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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 way...in 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 -

                  2. I personnaly have only eaten at Pirate's Cove in Pass Christian once. But my relatives in Gulfport and Long Beach swear by the roast beef po-boy. Unfortunately, since K, they've moved several blocks inland from the hwy.

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                    1. re: CocoaNut

                      I'm glad to know that they returned- I thought that they were gone forever! I wonder if that tiny po-boy place in Biloxi about a block southeast of the Depot returned? They had some great pressed po-boys...

                      Also, I haven't tried it yet, but the Lunch Box is back! They are on Hwy 90 in BSL, in one of the strip malls. Now if Carole's Old Town would just come back!

                    2. I was talking with a friend from Long Beach last night and she has also heard good things about the newly opened Half Shell in Gulfport.

                      Additionally, my cousin said that Gulfport's longstanding White Cap has finally reopened at their new location.

                      I'm looking forward to a visit there in a few weeks. Sadly, the last time I was there was about 3 years ago. Outside of N49 (may chains), I couldn't find anything to eat!!! This visit promises to be much better!

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                      1. re: CocoaNut

                        CN - did you see where The Shed in OS won the bbq contest on Regis?
                        We've been going there since it was a bare frame, a real shed; love the food.
                        Have you been? -Paula

                        1. re: bayoucook

                          I know I'm in the minority, and happy for the Shed -- but I've always thought that AnJAc's BBQ put them to shame, both the pulled pork itself and their sauce...

                          1. re: shywri1ter

                            No, I love AnJac's too - it's just waaaayy over there in Gulfport. My family frequently picks up barbeque there. The Shed is about 15-20 minutes away.

                            1. re: bayoucook

                              Someone told me about the Shed winning that award. With that and being on DDD, I hope the big-head hasn't set in with quality suffering. My dad has enjoyed AnJac's for years.

                      2. Wow, do I have a recommendation!!

                        As an intro: I've noticed that Emeril's Fish House in Gulfport is being largely ignored by the locals. We have eaten there several times and the seafood eaters in our crowd are always very pleased -- I'm not into seafood but usually have a very enjoyable meal. We've all tried and like Emeril's New Orleans restaurants, too.

                        But last night, 5 of us asked about a chef's tasting menu -- and Chef Steve D'Angelo and his assistant Frank did for us one of the most spectacular, extraordinary meals any of us could remember! They were willing to work with requests, likes/dislikes, all that -- and it was all just superb! It was five courses of heaven -- salad, appetizer (could have been an entre!), two main course/meat entrees, and a wealth of deserts -- a tasting of its own.

                        Maybe the most stunning was that this was all for only $55 per person -- clearly what we could have paid for less food at one of his Emeril's New Orleans places, let alone that these were created for the table.

                        I really, really have to hand it to them, it was a remarkable evening. I really worry that every time I go, they seem to have so many empty tables. If you tried them early and were disappointed, go back and try again -- I would hate to see them fold up and leave.

                        Chefs Steve and Frank -- WOW again and THANK YOU!!

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                        1. re: shywri1ter

                          We've been wanting to go there since it opened - so glad you had a great experience!
                          The chef's name seems familiar to me - did Steve run a fine dining restaurant here before he took that job? Hope they'll serve the tasting menu to us when we go. We've enjoyed Emeril's NOLA restaurants. You must be a local here.

                          1. re: bayoucook

                            Found a good article about him, his pre-Katrina restaurant (Bay City Grill) *and* another of his tasting menus! Try http://blog.nola.com/millieball/2008/...

                            ...and as I said, we like the menu as well -- all the fish eaters in our group swear by the andouille-crusted redfish -- it never disappoints!

                            (Yes, have been "local" for 10 years, work in Gpt)

                          2. re: shywri1ter

                            Unfortunately Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House closed last May.

                            Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House
                            3300 West Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 39501

                          3. Can't wait! No idea when it will open or the details, but Gpt is getting an Indian place! Well, the sign says Indian & Mexican -- maybe they're adding Mexican as a hedge against the locals not too keen on Indian?

                            I'm so craving Indian since moving here from a bigger city I will be less than picky -- at least for a while! :}

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                            1. re: shywri1ter

                              Can you update me on that when you find out? We go to an Indian place in Hancock county, would love one closer. Will be in Italy from Aug. 24-Sept. 4 - so if I don't reply it's because I'm eating somewhere in Italy.

                              1. re: bayoucook

                                Indian in Hancock County??? Hadn't heard; will run & try if you can provide details! (I thought it was cool enough that we have a Cuban place there -- or had; is Las Palmas still around? Have been only once since the storm and it just didn't seem quite as good as before; best black bean soup ever, back then! (on the menu as simply "black beans") .

                                My sources in the office have seen the sign for the place: I haven't yet, but the name is (will be?) the Clay Oven, and it's around the area where the library used to be in Gulfport -- which was in the block south of the Federal bldg (that one tall building, the new, tannish thing there in "downtown" Gpt.)

                                I have been meaning to drive by and check it out; will try to head that way early next week -- if it's open I gotta get myself there soon!

                              2. re: shywri1ter

                                Yes please give an update when you see it has opened up. I too am an Indian food fan.

                                1. re: birminghamvisitor

                                  Maybe if we all go eat early & often they will be able to stay in the area! Keeping my fingers crossed that they'll be decent & will do well.

                                  1. re: Clarkafella

                                    Near the old library; will see about getting more specific info soon -- see above for what I have now.

                                  2. re: shywri1ter

                                    I saw Gulfport's new Indian (and Mexican) place with my own eyes! Not open yet -- the exterior looks painted & ready, but the property around it is torn up -- no idea if that's the future parking lot, or what -- and workmen still around. No one I know who usually has the scoop on local businesses has an ETA on its opening.

                                    However: it's the Clay Oven, and is in 'downtown' Gulfport 2 blocks due south of the Federal Court building, at 14th Street where it T's into 21st Avenue -- in the old Merle Norman building.

                                    If anyone knows when it will open, please tell! If I hear anything more, will pass it on.

                                    1. re: shywri1ter

                                      They are open as of Friday...I know they had the "soft opening" on Friday and the official opening is this Thursday. I have been to his other restaurant in Mandeville and loved it!! We are out of town but are looking foward to eating there...We are very happy to see new places opening in the downtown area...

                                      1. re: harborsquare

                                        Great news; thanks!

                                        I had called and was told they were opening last weekend, but was out of town last week and unable to check it out.

                                        Can't wait; with luck will be able to report in a few days!

