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.
With a gargantuan menu and 19 locations in 11 states, Garfield's Restaurant & Pub is always ready to slay hunger pangs. Here, diners can dig into a wide range of eats. Appetizers include quesadillas, waffles cheese fries, and wings available in sauces like Tiger, hot and spicy buffalo, and honey barbecue. Grilled chicken sandwiches and turkey cheddar melts share menu space with mini sliders and full-size burgers, all which are paired with fries. Or, go straight to the Favorites section of the menu and indulge in dishes of fish and chips, sirloin steak, or the Big Fav platter, which includes baby back ribs, chicken strips, quesadillas full of cheese, chicken, and bacon, and Fire Strings. Pair dishes with drinks such as a cold beer, a glass of wine, or a guava strawberry margarita, or with a slice of new york cheesecake or chocolate cake.