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Nov 5, 2010 09:29 AM

Dinner in or near Byram, MS?

Traveling through from southern Illinois to New Orleans, we'll be spending the night in Byram, Mississippi. Anything good for dinner there or nearby? We'd like southern or soul food, or a good burger.


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  1. Go to Swinging Bridge Fish House in Byram, MS just E of Exit 85 and next door to Tin Shed BBQ if you don't want to drive to Florence, MS or Crystal Springs, MS. I would drive myself. I can tell you Jerry's and Louise's is the best.

    Swinging Bridge Fish House @ 114 Holiday Lane, Byram, MS 601 - 346 - 9844.
    Tin Shed BBQ @ 10 Holiday Rambler Lane, Byram, MS 601 - 371 - 4448.

    It's 16 miles from Byram, MS to Crystal Springs, MS. For good BBQ get off I 55 at Exit 72 in Crystal Springs, MS and go E on Highway 27. Go E for about a mile to the Intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 51 to Louise's for outstanding BBQ. Google has Louise's home address so a GPS may take you to the wrong place. Just go straight from I 55 on Highway 27 to the IS of 51 and 27. It's in a brown frame building with a high yellow sign. Here's a link to their menu. They are open to about 9 PM.

    Bring an ice chest and pick up some custom processed meat from Wilson's Meathouse in Crystal Springs. Get off I 55 at Exit 68 towards Crystal Springs and go E for .4 mile to Highway 51. Take a right and go 1.1 mile and Wilson's will be on your left.

    For outstanding fine catfish, seafood, burgers and steaks take Siwell Road E from Exit 85 in Byram, MS. Continue on straight to Swinging Bridge Road and then straight to Florence Byram road. Continue straight on to W Main Street in Florence. You will have gone about 6 miles from Exit 85 in Byram to Highway 49 in Florence, MS. Take a right and go 1.7 miles S on Highway 49 and make a U Turn. Go back N for .6 mile and Jerry's Catfish will be on your right. You can't miss the big round white building.

    Jerry's is your best bet. It will take you about 20 minutes to get there and the food is outstanding. They open from 5 PM to 10 PM.

    Louise Open Pit BBQ @ 26164 Hwy. 27, Crystal Springs, MS. 601 - 892 - 5003.
    Wilson's Meathouse @ 23086 U.S. 51, Crystal Springs, MS 601 - 892 - 2951.
    Jerry's Catfish House @ 3326 Highway 49 S, Florence, MS 601 - 845 - 8860.

    If you want good soul food near Summit, MS get off I 55 at Exit 20 and go W. Take your first right on Old Brookhaven Road and go N to Doretha's.

    Doretha's @ 1139 Old Brookhaven Road, Summit, MS 601 - 276 - 9594.

    For the best southern cooking in the US go to Dinner Bell in McComb, MS. They are open for lunch only Tuesday through Sunday. Get off I 55 at Exit 17 and go E on Delaware Avenue to S Broadway. Take a right and go 2 blocks to 5th Avenue. Take a right and go to Dinner Bell. You will sit around large lazy susan tables filled with southern specials like fresh vegetable casseroles, fried eggplant and fried chicken. Stop by on your way N.

    The Dinner Bell @ 229 5th Ave., McComb, MS. 601 - 684 - 4883.

    If you take a rest stop near the LA/MS state line at Osyka, MS get off I 55 at Exit 1 and go E on Highway 584 and go to Second Street. Take a right and go to Nyla's for outstanding burgers. The nearby town of Kentwood, LA is the home of Britney Spears who is a frequent visitor at Nyla's.

    Nyla's Burger Basket @ 1071 Second Street, Osyka, MS 601 - 542 - 5032.

    BBQ Station is a good stop in Independence, LA. Get off I 55 at Exit 40 and go E on Highway 40 to Railroad Avenue. Take a right and go two blocks for good BBQ.

    Bar B Que Station @ 563 W. Railroad Ave., Independence, LA. 985 - 878 - 3747.

    If you have never been to Middendorf's Restaurant you must stop at Exit 15 off I 55. Go E to Highway 51 and turn right. Go S about a mile to some fine fresh seafood right off the boat. They also serve great salads, gumbo, sandwiches and steaks. Stop to rest even if you don't eat. Get a cold drink and head back.

    Middendorf's @ 30160 Highway 51, Akers, LA 985 - 386 - 6666.

    If you stop in Jackson, MS on your way N/S and you would like outstanding fresh seafood or steaks in a great atmosphere get off I 220 Bypass at Exit 1B and go E on Highway 80 to Crechales. It's in an old run down joint on the right but they serve some fine food. Be sure to try their Cumback Sauce. Get a few bottles to take home.

    Crechale's @ 3107 Highway 80 West, Jackson, MS. 601 - 355 - 1840.

    3 Replies
      1. re: dochoch

        Stamps Superburger has a location in Byram- damn near the best burger you can get anywhere! And also Wyndale Meat Market is one exit south- great big steaks...

        Stamps Superburger
        1801 Dalton St, Jackson, MS 39204

        1. re: Clarkafella

          Yep. Wyndale Steakhouse Restaurant. Get off I 55 at Exit 81 and go W to Terry Road. Take a right and go to Wyndale's.

          Wyndale Steakhouse @ 6672 Terry Road, Terry, MS 601 - 878 - 2695.

    1. I've heard good things about Krikalos (sp?) Greek restaurant in Byram. Tom's Fried Pies in South Jackson is great too.

      Fried Pie
      216 W Main St, Gurdon, AR 71743

      3 Replies
      1. re: fat harry

        Fat Harry: tell me more about Tom's Fried Pies. I've heard about it and have a friend that lives in Jackson who's been there once and loves it. What do you get there?

        Fried Pie
        216 W Main St, Gurdon, AR 71743

        1. re: deepfriedkudzu

          The Mexican and the "Roagie" (a Natchitoches meat pie) are my favorites. The only sweet pie that I've tried is the pecan which is heart-stoppingly good.

          1. re: fat harry

            Oh Natchitoches meat pie...yes...I've had the "original" at Lasyone's. Yum.

            Now I *have* to get to Tom's. Thanks, Fat Harry!