At Gattitown, a vast buffet quells the hungers caused by romping through up to 10,000 square feet of violence-free arcade games, bumper cars, and mini bowling. Before meals, kids scurry between more than 150 exciting games, including virtual-reality racing and tax-filing simulations. In the bumper-car arena, wee ones determine driving dominance by crashing and cruising around a spacious floor. Players then hone their underhand tosses with mini bowling and skee-ball, shooting for tickets to spend on doodads, gadgets, and teddy-bear ransoms inside the Gatti goods store.
Rife with pristine sands and thick tendrils of marsh grass, Bay St. Louis is known as one of the highest elevations on the Gulf of Mexico coastline, falling almost directly between Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. Just a short walk from the hotel, travelers discover alluring beaches, artist cafés serving up healthy portions of cappuccino and poetry, and quaint local shops with a clever combination of fashion and local flair. Arguably the hub of the downtown arts scene, the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum proudly displays honest portraits of life in 20th-century Mississippi.When the quiet life gets too quiet, guests pop over to New Orleans for a wild night of music and revelry. Although Bourbon Street enchants party-harders, the storied Big Easy has as many faces as it has nicknames, and foodies, music aficionados, and architecture buffs all find their place. With a truly rich musical history, countless bars and speakeasies offer opportunities to see renowned local and national artists. At the intersection of it all is the French Market, an eclectic open-air market dating back to the 1790s when it was a trading post for Native Americans, Germans, and Caribbean immigrants. This cultural crossroads is vibrant circus of creole cuisine, live music, and shopping.
Pioneered by gastro guru Shayne Varone, an alumnus of the prestigious Culinary Institute¬ of America, G.T.'s pleases hungry palates with contemporary American cuisine infused with Cajun and Creole twang. G.T.'s menu complements the surrounding sea breezes and panoramic gulf views with entrees such as the seared red snapper ($22), the chicken and shrimp jambalaya dancing amidst a trinity of veggies ($15), and the 12 oz. rib-eye steak hugging a plate of herb-roasted potatoes and haricot vert ($27). While at least one food item must be purchased with this Groupon, left-over value can be used toward any of G.T.'s wines (most glasses are $5 to $15), specialty cocktails (most are $8 to $10), or local craft beers from the Lazy Magnolia Brewery Company ($4 draft, $4.50 bottle). As you lounge in the restaurant's tranquil spaces, keep a watchful eye out for merman mischief, which often includes using jumbo shrimp to heckle customers that are allergic to oxymorons.
Mazzio's Italian Eatery's staff rolls out a buffet for lunch and dinner populated with tasty Italian cuisine that they also serve à la carte. The restaurant's staff has been perfecting its culinary modus operandi for more than 50 years, long enough to evolve the pizza selection to include three levels of thickness. Chefs bake standard, deep-dish, and thin crusts—available in gluten-free form—and load each with toppings such as caramelized onions and giant pepperoni. The kitchen makes pasta plates to order, some baked in the oven, such as lasagna, and some tossed in sauce, such as the mainstay spaghetti and meatballs. The signature calzone radiates the ambrosial scent of pizza dough stuffed with meat and cheese, and it's meant to be shared, unlike a pogo stick.
Fred Cerami’s first venture into the food industry was selling hot dogs on the streets of Hattiesburg. He loved feeding people, but wanted to incorporate his Sicilian heritage and generations of family recipes into his work. So in 1977, he left the streets, came inside, and laid down his roots within the kitchen of Cerami’s Italian Restaurant. Today, Fred’s daughter Alissa runs the restaurant, but not much else has changed. The kitchen still churns out homemade ravioli, lasagna, and spaghetti with meatballs, Italian flags still adorn the walls of the dining room, and Fred’s old Hattiesburg hot-dog wagon is still there, enjoying its healthier second act as an all-you-can-eat salad bar.
Serving fresh and speedy pies across America for more than 50 years, Little Caesars now sates appetites worldwide. Select from 12 toppings to design a sumptuous, made-to-order 14-inch original crust ($5.99 with one topping; $1.30 for each additional topping), or plumb the savory strata of a large cheese deep-dish ($7). Little Caesars' large Hot-N-Ready pizzas ($5) are available to drop-in patrons posthaste, eliminating stress caused by unexpected and hungry houseguests. And, after tasting italian cheese bread ($3.99) and Caesar wings with barbecue or buffalo sauce ($4.99), tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.