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Gulf Coast Recs. for Upcoming Trip

Greetings from "sunny" Arizona,

We are looking to put together a trip to the Gulf Coast, later in the year. Though I grew up in Gulfport, most of what I once knew is now gone.

I am looking for some "must-do" recs. in Gulfport, Biloxi and Long Beach. While we are both into "fine-dining," I am not looking for that specifically, though any such recs. will be greatly appreciated. Way back, "fine-dining" meant a trip to New Orleans and to Galatoire's or Antoine's.

What I'd love to hear about would be restaurants, that do local fare very well. While I grew up on fried seafood, that is not a requisite, though the greater the local influence, the better. Neither of us is into "steakhouses," though a great cut of beef, prepared well is always an option. Still, we'd much rather support a local, chef-driven restaurant, than some corporate restaurant, even if the absentee, celebrity chef has 3 Michelin stars back in Paris. We are both also heavy into wines, so a decent wine list is a big plus. I know that the Coast was never known for wine lists, but am hoping that some restaurants understand how to select wines for their list, that match the fare from the kitchen, rather than just rely on the distributor to fill up the cellar with "the usual suspects."

With but one exception (wife, who is from NOLA, but cannot do bi-valves, so no oysters, clams, mussels or scallops for her), we eat almost anything, so long as it's good. We have no issues with fried food, or even double doses of foie gras. While we love NOLA fare, whether Creole, NOLA, Cajun-influenced, or similar, we do not have to have that, as we will have been in NOLA a month before. Still, if a great restaurant has a NOLA bent, there is no issue.

One dish, that I would love to find, would be fried Gulf flounder. Going back to my youth, a very local restaurant, Benny's on Pass Road, in Handsboro (or maybe it was officially in Mississippi City?) had the best. That is a dish that I cannot find. Bruning's in NOLA had a good version, but Hurricane Katrina got them too, so no longer an option. Just had "Fried Flounder" at Wilton's in London, and it was horribly disappointing. Benny's had set the bar far too high, and I was foolish of me to think that a restaurant, even a very high-end seafood one, in London, would have even a clue. Had their wine list not been so good, I would have cried in front of all of our guests.

Price is no object, and we are probably more focused on dinners, than on lunches. Still, if you have a great lunch spot, with a local flavor, please do not hesitate to mention it.

We will have an auto, driving over from MSY, and both of us once knew the Coast very well, so short travel (remember those wines!) is not an issue. We will be staying in Gulfport, as it stands now, though the exact location has not been chosen.

We have plenty of time, and look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.

Thank you,


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  1. Here's a link to the best and biggets burgers on the coast. I would put Darwell's on my list.


    Mary Mahoney's is still great. Half Shell is outstanding. Back Bay is fun. Vrazel's is the best fine dining on the coast.

    Mary Mahoney's Old French House @ 116 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi, MS 228 - 374 - 0163.
    Half Shell Oyster House @ FL 1st, 2500 13th St., Gulfport, MS 228 - 867 - 7001.
    Vrazel's @ 3206 W. Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 228 - 863 - 2229.

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    1. re: Littleman


      Thank you for the recs.. Have not been to Mary Mahoney's post-K, so hope to get back. Considering the damage in Biloxi, I am glad to hear that they were able to get open.

      We've done Vrazel's, post-K (they got open rather quickly), and it WAS very good.

      One of my old favs (well, not THAT old) was The Chimneys in Gulfport (East Beach), and I understand that they have re-opened, as well. Not sure who the chef is, or anything about their new iteration. Last I had heard, they were not going to rebuild, but apparently had a change of heart.

      Do not know Half Shell, but have heard of Back Bay.

      Greatly appreciated!


      Half Shell Restaurant
      1106 Saint Mary St, Thibodaux, LA 70301

    2. I await the responses with interest and pen at-the-ready.

      Sorry I couldn't have helped you avoid flounder at Wilton's..never noticed it there but then I stick to other basics and have for almost fifty years. Don't let the flounder put you off the place.

