South Restaurant – Saturday Brunch 

South Restaurant @ 1010 North Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS. Saturday Brunch at South Restaurant! 

I celebrated my big 5-0 birthday recently, but then I thought, why stop there?! There are so many great restaurants to eat good, and have fun. I would be remiss if I stopped at just one! Might as well make it a month long celebration! And what better way to keep the party rolling than South’s weekend brunch with build your own Bellini and Mimosa bar! 

South is a beautifully decorated, Tupelo favorite. They have plenty to spice up any outing from date night specials, occasional live music, and weekend brunch that includes a “Build Your Own Bloody” menu to a Bellini and Mimosa bar!

Their were several in our party, so we got to sample several South favorites! My pick was the Hickory Smoked BLT. This isn’t your homemade variety BLT. It is built with piles of bacon, lettuce, tomato, creole mayo, avocado slices, and a fried egg on wheatberry bread. 

 It comes with one side, which their tomato pie complimented nicely. This is a huge sandwich with a creamy texture flowing through it, from the avocado and egg, to the creole mayo. 

Benedict with soul

My crew chose the Benedict with Soul, shrimp and Grits, the ’56 Elvis French Toast, Breakfast Hash and eggs, 
Shrimp and grits
Breakfast hash and eggs
’56 Elvis French Toast

PLUS South’s new Chocolate gravy biscuits with a side of bacon! The chocolate gravy is bought local from The Cowgirl Gourmet!
Chocolate gravy and biscuits with bacon

Although I haven’t tried all their brunch choices, I have ordered most from past visits. They have all been very tasty and beautifully plated. Their use of bacon and eggs in many of their brunch selections is truly inspiring and totally delicious!  

For a weekend brunch outing, the Bellini and Mimosa bar is a fun treat! They bring you a glass of Champagne, then you proceed to the flavor station. There is a wide selection of fruit juices to customize your concoction and sliced fruit for garnish. 

 For this trip, I chose the peach juice with a fresh slice to infuse the flavor. Although, I would like to eventually try them all, this peach treat will be tough to beat! 

Till next time, I’ll see y’all Out N About Tupelo! 

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Knight’s Drive In

Knight’s Drive In @ 1203 Victory Temple Drive, Amory, MS. Open Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 10:00pm. Closed Sunday. 

Knight’s Drive In Amory has been known for their famous country fried steak sandwich for around 50 years. It is one huge hunk of meat overflowing its bun by a mile! Well…a mile in burger measurements.  

During my previous visit, my country fried steak sandwich, fries, and salad was a totally satisfying meal. The little shotgun style restaurant has a down home feel with friendly folks there to make sure you get your fill!  

Since my last visit, Knight’s Drive In had a fire with some smoke damage. But I was told that after a couple months, they were back up and running!  

For this trip, I wanted to try something different on the menu. I was recently told about the hamburger steak plate and decided to give it a try.  

One thing that the hamburger steak and country fried steak have in common is that they are very large! Filling up about half the plate!

For only $8, I got the hamburger steak with grilled onions and gravy, with a side salad and fries. I’ve also included a photo with just onions to give a better view of what hides underneath.  
This was one of the best $8 I’ve spent in a looong time! Each bite was perfect. The onions were chopped small and covered with loads of rich brown gravy. Oh,yeah!!! 

Knight’s Drive In is located in a small building near the railroad tracks. And if my GPS had not said “you have reached your destination” I would have passed right by. If you’ve never been, you should give them a try!

With food this good at such a great price, let’s all give them a visit and help keep them around for another 50 years!
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46th Annual Gumtree Fine Arts Festival 

This year’s 46th Annual Gumtree Fine Arts Festival was an awesome event packed with food, fun, music, fine arts and crafts from venders locally and nationwide.    

Centered around the historic courthouse square in Tupelo, this Mother’s Day weekend festival has become a must attend event for myself and thousands of others every year! 

Not only can you find, one of a kind hand crafted gifts, you also have the opportunity to interact with the best artist and artisans in the region.    

The Spring Street GumBash concert featuring “Mississippi Stomp” and John West was an after hours event in conjunction with the festival.  

With moonlight covering the streets of downtown and music filling the air, it was the perfect end to a full day. 

The outside concert allowed Festival goers to kick back and relax while enjoying some great music and good times with friends and neighbors.    

The FESTIVAL FOODS included some of Tupelo’s BEST restaurants & food trucks set up to offer their FAMOUS flavors!

