Our Editors’ Favorite Food Stops in Tupelo, Mississippi

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When was your last game-changing meal? If you can’t remember exactly, then it’s definitely time to visit Tupelo, Mississippi. Tupelo has more than 160 restaurants ready to treat your palate.

From craft cocktails to barbecue to international and Southern fare and everything in between, Tupelo has over 160 restaurants serving up Southern hospitality with a Mississippi twist.

Be sure to stop in Connie’s Fried Chicken for breakfast and try their mouthwatering chicken biscuits and blueberry donuts.

It wouldn’t be the South without barbecue, and Tupelo takes it seriously. Bar-B-Q by Jim has been open for more than 20 years. This local favorite is known for its ribs and pulled pork. Bishop’s BBQ Grill has two locations serving up their famous pulled pork.

Crossroads Rib Shack starts every rack of ribs with a special blend of spices that make their meals truly memorable. And don’t miss Clay’s House of Pig (C.H.O.P.) where every piece of meat is smoked with hickory, charcoal, and pecan chips on a smoker hand-built by the owner’s father.

Cafe 212 is known for their excellent sandwiches, and their central downtown location makes it an easy stop for lunch.

Our editors love Kermit’s Soul Kitchen for their Southern favorites including barbecue, salads, wings, sandwiches, and more! 

Neon Pig is a classic old-school butcher shop that also features fresh seafood and one of the best craft beer selections in Mississippi.

Try Amsterdam Deli & Grill for authentic Mediterranean food with an Italian twist along with imported, specialty, and domestic beers. They’re known for their sandwiches and, they also regularly offer live music and karaoke.

If you’re looking to treat someone special or simply to treat yourself, head to Forklift and try one of their many craft cocktails, carbonara, or steaks.

If you’re seeking fresh, healthy ingredients try NOON for one of their signature salads or bowls, or build your own from a selection of vegetables, proteins, sauces, and toppings to create a meal that aligns with your health goals.

When you think about the cuisine of Mississippi, the classic meat-and-three plate lunch often comes to mind. We love the selection of classic Southern sides at Romie’s Grocery, which began as a catering company. Choose from purple hull peas, deviled eggs, coleslaw, corn salad, fried green tomatoes, and more delicious sides and be sure to check back often as their menu rotates.

Cap off a food-filled day in Tupelo with a fun night at Blue Canoe for bar food and live music, and don’t forget to save room for some of their renowned bread pudding featuring Connie’s Blueberry Doughnuts!
















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