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Recommendations in Biloxi, Ocean Springs, D'Iberville, Gulfport area.

I just moved to the area about two weeks ago from Florida. I'm not really well-read on the food scene here, but am curious if there are any can't miss places ranging from fine dining to hole in the wall. Any cuisine will suffice.
So far I've tried Phoenicia in Ocean Springs which I really enjoyed, Al Fresco, also in Ocean Springs, two times and had great food on both occasions, Saki Japanese and Hibachi in D'iberville which is nothing too fancy, but hit the spot in terms of my mounds of hibachi shrimp and veggies craving, and High Cotton Grill which came recommended for a post church lunch, but was nothing too special. I also had a great 2am breakfast at the Beau Rivage and am addicted to Bubbletea Fusion Cafe.
So, where to next? I'd really appreciate any recommendations that will give me a taste of MS food, whatever that is.
Thanks!

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  1. My boyfriend was just there (from Jackson) and he says the Blowfly Inn has great seafood. On Cowan Lorraine Road in Gulfport. Anyway, I googled it and found this item:

    "GULFPORT (WLOX) -- One South Mississippi restaurant had a celebrity in its kitchen Wednesday. Guy Fieri from the Food Network is taping one of his shows at The Blowfly Inn in Gulfport. While on the coast, Guy is also making stops at two other well-known eateries - The Shed in Ocean Springs and Darwell's in Long Beach. The special will air on the Food Network in about two months."

    He also recommends Old Cuevas Store on Menge Road in Pass Christian.

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    1. re: JaneWinston

      Did Blowfly, however it was pre-K, so much has probably changed.

      Did Vrazel's for lunch, post-K, and it was good. Review on CH.

      Also, pre-K, enjoyed 28th St. Bistro, Gulfport, and was impressed. According to another respondent, on another thread, it has not reopened, post-K. Too bad, as the wine list was the best, that I have ever encountered on the Coast, even against some of the higher-end casino restaurants. They "got it."

      Sorry that I do not have more post-K recs., but have only spent limited time on the Coast, since then.

      Hunt

    2. We used to live in Gulfport before Katrina, also liked Al Fresco and the Phoenicia.

      Vrazel's in Gulfport - semi fine dining
      Jeremy's Cafe- Gulfport poboys, shrimp/oyster salad
      Shaw's Fish House - Perkinston local dive, great catfish
      Trapani's -Bay St. Louis, destroyed in Katrina, don't know if it reopened elsewhere
      The Homestead- Gulfport country buffet
      Carnaval de Brasil- Biloxi, expensive but worth it
      Opus- Ocean Springs, in Shell Landing Golf Course, met chef Jeremy Williams, young guy, great food
      ConFusion- Gulfport, went there a lot
      Lil' Ray's - Guflport poboys, crawfish
      Harbor View Cafe - Long Beach, also relocated after Katrina similar to Jeremy's, good food, can have long lines waiting to get in.
      Lookout 49- Gulfport, relocated after beach location destroyed, seafood, Cajun
      Jordan River Steamer- Kiln (say "the kill") seafood
      Favre's on the Bayou- Kiln, Brett's family restaurant

      If the above post is correct, good to hear Cuevas Family Bistro and Bakery on Menge Ave is back. Great food.

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      1. re: 05fltri

        I second the Trapani's rec. It had reopened last year (in a different location). We had a great meal.

        1. re: pkimble

          It is great to see that a bunch of these non-chain, non-casino places have survived casinos and a hurricane. On the casino food front, however, a friend of mine recently ate at Todd English's place at the Beau Rivage and he reported that the food was good and surprisingly affordable.