Neon Pig was on location offering up their Award winning Smash Burgers and Salmon Tacos. These Folks work in conjunction with many area restaurants, including KOK and the Blue Canoe, to keep foods fresh and local. 

Set up in the tent next door to Neon Pig was Native Son Farm, serving up strawberry Shortcake with a creamy filling that was out of this world!

Also, for a little “Local” flavor on the go, I got to check out Local Mobile, A Little Taste of Chicago, and others!  

Finding these folks parked out and about during lunch time, is like a kid getting excited over the ice cream man rolling by. Yeah, they’re that good!

Local Mobile had a Hawaiian inspired dish called the Maui Wowie. Half a pineapple loaded with plump shrimp, coleslaw, and rice, then drizzled with some yummy sauce! Wowie is right! 

Hot on the local scene and popping up everywhere these days is Popsy Popsicle stands and local distributors carrying Popsy Popsicles! I can’t resist their hand-crafted pops made with fresh fruit and local ingredients!  

There was so much entertainment and venders to explore, two days barely contain all the wonders available in this jam packed awesome event!  

From youth performers, singer songwriter competition, art market, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Our All American City and growing community is filed with some of the most interesting, and fun loving folks around. Full of creativity, innovation, and artful expression.

  

Gumtree to me, is about being an individual.   You’re one of a kind. Express yourself and shine for others to see and appreciate.  

The Gumtree Fine Arts Festival is an easy going, fun event for the whole family. Stroll around the historic courthouse square and check out all the original artwork and vendors.  

Plus, eat some great food and enjoy some live local entertainment. There is always plenty to enjoy from the traditional, to a few new additions. See y’all next time! 

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Tupelo Bloggers Launch Party 

When promoting the Tupelo Bloggers recent Launch party, a simple phrase was used to entice folks to learn more. It was “You’re going to want to know who we are!”

After arriving at KOK, I was greeted by smilies, laughter, good vibes, and plenty of fun. I got to visit with a few local bloggers I already knew, and met a few that simply wanted to know who we were.  

We as Tupelo bloggers want to inspire, inform, and promote our All American City and all it’s greatness. Show others a glimpse of our community as we see it.  

For some, the launch party was like first contact in the world of Star Trek. To meet other like minded individuals in the blogging universe. CHEERS! 😎🖖

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NOLEPUT 2017

The 4th annual NOLEPUT festival was this April 21 & 22 in downtown Tupelo at Fairpark.   
There was free admission, New Orleans style food, and more from local venders. Also, live entertainment all weekend, and inflatables for the kids! 

There was plenty of good food and fun to be had during the festival. For some New Orleans flavor, Tupelo’s own Mud Bugz was set up offering crawfish, shrimp, and spicy sausage with all the trimmings. 

When your selections from Mud Bugz starts to heat up, Michell Distributing was there to help cool things down and keep the party going!  

For a good selection of festival food, The Wooten Wagon was there selling everything from burgers, corn dogs, and funnel cake, to some of the best lemonade around.  

Speaks of the Wooton Wagon, they had an addition this trip, a cotton candy stand with an expert at the ready to serve up the sweet treat!

For one of the coolest venders at any festival, be sure to check out the queen of ice cream and all her assorted flavors.  

As with any outdoor event, weather plays a major factor. Although Friday turned out to have nice weather for fun activities in the park, Saturday night’s events were dampened by overcast skies and occasion showers and cooler weather.   

Some wondered if the event would be canceled due to inclement weather. I can say that this was definitely not the case! Although, Saturday’s attendance was sparse, there was Festival food, fun for the kids, and music all day and night.  

Folks, Tupelo offers many festivals throughout the year to bring the community together and showcase our local talent. Visit whenever possible, eat good food, listen to some great music, and just have some fun in the All American City. See y’all there! 

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2nd Annual Bud & Burgers

This year’s 2nd Annual Bud & Burgers, made possible by Mitchell Distributing and the Tupelo Downtown Main Street Association, had beautiful weather and a great turnout!  


The Bud & Burgers is like a cool neighborhood block party with award winning burgers, cold brew and great entertainment. The event was fun for all ages, with families and friends out enjoying the atmosphere and sharing good times.  


After paying a $10 admission at the gate, folks got to sample burgers from all the competing teams and vote for their favorite! There was also plenty of live local entertainment, with this year’s headliner, Railroad Radio! 


