It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
Lil’ Ray’s, Long Beach
Readers tell us it’s impossible to pick a favorite treat, but Lil’ Ray’s serves boiled crawfish cooked to perfection, plus homemade bread pudding and New Orleans–style po’boys. Part of a local family chain, the restaurant has wooden indoor picnic benches laminated with Mississippi maps—perfect for planning your visit to other dives; 228/822-2400.
Rickey’s Bar & Grill, Bay St. Louis
The colorfully decorated Rickey’s reopened in the Zuppardo’s Bay Plaza shopping center six months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original building. Luckily, beloved menu items such as the seafood muffaletta also reappeared; 228/463-0540 or rickeysbarandgrill.net.