Move-In Week is almost here! There’s no better way to end a long day of moving into the dorms than an award winning meal right here in Oxford. Home to many unique culinary options, you are in luck when it comes to finding delicious meals. Whether it’s a late night snack at our well-known Chicken-on-a-Stick or a nice sit-down dinner at City Grocery, Oxford has something for everyone.
After a tiring day of moving your new college student into their new home, maybe you want to grab a quick and casual bite. Forget the line to that fast food chain restaurant and stop by some of these great and local casual dining options.
Abner’s is a locally loved spot for their famous chicken tenders, and is also a great place to check out some Ole Miss sports memorabilia. Located on the corner of South Lamar and University Ave., this quick and casual restaurant has a variety of chicken tender plates to choose from along with salads, wraps, wings and tasty sides.
Phillips Grocery located off The Square on South Lamar, is home to some of the best burgers as well as Mississippi Catfish plates. Always greeted and served by a friendly staff, Phillips Grocery provides a small-town comfort with all around great menu options. Although alcohol is not served, they do have a brown bag policy at night that allows customers to pay $4 each to bring in their own wine or liquor.
Another locally loved burger restaurant is Handy Andy. Located on North Lamar this restaurant also provides a comfortable hometown atmosphere with some of the best BBQ you will ever have. (Handy Andy is our 2020 POM Choice Winner for Oxford’s Best BBQ!) A trip to this restaurant is an Oxford must whether you are in the mood for a great burger or BBQ.
South Depot is a great place for any time of the day. This taco shop offers everything from quesadillas, salads, burritos, burrito bowls and margaritas all available to be made to your custom order. Located on The Square next door to The Lyric, South Depot is a hot spot for students and locals on a night out, game day and even Sunday lunch.
If you have done any research about restaurants here in Oxford, Ajax Diner has most likely been one of the first spots to pop up. Home to some of the best southern cooking in Oxford, Ajax Diner has a unique atmosphere filled with funky artwork and meals that will leave you with a full and happy stomach! Currently Ajax is only available for curbside, but that does not stop their meals from being as delicious as always.
Big Bad Breakfast is a very popular stop for great breakfast options. All of the classic breakfast favorites are offered but each with a twist. It is not unusual for there to be a bit of a wait, but it’s always worth it! It is also a great place to grab lunch, and doesn’t matter if “you have fried chicken for breakfast, fried eggs for lunch or burgers for both”.
Proud Larry’s is known for all the amazing live shows they host whether it's free entertainment while you sit and enjoy your food or concerts after dinner. Aside from the great artists Proud Larry’s has welcomed over the years, this is also a fan favorite on The Square to get delicious meals and drinks. This restaurant has a very mellow atmosphere and a great patio area for seating. Different menu items are their great burgers, pizzas, pastas, salads and more!
Volta Taverna is an old gas station turned restaurant that serves as a unique spot for some of Oxford’s only Greek inspired cuisine. They offer mouth watering appetizers (get the Hotty Toddy Balls!), gyros, salads and more. Volta is also a great place to unwind with cocktails like their popular frozen mojito.
Jinsei is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with great sushi and menu items. The atmosphere is modern and fun with a large selection of hand-crafted cocktail options. Jinsei offers great deals like Mojito Mondays and Wing Wednesday where wings are just fifty cents. You truly can’t go wrong with what you order here and it is a guaranteed great experience!
Last but not least there is Boure. With a creole inspired menu and great upstairs balcony, you get all the New Orleans feels. Boure is a great spot for “upscale down home dining”. This is a more casual restaurant with food that is anything but casual. Boure offers so many amazing options with the atmosphere of a friendly, bustling dining experience.
These restaurants are great for a more relaxed sit-down environment, and a place you would want to go and get a slower paced Oxford culinary experience. These restaurants are great places to treat yourself after a long day moving in your new college student!
Oxford Grillehouse is our 2020 POM Choice Winner for Oxford’s Best Date Night Spot. Sitting on the corner of The Square right under Rooster’s Blues House, Oxford Grillehouse offers everything from quality steaks to fresh seafood. With a quiet and dark atmosphere, this is a great place to unwind after a full day of dorm move-in.
City Grocery is an Oxford fan favorite and often many people’s number one choice for a nice dinner out. This is one of Chef John Currence’s “Dine-asty” restaurants alongside Big Bad Breakfast, Boure and Snackbar. This restaurant is a hot spot for upscale southern dining and has a changing dinner menu every six weeks. “Service that is well informed, professional, attentive and attractive without being pretentious or stuffy and food that is flavorful, fresh, accessible, creative and plentiful” is a great representation of what to expect when dining here.
Snackbar, as previously mentioned, is another great restaurant to relax and take a break at with amazing service and delicious menu items. Snackbar is one of the only places in Oxford to offer oysters on the half shell. You can find Snackbar on North Lamar right next to Big Bad Breakfast. They offer a Happy Hour that includes oysters along with their deal for cheaper alcoholic beverages.
Ravine is open Thursday through Sunday and features small, middle and large plates with amazing choices for each one. Ravine is located just outside of Oxford and situated comfortably in a rustic log chalet surrounded by woods. The food found here is Contemporary Southern and all the vegetables used are grown locally. If you will be here through the weekend make sure to check out their Sunday Brunch.
Julep Steakhouse & Flights is a newer restaurant located on The Square that has a variety of seafood and steak flights to great wine and cocktail flights. If you choose not to get a flight no worries, they still offer great options of ribeyes and filets!
Lenora’s is a great place to get a glass of wine and take in the relaxed, warm atmosphere of the restaurant. Their menu is very diverse with Southern touches. The laid back upscale dining at Lenora’s would be a great choice after a long day in the dorms.
McEwen’s, a local favorite, is a second home to their original located in Collierville, Tennessee. Their menu has a wide variety from steaks to delicious seabass for dinner. If you are looking for a lunch spot, they have a great lunch menu as well including an ever changing ‘Farmer’s Plate’ with homegrown vegetable options that are to die for!
Sola is a great spot to unwind with a nice glass of wine or cold beer. They have an array of small plates and entrees that are sure to satisfy any craving. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, 5-9pm.
The Sipp is open Monday through Saturday 4-9pm and is ready for your next visit to Oxford! With a large wine and spirit selection, they serve a tapas style menu great for any happy hour or dining experience. It’s a little hidden on the backside of the Oxford Gourmet and Gifts building on South Lamar right off the square. But definitely a known treasure to locals! You should definitely make this a stop when in town.
Grit is located in Taylor’s Plein Air neighborhood and has a relaxing, at-home atmosphere. The cuisine is a southern style but always has a little “Grit” twist to their menu. If in town on a Sunday, their brunch is one to have and definitely worth the drive to Taylor!
Oxford provides a very diverse culinary experience and with so much variety it is very evident how the food helps people fall more in love with our unique college town! Happy Move-In, Parents!