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Aug 15, 2009 09:47 AM

MS Gulf Coast

Well I moved to Bham after Katrina, and became a real chowhound eating my way through the city...what a great few years it was, and in no way could I say that I exhausted everything there, but I put a significant dent for sure.

Now I'm back to the Gulfport/Biloxi area and want to get a thread going with some suggestions from coastal hounds.

A few things to get us started…any new/great restaurants on the coast?

Best authentic tacos (carnitas, al pastor, carne asada, etc) on the coast? I noticed that Los Tres Amigos has them.

Best locally owned pizza? (Currently Brooklyn’s is leading the category)

Good authentic ethnic food…Thai, Indian, Authentic Chinese, etc? (Not expecting much here, but thought I would ask)

BBQ? The Shed is good, but what else is out there?

Fine dining outside of the Casinos, Jazzeppi's and Vrazels? I have heard good things about the Half Shell Oyster House in Gulfport?


Seafood? (Fried, Griled, Poboys, Pasta Dishes etc)

Any other thoughts/suggestions?

I really appreciate the feedback and suggestions!

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  1. Here are a few thoughts on some places that I have been to in the last few month or so:

    Harbor View Café, now in Long Beach, was excellent for brunch last week.

    Steve's Marina, Gulfport, meh... it was ok both times I went, but a little over priced IMO and some diners with me had poor experiences.

    Lil Ray's, Gulfport, always a winner in my book!

    High Cotton, Gulfport, I can't really put my finger on it, but I am not overly impressed. Good, but not great.

    Bop's in D'Iberville, frozen custard, YUMMY!

    Which Which? in D'Iberville as well, pretty tasty, lots of options for your sandwich.

    Chef Scott's in Ocean Springs, had a great time, very good modernized sushi options, as well as standard choices, will go back for sure.

    I've had poboys from Ben's Deli and Fayard's, both very good, Fayard's gets the edge from me.

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    1. re: birminghamvisitor

      Fayard's has the best po' boys i have ever had ANYWHERE. Especially the softshell... love it. Wish I had a reason to go back to Ocean Springs, now.

      1. re: bhamchowhound

        Kind of strange isn't it? In Mississippi, some of the best po-boys AND some of the best BBQ can be found in gas stations!

    2. Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine in Ocean Springs -- Lebanese/Mediterranean. Over a year ago the food was very good, reasonably priced...excellent service!!

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      1. re: Uncle Bob

        Sounds good...I will have to check it out.

        1. re: Uncle Bob

          I second Phoenicia - been going there since it opened, never been disappointed. Plus they bring you warm pita bread and delicious hummus right away. Love Chef Scott's, too.
          Just went to thirty-two at IP casino last weekend (on a friend's comp) - outstanding!
          But expensive (they, as well as Ruth's Chris, have summer special menus). Scranton's in Pascagoula is very good. The only other restaurant we go to on a regular basis is Vrazel's - it's our #1. Mary Mahoney's not so much anymore.....Manhatten Grill in OS can be good, some think great. Welcome back!

          1. re: Uncle Bob

            We loved the atmosphere of this restaurant and the service, but the food wasn't anything to write home about, just average. Based on reviews I had read I had high expectations, so was very disappointed...

            Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine
            1223 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

          2. I am gonna have more replies to my own post than anyone else :-)

            RE: Authentic Tacos
            I have noticed in the past few days that there is an explosion of Taquerias since I moved away...I think I will have no problem finding good carnitas and al pastor. I will report back as I try them out, or maybe just start a new thread if this one gets busy.

            1. Trapani's and Ricky's have both reopened in BSL, although at different locations now- both are on the Highway. We had lunch at Trapani's and it was wonderful, and we have heard good things about Ricky's too!

              Also, Blow Fly Inn is back and better than ever.

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              1. re: Clarkafella

                I need to get back over to the Bay and "eat Trapani's"... lol boy was that funny in highschool.

                And I 2nd the Blow Fly...I ate there this week and everything was great except the soup/gumbo, I didn't have them personally, but others at the table said they were just ok.

                1. re: Uncle Bob

                  I hate that they didn't reopen the Cafe! I found that out the hard person standing on the empty patio scratching my head. But I will need to go back when I am dressed for the dining room :-)

                  1. re: Uncle Bob

                    Having made my first visit to Gulfport, felt it necessary to stop at Mary Mahoney's for dinner. It was not the best restaurant I've been too and I feel it's riding along on it's name. The food was passable but I would not recommend it for any special event. Food was underseasoned and generally overcooked. The pork chop my husband had was cooked through but had no carmelization on it and little to no seasoning. It would have benefitted from some high heat and salt and pepper.

                    1. re: Dee S

                      It hasn't been as good since Katrina -