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      1. re: hazelhurst

        Well, it was one of the "specials" that night, and I did ask a bunch of questions. The answers seemed to be the correct ones, but then the flounder came. Imagine a Mrs. Paul's large, flat fish stick. Edible, but that was about it. However, my wife's Dover Sole was very good (not the best, but in the top-10), as were all of the other dishes. The flounder, was just not up to my expectations.

        No biggie, as I got to order most of the wines that I wanted, due to the guests that we had (wife opened the purse a bit on that one), so all was not lost.

        I'll definitely give them another go, but will avoid the flounder. Hoping to get my "flounder fix" on the trip to the Coast.


        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Here's my two cents: good wine selection at French Charlies overlooking the harbor in Pass Christian and at Confusion in Gulfport. Agree that Vrazel's is the top spot on the coast.

          Vrazel's Fine Food Restaurant
          3206 W Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39501

      2. Bill, a friend of mine, Maria Mavar, just sent me a bunch of vintage pics of the Gulf Coast - man, did it spark memories of the good old days. If you'd like, I could fw them to you, they're priceless. Let me know @ my email address belle_7017@yahoo.com. Even the old Alamo is in there!

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        1. re: bayoucook

          That would be absolutely wonderful.

          Just use info@huntphoto.com and place "Gulf Coast" in the Subject, so MailWasher does not ashcan them.

          Thank you for the kind offer.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Hunt, I just forwarded them to you, and you're welcome.

            1. re: bayoucook

              Then I need to get the "thank you" out immediately! Where were my "Southern Manners?"

              Not sure of the details of the gathering, but am still trying to plan some dining. Unfortunately, due to the dates, we will have fewer nights, than originally anticipated.



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Oh no! My *you're welcome* was in response to your pro-offered thank you. Your Southern manners have not suffered a bit!

        2. My wife had the flounder at Blow Fly Inn a couple of weeks ago. I didn't try it, but she certainly enjoyed it- and the damn thing was huge!

          But for something really good, you should try Anthony's under the Oaks in Ocean Springs. Great food, great service, wonderful view, and even a decent (for the Coast) wine list. I *know* that the seafood is fresh, as they buy some from my brother in law!

          Blow Fly Inn
          9415 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39503

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          1. re: Clarkafella

            I'll put Anthony's on my list. I am trying to work up a Get Away in the fall....

            1. re: Clarkafella

              I recall some mention of Anthony's, but wonder if this trip will have enough time for Ocean Springs.

              I've always had the fried shrimp at the Blow Fly, and it sounds like I have missed a good dish. Maybe I can correct that.

              Thank you,


            2. Hunt.........Palace Casino has been renovated and now it's non smoking. Actually the only casino in the state I think. Mignon's is a great fine dining stop. I like the location on the back bay as it's a little quieter there but Biloxi is quiet anyway. Go to Shaggy's in Pass Christian and dine outdoors at the marina. Good luck.

              Palace Casino @ 158 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS 228 – 432 – 8888.

              Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill @ 120 S. Hiern Ave., Pass Harbor, Pass Christian, MS. 228 - 452 - 9939.

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              1. re: Littleman


                Thank you for the Palace rec. I seldom look to casinos, but do have to admit that the steakhouse at the Grand in Gulfport (forget the name now) was very good, and the wine list surprising, at least to me. The wine service was excellent.

                Appreciated, and I will check things out. We have not localized on our accommodations, so Biloxi, and maybe the Beau Rivage, would be an option, though I am thinking more Gulfport, or Long Beach. Time will tell there.


              2. Bill , personally I'de skip Mahoney's. Pretty much run into the ground by Mary's son since she died, shame cause I loved eating there. I will agree with Littleman on Vrazels, probably the best fine dining establishment on the coast. I believe its where the old Angelo's spaghetti restaurant used to be located.
                I've recently been to Darwell;s and was not dissapointed. My Yum Yum dish was loaded with seafood and I hear theres no filling in their crab cakes.

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                1. re: stvtunlvzn

                  Thank you for the update on Mary Mahoney's. It was pre-K, since we last dined there. It was a long and late lunch, and they were still hitting on all cylinders that day - almost as good as their best going back.

                  You are correct that Vrazel's is where Angleo's was. In my youth, that was always a treat (not much Italian on the Coast in those days), and the tree through the roof always got my attention.

