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Best Biloxi Restaurants

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There are many reasons to visit the Gulf Coast; one of the best is to eat. Just an hour—or a little more, depending where you’re going—out of the culinary mecca that is New Orleans, you’d expect some spice in the restaurants around here, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The only caveat: Sometimes, you’ve got to drive. Biloxi itself has somewhat of a dining scene, but most of that’s inside the casinos. However, we don’t mind telling you, that the casinos generally don’t offer much to write home about, food-wise. Getting out and exploring the area restaurants can be immensely rewarding.

Jazzeppi's Ristorante and Martini Bar

Neighborhood: Biloxi Price: Expensive

The décor is classic New Orleans Italian—dusty coral walls, leopard-print drapes, smokey mirrors. The food is all class, though; whether you go all out at a table or simply sit at the bar for a Campari and soda and a nibble, this is our favorite upscale restaurant in Biloxi right now. The barbecued shrimp served on top of smoked gouda grits are the real deal; try anything, though.

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Sycamore House

Neighborhood: Bay St. Louis / Waveland Price: Expensive
A talented husband and wife team operates this seriously romantic New American restaurant, housed in a historic boarding house dating back to the 1800s. Easily the most worldly-wise restaurant on the coast, this is a great place for a leisurely, romantic dinner, but it’s also a great place to stop back for a pizza, served either to go or out on the pleasant patio.

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Vrazel’s

Neighborhood: Gulfport Price: Expensive
Anyone in the mood for bananas foster? Veal cutlet topped with lump crabmeat? This old-school favorite with the New Orleans crowd on the Gulfport waterfront—just a few steps from the Island View Casino and better than any of the restaurants there—can be a bit hit or miss, but when it’s on, it’s really on. It’s worth the risk.

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The Shed

Neighborhood: Ocean Springs Price: Moderate
Plenty of locals insist that this nationally-famous (and quickly spawning) barbecue shack/live music venue has lost its mojo; still others insist it never really had it. We’re somewhere down the middle. As a visitor, particularly from more civilized climes, you must drop by this trailer park-fabulous spot out in the woods north of Ocean Springs for a rack of ribs and a side of their gotta-have-it baked potato salad. Whether you return is up to you, but you’ll agree with us on one thing—the experience is definitely memorable, particularly when there’s a big musical event going on in the adjacent ampitheatre (to lose a term loosely).

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Old Cuevas Bistro & Bakery

Neighborhood: Pass Christian / Long Beach Price: Moderate
An 1851 trading post on the banks of Bayou Portage is now the home of an excellent neighborhood spot that packs in the locals for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Meals are simple but nicely prepared; try the Oysters Achee, crispy fried oysters wrapped in good bacon and topped with a buttery lemon sauce; also check out the Shrimp French Quarter—shrimp, sausage, scallions and tomatoes in a creamy champagne sauce over perfectly done grit cakes.

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French Charley’s

Neighborhood: Pass Christian / Long Beach Price: Moderate
The hometown of "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts is back, even if its downtown is a scruffy work in progress (that is, where it’s still standing). But hey—they’ve got a wine bar, right? Complete with small plates menu and everything. On a steamy night, sit here at sunset and down a bottle of Torrontes, a crisp Argentinian white perfectly suited to the climate.

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Darwell's

Neighborhood: Pass Christian / Long Beach Price: Budget
Essentially the only functioning business in the city of Long Beach for a short period after Katrina, this down home, indoor/outdoor restaurant (meets café, meets live music venue, meets chill spot) is easily one of the coast’s best places to be, for any reason. Few could have predicted this from the outset, but then, Darwell Yeager—known around here as Papa D—is one unpredictable dude. Sit up front near the counter or out in the rustic side yard. We’re crazy about the creamy etouffee, the competently-done shrimp creole and whatever specials there are on the menu. On a recent visit, the board read, “Some Kind Of Mexican Thing That’s Good.” Believe it.

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Burger-Burger

Neighborhood: Biloxi Price: Budget

Southern California has In-N-Out Burger, Wisconsin has Culver’s, Biloxi has Burger-Burger. Okay, so this spot in a converted bungalow renowned for its hamburger po-boys (in business since the 1940’s and referring to itself as a “mini-museum of Biloxi nostalgia”) hasn’t been franchised, but with a few tweaks, it certainly could be. A special mustard sauce and additional secret sauce go into the classic sandwich. Save room for pie. Lunch only.

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Vietnamese Po Boy Restaurant

Neighborhood: Biloxi Price: Budget
Just minutes from the casinos across the bayou in the dusty older section of suburban D’Iberville, you’ll find one of the coast’s best Vietnamese restaurants, serving the region’s decades-old Asian-American community, a large part of the currently endangered local fishing industry. Clean, expertly executed renditions of staples like pho and banh xeo and grilled meats make this place a perfect spot to get inducted; those familiar with the cuisine will be thrilled to see such excellence at work at such low price points. As advertised, there are po-boys and other regional specialties available.

Chili Willie’s

Neighborhood: Pass Christian / Long Beach Price: Budget
A short-lived and rather perfect all-day café disappeared as fast as it opened; these days, the cool, airy bungalow space once known as Lizzy’s is now a fun pizza and beer spot that’s popular with Pass residents and hungry pizza eaters from beyond. Big, nicely- done pies in the New York tradition are the thing here; the taps feature excellent beers from local microbrewer Lazy Magnolia.

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