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I live here in NOLA, and my husband and I are headed out of town for a weekend in fabulous Columbia, MS. Does anyone know of any good restaurants (particularly for breakfast, but other meals are needed, too) in or near Columbia or Hattiesburg. While you're at it...what are your favorite restaurants in Mississippi in general?

There's not a board for Mississippi nor for a town there, so this could be very informative!

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  1. Mary Mahoney's in Biloxi.

    In Hattiesburg - Walnut Circle Grill

    If you're anywhere near or through Picayune - Joyce & Darnell's

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    1. re: nikinik

      Nikinik,

      Thanks for the reply!

      What kind of food is available at those restaurants?

    2. Actually Mississippi's board is located in Central South section. I'm not a big fan of Mahony's in Biloxi, overpriced and overhyped. I think they have gone downhill since the patriarch Mary died. If your traveling to Hatty town then by all means stop by Robert St. Johns place The Purple Parrot http://www.nsrg.com/purple-parrot-cafe/

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      1. re: stvtunlvzn

        Ditto the Purple Parrot Cafe ~~~ Be sure to click on the Crescent City Grill and Mahogany Bar tabs in the link...All at the same address!

        http://www.nsrg.com/purple-parrot-cafe/

        Enjoy!

        1. re: Uncle Bob

          That is simply astounding...I shall have to check this out on my next trip thru...ever since Weidmann's died, I've had nowhere between New Orleans and the Northeast.

      2. I have found myself in Columbia -- around lunchtime -- more times than I would like to admit. If you are feeling locally-adventurous, and remembering this *is* fabulous Columbia after all, see if either the Round Table or Southern Fried Rabbit is open.

        The former is one of the old-line, Southern-food, round table restaurants located in a boarding house just off downtown. The latter is a drive-through / walk-up burger 'n' fries joint that also just happens to serve rabbit cooked in various forms.

        1. Wow, this is great! Thanks for the advice, guys! My husband and I will definitely try to check out one of these places. Southern Fried Rabbit sounds particularly intriguing.

          Any good breakfast places? I'm especially looking for early morning breakfast places.

          1. If BBQ strikes your fancy,Leatha's in Hattiesburg is worth a stop.

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            1. re: rockbound

              Rose's in Hattiesburg walks circle around Leatha's. Have you actually set foot in Leatha's It's terrible. It may have been fine when it was in Columbia but the place in Hattiesburg is a real dump. Have you been to Tupelo, Southaven, Greenwood, Greenville, Jackson, Vicksburg or any other city in the state for BBQ. Leatha's is one of the very worst.