                                  3. Have you tried Mr. Greek?

                                    On Pass, nearly into Keesler's entry gate -- small place and nothing fancy at all, but very good, very generous portions. A couple of us got a sampler plate to share for lunch with a side salad; it would have been an ample dinner-- could have split the salad, even. Maybe not the best Greek ever, but very tasty, and closer than the Phoenician for some of us on the Gpt/ Hancock Co side of the coast.

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                                    1. re: shywri1ter

                                      The gyros were very good and that's what I would stick to at Mr Greek. We ordered two sampler platters and pretty much the only thing we enjoyed were the gyros. Everything else had little or odd flavors, like cinammon in the potato topping (instead of a traditional bechamel) to the moussaka with eggplant. Other than the gyros everything else was just meh. Also, it is a 2 out of 10 on atmosphere and it is bring your own booze.

                                      Mr Greek
                                      1670 Pass Rd Ste H, Biloxi, MS 39531

                                    2. We went to eat at Back Bay on Friday. It was really good. The only negative was that I thought the breading on the fried food did have a bit of a heavy hand.

                                      We had the green tomatoes w/ shrimp and crawfish and a creamy sauce for an appetizer, and my wife had grilled shrimp and seafood cakes for her entree and I had the fried seafood platter, that also included a seafood cake that had beed breaded and fried.

                                      I think the sauce from the appetizer and the seafood cakes were the stars, but overall a very good meal.

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                                      1. re: birminghamvisitor

                                        We managed to eat at the White Cap this weekend! The food was much better than I remembered- to tell you the truth, I was never much of a fan of the food at the old White Cap, just loved the location... Anyway the new place is great- we had a lot of oysters- both raw and grilled- and pretty much every fried thing on the menu including the soft shells, and weren't disappointed by anything except the crab cakes- a little too much filler...

                                      2. In the "Pass" -
                                        Pirate's Cove has re-opened. It has indoor & outdoor seating, so this fall would be a great time to try. Still as good as it was preKatrina.

                                        The big food news in the Pass is Lizzie's on Davis X from Martin's Hardware - great breakfast and lunch & coffee bar, on Friday nite they do sushi, also have Lazy Magnolia beers. Lizzie's is located in a 1930's house that made it through Katrina - from the south windows you have a clear view of the Gulf AND slabs with debris. Priceless!

                                        1 block further north on Davis is Lucio's - Mexican food with a pretty big outdoor patio. He was the first restaurant to re-open after the storm. Their flautas are hand rolled, beans are good, rice is so-so, good caldo's. He makes a great pisco sour.

                                        There's Shaggy's in west Pass harbor - their menu reads like a Sysco list, so don't expect
                                        too much. IMO they have such a lock for "on-the-water" food and drink, they don't have
                                        to try. Shaggy's is an open-air bar/restaurant, along the lines of old Key West beach bars.
                                        Music and big screen sports on weekend. I believe that technically this is a bait shop.

                                        Shaggy's is adjacent to the recreational boat piers. If you want to take a stroll on the piers, think twice. Pier access is for lease holders only -they are gated -Harbor Police will ticket for trespassing. There is a new post Gustave public access fishing pier that extends into the Gulf w/covered seating areas if you want to take a stroll.

                                        Cuevas Bistro - a true gem. Located at Menge and Kiln/DeLisle Road. Fresh seafood and made on premises pasta. Menu changes daily and items run out. For those who work in NOLA but live in the Pass, this was a great place for weekday dinner at it was just down the road from the postKatrina school. Full bar. Slow Food Gulf Coast had their coast dinner here. I believe this was the old Cuevas postoffice in the 1930's.

                                        Darlene's on 2nd St - fried seafood and ice cream. Simple cinderblock building. I'm not
                                        a fan (change the oil, please!) but other's do. Pirate's Cove is better choice for this IMO.

                                        If you belong to a reciprocal club, the yacht clubs are possibilities:
                                        BWYC does dinner on Wed & Sat nights only. Chef Armand Jonte, who had Armand's for
                                        years in Bay St Louis, went there right before Katrina and returned after the storm along with his sous chef. Great old-line cream and butter French food. Serious desserts.
                                        At PCYC, they do special nights like "Shuck & Jive" with 10 types of oysters, including charbroiled Drago's style; "Buster Night" - soft shell crabs; "Tank Night" - in the tank lobsters. These require reservations, limited seating. Both have great vistas & full bars.

                                        On most Saturday morning's, there is a craft market at War Memorial Park (90 @ Fleitas) and a farmers market on Davis next to Martin Hardware. They are about a block apart.

                                        Also you can go to the east Pass harbor & buy fresh shrimp and oysters by the full and 1/2 sack (in season) right off the boat. Ice & foam chest at the gas station. Also on the Harbor's east side is the Navy's /Homeland Security building, if you go wandering off
                                        by there the Harbor Police will pay you a visit. They are nice, polite and mean business.

                                        Future news will be the wine bar on 90 X from Harbor, by the Blue Rose. That plus finally getting a grocery store opened (WalMart mid October)...happiness all around!!!!

                                        One thing with any place in the Pass is the service personell is often high schoolers,
                                        SO if you want a drink they have to legally get someone of "age" to do your order and
                                        that can take longer - be patient. Also wine lists due to State of MS list restrictions are
                                        lousy and limited - we take our own, often, with no problems.

                                        Next posting on BSL/Waveland and Annie's Restaurant story.

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                                        1. re: savory south

                                          Great report SS! I can't wait to hear about Annie's- at least if it is good news...

                                          1. re: savory south

                                            WOW that was extensive...thanks!!! Lizzie's and Cuevas Bistro both sound great, and you can never go wrong with Pirates Cove. :-)

                                          2. More "Pass Christian" info & updated from previous post:

                                            1. The wine bar @ 90 X from Pass Harbor will be called "French Charley's". Owners the
                                            same as Shaggy's. Menu will be more along the tapas/appetizer lines. Personally, I'm
                                            curious as how they are going to get around the somewhat limited wine list approved by the state.......Set to open before Thanksgiving.

                                            2. At the corner of Davis & 2nd, Vic's should open next month. This project is being done by Vic Pickich who was one of the owner of the Tigre's in the Pass. This seems to be
                                            small bistro like (like Cuevas) doing fresh local. This will make 4 restaurants within 2 blocks on Davis: Lizzie's, Lucio's, a Subway and now Vic's. Most excellent for an area
                                            that was VAPORIZED by Katrina and now has a returned population of 3,500.

                                            3. DH Finz at Kiln-deLisle Rd and Henderson. This is not in the actual "Pass" but close enough to use 39571 zip. This is the 3rd restaurant in this location - inconsistent on being open and in service and in freshness of cfood.

