The Best Seafood Dives in Mississippi
B.B.'s Poboys & Seafood
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
With autographed photos of famous locals (mostly football players) on the walls, this is pure Mississippi. Don't miss the house-made gumbo and the soups of the day, “surf and turf” po’boys, and bread pudding. Round out the meal with sweet tea; 228-875-2702, facebook.com/bbspoboys.
Bozo's Seafood Market & Deli
The man at the back-corner table writes your name and order on a white paper sack. Soon, you pick up that same sack, filled with a buttery, overstuffed shrimp po'boy. The fried seafood is pretty good, too; 228-762-3322.
Harbor View Café
Long Beach, Mississippi
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the original location across from the harbor in Pass Christian, but the dive has since been rebuilt in Long Beach--once again capturing gorgeous Gulf views. It retained the excellent seafood -- huge mounds of fried shrimp, oysters, and catfish -- and friendly service; 228-867-8949, harborviewcafe.net.
Lil' Ray's Restaurant
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, facebook.com/Lil-Rays-Restaurant-260942295452/?ref=page_internal.
Shaggy's Pass Harbor
Pass Christian, Mississippi
If you're in the mood for something non-fried (hard to believe), this fun and laid-back family joint right on the dock on Pass Harbor also has good non-fried options. Check out the house-smoked Wahoo Dip, a Shaggy's original; 228-452-9939, shaggys.biz.