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Oxford Named in Thrillist’s “Top 10 Cities With World-Class Food Scenes”

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Oxford was named in Thrillist’s “10 Small Cities With World-Class Food Scenes” this past summer. The story provides detail of divine Southern cuisine from several venues across the United States.

See what Thrillist had to say about Oxford:

Mississippi is a state littered with holes in the wall where fantastic Southern soul food comes with a side of American history, much of which is considerably less savory than the pig’s ears and oxtails on the plate. So what sets Oxford — a college town with a fancy town square and a gigantic stadium with three times more seats than the town’s permanent residents — apart? Well, let’s just start with John Currence, a James Beard-winning chef who calls the city home and, more importantly, has five different restaurants that could each be considered among the best in the South, among them the famed City Grocery, Snackbar, and Big Bad Breakfast, restaurants that hit the high-water mark for modern Southern comfort for all who grab a seat (and who endured long lines to do so).

But Currence isn’t alone. Want a classic meat & three? Of course you do — you’re in Mississippi. Hit up Ajax Diner for burgers, soul, and mac. Catfish and fried oysters? Taylor Grocery’s your spot (there’s a grocery theme, isn’t there?). There’s so much great food here, it’s no surprise that the town that houses Ole Miss also houses the Southern Foodways Alliance, which is the foremost authority on Southern-fried tradition. Clearly, it set up shop here for a reason, and it ain’t football.

To see the other cities listed in “10 Small Cities With World-Class Food Scenes,” click here.


Randall Haley is the social media editor and a staff writer for HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at randall.haley@hottytoddy.com

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