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Where's the best BBQ place or other restaurant in South Mississippi, especially south of Jackson?

Where's the best BBQ place or other restaurant that should not be missed in South Mississippi, especially south of Jackson, such as Hattiesburg, Mendenhall, Brookhaven, McComb, Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Pascagoula, etc?

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  1. Letha's in Hattiesburg used to be the place, but I've heard it has gone downhill since she died. The Shed BBQ in Vancleave is pretty good.

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    1. re: tennreb

      Thanks. The name Leatha's always seems to come up. I'll have to try it and see if it's good. I've heard the Shed is pretty bad.

      1. re: dabaxter

        My parent's home is just a few miles from The Shed. Many people love the place - I don't. I find the rub Very sweet. I'm redneck enuf to have a good time there.

        On Telephone Road, near the Pascagoula-Moss Point border, an African American church serves cue plates to go on weekends. That food's got soul!

      2. re: tennreb

        You were dead on Tennreb. Leatha's is just plain bad...

        I'll try the grandson's place next time through.

        I won't be back to Leatha's.

      3. I last visited Leatha's last May and it was killer,as usual.Another great stop would be at Que Korner in Foxworth-west of Leatha's on US98 about 25 miles.The owner is Leatha's grandson,I believe.He was her pitmaster in Hattiesburg before he moved back to Foxworth to open his own place.Definitely worth a stop.1971 US 98W (866) 658-5694.

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        1. re: rockbound

          Thanks. I'll look both of these places up.

        2. While Lethea's was better when it was down by the tracks outside of Columbia, the sauce is still the same and the ribs are still very tasty. The Que Korner is good too, but you might as well stick to Lethea's and not drive the extra miles for what amounts to the same BBQ.

          1. Not BBQ, but the Dinner Bell in McComb is a great experience.

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            1. re: Jesco

              Also not BBQ, but the Back Door Cafe in Columbia is probably the best restaurant in the Pine Belt.

              1. re: Jesco

                + 1 I've eaten at the Dinner Bell in McComb for years....The new owner is an old friend, and doing an excellent job. ....Stop by for lunch....You'll be glad you did!!!

                Enjoy!!

              2. The Purple Parrott in Hattiesburg is not BBQ but it's one of the best between Jackson and the coast. I can cook better BBQ than most places can it's just a lot of trouble. Leatha's is terrible.

                http://www.nsrg.com/purple.asp