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McEwen’s Offers Fine Dining Experience For Everyone

Seared Gulf Snapper, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans, Lemon-Rosemary Beurre Blanc
Seared Gulf Snapper, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans, Lemon-Rosemary Beurre Blanc. Photo: McEwen’s Facebook

When McEwen’s opened in 2011 it immediately became popular with its selection of seafood and Americana style menu. McEwen’s has gotten especially popular around lunch time, according to the owner, Lee Cauthen.

Cauthen said, “Well, we’re open from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the after-lunch crowd has always been big given our proximity to businesses on the Square and the walking distance from so many churches. A lot of customers come right after [church].”


Featuring a diverse menu, McEwen’s serves everything from cheeseburgers and fried catfish to Atlantic salmon and oysters. With vastly different lunch and dinner menus, there is plenty of room for the chefs at McEwen’s to get creative with the dishes, resulting in many local favorites.

“For dinner, our pan seared Sea Bass has become our most popular dish, for lunch I think our farmer’s plate for sure, and for brunch I’d say our eggs benedict and chicken and waffles are the most popular,” Cauthen said. “I think those are definitely fan favorites, and a lot of the reason people come back time and time again.”

Despite being a higher end establishment and out of the normal eating budgets of most college students, McEwen’s still finds itself popular among the younger crowd. Ole Miss student, Andrew Bartholomew, found McEwen’s a great place for a date.

“My girlfriend and I go there reasonably frequently. It’s a nice place because it’s a comfortable place to sit down and the atmosphere is easygoing,” Bartholomew said. “The food is pretty good, but at the same time it isn’t so expensive, so it doesn’t burn a hole in my wallet.”

Photo: McEwen's Facebook
The McEwen’s atmosphere is warm and inviting. Photo: McEwen’s Facebook

Besides lunch, McEwen’s serves dinner every day except Sunday and Monday starting at 5:00 p.m. McEwen’s does feature a seasonal menu rotation, with the change to the spring menu coming up in just a few days.

“We’ve got our new Spring menu coming up next week, though we do keep our staple menu items on there such as the Sea Bass, people would have a fit if we took them off.” Cauthen said.

With graduation just around the corner, Cauthen and McEwen’s are already preparing for some of the busiest weekends of the year, and will extend some of their hours accordingly.

Hours, menus, and other contact information for McEwen’s in Oxford can be found at mcewensoxford.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Morgan Andreiev is an intern for hottytoddy.com from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss. Morgan can be reached at mbandrei@go.olemiss.edu.

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