TASTY TRAVELS: Breakfast stops in Northeast Mississippi

Tasty Travels is a three-month series from the Daily Journal about local food and restaurants. The featured restaurants were nominated by readers and selected because they excel in the highlighted food topic and provide a unique and memorable dining experience. The last trail, desserts, will be in the Business & Money section on Aug. 9 and Food & Dining on Aug. 12.

The restaurants are listed by map location in the print edition of the NEMS Daily Journal newspaper. The numbers do not represent rankings.

Name: Abe’s Grill
Location: 803 Highway 72 W., Corinth
Phone: (662) 286-6124
Owner: Abe, Terri and Ryan Whitfield
Hours: Monday to Friday 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served all day. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m.
Must try: Homemade buttermilk biscuits, chocolate gravy, red-eye gravy, sawmill gravy, sausage (cut on-site), hand-breaded and skillet-fried pork tenderloin (cut on-site), burgers, fresh-cut fries, shaved ribeye steak sandwiches and milk and juice served in frosted Mason jars

Name: Beacon Restaurant
Location: 1200 N. Lamar Blvd., Oxford
Phone: (662) 234-5041
Owner: Tony Mize
Hours: Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Must try: Homemade pancakes, country ham breakfast, homemade hashbrowns, cooked-to-order omelets, Big Bubba (hamburger steak sandwich with cheese, onions, gravy), hand-cut fries and jumbo cheeseburgers

Name: Big Bad Breakfast
Location: 719 N. Lamar Blvd., Oxford
Phone: (662) 236-2666
Owner: John Currence
Hours: Monday to Friday 7 a.m to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Must try: Breakfast meats (bacon, patty sausage and andouille are smoked in-house), made-from-scratch biscuits, freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit juice, local milk, chili cheese omelet, brandy-spiked French toast with fresh strawberries, buckwheat pancakes, pylon (Belgian waffle topped with griddle-fried hot dog, chili, cheese, cole slaw and pickles), Coca-Cola-brined fried chicken and griddle burgers

Name: Kim’s Diner
Location: 2910 Highway 371, Mantachie
Phone: (662) 282-4793
Owner: Kim Tackett
Hours: Monday to Saturday 4 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Must try: Loaded hashbrowns, pancakes, pepper gravy and biscuits, homemade chocolate gravy, country ham, doughburgers and Philly steak-style chicken sandwiches

Name: Starkville Cafe
Location: 211 E Main St., Starkville
Phone: (662) 323-1665
Owner: Eric and Cappe Hallberg
Hours: Monday to Friday, Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Must try: Western omelets, loaded hashbrowns, grits, fried chicken, sweet potato casserole and fried okra
* Read Wednesday’s Food & Dining section in the Daily Journal for more about Starkville Cafe.

Name: Whiteside’s Restaurant
Location: 501 Daybrite Drive, Tupelo
Phone: (662) 841-7799
Owner: Chris and Donna Whiteside
Hours: Monday to Friday 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Must try: Loaded hashbrowns, tenderloin biscuits, pancakes, Western omelets (sausage, ham, tomatoes, peppers, cheese, etc.), made-from-scratch chocolate gravy, country ham (salted with bone), city ham (sweet ham), any style eggs

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