October 21, 2013

City Guide: Oxford, Mississippi


Oxford, Mississippi is my happy place. Those who have attended The University of Mississippi share my fascination with this small southern town. In Oxford, everyone is friendly and everything is beautiful. Maybe there is a little too much fun to be had, because this town spoiled me. Now I can't always get great happy hour deals or just lay in the grove for hours. I went back for the first time in almost a year last weekend and had a great time. Check out my list people for my favorite places to eat, drink, and play. 

Eat: 
Ajax During orientation you will see almost every freshmen dinning here with their parents. They serve good southern cooking with a lot of charm. The veggie plate is my go to, but don't forget to start your meal with a sausage and pimento cheese plate. 
Big Bad Breakfast The name says it all. Here, you will get the biggest and baddest breakfast in Mississippi and possibly the world. They are open for breakfast and lunch, but go early to or on a weekday day to avoid a long wait. Try the breakfast plate with hash browns and tomato gravy for a hearty breakfast. 
Bottletree Bakery I ate here for the first time in high school, and always make it a point to stop in when I'm in town. They bake everything for scratch each morning. I am obsessed with the ham and swiss croissants, and you can never go wrong with one of their sweet pastries. 
Handy Andy The best BBQ in town. They cater mostly to townies so don't worry about feeling out of place (I usually do). Go if you're hungry and get the BBQ sandwich plate with potato salad and baked beans. 
Newk's Great spot for a quick lunch. They make excellent salads, sandwiches, and soups perfect for picnics or taking home. 
Snackbar The best place for dinner in Oxford. They opened my sophomore year, and while in school I made sure to eat here at least once a semester. The menu is seasonal, but make sure to start with the charcuterie plate. If you can't make it for dinner at least stop in for the house punch, it will knock you off your feet! 
Taylor Grocery Located a few minutes outside of town, they are known for their fried catfish. Grab a few friends and a bottle of wine for a long evening on the porch (there is usually a wait). I love the grilled shrimp but most people opt for the fried goodies. 

Drink: 
City Grocery Fine dining downstairs and drinking upstairs. This is my favorite bar in Oxford. Here, you always seem to know someone. Grab a classic cocktail like a gimlet or an old fashioned and watch the square come alive on the balcony. 
Proud Larry's During my senior year, this is where we went for happy hour (it was in walking distance to my house). After 4, you can get margaritas for $2.50 and $1 High Lifes. Plus, if your happy hour lingers on they have the best burger in town. 
The Library Sports Bar Want to hang out with 500 of your closest friends? As the biggest and most popular sports bar in town, this is the place for a long night of drinking and dancing. 

Play:
Cicada This women's clothing store caters to high end designers like Rebecca Taylor and Rag & Bone. Two years ago they opened a men's store one block down, which my husband loves. 
The Lyric An old movie theater, this music venue reopened my freshmen year. They get big names like Wilco and Modest Mouse, but they almost always have someone playing every weekend. 
Off Square Books If you are a book lover, you will have a hard time leaving here empty handed. This is where they sell a few of my favorite things: cookbooks and magazines. They also sell discounted books here, so you can always find a good deal. 
Rowan Oak  A trip to Oxford would not be complete without a pilgrimage to Rowan Oak. Tours are free, but make sure to pack a picnic if the weather is nice. 
Square Books Go for the books, but stay for the coffee. Their balcony is one of my favorite spots in town to sit with friends or just admire the day. 








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