                                            4. Darlene's is actually called Kimball's Deli. Darlene is the owner. My bad.

                                            On Thursday, Oct 8, from 5:00 PM - 8 :00 PM the Pass will close down Davis Avenue
                                            from Scenic to CSX railroad for Farmers Market block party. All Pass Christian restaurants (open or under construction anywhere in the Pass) will able to have space and there are something like 15 MS small farmers / food purveyors are signed up so far.
                                            Goat meat & products, honey, mushrooms, artisan breads, blueberries, scuppernong, dairy vendors in the mix. This is the first time anything like this has been done.

                                            Blue Skies Gallery on Davis (local artists & potters) is also a sponsor.
                                            That week is also Crusin' the Coast week.

                                            if you want more info email Dita @ passfarmersmarket@gmail.com


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                                            1. re: savory south

                                              I certainly don't judge a restaurant because the previous restaurants couldn't run a successful place or because it isn't in the heart of a town. The mailing address is Pass Christian. Territory aside, DH Finz has operated with consistant hours from day one and as far as the service and food, it far surpasses the former restaurants in that location. I have literally walked out on the service or lack of when it was the first place and the second place had a chef that was sooo rude I never went back after the first time. I highly recommend that you leave your "actual Pass" attitude elsewhere and give Finz a chance so that you don;t miss out on a great dining experience.

                                              1. re: katiejames

                                                Katie, the vast majority of folks on the boards are not from the area IMO. The tourism view of Pass Christian are homes on Scenic Drive, "the birth place of yachting in the South", beaches, a top windsurfing spot at Henderson Pt., - all accessible to or off of Hwy 90. As Finz is in DeLisle, MS and not actually in Pass Christian,MS it just might be helpful is folks knew that.

                                                I think the Finz location is challenging - Blue Skies Gallery and Pass Christian Books were both @ the Project 39571/DeLisle corner location post Katrina and both have moved to the old commercial district in the Pass off Hwy 90. Also being X from DeLisle elementary school means never being able to sell wine or liquor, which is a profit center for a restaurant. I would imagine that was a big factor in Annie's closing.

                                                Being off the beach path can be done - Cuevas Bistro has done that superbly.

                                            2. Pass Christian - Annie's Restaurant & Lounge

                                              Annie is fine, an incredibly fit 91 - had a hip replacement this summer, very, very funny, looks terrific, and sharp witted. Seems happy with lots of family around her.

                                              For you non New Orleans/Gulf hounds - Annie's was a true fixture for the MS Gulf Coast located in far west Harrison Co - actually in Henderson Point not technically in the "Pass" - Pass Christian. What I've gathered is that Annie's, like Gus Stevens place, was where you drove over & went for dinner, dancing, entertainment (and perhaps some gambling) in the 50's & 60's on the coast. Everybody stopped @ Annie's. Next to it was Benny French's Tavern(Mallini's Pt Bar). When Camille hit, it really ended the after hours aspect for those places. But Annie's buildings were wet but totally OK after Camille.

                                              My 1st time there was in 90's - the "lounge" was out of a scene from Goodfella's - these
                                              huge half-moon copper inserts with banquette seating and tiny cocktail tables. 60's punched tin lighting fixtures, 2 huge working fireplaces (in So. MS!), terrazzo floors.....
                                              Annie's sometimes was great (Italian), sometimes truly awful(steaks) but nevertheless a stop. Annie ran it w/an iron glove day-to-day into her 80's and then with her niece, Nikki .
                                              (Mallini's Pt bar X street had great jukebox - a coast rat college to 30 yr olds honkytonk.)

                                              Katrina vaporized the place, only a part of the stone front, fireplaces & pool remain.
                                              They went and opened Annie's Cafe on Kiln-DeLisle Road in the Project 39571 building
                                              while they went thru the SBA & FEMA process. FEMA required a 25" above the ground for any base floor at the Point (nothing permanent below except elevator/lift
                                              housing) - still going to rebuild. Insurer low-balled business interruption payout - still going to rebuild. Then get this - SBA rejected application because she was too old to take on a 10 yr debt structure as the "key man" for her corporation at the time Katrina hit. Still going to rebuild. Then got estimate for windstorm insurance at 270% increase for commercial in that area. Not going to rebuild.

                                              Annie's cafe was great but across from school - so no liquor sales at all ever. Filled with
                                              her vintage photos of life at the Point. Sold lease on Annie's Cafe to 4 Corners Cafe - they closed after maybe a year; now it's DH Finz - it's very uneven and spotty on being open.

                                              If you drive by the old Annie's - it pretty much looks like it did 6 mo. after Katrina.
                                              8 houses and 1 condo group has rebuilt at the Pt.

                                              1. After a recent visit to the Gulfport area, I was able to get in a few oysters meals. On 2 different visits, I was very happy with apps of traditional oysters on the half shell at the White Cap. The oysters were small - to my liking as the adductor muscle isn't so big to be off-putting - and wonderfully briney. Can't say too much for their "stuffed crab" variations as there was very little crab and it was also dry. However, the grilled shrimp were very flavorful from the grill, although they were a little salty for my preference. I was particularly dissappointed with the gumbo which was served tepid and flavorless. Come here for the oysters, otherwise......

                                                Half Shells Oyster House - Great upscale, bistro feel. Great place to go have drinks. But when your name includes "oyster", you need to get it right. On my single visit here for dinner, every oyster on my plate included a nice amount of grit. Perhaps this is a single visit mishap, don't know. I was starving, so I ate them - they also had a good taste. But what was unexcusable, was when I brought it to the server's attention at the time he was clearing the plates. He responded with a defensive barrage of how fresh they were - off the boat only that morning. That was just not the correct response if they're looking for repeat diners. I would have expected a response more in line with "I'll bring it to the chef's attention". I don't know how long they've been open, but quality and attitude need a bit of tweaking for them to match up to the first-class facade they are presenting.

                                                Had the crawfish and grits (with tasso) at Lookout 49. Excellent spicy tasting sauce over a grits cake. Another at my table had the shrimp and grits (with andouille). It was a much tamer herb sauce. I was much happier with my choice. This was my first expericence with a grits "cake" and I didn't much care for it as it reminded me of what grits become if the leftovers sit around for a couple of hours - which is exactly what it was. I would much prefer a traditional, creamy mound of grits - but I imagine the "cake" is much easier for random ordering and prep. Some bread would also have been wonderful addition to sop up the flavorful sauce.

                                                1. The best restaurants for me are Salute and Vrazel's. Both are on Highway 90 in Gulfport. Salute has the best salad dressing I have ever eaten, a Balsamic Vinaigrette. They have many wonderful Italian dishes, are moderately priced and the service is excellent. The owners also run Lookout 49. Vrazel's, quite a bit more expensive, is a fine-dining experience with outstanding food and service.

