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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.

1076 Highway 51
Madison,
MS
US

In business for more than 50 years, Tay’s Barbeque satisfies its carnivorous clientele with a menu of savory smoked meats, house-made sauces, and an inviting sports-centric atmosphere. Patrons can dish the juiciest gossip about local karaoke divas between bites of the crispy-fried Trashy onions, served with dipping sauce ($2.99 for regular; $5.99 for large). Pulled pork and beef brisket, like the gumdrops in Candyland, are available in 1-pound portions ($9.99 each) or piled onto a sandwich ($7.50 for pulled pork; $6.99 for beef brisket). Barbecue plates come with a pair of traditional sides such as Mendy’s Best beans, Low Tide coleslaw, or Millard’s mac 'n' cheese. Layers of pulled pork, coleslaw, and sauce unite with garlic dill pickles to form the Pig Sunday ($5.99), which diners can wash down with fresh brewed iced tea while admiring Tay’s flat-screen televisions and autographed sports jerseys.

119 Colony Crossing Way
Madison,
MS
US

The owners of Wings To Go set up shop in the summer of 1985. They were surprised when customers began streaming in from a nearby beach, hungry from days spent lolling on the warm sand and playing in the waves. Sauce-drenched wings and grilled catfish sandwiches sated those beachgoers' appetites, and today, the eatery's cooks marinate meats at five locations. Among the restaurant's 20 sauces are a Cajun blend and a Caribbean jerk sauce that combines sweetness and waves of rolling warmth. The hot sauce, menacingly dubbed “Homicide,” is ideal when you need to show off a tolerance for spice or pretend to be crying at your boss’ terrible production of Carmen.

1716 Highway 51 North
Madison,
Mississippi
US

The chefs at El Potrillo prepare authentic Mexican dishes using quality ingredients such as USDA-certified Angus beef, crisp vegetables, and housemade sauces. House specialties brimming with sweet scallops and pork carnitas arrive on sizzling molcajetes—traditional Mexican cooking tools made of volcanic rock. Healthy dishes include spinach enchiladas topped with green tomatillo sauce and chicken fajitas, all part of the massive nine-page menu that also features classic margaritas, wine, and imported and domestic beers.

123 Grandview Blvd
Madison,
MS
US

Chefs Aaron and Felicia Kent at Kent's Cajun Kitchen cater parties and get-togethers with trays of piquant Cajun fare. Cajun barbecue or hot wings emerge from a small tray or a personal dressing room to perform daring nosedives into included blue-cheese or ranch dressing. Friends and family fill unoccupied stomach space with a selection of cool, creamy chicken-salad sandwiches. Sides of chips quell cravings for a savory crunch, and pickles are ideal for spiking during a touchdown celebration if the buffet table runs out of footballs. Although not included in today's Groupon, Kent's Cajun Kitchen also offers catering and family meal deals.

151 Hartfield Drive
Madison,
MS
US

For 31 years, The Haute Pig has slow-smoked meats over hickory wood and slathered them with savory sauces for Southern barbecue platters. Hearty fixings such as home fries and baked beans join slabs of ribs and chopped beef lounging atop red-and-white checkerboard tablecloths. The tiled dining room’s walls turn green with jealousy as they watch diners sip on draft beers and specialty drinks or fork into homemade desserts including the restaurant’s specialty Hershey-bar pie. The interior space also keeps guests cozy with couches, an armchair, and a table of books that assist during mock jury trials of the big bad wolf.

1856 Main St
Madison,
MS
US