                  We were there about 1 year after Katrina, and the lunches, plus the wines, were good. IIRC, they had a neat domestic Viognier (not that common and unfortunately, I have forgotten the producer), and that was unexpected outside of a major metro-area and a higher-end restaurant. Lots of fun, great friendly service, and the food was very good. Did not have the time to do dinner, but cannot imagine that they'd drop the ball there.


                2. Just got back from a wonderful week at Blackberry Farm, and found an e-mail that The Chimenys had reopened on the Coast. We have had many wonderful meals there, but last I heard, Katrina had just finished them off, and they would not reopen. Glad that they have, and hope to add them. Has anyone dined there?

                  Thank you,


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                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Bill, I hate to say this but if your expecting pre Katrina experience at Chimney's then youll also be dissapointed. Chimney's was my favorite restaurant before the hurricane and the new restaurant is not the same. The menu has changed and the food does not live up to their reputation. If you want the best food for your money I still think Darwells is your best bet.

                    1. re: stvtunlvzn

                      Steve's Marina Grill http://www.stevesmarina.com/Welcome.aspx has reopend on the water in Long Beach, MS. Have not been as yet, but remember it had excellent flounder. The menu lists a fried flounder and a crabmeat stuffed flounder. Reading the menu made me remember all of the good meals pre-K. Will have to give it a try this week.

                      1. re: stvtunlvzn

                        That saddens me greatly, but then my visit to the Coast, post-K brought tears to my eyes. I thought that I had "seen it all," with Camille, but was proved very wrong, just a few decades later.

                        Guess that I will hold off my expectations, and check my "reservations" at the door, and try to enjoy.

                        As Thomas Wolfe penned, "you can't go home again."

                        Thank you for the H/U, and I will try to keep my mind open, and not expect too much - anywhere.



                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          Damn Bill, I know your counting on Flounder I havnt been to Blowfly since the 80's but I hear from everyone that their stuffed flounder is excellent. I also used to enjoy Steve's Marina but unfortunately they were awfull at their location at the airport. I havnt been since they re-opened at the Long Beach harbor, I doubt I'll give them another shot. If I have to drive all the way to Long Beach I'm going to Darwells, they didnt skimp on my seafood dish and the food was excellent!

                          1. re: stvtunlvzn

                            Darwell's is fun. Ate there last night for the first time. Somehow it slipped under the radar for us. The food was great and an eclectic atmosphere. It's BYOB and you can bring an opened bottle if you choose. Although off the beaten path, we love Old Cuevas Bistro in Pass Christian.

                            1. re: kelsbeth

                              I know I sound like a cheerleader for Darwells but its the only restaurant that has wow'ed me in three years. It upsets me that all my favorite restaurants are simply not serving palatable fare anymore. I'm sick and tired of spending my hard earned money on mediocre food anymore. I've noticed the same pattern not only on the MS coast but also in NO. I'm gonna start patronizing only restaurants that WOW me.

                    2. Since you'll be driving and are from the coast, I'd suggest you take Hwy 90 from NOLA to the MS Gulf Coast either coming or going.

                      From NOLA go via I-10 to 510/Chalmette south to get on Hwy 90. In New Orleans East there is
Pho Doung Bakery on 90 - incredible French bread, they deliver to the top restaurants in NOLA. 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 & bars where you can buy Cowan turtle & alligator meat. This is all on 90.

                      90 will pass Pearlington and then 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. Ricky's is pasta and fresh fried local seafood. Then drive east till you get to the BSL bridge which will take you across to Pass Christian. Right now (Sept) the Beach Rd is closed Lakeshore going East till about Coleman. Trapani's is re-opening at their old location on Beach Blvd in BSL, maybe for Thanksgiving or Xmas. They might be able to do justice to a flounder.
                      They are currently in a strip center off Hwy 90 in BSL by Hancock Medical. Also in BSL is Sycamore House on Main St - they do a sunchoke soup and have quite a bit of east meets west fusion menu items plus fab shrimp and grits. They actually have their wine list on-line, I think Sycamore House & Vrazel's are the only restaurants who do this.