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                                                  1. re: GeorgieGirlOne

                                                    Vrazel's is one of my top favorite restaurants; never had one bad or even so-so thing there. Have heard good things about Salute.

                                                    1. re: GeorgieGirlOne

                                                      I have to stick my nose in -- I have eaten at both these places and wouldn't recommend either.

                                                      Very true that Vrazel's is a local favorite and often the recommended restaurant by Gpt natives, but other than the yeast bread (very plain but if you like crusty white bread, yummy) I had only ho-hum dishes. I'm not into seafood but the chicken/meat dishes I've had are passable but not what you'd expect from a place with the reputation it has. Again, I have been with others who have really enjoyed their meals, but it all strikes me as a throwback to the restaurants of the 50's and 60's, small side salads and ho-hum, high fat dishes.

                                                      Salute means well but just isn't very good -- getting better but way off on the pasta-to-sauce balance early on, odd combinations ... newer dishes getting more on track. Service also well meaning but spotty.

                                                    2. Best overall restaurant on the coast right now is in my opinion The Cuevas Bistro on Menge Avenue just north of Pass Christian. From the incredible bread you are served when you are first seated to the INCREDIBLE burger with Pimento Cheese topping it's not to be missed. And can't forget to get a slice of the best Carrot Cake for 200 miles. 15 layers thick and so moist you REALLY will not want to share if asked. They have just started doing Sunday brunch this month (Sept) and we are going tomorrow to check it out. Will put our opinions of it on here also.

                                                      For the BEST fried shrimp on the MS Gulf Coast you WILL have to drive a little. There is a very small restaurant about 4 miles north of the Menge Ave exit on I-10 called The Front Porch Cafe. It's been open about 6 years now and has consistently put out the BEST fried shrimp on the coast. A very light coating and shrimp that actually tastes like it was just caught that morning. We usually order their shrimp salad and they PILE on the shrimp. Burgers here are great also as are the steaks (grilled to perfection).

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                                                      1. re: odumboring

                                                        Haven't heard of either- it is great to have new places on the Coast! Gonna have to check out Menge Avenue again- haven't been on it since the week after Katrina- my sister-in-laws place was *gone*!

                                                      2. I was not able to go with my Dad, but he was very impressed with Bante (sp?) in the Kiln. Located in the old Rooster's location, he enjoyed a bbq meal. But his friend ordered a lump crab conconction served on TX toast and topped with a rich, cream sauce that he was verbally envious of. Said he's never seen so much crab on a restaurant serving portion. He's looking forward to a return visit.

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                                                        1. re: CocoaNut

                                                          Been there many times and will never go back. The quality of the food has gone down hill as well as the service. Ive also heard rumors regarding one of the "owners" had been caught with another employee and his wife was not happy. Its amazing what you hear in the small town of the Kiln.

                                                          1. re: shouldvesaidno

                                                            Yes, talked w/my Dad, who took my bother there a week or so ago. He ordered the once raved about bbq beef sand and said it tasted like nothing more than roast beef.... far from BBQ. Too bad.

                                                          2. re: CocoaNut

                                                            Hey CocoaNut! Have you or anyone you know been to Hot Rocks in Ocean Springs?
                                                            You order and cook your own meat on hot lava rocks brought to your table. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? -Paula

                                                            1. re: bayoucook

                                                              Don't know anyone that's been, but isn't there a version of Korean bbq that's cooked over "hot rocks" rather than coals?

                                                          3. MS Gulf Coast (west side) North of I-10 between Gulfport, MS & Slidell, LA:

                                                            There are 3 possible Chowhound stops in this area - I'll second CocoaNut & Odom...

                                                            1. The Front Porch - great all around restaurant. Especially good fried food. Around the corner from The Front Porch is Neco's Market - typical grocery BUT has a great meat dept with a real butcher. People drive from the coast to their butcher & deli depts.. From 1-10 exit Pass Christian - Menge and head north. Is actually on Vidalia Rd, although locals call this Firetower Road. Menge=Firetower=Vidalia

                                                            2. Banty's - fresh seafood any way - especially extensive oyster menu. I found it to be a bit heavy handed with butter/oil for their sauces, but still it was worth the drive. Steaks too.
                                                            Banty's is on Kiln-DeLisle Road. Take Pass Christian-Delisle exit and head north from
                                                            I-10. They are actually in "the Kiln" = Kiln, MS. You could take Hwy 603 to get there too. PreKatrina this was Rooster's Bar.

                                                            3. Jourdan River Steamer - this place is just amazing. Not just steamed seafood - but cfood with fresh pasta and steaks, etc. We did a veal chop with thumbsize crabmeat that was great, royal red shrimp boiled, charbroiled oysters (almost as good as Drago's).
                                                            Servings are HUGE.They have a full bar with premium brands - which is few and far between in this area. It can be noisy on weekends as they have a live band, but it's a pretty big place and looks over the Jourdan River so the view is relaxing. The owners are a family from New Orleans that now live in Pass Christian with ties to the seafood industry so it is all fresh.
                                                            They do a smoked tuna dip - this must be a coast trend as Shaggy's in Pass harbor does
                                                            this and also had it @ Sycamore House in Bay St Louis.

                                                            Jourdan River Steamer is on MS Hwy 603 - Bay St. Louis exit. Go N on 603 from 1-10 to Kiln. It's just past the Jourdan River bridge on 603 on the right.
                                                            All 3 are casual dress.

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                                                            1. re: savory south

                                                              I love Jourdan River Steamer - wish we could make the trip more often, wish they would open one in Jackson County!

                                                            2. Salute Italian Restaurant in Gulfport has been the most consistently great restaurant I have eaten at on the MS Gulf Coast. I wouldn't call it fine dining but it is in the fabulous 15th place building owned my the law firm Davis and Feder. The food and view from the restaurant are incredible. Best Calimari I have ever eaten. Chicken parmigiana as well. Some of the local seafood specials are my favorite though. Best martinis overlooking the water and beach on the Coast! (Sorry they have wine too but Rachel and Rick at the bar ROCK) Got to try the owners new restaurant called Back Bay and they have Lookout 49 as well. All for now...

                                                              1. I second Jourdan River Steamer in the Kiln for seafood-- the owner is unpleasant outside of the restaurant, but the Royal Red Shrimp cannot be beaten.

                                                                Old Cuevas in PC is also great.

                                                                I also agree about Emeril's being unfortunately ignored-- at lunch, it's even an excellent deal. 32 was also an outstanding, if expensive, local dining experience.

                                                                As far as ethnic, I'm so excited about Indian food finally coming to the Coast. I am a little alarmed about Clay Oven's Indian/Mexican fusion, but I'm open minded as long as I can get some samosa and lamb curries... Now I'm holding my breath for real Thai (Shady's doesn't count and neither did its previous incarnation).

