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

    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.

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

    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.

  • Oysters and so much more

    Oysters and so much more

    Show of hands: who has bought seafood out of the back of a van? If your hand is politely in your lap, you’re probably imagining a shady character selling substandard product while promising it’s not stolen. If your hand IS raised, you know it means fresh shrimp brought up from the Gulf daily and great prices. 

    We’re lucky in the Pine Belt to be close enough to the Gulf of Mexico to have easy access to some of the freshest, most delicious seafood to come out of American waters.

  • Italian fare with a Southern twist

    Italian fare with a Southern twist

    When most people think about retirement, they imagine taking time to travel, finally being able to dive deep into favorite hobbies and spending time with family.

    We imagine propping up on a French Quarter balcony, eating po-boys and listening to buskers serenade tourists through our golden years.

    Columbia native Sebe Dale went the opposite direction.

    He decided to spend his retirement doing whatever his wife, Amanda, wanted.

    Amanda wanted to open a restaurant.

  • Town Square Cafe and Bakery

    Town Square Cafe and Bakery

    We like to keep our ear to the ground, attuned to pick up news about new restaurant openings in the ’Burg.

    After we started writing the Signature food feature, we quickly learned that one of the best perks is that people are excited about sharing food news with us.

    So, from the first “There’s a new cafe opening downtown,” we’ve picked up any information that came our way about Town Square Cafe and Bakery and anticipated featuring them here. 

    First, news of the location – the Pastry Garden building at 129 Walnut St.

  • Tails up at South MS Crawfish

    Tails up at South MS Crawfish

    It’s springtime in South Mississippi. That means that if you are on the road after 11 a.m. on any given day, there’s about a 50 percent chance the driver in front of you will be chucking crawfish heads out of their window.

    We don’t condone littering, but we get it.

  • Must-try crawfish dishes

    Must-try crawfish dishes

    Whether you call them crawfish or mudbugs, crayfish or crawdads, the Pine Belt loves to eat them! Here are some of our must-try dishes from local spots.

    350º Bake Shop
    521 Old Richton Road, Petal

    Crawfish Fettuccine
    Perfectly-cooked fettuccine topped with a creamy, well-seasoned sauce and a bounty of plump crawfish tails.

     

    Patio 44
    3822 West 4th Street, H’burg

  • Crawfish around the Hub City

    Crawfish around the Hub City

    Looking to get out on the town to enjoy some crawfish? There are plenty of opportunities!

    Seasonal Crawfish Menu, Crescent City Grill

    • When? Mid-March to Mid-April
    • Where: Crescent City Grill and Mahogany Bar, 3810 Hardy, Hattiesburg
    • Details: Pine Belt diners look forward to the seasonal crawfish menu at Crescent City Grill for good reason – no one celebrates the South’s favorite crustacean quite like they do.

  • Downtown pub puts punch in local fare

    Downtown pub puts punch in local fare

    Spring is here, y’all, and that can only mean one thing. No, not the return of the fine layer of pollen covering the Pine Belt. It means that downtown is hopping!

    The Porter threw open its doors in May 2016, and kicked off a wave of new business openings in east Hattiesburg. Downtown is the place to be right now.

     

    Pub 101

  • Mercury Pizza brings fresh, fast pizza

    Mercury Pizza brings fresh, fast pizza

    Gas station pizza. It’s the kind of thing you eat when you are on the road, hungry and limited in options. It sits like a brick in your stomach, and more often than not turns out to be a bad idea.

    It certainly doesn’t call to mind exciting flavors, imported ingredients and precision execution.

    But we’re going to ask you to take everything you know about gas station pizza, ball it up nice and tight and throw it away. Go ahead. Get rid of it.

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