                      In Pass Christian aka "the Pass" there's:
                      French Charley's across from the Pass harbor on W. Beach. It's on a bit of a bluff so there's view of shrimp boats, oyster luggers and pleasure craft plus great breeze They started out as tapas/wine bar but now do sandwiches, tapas and a more traditional seafood menu and they have a full bar. Very, very pleasant.

                      Shaggy's is their sister restaurant in west Pass harbor - their menu reads like a Sysco list, so don't expect
too much. IMHO 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. There is a new public access pier that extends into the Gulf w/covered seating areas if you want to take a stroll with one of those good bottles of wine you're bringing.

                      Also in the Pass is Pirates Cove on Market Street. Terrific fried seafood po-boys. This is the same owners as the original Pirates Cove that was on 90 pre-katrina.

                      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. Full bar. Slow Food Gulf Coast had their first coastal dinner here. We've brought our wines in with us here w/no problem.

                      One thing with any place on the MS coast is the service personell is often young. 
SO if you want a drink or have a bottle of wine opened, they have to legally get someone of "age" to do your order and
that can take longer. Also wine lists due to State of MS list restrictions are
lousy and limited - we take our own, often, with no problem. It's better than is was preKatrina but still iffy.

                      In Long Beach, HarborView Cafe has opened on the new Jeff Davis street "promenade". This is the one that was in "the Pass" across from the harbor pre K. Also in Long Beach off Jeff Davis by the railroad is Darwell's (as other's have said this place is amazing for both food & service. Also off Jeff Davis is Fresh Mex, which does a great marinated shrimp salad served in a 1/2 avocado. On Jeff Davis is Bankhouse Coffee - one of the few coffee houses in this section of the coast.

                      In Gulfport, Vrazel's still is the top spot for old-line, carefully executed sauces atop fresh gulf seafood. Serious about veal too. It reminds me of Commander's preEmeril.

                      Also in Gulfport is Triplett-Day Drug Store on 14th & Hwy 49 - they have a cafe in the back and do milkshakes by hand as well a breakfast and "hot" lunches.It's not gourmet but sometimes you need meatloaf and a milkshake.

                      The BlowFly is back and probably has the best crab cakes & fried green tomatoes on the coast

                      The Chimney's, Steve's Marina, White Cap, Bacchus have been OK but no rush to go back to. Their menu's read like a foodservice shopping list. Salute is a great location and interior, meals have been just great or has been so salty that food was inedible. The Half Shell is good but their staff is in the weeds whenever there is any degree of a crowd.

                      IMHO Harrison County best: Vrazel's, Cuevas Bistro, Darwell's
                      Hancock County: Trapani's & Sycamore House.

                      Bankhouse Coffee
                      126 Jeff Davis Ave, Long Beach, MS 39560

                      Pirates Cove
                      116 Market St, Pass Christian, MS 39571

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

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                      1. re: savory south

                        Thats a great write up savory south. I always crank back home to Pcola from NOLA on 10, I'm gonna take this route next time. I've never really seen that area. Thanks

                        1. re: savory south

                          Thank you for the detailed recs. As it stands today, we will be flying into GPT (Gulfport/Biloxi), and will have an auto there. There is one event, and then we will be on our own.

                          Though I was a resident of the Gulf Coast, I have had limited trips back, post-K.

                          I hope to do the newly, reopened Chimney's, as we had a dinner planned there, that Katrina wiped out.

                          Back, pre-K, there was a really good bistro, with an impressive wine list (even to me), on the west-side of downtown. Name eludes me now, but I have heard that a new restaurant filled that spot?

                          We know the BlowFly, and have had several good to great lunches there. Have never had dinner with them.

                          We encountered the "legal age" at Vrael's, when our lovely, but young, server had to get another server, to open our Viognier. Maybe I have been traveling too much lately, but I have grown accustomed to such, and am supportive of such. No longer a surprise.

                          As we near the trip and the event, I will be back to pass my choices through the board.

                          I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the work that you have done.


                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Perhaps the bistro you are referring to was Confusion on Teagarden Road, Gulfport. Unfortunately, it is closed.

                            1. re: TaTee

                              No, this was in in downtown Gulfport, and on about 27th Ave (seems that the name might have been 27th Ave Bisto?)