                                                                Nobody mentions R&C Korean next door to Mr. Greek's on Pass Rd in Biloxi-- I really like that place as well (love Mr. Greek's, even if it's because it's the only Greek food!) and in general, except for sushi, asian cuisine on the coast is lacking--we have two "Chinese" restaurants in Long Beach that don't even serve pork (!).

                                                                For Sushi & japanese-- I prefer Sakura (Pass Rd near the Biloxi/Gulfport line) to Samurai on Hwy 49 which has become so popular. Samurai is showy, but Sakura tastes better. My experience at the famed Chef Scot's (in OS) was of bland, overpriced, fishy, and good-god-this-is-lukewarm sushi, so I can't second that recommendation.

                                                                For pizza-- it has to be Brooklyn in Gulfport in the Hardy Court shopping center. Make sure to order the Garlic Knots, too.

                                                                And I'm surprised not to hear more about Sycamore House in BSL in the upscale dining category. It's been a few months since I've gone last, so I hope it's still open--has been for years--but I've had some lovely meals there and the setting is gorgeous as well.

                                                                Last but not least, if you're looking for dessert, Fleur de Lis bakery in Gulfport on Courthouse south of the tracks is where it's at. Unbelievably good european-style cakes and pastry. And I love Robert, the proprietor who is a wonderfully curmudgeonly fellow food-snob.

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                                                                1. re: Treeling

                                                                  It's not a Greek restaurant per se, but they specialize in Greek foods at The Country Gentleman on Gautier-Vancleave Rd. in Gautier. One of the gyros I've ever had, and Tuesday nights are Greek nights. I get the Greek salad on a regular basis - the small one is enough for two people. From what I understand, the owner-cook is from Greece.
                                                                  There's a large variety of ethnic food at Phonecia in Ocean Springs, too.

                                                                2. I can't say enough about how good the food is. whether is authentic Thai or down home pork chops, gumbo & po boys. Shady's does it all & well... great steaks too.
                                                                  there is a reason they have won 10 culinary awards at American Culinary federation competition!
                                                                  Anyone who says the Thai is not authentic does not know Thai food. they have cooks from Thailand & use authentic products from Thailand.

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                                                                  1. re: foodlove9897

                                                                    Where is a good breakfast place near the Beau Rivage? The last 2 years we have gone to this cafe in Ocean Springs, but was hoping to find somewhere else. Also, looking for a nice upscale place for dinner not in a hotel. Went to Manhattan Grill last year. Food was all right, but the place was a little dated and dingy.

                                                                    1. re: breakaway

                                                                      Vrazel's is one of my favorites of all time. It's on the beach in Gulfport (west). It's not so upscale that it's stuffy - it's a relaxing and fun place to go, and Chef/Owner Bill Vrazel puts out some of the most outstanding food on the coast. You can tell when they bring you freshly baked French bread and European-style butter when you're seated: this is gonna be good. Thirty-two at Imperial Palace is wonderful with great views.
                                                                      Haven't been to Mary Mahoney's in ages, but it used to be good. Have fun!

                                                                      1. re: breakaway

                                                                        Best bet for breakfast is Boomtown, that place you mention in OS is very overrated. If I was looking for an upscale dinner in Biloxi I'de have to choose Ruth's Chris. I hate to say it but most of the local restaurants since Katrina are mediocre at best, overpriced food and lousy service.

                                                                      2. re: foodlove9897

                                                                        We ate at Shady's during our brief visit to Gulfport and were really impressed. Since we were visiting the gulf, we decided to stick with seafood and really enjoyed the po boys. Observing other tables, the gumbo looked great, a Thai curry looked amazing and the Pad Thai made me re-think my decision of a po boy. I am totally planning to go back and try more of Shady's menu.

                                                                      3. There is a new place open in Kiln Mississippi called Banty's they have steak seafood and other awsome food I love eating there

                                                                        1. Indian food has arrived!!

                                                                          Clay Oven, the new Indian *and* Mexican restaurant has been open for about a month now, and while they still seem to be getting their act together with the staff (they're all as nice and as helpful as can be, but all seem new and uncertain about what's what -- but I'm basing this on only 2 visits.)

                                                                          I've ordered from the dinner menu twice now and am in love!

                                                                          Thoughts: I love and crave Indian food. Have eaten a lot, but several simply buffets, and I honestly don't know if I've ever had "good" Indian food despite having eaten in a variety of restaurants. That said, I've now tried four dishes at Clay Oven and all were worthy of recommendation!

                                                                          I had the Chicken Korma last night and it was wonderful! Rich and creamy and so good! One concern I'd have for them is that the menu states it's not spicy, and specifically recommends it for those who don't like spicy food. What I had last night had a definite kick to it; not at all "spicy" for Indian & eastern food, true, but knowing people who don't like "spicy" I can imagine they'd have thought this was on fire. It's wonderful as it is, so don't think they should change the recipe, only the description. It came with a lovely basmati rice.

                                                                          During their first week I tried their curry just to get a sense of how they would do the most well known, basic dish -- and it was great! The spice combination was a bit different than my favorite blend but it was clearly well done and it gave me high hopes for the rest of the menu. Both in this curry and last night's korma, the chicken itself is very good, very moist, generous and good pieces (never ran into those bits of fat or other less appetizing bits). And though the menu said basmati rice, I swear the rice that first night was jasmine rice -- the smell was heaven!

                                                                          That first week I also tried the spinach paneer dish that they have on every buffet and that normally I can pass -- but I've never had it made so well! I wonder if they make their own paneer -- both it and the greens were very good. I also tried the vegetable samosas -- not my thing, and probably not the best ever made, but tasty.

                                                                          The combination of Mexican & Indian had me thinking at first that Mexican was a hedge against trying to start a restaurant with Indian alone in an area that might not be ready for it -- but I was told they have TWO chefs, one Indian and one Mexican. One downside to that is that instead of being served Indian bread when you arrive, you get chips & salsa. They're very good -- and the long list of several Indian breads on the menu look great -- but the bread will cost ya. :P Haven't tried them yet (the entrees are too generous) but plan to. Oh -- and the guacamole was passable; maybe more me in the Indian mindset to be too interested in any of the Mexican foods -- unusual for me!

                                                                          One note of warning: I haven't been at lunch yet but was told they have a very limited lunch menu -- maybe 4 Indian dishes, not sure how many Mexican dishes. I heard that for the first week; no idea if it's still true. So if you go at lunch and they don't have much, don't dispair, DO go at night! I've talked with 5 other people who have tried it and all were sold and will return.

                                                                          So GO GO GO for Indian food, right there in Gulfport within sight of the "new" federal courthouse! Let's give them enough business that we have Indian food on the coast for a long time!

