A curated collection of popular Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurants. From Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula, enjoy 18 local favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


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Favorite Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants


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The 62-mile Mississippi Gulf Coast is overflowing with history, culture, and beauty.

While roadtripping the Secret Coast, I met three unconventional artists, discovered the region’s African American heritage, and learned about Coastal Mississippi’s maritime and seafood industry.

But that’s not all . . . .

In Pass Christian, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and other small towns along the coast, I experienced a diverse dining scene, serving up cuisine to rival that of major urban centers.

There was no way I could sample everything the Gulf Coast has to offer during one trip. So in order to provide readers a broader selection, I sought out recommendations of additional popular favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You can bet those restaurants will be added to my next Coastal Mississippi road trip itinerary!


Breakfast


I enjoyed two perfect breakfasts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, one hearty and one light.

Fill-up with Billups | Pass Christian & Biloxi


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If you are an old-timer like me, you may remember Billups gas stations and their catchy slogan from the 1950s and 60s.

Today when you “Fill-up with Billups” you will be served a hearty breakfast and steaming cup of coffee.

A retro logo and vintage diner decor pays homage to the brand and creates the perfect setting for your first meal of the day.

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The breakfast menu features updated southern favorites like biscuits and grits, as well as sweet and savory versions of Belgian waffles.


Lunch


If you want to make lunch an event, be sure to secure reservations at one particular elegant Biloxi institution.

White Pillars | Biloxi


In 1969, the first White Pillars restaurant opened for business at the former Gunston Hall (1905), taking its name from the four Ionic columns of the Neoclassical Revival home.

While most of Biloxi’s historic beachfront buildings had been destroyed by the Hurricane of 1947 and Hurricane Camille in 1969, Gunston Hall had survived.

After a successful twenty-year run, White Pillars closed for business in 1989.

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The historic building sat vacant until 2012—having survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005—when the owners began the process of restoration.

In December 2017, new owners Chef Austin and Tresse Sumrall opened White Pillars with a daily-evolving menu based on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients from Mississippi farmers and fishermen.

Tables, dinnerware, and furnishings were designed by regional artisans, as well.

The new incarnation of White Pillars restaurant and lounge seamlessly pays tribute to the past, while making its mark in the present.

My lunch event began with a Pimms cup and a half dozen oysters prepared six ways.

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It continued with a crawfish avocado toast, a garden of delicacies almost too pretty to eat.

Shrimp corndogs followed, and then a shared sampling of White Pillar favorites: Eggplant Josephine, mac & cheese topped with chicken skins, and savory shrimp & grits.

When on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this is how you make lunch an event.

White Pillars is open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Sunday Brunch is served 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 


Dinner


For dinner, you can expect to enjoy world-class cuisine served in a casual setting at two award-winning restaurants on Mississippi’s Secret Coast.

Whiskey Prime | Pass Christian


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Whiskey Prime in Pass Christian is an excellent dinner choice with an intimate setting and exquisite wine list.

Enjoy classic steak and seafood dishes followed by dessert, if you still have room.

Whiskey Prime is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday at varying times.

Vestige | Ocean Springs


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You can’t miss Vestige when you walk the oak-canopied streets of Ocean Springs, and due to its popularity among locals, dinner reservations are suggested.

Vestige is the love child of local chef Alex Perry and his wife Kumi Omori from Japan. The culinary backgrounds of the couple are reflected in the modern American dishes they create.

With seasonal, sustainable, local ingredients driving the menu, guests can expect to enjoy upscaled basics, reinterpreted classics, and original flavor fusions on the bill of fare.

At the end of the day, I sat down for a relaxing dinner with a classic margarita. I sampled homemade bread with infused butters, and a kale and spinach salad with bacon dressing.

My main course was plate of pan-seared salmon served with grilled radicchio, roasted onion, and an orange purée.

Dinner at Vestige is served Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM.


More Local Favorites


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The following dining establishments are also popular favorites, and come highly recommended by Coastal Mississippi locals.

Breakfast & Lunch


Mockingbird Café | Bay St. Louis

—coffees & teas, sandwiches & burgers, breakfast, brunch & lunch

Greenhouse on Porter | Ocean Springs & Greenhouse | Biloxi

—freshly-baked biscuits, sandwiches & snacks

Le Café Beignet | Biloxi

—beignets (obviously); breakfast & brunch

Le Bakery | Biloxi

—Vietnamese/French bakery, pastries, Vietnamese po’ boys (lemongrass pork & banh mi po’ boy)

Bozo’s Seafood Grocery & Grill + Bozo’s Too | Pascagoula

—fresh seafood; one of the best po’ boys in the south, hands down.

Blue Dog Bistro | Ocean Springs

—vegan, keto, paleo & gluten-free friendly; gourmet breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner

 

Lunch & Dinner


Maison De Lu | Ocean Springs

—courtyard dining; French-inspired menu; salads, po’ boys, daily specials

200 North Beach | Bay St. Louis

—fresh seafood, raw & chargrilled oysters, steaks, southern fare

The Chimneys | Gulfport

—beautiful old house with porch overlooking the water; fresh seafood specials, excellent salads, desserts

Patio 44 | Biloxi & Gulfport

—patio dining, Creole cuisine

Sea Level | Pass Christian

—little shack right on the beach; burgers & award-winning tacos

Long Beach Market & Deli | Long Beach

—Korean, Chinese, Cajun, Vietnamese, American & vegetarian dishes; huge section of local beer

Brady’s | Pascagoula

—waterfront dining; seafood, steaks, pasta, spirits

 


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Howard Blount is founder and editor of the travel website Backroad Planet. He has traveled internationally since boyhood and lived abroad in Mexico, Chile, and Paraguay. Now his passion is navigating the roads-less-traveled of this amazing planet in search of anything rare and remote. On the stuffy side, “Mr. Blount” has been a writer, consultant, and published author with houses including Simon & Schuster and McGraw-Hill.

Retired from a 35-year career as a middle school teacher, Howard enjoys spending his time on anything that includes mountains, waterfalls, dachshunds, gospel choirs, books, classic movies, autumn, sandhill cranes, Florida springs, rain, gloomy days, log cabins, abandoned sites, unearthed history, genealogy, documentaries, To Kill a Mockingbird, castles, cathedrals, Civil Rights history cold sheets, National Park Passports, quotes, Reba Rambo, Dionne Warwick, anything Apple, all things British, Jesus, and lists.

And on a random note, Howard is a fourth cousin once removed to Truman Capote.

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