        2. re: 05fltri

          Had dinner at Lookout 49 tonight. Very good and I enjoyed the super casual atmosphere. I had the blackened amberjack which was good and my hubs had a fried seafood platter which he enjoyed. Love the house vinaigrette and only regret that we had to rush and miss dessert. Rain was coming and we were on a motorcycle. Bad planning.
          Checked out Captain Al's last week. Another very simple andcasual place with a small menu, but the food is solid. It seems to be a favorite of longterm locals and they serve the best grilled shrimp I've had in this area so far. They're known for having the best surf and turf around, but I could not have handled that much food,

        3. Vrazel's is one of my favorites. Celebrated my birthday there last year while on the coast visiting family over Thanksgiving.

          With family in Jackson County we spend most of our limited time back home east of the cities you mentioned, but if you get to Pascagoula get a shrimp poboy at Bozo's, and if you need lunch in Gautier stop at Petit Bois Cafe.

          Many people rave about The Shed. I'm redneck enuf to like the vibe, but have been disappointed in the food all three times I've been.

          With the Vietnamese population in the Biloxi area there must be a place with great pho! Where?

          1. Second the Todd English rec at the Beau. Wife and I ate there a couple of weeks ago and the food, service and atmosphere were all very nice. Big improvement over the pre-Katrina Beau restaurants.

            I'd like to hear about some pho down here, too. I'm working in GP for a few months and haven't had the time to find good restaurants, but I'm up for a good Vietnamese place.

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            1. re: dd992emo

              There used to be several places for pho down on Division Street in Biloxi before Katrina. That area was hit really hard, but I would guess that at least some of the places have come back...

              1. re: dd992emo

                Pho 777 and Kim Long are the only Vietnamese restaurants in East Biloxi right now. The food is decent at both places, and the decor at Kim Long is a bit more improved. In D'Iberville, not far off the bridge from Biloxi, try Nha Hang "My Nhung" ("Seafood Po-Boys and Vietnamese Cuisine"; 9994 Rodriguez H&I). The chef used to own Pho Palace on Division before Katrina. Nha Hang is so much busier which shows the population changes since the storm. NHMN has a more extensive menu, and the food is really good. I need to try the Po-Boy next time I'm in town!

              2. Cafe New Orleans is a really good place. I've been to the one in Ocean Springs a few times and there is another one in D'Iberville. Its a seafood place and each time I've been there the food was great.

                1. My husband and I travel to the Coast often for business and have tried numerous restaurants, all post-Katrina. And I'm from New Orleans so I have an appreciation for the local food. Here's what my husband and I recommend:
                  Triplett-Day Drug Store: Gulfport - old school drug store serves breakfast and lunch. Great grilled biscuits!
                  Salute: Gulfport- good Italian food; charming outdoor area; cheap cocktails
                  Emerils: Gulfport - very good. Even though it's not Emeril's best work, more like his step-child, it's great compared to the competition (note that Olive's closed) . Corn bread and banana cream pie are outstanding!
                  Samurai Sushi: Gulfport Hwy 49 - excellent
                  Cafe New Orleans: Ocean Springs & Biloxi: great food! casual venue. Layton LA stuffed fish is outstanding (now this is what seafood with heavy cream should taste like!). Good red beans & gumbo.
                  Mosaic Tapas: Ocean Springs- Ocean Springs is just adorable, so worth the trip, and Mosaic has great food and a funky NOLA vibe.
                  Aunt Jenny's: Ocean Springs (north of downtown) - love this place. It's very casual buffet served family style, fried catfish, shrimp, and chicken, hushpuppies, fries...you get the idea. Not health food. And it's served very quickly, which is good and bad. But it has an authentic vibe.
                  Waffle House: everywhere! Waffle Houses are self-insured so they were quick to rebuild after the storm, so they have been a welcome respite as so many restaurants were slow to open. Play the jukebox and go crazy with the hash browns.