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                                                                          1. re: shywri1ter

                                                                            Wow! My husband and I ate at the Clay Oven tonight in Gulfport...I wish we could've done an encore! It was fabulous! We have eaten Indian food on 3 continents! This holds its own! Don't miss it.

                                                                            I need some help...has anyone eaten at The West End in Waveland? What did u think? What was memorable? What to avoid?

                                                                            Also, restaurant on Klondike in Long Beach....Winter Garden... recommend?

                                                                            If you haven't eaten at Darwell's in Long Beach, you are in for a treat! It is south of the railroad track, just off Jeff Davis. Don't miss the seafood gumbo! What it doesn't have in darkness of roux, it makes up for in seafood and flavor! The crab and cheese melt is AMAZING! Great lunch stop!

                                                                          2. The Phoenician in Ocean Springs is always a good bet IMO as is Chef Scott's (never been there myself but my wife raved about it). I am NOT a fan of The Shed BBQ in North Ocean Springs (really closer to Vancleave). It's not better than any of a dozen other places in the area and I find their sauce to be almost sickeningly sweet. Rob's on the Side on Market St in Pascagoula is good for ribs and bbq chicken....never had anything else from there. Paparoni's in Vancleave is really good, homemade Italian. They only have about 6 tables and make everything from scratch so your best bet would be to call ahead for take out or a reservation as they fill up fast on weekends or around holidays. There's a good Mexican place on Hwy49 in Gulfport just south of I-10 in front of the Office Maxx...the name escapes me at the moment. They used to be open for breakfast and had a great chorizo and eggs dish....not sure if they still do b'fast or not.

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                                                                            1. re: autiger94

                                                                              Phonecia and Chef Scott's are two of my favorites - have been going to Phonecia since it opened. Was in Vancleave the other day and the Italian restaurant was not open. Someone said she had opened one in Ocean Springs and closed down the first one.
                                                                              Unsure of that info b/c there were still tables and stuff outside the place and it didn't look permanently closed. It was always best to call and order ahead b/c everything really was from scratch and took a nice long time. Don't know where her new place is in OS or if it's really in OS. Will find out. Must try the bbq place in Pascagoula; I've always preferred AnJac's to the Shed. People tell me Tay's BBQ is really good. Friends went to Hot Rocks Steak House in Ocean Springs and loved it - you cook your own meat on hot lava rocks at table - can't get it wrong that way!

                                                                              1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                Interesting....I'll have to check with some friends and see what the update on Paparoni's is. I lived in Gauterier for about 5 years but moved to N AL a year or two ago.

                                                                                Tay's was always hit or miss with me. I've had some good pork sandwiches there but then, on another visit, had some awful ribs (greasy, greasy meat on the ribs).

                                                                                1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                  Phonecia has always been rock solid for me too!

                                                                              2. The best place to eat "authentic" Mexican food is Morelia's directly behind Burger King on Hwy. 49 in Gulfport. In fron of Wal-Mart. For the best sushi or Japanese food go to Samarai's on Hwy. 49 next to the Humane Society. The chef there, I believe, is from New York. Its really cheap and very good. The Donburi bowls are awsome. The best Chinese buffet is China Star on Courthouse Rd. next to the train tracks. Now, I have to tell you, if you like roast beef po'boys, you are gonna have to drive to Waveland. I will say this and I will stand behind this till the day I die; S&B's in Waveland has the best, and I mean THE BEST!, roast beef po'boys I have ever eaten. And the fried crawfish pistolettes are awsome too. Just a few suggestions from me.

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                                                                                1. re: V.Starita

                                                                                  Where is S&B's? Were they in BSL just past the bridge pre-Katrina?

                                                                                  1. B'ham visitor and MS Gulf Coast hounds:

                                                                                    Emeril's Fish House at Island View in GUlfport will be closing right before Memorial Day!

                                                                                    Go get yourselves over there soon.

                                                                                    It's replacement will be a casino staple.........A HIGH END STEAKHOUSE.

                                                                                    If you do go, they are tearing up 49 between 90 and the railroad.. Last week it was on the Island View side of 49. Looks like they were setting up barricades by the Markham too - so that area will be a mess for a while traffic-wise. If you're coming in from 10, maybe take Menge and drive thru the Pass to 90 then go east to Gulfport rather than 49 down.

                                                                                    I will miss having it. Thank goodness there's still Vrazel's.

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                                                                                    1. re: savory south

                                                                                      Wonder why it didn't make it! Vrazel's is one of my top favorites too - thank God for Mr. Bill Vrazel. Ate there a few weeks ago and it was outstanding as usual.

                                                                                      1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                        Bayoucook - re Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House, am putting my thoughts on the closing on the Emerils GCFH post

                                                                                    2. We'll be driving from Gulfport Biloxi airport to NOLA in a few days and then driving back again next week.

                                                                                      We've never been in Mississippi or right along the gulf coast so we are very excited.

                                                                                      Any great places for a bite to eat along the way? Not formal dining but maybe a good sandwich or some good seafood? We thought we would take 49 to I-90 and go along the coast one way. (But will construction on 49 be a problem?)

                                                                                      Then we were thinking of taking I-10 on the way back.

                                                                                      Any good recommendations for us?

                                                                                      I've looked through this list and it looks like there are some good options in Pass Christian. Any updates on those or other thoughts? Other locations?

                                                                                      And will we see good ocean views from our southerly route?

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                                                                                      1. re: karykat

                                                                                        What time do you leave Biloxi A/P? It's not I 90 rather Hwy 90 and that route will be very slow. That's the old Hwy. along the beach and the traffic will be slow. I suggest you hit I 10 and go on into NOLA. If your flight home is late you can leave NOLA early and hit 90 for a ways for lunch. On your way back take Exit # 13 to Bay St. Louis and stop at Trapani's @ 833 Highway 90 # 3, Bay St Louis, MS 228 467 8570. The best restaurant on the coast is Vrazel's @ 3206 W. Beach Blvd.,Gulfport, MS.


                                                                                        1. re: Littleman

                                                                                          Wow, I would tell them to *definitely* take Highway 90! It is a beautiful drive (if you look out over the water) or a very sad drive (if you look landward and realize how many beautiful houses are no longer there). When you get to Bay St Louis, Trapani's is a great recommendation, and another good choice would be Ricky's, or even the Lunch Box.

                                                                                          All will be on your right after you cross the bridge. And for an even more scenic trip, just take the old road right on in to New Orleans- I think it is Hwy 90- the Old Spanish Trail, and you will pass lots of poboy places and stuff on the way. It is a beautiful though bittersweet drive with lots of food choices! I think Jane Mansfield got killed along there somewhere...