                              Thank you,


                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                Speaking of downtown Gulfport, it has had a renaissance of sorts- lots of new places to eat and drink and walk around from one place to another. I understand that it gets rowdy (in a fun way) on weekend nights! Haven't been to a single place yet but it sure looks interesting!

                                1. re: Clarkafella

                                  That is a great report.

                                  I have not been back, since right after Katrina - the day that the Bay St. Louis bridge (US 90) opened one lane. Downtown Gulfport was totally empty then.

                                  Glad to hear the good news. Will check it out, when there in Dec., and am happy to hear your report.



                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                    Hunt - Dempsey's in lower Hancock County on the way to the Silver Slipper
                                    has closed. They have moved up to Kiln and are on Kiln DeLisle Rd - this Dempsey's is related to the NOLA Jack Dempsey's on Poland & similar menu but they do steaks too. Also up in "da kill" is Jordan River Steamer on Hwy 603 - I happen to love this place but know plenty who don't - they always have royal reds and on a crisp day/evening it is lovely being outside there. They also do have a full premium bar which is hard to find on this side of Hancock Co.

                                    As a side note, at last weekend's Crusin' the Coast, there was an abundance of made in da kill moonshine (long tradition of producing hooch there), had 2 different ones: one was very smooth and the other had some sort of coconut flavor which was referred to as "buffetbrew" as in Jimmy. It is quietly sold.

                                    1. re: savory south

                                      I've had the coconut before- that stuff is great!

                                2. re: Bill Hunt

                                  Had totally forgotten about that place! Had some good meals there.

                                  Downtown G'port: Good oysters raw and charbroiled at the Half Shell on Hwy 49, 1 block off Hwy 90.

                          2. Thank you everyone for such good suggestions! We, too, are planning a mid-winter trip along I-10. Roughly, drive from NC to Mobile, AL on Day 1 (hella-long trip) and then spend the rest of the trip moseying over to NOLA and then back along 1-10 over to FL and then back home via I-95.

                            Any other suggestions other than the fabulous ones already mentioned would be greatly appreciated by me, too. I love holes-in-the walls with amazing food and of course I'm all for being served by a snobby waiter at high tea, too. haha

                            Thank you all!

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                            1. re: Tehama

                              Great sounding trip, and I am relieved that some of the I-10 recs. will not be wasted.

                              Originally , we had planned to fly into MSY, and then drive to the Coast. In our case, the number of days/nights was changed, and we are now flying into GPT from IAH, so road travel will be at a minimum. At least you can benefit from all the work.

                              Enjoy the trip, and travel safely,


                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                So kind! Thank you! And happy traveling to you and yours!

