• Top Chef: Martha Mixon

    Martha Mixon, right, is a native of the Sanford/Union Church communities just up Hwy. 49 North. She and her husband, Tommy, have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, but they consider their entire staff as family. They started the business in 1984 and with the exception of one five-year hiatus, they’ve been keeping customers happy on the side of Hwy. 49 for a long time.

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Salt 
     
    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    Soft

  • Good Eats

    Opened in 1984 as a fruit stand, Shady Acres Village has seen a lot of changes through the years.

    And while the family business has modernized with the times, you can still find long-standing recipes and traditions within its walls. Located just north of Hattiesburg on Highway 49, Shady Acres is worth the drive, especially considering that the journey is practically red-light and traffic free, which is a novelty in the Pine Belt these days.

  • A Cut Above

    Even though you’ll find “lil” in its name, there is nothing “little” about the Lil Butcher Shoppe at 1910 Broadway Drive in Hattiesburg. This old-fashioned butcher shop has been a mainstay providing a variety of hand-cut meats, smoked sausage, cheese and other specialty products to Pine Belt residents and others who have been driving in from across the region for the past 26 years.

  • Top Chef: Alex Tardy of Tabella

     

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Salt and Pepper

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    I listen to rock music while cooking, something able to match the cooking conditions.

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
    My family.

    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
    Thai or Indian

  • Tabella: Meet us at the Big Red Tomato

    It’s that time again, no two ways about it. Yep. We are neck deep in the holidays.

    From the first fun-sized candy bar in October to the last King Cake in February, we’re all caught up in a whirlwind of rich desserts, road trips, visits with the cousins from out of town, shopping and merry-making in general.

    Amidst all the hustle and bustle, we find ourselves craving a cozy spot to gather with family and friends (the ones who promise not to talk about politics until we’re done digesting!), press pause, and share a delicious meal. 

    Psst… We know a place!

  • Great food and All that Jazz

    Nelson Haskin Jr. is a busy man. By day, he’s a National Guard recruiter at Camp Shelby. By night, he owns and operates one of Hattiesburg’s newest nightspots and eateries – Blu Jazz Cafe.

    Blu Jazz opened its doors mid-April of this year, but Haskin is no stranger to the Hattiesburg food scene.

    He got his start at Chesterfield’s when he moved to Hattiesburg to attend Southern Miss, and worked his way through the ranks during the next 14 years. He also owned Nelli’s Deli in the Cloverleaf Mall food court. 

    His passion for hospitality has brought him downtown.

  • Southern Miss Dining

    A confession: Between 1996 and 2000, one of us (this is not a full confession!) ate a fried chicken sandwich in the Southern Miss student union three times a week without fail.

     

    It was a good sandwich, to be sure. Utilitarian. A bun, a huge piece of boneless fried chicken, a couple of pickles. It got the job done. A nice full belly to sustain us through a heavy class load and the daily hunt for parking.

  • Coordinates to a good time

    It might be fall according to the calendar, but it’s still summertime here in South Mississippi.It’s not yet time for big, malty beers full of robust flavors and warming alcohol. We’re still in the golden days, the halcyon days, the days of sitting on the porch by the water enjoying the last rays of the setting sun. And if you’re anything like me, you want a crisp, refreshing beer in your hand while you do it. Abita 30-90 is that beer. It’s a “golden lager” that slides right into that gap between full-bodied fall and effervescent summer.

  • TOP CHEF: scott martin

    Scott Martin is the owner of Bop’s Frozen Custard & The Lawn Ranger Landscape, Lawn & Irrigation. Scott is a Jones Junior College and Mississippi State graduate. He is married to wife Jamie and has two children, James Harris and Mary Ann.

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Onions

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    Shuffle on Pandora or iTunes

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
    My Grandmother, Christine Pridgen

  • Bop's - It’s worth a detour to eat this ‘real food’

    Drive down Hardy Street in Hattiesburg these days and you can’t help but notice: Something big is going on.

    Construction, and lots of it. Spanning the blocks between 30th and 32nd avenues across Hardy from the University of Southern Mississippi, The District at Midtown will bring exciting new businesses to Hattiesburg, including a swank hotel, retail space and a handful of new eateries. It’s a big deal, and construction of this phase is expected to last into 2018. Exciting times!

    One drawback, though.

    It’s kind of hard to get to Bop’s.

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