Illustrator Matt Caserta
McElroy’s Harbor House Seafood Restaurant, Biloxi
What to expect: Big windows overlook the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. Start with the seafood gumbo (thick, flavorful), proceed to the broiled fisherman’s platters, and finish with Key lime pie.
Check it out: 695 Beach Boulevard; 228/435-5001
Ole Biloxi Schooner, Biloxi
What to expect: This local favorite serves tasty po’boys at lunch and seafood platters at dinner. Hurricane Katrina destroyed this local institution, but it has reopened a few blocks west of its original location―still serving great food and Barq’s root beer.
Check it out: 871 Howard Avenue; 228/435-8071
Lil’ Ray’s, Gulfport
What to expect: No need to stray from the house specialty: the po’boy, a French bread sandwich filled with fried oysters, fried shrimp, or something equally delicious.
Check it out: 500 A Courthouse Road; 228/896-9601 or lilraysrestaurant.com
Harbor View Café, Long Beach
What to expect: Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original location across from the harbor in Pass Christian. The new location lacks the water view but retains the excellent fried seafood and friendly service.
Check it out: 504 Jeff Davis Avenue; 228/867-8949 or harborviewcafe.net
Bozo’s Seafood Market & Deli, Pascagoula
What to expect: You give your order to a man at a back-corner table. He writes it on a white paper sack, which he plops on an adjacent counter. You help yourself to a soft drink from a cooler or the soda fountain and browse the seafood market in back or the shelves of spice mixes and locally made cane syrup. Then you pick up that same sack, now filled with fresh fried seafood, or perhaps a po’boy, and eat at a paper-towels-equipped table against the opposite wall. It doesn’t get any more down-home. Or delicious.
Check it out: 2012 Ingalls Avenue; 228/762-3322
B.B.’s Po-Boys & Seafood, Ocean Springs
What to expect: Order some amazing gumbo and the soups of the day, “surf and turf” po’boys, and bread pudding. Round out the meal with sweet tea or Barq’s Root Beer in a bottle.
Be sure to check out the autographed photos of famous Mississippians (mostly football players) on the walls.
Check it out: 1300 Bienville Blvd. (U.S. 90); 228/875-2702 or bbspoboys.com