                              2. re: Tehama

                                Here's some joints to stop and rest for lunch on your way from FL to LA.
                                The best seafood in Mobile, AL is at Wintzell's Oyster House. Get off I 10 at Exit 26 A and go W on Canal Steet. Go .4 mile and turn right on S Washington Avenue. Turn right and go .3 mile to Dauphine Street. Take a right and Wintzell's will be on your right. The best BBQ in the area is at Brick Pit. Get off I 10 at Exit 15B and go N on Highway 90 for 3 miles to Demetropolis Road. Take a left and continue on Demetropolis Road which becomes S University Boulevard. Go about 5 miles from the left you took on Demetropolis to Old Shell Road. Take a right and go to Brick Pit for outstanding BBQ. For fine po boy's and fresh seafood get off I 10 at Exit 15A and go N on Government Boulevard to Hall's Mill Road just past the shopping center on the right. Take a right and go to the Boiling Point.
                                Wintzell's Oyster House @ 605 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251 - 432 - 4605.
                                The Brick Pit @ 5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 251 - 343 - 0001.
                                The Boiling Pot @ Suite G, 5300 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 251 - 602 - 8405.
                                For fine southern comfort food get off I 10 at Exit 68 at Moss Point, MS and go N on Highway 613 to Tugus restaurant. Stay on Highway 90 going E from Ocean Springs, MS. Go to Market Street and take a right. Go to Ingall's Avenue and take a left. Go 3 or 4 blocks to Bozo's Grocery for fine po boy's.
                                For good BBQ and fun times get off I 10 at Exit 57 and go N on Highway 57 to The Shed for lunch or dinner. For fine country food for breakfast or lunch go E on Highway 90 to Ocean Springs, MS and turn right on Washington Avenue. Take your first left on Robinson Street and go to Bayview Gourmet. Fayard's has good BBQ. Ward's has good seafood and steaks. Phoenicia has good breakfast, lunch or dinner.
                                Tugus Restaurant @ 6909 Highway 613, Moss Point, MS 228 - 474 - 9910.
                                Bozo's Grocery @ 2012 Ingalls Ave., Pascagoula, MS 228 - 762 - 3322.
                                The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint @ 7501 Hwy. 57, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 9590.
                                Bayview Gourmet @ 1010 Robinson St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 4252.
                                Fayard's BP @ 6905 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 1020.
                                Kenny Ward's @ 1504 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 818 - 4505.
                                McElroy's on the Bayou @ 705 Bienville Blvd. 228 - 818 - 4600.
                                Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine @ 123 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 0603.
                                Continue on Highway 90 to Highway 49 N in Gulfport, MS. Take a left and go one block to 13th Street and turn left to Half Shell Oyster House for fine fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Or continue on Highway 90 to Cowan Road which is E of Highway 49 in Gulfport, MS between Gulfport, MS and Biloxi, MS. Go N on Cowan Road to W Pine Street. Turn left and go 3 blocks to Washington Street, Turn right and go to Blow Fly Inn where the local's dine on fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Continue E on Highway 90 to Caillavet Street just E of I 110. Turn left and go N to Howard. Turn right and go one block to Old Biloxi Schooner for good po boy's. For fine fresh oysters and good seafood continue E on Howard to Fillin Station for lunch or dinner.
                                Half Shell Oyster House @ FL 1st, 2500 13th St., Gulfport, MS 228 - 867 - 7001.
                                Blow Fly Inn @ 1201 Washington Ave., Gulfport, MS 228 - 896 - 9812.
                                Ole Biloxi Schooner @ 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 435 - 8071.
                                Fillin Station @ 692 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 432 - 5565.
                                Continue on Highway 90 to Darwell's Cafe in Long Beach, MS for good lunch or dinner. Darwell's was featured on Diners, Drive In's and Dives. Continue on Highway 90 to Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill across from the Pass Christian Yacht Club for good fresh seafood, cold drinks and nice music. Get off I 10 at Exit 2 at Bay St. Louis, MS and go E on Scenic Highway 90 to Trapani's for fine fresh seafood for lunch or dinner.
                                Darwells Cafe @ 127 East 1st St., Long Beach, MS. 228 - 868 - 8946.
                                Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill @ 120 S. Hiern Ave., Pass Harbor, Pass Christian, MS. 228 - 452 - 9939.
                                Trapani's @ 833 Highway 90 # 3, Bay St. Louis, MS 228 - 467 - 8570.
                                Or get off I 12 at Exit 65 and go S on Highway 59 to Lakeshore Drive. Turn left and go to The Beach House for great fresh seafood overlooking Lake Pontchatrain. The Barley Oak is outstanding also. Get off I 12 at Exit 63A in Covington, LA and go N on Highway 190 to Acme Oyster House for fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Get off I 12 at Exit 63A and go S on Highway 190 to Bear's Grill and Spirit's for outstanding po boys and sandwiches.
                                The Beach House @ 124 Girod Street, Mandeville, LA 985 – 624 – 9331.
                                The Barley Oak @ 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, LA 985 – 727 – 7420.
                                Bear's Grill and Spirit's @ 1809 North Causeway Boulevard, Mandeville, LA 985 - 674 - 9090.
                                Acme Oyster House @ 1202 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 985 - 246 - 6155.

                                1. re: Littleman

                                  Wow. Wow. Wow. I can't thank you enough. I'm going to have to take a notebook with me on the raod trip and make great notes. I'm certainly printing out this thread for sure.

                                  Many thanks to everyone -- and Littleman, thank you especially for your encyclopedic knowledge & recommendations.