                                                                                          1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                            I agree! They're not in a hurry, after all. Have heard great things about French Charley's in Pass Christian - right on the water. Several good eateries on the water on that drive. We still take that drive every year or so having been here before I-10 was completed; it's a lovely, bittersweet drive, close to my heart.
                                                                                            The coast is getting like NOLA in that, if a place isn't good, it won't last long.
                                                                                            Love The Fillin' Station in Biloxi for their selection of delicous oysters and poboys (corner of Division and Main) - best grilled oysters! Love Vrazel's no matter what some people say; been going there since it opened and never once had a bad meal.KARYKAT let us know how it goes!

                                                                                            Fillin' Station
                                                                                            692 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530

                                                                                          2. re: Littleman

                                                                                            We leave Biloxi in the late afternoon. Meeting our companions in NOLA that evening.

                                                                                            We have more time on the way back, so maybe we go I-10 on the way to NOLA and Hwy 90 on the way back. We are very excited to see some ocean and different landscape. (Lots of lakes here but no ocean!) And to try some of this great food.

                                                                                            Are there traffic problems between the airport and Hwy 10? Someone had mentioned that on a prior posting.

                                                                                            Thanks EVERYONE. Let us know any additional ideas. And we will check back in.

                                                                                            1. re: karykat

                                                                                              KARYKAT.........I love NOLA and I love the Gulf Coast. And I live near by. If I were visiting for the 1st time I would go direct to NOLA since you mention you have a late afternoon flight like most of us would. Have fun in NOLA. Leave early on your way back to GP and take Exit 2 at BSL to Hwy. 90 and have lunch at Trapani's or Ricky's in BSL. Then drive Hwy. 90 to Gulfport. You will get all the scenic ocean drive you need. Just keep looking to the the south. Everything to the north looks desolate. But the Gulf Coast will survive and come back stronger than ever. If you are intereted in other type restaurants please advise but the two in BSL are outstanding.

                                                                                              1. re: Littleman

                                                                                                Dumb question: what is BSL?

                                                                                                I am getting psyched for those ocean views -- and great food.

                                                                                                1. re: karykat

                                                                                                  BSL= Bay St Louis, perhaps the loveliest town on the entire Gulf Coast before Katrina. To see what is left you have to get off 90 and go south- actually it might be kind of nice to follow the signs to Buccaneer State Park and drive east along the beach- really pretty! And by the time you get to the end (where Trapanis *used* to be), you will be very close to where Trapani's and Ricky's are now...

                                                                                              2. re: karykat

                                                                                                OK - I'll agree that if you get in mid afternoon, then 1-10 from Gulfport to NOLA is best. GP Airport is maybe 10 minutes from I-10. This is the land of multi-unit restaurants and the closest Starbucks till Slidell. Not very pretty.

                                                                                                Once you hit 10 - if you need a snack and adult beverage there is Jordan River
                                                                                                Steamery, exit Kiln /Hwy 603. 10 minutes from interstate. Royal red shrimp.

                                                                                                It's about 1hr 30 minutes from GP to NOLA.

                                                                                                Coming back you can drive all the way from 90 out in New Orleans East:
                                                                                                Pho Doung Bakery is on 90 as well as a bunch of other Viet. restaurants and businesses. Go via I-10 to 510/Chalmette south to get on Hwy 90.

                                                                                                You will go by Bayou Sauvage Wildlife Refuge and then Venitian Isles then cross
                                                                                                Chef drawbridge to Lake St. Catherine. Fort Pike @ the Rigolets is now re-opened post Katrina. Lots of rebuilt "camps" and marshland views. There are swamp tours where you can buy Cowan turtle & alligator meat. This is all on 90.

                                                                                                90 will merge with MS 607 (turn right) and into Waveland/Bay St. Louis. If you want to see the Gulf of Mexico you need to ride the beach road from either Lakeshore Drive (by casino signage, Dempsey's Seafood is on this road - they are related to the one on Poland in the Bywater in NOLA.) or turn from 90 onto Coleman Ave - Rickey's is on Coleman. Then drive east till you get to the BSL bridge which will take you across to Pass Christian.

                                                                                                French Charley's across from the Pass harbor is the place for a view of shrimp boast, oyster luggers and pleasure craft. They do tapas and full bar. Outdoor seating - very, very pleasant. Most of the homes on the east side of Scenic drive survived - just stay on the road where you parked for French Charley's - that's Scenic. it will dip back into Hwy 90.

                                                                                                Shaggy's is their sister restaurant at the Harbor - funky Key West casual.

                                                                                                Back along Hwy 90 in Gulfport right before Hwy 49 there is for a more gourmet meal Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House in the Island View and right accross the street is Vrazel's. Both are fabulous. EGCFH closes May 29th - I'd do that and save Vrazel's for your next trip.

                                                                                                Road construction in Gulfport is very organized - allow 15 minutes extra.

                                                                                                60 - 80 minutes NOLA French Qtr. to Pass Christian via 90 with no stops.

                                                                                                  1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                                    me too! Hope they ride down East enough to see the tree sculptures.
                                                                                                    note to karykat: local artists made beautiful sculptures out of the dead trees after Katrina - seahorses and all kinds of things - they are not only beautiful, but are a tribute to the strength and attitude of the residents of this lovely place

                                                                                                    1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                      What about Jazzeppi's in Biloxi. Is it worth a visit. Looks nice. Thanks.

                                                                                                      195B Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530

                                                                                                      1. re: Littleman

                                                                                                        Jazzeppi's is a good place for a fabulous martini and some pretty good Italian food; not a favorite of mine, but it is nice. From my experience, it's mostly a see and be seen place - especially at the bar and at cocktail time. Go later for a quieter dinner.

                                                                                                        195B Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530

                                                                                                1. re: karykat

                                                                                                  Definitely take Hwy 90 all.the.way. into N.O. Once you leave the MS coast, you will see the uniquely, wonderful swamplands and bounty filled bayous of southern LA. If you are a shutterbug, you'll definitely want to have your camera handy. Just know that "scenic" routes are time-hogs.

                                                                                                  1. re: CocoaNut

                                                                                                    Agree. It's worth the time and it IS so uniquely "us".

                                                                                                    1. re: bayoucook

                                                                                                      Yeah, in New Orleans just get on Chef Menteur Highway and head east!

                                                                                              3. Is the oil spill affecting the restaurants yet?

                                                                                                1. The Lunch Box in Waveland has awsome po boys!

                                                                                                  1. The best Mexican food is found at Lucio's in Pass Christian on Davis (up on the 2nd block). The owner is from Veracruz and the food is authentically coastal Mexican. None of that cheese blanketed Tex Mex they serve at most coastal places. Try the Sopa de Lima (Chicken and Lime) - it's like a Mexican grandma made it! The margaritas are excellent - my favorite is the Horni Margarita...with cranberry juice and lime! Give it a try, this restaurant was completely destroyed in Katrina and they reopened a block further back from the beach 2 years later (maybe even earlier).

