Down home with a flair fare makes tasting your way through Oxford, Mississippi, a treat

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When it comes to tempting taste buds, Oxford, Mississippi, located off Interstate 55 in the Mississippi Hills, offers an endless menu of options including five restaurants under the direction of James Beard award winning chef, John Currence, all part of City Grocery Restaurant Group. Start the day at Currence’s Big Bad Breakfast where house-cured Tabasco and brown sugar bacon, crispy southern fried chicken or the Anson Mills steel cut oatmeal leaves you coming back for more before you’re even finished. Then, head to Boure for lunch. Housed in the old Leslie’s Drug Store, the newly renovated space reflects the upscale downhome fare offered at Boure. Snack Bar, a third Currence restaurant, combines the flavors of a French bistro with North Mississippi café, resulting in a “Bubba Brasserie” cuisine with offerings like the gumbo salad combining crab meat with fried okra accented with a sassafras vinaigrette. Fill up on soul food at Ajax Diner, with offerings like red beans and rice with grilled Andouille, fried okra and mashed potatoes. For a special occasion, another Currence hot spot, City Grocery makes for a winning combination with linen draped tables set amidst exposed brick walls and heart of pine plank flooring. Shrimp and grits or chilled crabmeat succotash round out a menu as special as the ambiance. For a true experience to remember, head to Lamar Lounge – the restaurant, completing the Currence quintet, features the only pit-smoked, whole hog barbecue in Mississippi. Top it all off with sugary temptations from Holli’s Sweet Tooth, an Oxford temptation. TIP: Post football game, make like a local and visit the Chevron on the corner of University Boulevard for the much touted about chicken on a stick, a fan food favorite.