As most of y’all know from reading my blog “Eating Out With Jeff Jones” on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, I’ve eaten a lot of burgers. So when I was ask to be on the judging panel this year, I thought, heck yeah!  


After sampling every burger, I had eaten the equivalent of 4 full size burgers. Kids, don’t try this at home. I’m a professional burger eater! LOL!


Getting to help the event from behind the scenes was a great honor. It gave me a fresh perspective on all the hard work and dedication that goes into making the event another success for the All American City!  


Winners of this year’s event:

1st Place: Tupelo Sports Council

2nd Place: Stewart Environmental Construction

3rd Place: Team Gator 18

Best in Show: Bleu Bayou

People’s Choice: Bleu Bayou


Two of our winning teams, Bleu Bayou and Tupelo Sports Council!


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2017 Tupelo Comic Con

AWESOMENESS! If I had to describe Tupelo’s 2nd Annual Comic Con in one word, that would be it. But for the sake of this article I’ll elaborate just a bit.

Tupelo Comic Con is a celebration of the imagination in all of us. When growing up, we all believe anything is possible, and seek out media and movies that promote that child like wonder. Somewhere between adolescents and adulthood some may loose their interest in the magical and impossible, while others embrace it.  

Being my first Comic Con, I’m getting the lay of the land and checking out everything!  

There were fans and curiosity seekers of all ages looking for relics and reminders of favorite Comic books characters, TV show personalities, video and board games.  

The crew from Tupelo’s own PARADOX Games and Escape Rooms were on location to show how to have fun, intrigue, and mystery, while taking teambuilding skills to the next level! 

On a larger scale, you will find replicas of iconic vehicles on display to check out. Always a fan favorite, the DeLorean from Back to the Future and a couple vehicles from Jurassic Park used to dodge prehistoric dinosaurs brought back to life for our viewing pleasure.


 

Also, The Mystery Machine used to transport Scooby Doo, Shaggy, and the crew from one menacing mystery to the next, was on display, and for a voluntary donation, you could get your photo taken with all proceeds going to the Lee Humane Society.  

There were TV celebrities on hand to talk to, graphic artist with tons of merchandise for sale, vendors selling anything and everything related to fantasy and science fiction, plus plenty of Comic Con goers dressed in their favorite character attire with their own personal twist. 


 

While at the Tupelo Comic Con, I got to talk about “eating out” with the star of Lost and Babylon 5, Mira Furlan!!! Sci-fi and recommending which local restaurants she should try…I was sooo Geeking out!!! 

I also got to talk to a local celebrity I’ve known since childhood, Superstar Bill Dundee. Folks, watching Bill Dundee and the rest of the Memphis Wrestling crew over 30 years ago was a Saturday morning ritual of mine, plus the occasional live performances in Tupelo was like getting to play an extra in your favorite TV show. That was living it large back in the day for me.  

There is something for everyone at the Tupelo Comic Con. While walking around, soaking it all in, I saw families with young children enjoying all the Con had to offer. 

Some Con goers were brandishing their favorite battle gear, and others dressed as their favorite fantasy character with their own playful twist.  

While there, I got to try my hand at a Marvel Legend.  Only the most worthy may wield Thor’s hammer…I’M NOT WORTHY!!!

The bottom line is this, at the Tupelo Comic Con you can be yourself or somebody else. You are surrounded by likeminded folks who are just there to have fun and be themselves, whoever that may be at that moment in time. Come dressed in your most casual street attire, a simple off the shelf costume, or stretch the limits of your imagination and make it so!  
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2017 Tupelo BBQ DUEL

The 2017 Tupelo BBQ DUEL at Fairpark, March 17th through 19th in Downtown Tupelo. 

There were food venders, activities for the kids, and a free concert packed with two days of local entertainment! 

The Link Centre had BBQ plates provided by Bar-B-Q By Jim. The meat was shredded perfectly, and tasted like the giant hunks of heaven we’ve all enjoyed for years from this local favorite!  

There was also a variety of festival foods available from specialty sandwiches to pork rinds and lemonade, plus adult beverages for the older crowd.  

Most folks that attend the festival are there for the food, fun, and fellowship with friends and neighbors. What most don’t see is the small city of BBQ DUEL competitors camped out just behind the courthouse. They are all there to compete for up to $25,000 in prize money and bragging rights for being voted best in their division.  

Although everyone is there hoping to out cook their competition, a stroll about the campgrounds gave me a sense of community. Their were folks gathering to share a meal, music in the air, and kids playing games to pass the time.  