                  AVOID:
                  Vrazels: Gulfport- the restaurant is outdated (not old fashioned and charming, just outdated--why did they rebuild exactly the same?!?) and so is the menu. I love cream and butter and seafood, but they need some skill to make them taste good together. They do serve good French bread.
                  Mary Mahoney's: Biloxi - now this place possesses more charm but the food isn't particularly good. Similar food to Vrazels: the approach is to use excessive amounts of cream and butter with seafood and assume that will do the trick. The bread pudding is just adequate, yet they distribute the recipe like it's Commander's Palace souffle. I don't get it.
                  Al Fresco: Ocean Springs & Biloxi: the Ocean Spings venue is adorable, but the food is mediocre Italian.
                  Tug's Wharf: Gulfport: great venue, mediocre food

                  I hope this helps both newcomers and travelers!

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                  1. re: rvento

                    This is an old thread but I appreciate these tips!

                    I grew up in this area and will be back soon, so I wanted to get a sense of where things stand.

                    Mary Mahoney's was pretty good for certain things, but I can't remember if I was there post-K or not. Shrimp were good. I recall Peach Cobbler and Bread Puddin' to be pretty good, but who knows, this may have been 2003 or 4...

                    Any other recommendations? What's food at the Blo Fly like? I remember eating there as a child in the 80s and the ribs were memorable!

                  2. Pardon the addition to an old thread, but my husband and I like to visit Ship Island (off the coast of Biloxi/Gulfport) and so I'm equally as interested in the restaurants in the area.

                    We like to eat at Lil' Rays for fresh seafood.

                    Other restaurants I've put on my list to try that have been repeated mentioned are:

                    Vrazel's
                    Salute
                    Blowfly Inn
                    Half Shell Oyster House
                    White Cap
                    Fleur de Lis Bakery
                    Cuevas Bistro
                    Harbor View Cafe
                    Phoenica Gourmet
                    Back Bay Seafood

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                    Harbor View Cafe
                    19099 Pineville Rd Ste 105, Long Beach, MS 39560

                    Lil' Ray's Restaurant
                    124 Jeff Davis Ave, Long Beach, MS 39560

                    Back Bay Seafood Restaurant
                    1458 Magnolia St, Gulfport, MS 39507

                    Half Shell Restaurant
                    1106 Saint Mary St, Thibodaux, LA 70301

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                    1. re: gidgeteats

                      The white cap! Does it still exist? I went there with my grandparents when it was at the Gulfport smallcraft harbor, this must be 25 years ago...

                      1. re: tonmeister

                        The old White Cap is long gone- Katrina took it out to where there was nothing left but the floor! But the new White Cap is there on 90- great view and a great place to eat!

                        1. re: Clarkafella

                          In my lifetime, there have been several White Cap restaurants. The first that I knew of, was in Mississippi City, up Hwy 90 from Gulfport. Then, after Camille, it moved to the old Gulfport Yacht Club (before the raised building, across the inlet), but then Katrina took care of that too. Now, it does seem that there is a new one.

                          Not sure if there was another, before the 1947 hurricane?

                          Hunt

                      2. re: gidgeteats

                        I would not be concerned with posting to an older threads - unless you are trying to help an OP plan their wedding, which happened in 2001.

                        When people do a board search here, they turn up old posts and new posts. If one has good info to add, the one doing the search can interpolate. I do the same, when researching an area new to me. I have gotten many great and useful recs. from post dating to about 2007, but that had recent replies.

                        Thanks,

                        Hunt

                      3. Steve's Marina in Long Beach is my new favorite. I went with a group of friends and we ordered everything from apps to desserts...and shared it all. I can honestly say EVERYTHING was fantastic. Darwells in Long Beach is a nice casual place. They serve a lot of guy food. They put etouffe sauce on their "gourmet" dishes. They have the coolest atmosphere/art gallery around and live music almost every night.

                        1. We were travelling along the coast and stumbled across "Cajun Crawfish Hut" at 300 E. Beach Blvd in Long Beach. MS. Food prices were very reasonable and delicious. We mad a point to stop there on our way back to Biloxi from New Orleans. They have an elevator to get up to the restaurant or you can use the stairs. Excellent service and the seafood is fresh. They do have a web site at www.cajuncrawfishhut.com They are between the McDonald's and the Burger King. :-))