if 1863, Union troops bombarded the fortressed Confederate city in what became known as the Siege of Vicksburg. After six weeks of relentless shelling, Vicksburg fell to the Union Army, which gained total control of the Mississippi River in a major turning point of the Civil War. Not surprisingly, Vicksburg is home to many historic military sites, such as the Vicksburg National Military Park, where rebuilt trenches and forts tell the story of the siege. Vicksburg's historical downtown waterfront is worth the 3-mile trip from the hotel. Large murals painted by local artists stretch the length of the riverfront and depict the city's past. The quaint, red-brick buildings of Vicksburg's downtown house upscale restaurant, antique stores, and museums dedicated to the old riverboat days and the Civil War. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
When Don Newcomb, Debra Bryson, and Chris Newcomb opened the first Newk's (short for Newcomb's) back in 2004, they hoped to move away from the American traditions of fast food?that is, food that came out fast, but wasn't very fresh. So the foodies created a place that quickly dished out gourmet sandwiches dotted with pesto, crisp mixed-green salads loaded with housemade chicken salad, hand-rolled pizzas, and gooey mac 'n' cheese with asiago, white cheddar, parmesan, swiss, and Newk's signature pimiento cheese. It even has a variety of grab-and-go meals, including sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups, and pasta salads.
Since then, Newk's has expanded to a long list of locations across the U.S. The menu now boasts 600-calorie options that are at least 600 times more satisfying than a glass of water. It also caters to patrons with food sensitivities with its allergen menu tool.
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.
A café, coffee roaster, and bakery, Pastiche is suffused with the aroma of freshly baked bread and entrees cooked from scratch. The fine-dining, four-course dinner serves twosomes an ever-changing menu of house-roasted meats, appetizers, and desserts under the flickering glow of candles and a moon whose dimmers have been set to “romantic.” Meals commence with appetizers such as cheese plates or meatballs, followed by mixed-green salads awash in house-made buttermilk ranch or herb vinaigrette dressing. Entrees including coq au vin or pork tenderloin are sidekicked with au gratin potatoes and house-made bread serving both as a butter canvas and plate-squeegee. Cap off meals with freshly made tiramisu or turtle cheesecake paired with a specialty coffee or frappe. Diners can take advantage of the no-fee BYOB to augment their meal with preferred sips of suds or vino and take time to enjoy the annual Christmas in Canton "City of Lights" event.