A few of the many BBQ DUEL volunteers
An army of civic minded volunteers are also vital to making this event one of the top BBQ festivals in the nation. A sea of local folks in matching shirts and staff badges come together every year to make the Tupelo BBQ DUEL one of the All American City’s premier events.  

When you plan to attend, bring your lawn chairs and a big appetite for one of Tupelo’s biggest party’s of the year! 

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Fairpark Grill – Bourbon Street Nachos

Fairpark Grill @ 343 East Main Street, Tupelo, MS. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  

The Grill has a great location in Downtown Tupelo between Fairpark and the BankcorpSouth arena. They offer everything from Classic American cuisine, bar food, seafood, steaks, and much more! 

 The Grill is great to just hang out at the bar and unwind or reserve a table for a special occasion with family and friends.  


To start, I went with one of their made in Mississippi craft beer selections. Thanks to some helpful suggestions, I went with a Lucky Town Pub Ale brewed in Jackson.  


For my meal, I decided on their Bourbon Street Nachos. It’s listed in their starter section, but one person can make a meal of it. It’s chips loaded down with shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, sautéed red bell peppers, onions, and chives. And with a side of salsa and house made quest dip, let the party begin!  


For a loaded Nachos like this, their is no wrong way to eat it. I do have a system though. I start out loading each chip carefully to fully soak in the beauty of the dish. Once full appreciation has been attained, I get more aggressive and dig in! This starts with me soaking the entire plate with the cheese and salsa. After that, I begin crushing the chips and blending the entire mixture till I can fork each remaining savory bite.  


Do I care what people may think while I am crushing my meal like rocks in a quarry? NAH…sometimes you just gotta eat like nobody’s watching! This is true for a lot of tasty foods. It’s pretty to look at and delicious to eat, but you can’t be timid when it comes time to do what needs to be done. 


If your not in the mood for nachos but like all the toppings, you should try their NOLA Pasta. Same Cajun flare but with Cavatappi Pasta and Cajun jumbo cream sauce. For this visit it was a toss up between the two, but you gotta start somewhere!  


The food was great and service was excellent… see y’all at Fairpark Grill!  

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Double Barrel Restaurant & Catering Co. – Catfish Plate lunch 

Double Barrel Restaurant & Catering Co. @ 825 North Gloster, Tupelo, MS (Formerly JR.’S Lounge). Open Monday through Friday from 10:30 till 2:30pm.

NOW OPEN! I’ve been anticipating this opening for some time now and it was well worth the wait! The folks from the Double Barrel Steakhouse in Shannon decided to relocate to Gloster street in Tupelo and reopen with a new mission. To serve their famous country food for lunch every weekday to the residents of Tupelo and surrounding area.  


Now, this isn’t the owner’s first rodeo! When they opened up their new location, they came out of the gate with both barrels blazing! This was only their 2nd day open and everything during my visit was flawless.  


They offer plate lunches with several choices of meat, veggies, bread and drink. I chose the 1 meat, 3 veggie, bread and drink special for $7.99. To make it even sweeter, I also purchased one of their homemade fried pies for an extra $1.99.  

When you walk in, hop in line, tell the nice folks your lunch picks, then pay at the register. You can get some self serve drinks on the way to your table and BAM…your good to go!  


My lunch choices were the fried catfish fillets, coleslaw, potato salad, boiled cabbage with smoked sausage, and hush puppies. 


 For my fried pie, they offered Apple or peach, although it was a tough choice, I went with apple.   


It was all very good. The fish were crispy on the outside with tender white meat. The coleslaw had a nice balanced flavor and looked great. The potato salad was kind of a loaded baked potato version. It had tender slices and loaded with creamy goodness. I also loved that they make their cabbage with sausage. I must admit that I don’t eat as many veggies as I should, but when I do, adding sausage is definitely a plus!


This was a fast paced experience with a verity of tasty home cooking to choose from, friendly staff, and very attentive.  


They have balanced the atmosphere quite nicely also. This is a huge building. They have spaced the eating areas so that it feels like you have your own little cozy corner to dine and admire all the memorabilia on display.  


Visit their page to keep up with their daily menu choices and special event at: 

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I often hear folks say that they like to wait a couple weeks to let new restaurants work the kinks out. Let me just say that the Double Barrel Restaurant & Catering Co. is good to go and ready to serve! See y’all there!  

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