                                                                                                    1. For all MS gulf coast foodies, Real Food Gulf Coast is doing a tasting this Wed the 18th from only 6 - 8 PM at Great Southern Club in Gulfport.

                                                                                                      It's a fundraiser for RFGC, $ 25 per person and cash bar.

                                                                                                      G & M Goat Farm (yummy goat jerky and goat tamales); Serious Bread (he's the one who has
                                                                                                      bread at the Mockingbird in BSL and the Saturday markets); Smith Girls Creamery; Green's Bees honey; plus alot of the farmers who do the Long Beach and Ocean Springs Saturday farmers market that RFGC does.

                                                                                                      Food from Sycamore House in BSL and Cuevas Bistro in the Pass too.
                                                                                                      Support the locals. Reservations @ realfoodgulfcoast@cableone.net.

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                                                                                                      1. re: savory south

                                                                                                        The Sycamore House is fantastic! We ate there three times in four days. Everything from the pizza to the seafood - just great. Trapani's is a favorite of ours as well. I grew up in BSL and I adore that town.

                                                                                                        Sycamore House Restaurant
                                                                                                        210 Main St, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520

                                                                                                      2. Does anyone know if the front porch is still open? Went by today around 2 and it was completely deserted. I was so looking forward to some shrimp!

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                                                                                                        1. re: mnags

                                                                                                          The Front Porch is still open. You might want to call first to see about their days of operation and hours (228-255-4080). The best shrimp po-boys can be found at the Love Shack in Biloxi on Woolmarket Road (N of the interstate off Old 67). The staff there are great too! My friends and I just found Nelson's Authentic Philly Cheese Steak in Gulfport off 15th. They haven't been open that long but already have quite a following. And then there's Capone's in Ocean Springs if you like authentic Italian.

                                                                                                          Love Shack
                                                                                                          8244 Woolmarket Rd, Biloxi, MS 39532

                                                                                                          1. re: MSMs

                                                                                                            I was a bit disappointed with The Front Porch b/c their posted hours showed that they should have been opened when we dropped by It makes the chowhound field trip a bit unfun when you go out of your way for a great meal and the place is closed. Next time we will have to try the Love Shack! I love chef Dani….I buy her fresh pastas at the OS market when when she is there. We have been to Capone's once for dinner and the service was beyond slow and they were out of almost half of the menu…..made for a bit of a downer of a night out. We may try again.

                                                                                                            Love Shack
                                                                                                            8244 Woolmarket Rd, Biloxi, MS 39532

                                                                                                        2. I had dinner at Whitecap in Gulfport, Mississippi this evening. It was wonderful. I highly recommend it. The seafood is very fresh. I liked that it is an informal place right on the beach. The portions are large and fairly inexpensive for fresh seafood. We had the seafood sampler for $19.95 each. It had white sea trout, shrimp, scallops, stuffed crab, crab fingers, clams, oysters, hushpuppies and fries. For $24.95, we could have added some softshell crab.

                                                                                                          The only criticism I could see someone using would be that everything on the plate was breaded and fried. That was ok by me. I'm a southern boy. That is how fish is done in the here.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Hank Hanover

                                                                                                            I know one of the people who supplies the White Cap with fish, and I know for sure that it is fresh- about as fresh as you can get!

                                                                                                            1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                                              The Whitecap - so glad it's back. Hopefully for all on the coast, this spring & summer brings the beach visitors back.

                                                                                                              My update on Front Porch - I have been a fan of them for ages and have overlooked some of the open/closed issues. Last month, we went and they were open but no hamburger buns.
                                                                                                              Like they couldn't go to Nico's and get some?

                                                                                                              On another note: HarborView Cafe has opened in Long Beach on the new Jeff Davis street "promenade". This is the one that was in the "Pass" across from the harbor pre K.

                                                                                                              1. re: savory south

                                                                                                                The place I miss is "Carol's Old Town Cafe". Anyone heard anything?

                                                                                                                1. re: Clarkafella

                                                                                                                  Oh I foCarols Old Town has been gone since Katrina - there are no plans to reopen it that I know of. Right now in Bay St Louis we have a few great places:

                                                                                                                  Lulu's - located at Maggie Mays on Main Street - fantastic unique lunch spot

                                                                                                                  Mockingbird Cafe - nice small lunch menu, fresh soups and the famous Mockingburger and Veggie Burger

                                                                                                                  Buttercup Cafe - Breakfast and Lunch - great local spot, nice atmosphere, they also have ice cream

                                                                                                                  Sloppy Dogs - just opened hot dog stand with a few other items, located on 2nd street in Old Town

                                                                                                                  Sycamore House - fantastic food and really diverse menu - they also have amazing pizzas which many people don't know!

                                                                                                                  There is a brand new place called Cypress Cafe over in the Depot District - they servce wonderful wraps, salads, etc. for lunch.

                                                                                                                  Sycamore House Restaurant
                                                                                                                  210 Main St, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520

                                                                                                                  1. re: trvlgrl64

                                                                                                                    Great that there are so many new places to try, but I'm sure going to miss some of the old ones! BSL happens to be my favorite place in the world but I just can't seem to get down there often enough

                                                                                                                    The in-laws live in Gulfport, so moving down that way isn't an option!

                                                                                                                    1. re: trvlgrl64

                                                                                                                      I have to echo that Sycamore House in BSL is outstanding! We ate there twice and had amazing food both times. Service is stellar.

                                                                                                                      Sycamore House Restaurant
                                                                                                                      210 Main St, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520

                                                                                                              2. re: Hank Hanover

                                                                                                                I thought there were two Whitecap's. Which one is the best.

                                                                                                                1. re: Littleman

                                                                                                                  I only know of the one, but the owners may have another restaurant or two...

                                                                                                                2. re: Hank Hanover

                                                                                                                  Well, I got the recommendation for Whitecap on this thread so I felt obligated to give feedback. I was only in Biloxi for 2 days so I did the seafood buffet at the Beau Rivage and the next night we ate at Whitecap which is more what I wanted. Although, you can get mass quantities at the buffet. I've never seen people eat a "pile of King Crab" before. They had stuffed crab, crab cakes, crawfish, shrimp just about any way you could imagine.

                                                                                                                  Anyway, it was a very enjoyable 2 days. I want to thank the chowhounders that recommended places to eat in the area. That aspect is probably one of the best things about chowhound.