By Dennis Seid
Downtown Tupelo was buzzing with eager and hungry diners looking to hit the city’s newest hot spot, Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen – otherwise known as KOK.
It’s the brainchild of Neon Pig founders Mitch McCamey and Seth Copeland, who wanted to create an old-school, back-to-basics restaurant with a modern feel.
KOK’s menu board says it’s a “deli, steakhouse, oyster bar and apothecary.”
And it has a hyperlocal theme, with pork and beef provided by local farmers, vegetables grown by local growers and the Tupelo Farmers Market and other staples coming from Northeast Mississippi suppliers.
Coffee from Pontotoc. Grits and corn mean from Oxford.
“We’ve tried to get as much as we can locally,” said McCamey.
KOK is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. A Sunday brunch also is on tap. The 30-seat oyster bar upstairs will operate on the Thursday-Saturday schedule as well.
McCamey’s local focus also extended to some of his equipment. An 800-degree wood-fired grill was made by Hawkeye Industries in Tupelo.
KOK’s also will serve “poisons, firewaters and spirits,” including cocktails named after Waylon Jennings songs. Top-tier bourbon, wine and other liquors will be served, and KOK also will be serving other special concoctions.
“But we want to make clear we’re a restaurant, not a bar,” McCamey said.
The lunch menu includes salads and sandwiches. Zion Farms chicken and Beaver Damm Farms turkey are locally provided meats for the salads, and the pastrami, smoked turkey, roast beef and braised short ribs come from either the Neon Pig or cured at KOK.
The dinner menu includes “small,” “medium” and “large” plates, which function much like appetizer, salad and entrees, as well as steaks.
After a three-day soft opening with reservations-only events, the KOK will open for regular business on Monday.
At A Glance
KERMIT’S OUTLAW KITCHEN (KOK)
Location: 214 Main St., Tupelo (across from Reed’s department store)
Phone: (662) 269-2533
Facebook: Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen