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Oxford, Mississippi

A travel journal to Oxford by Steve S.

The Square Photo, Oxford, Mississippi More Photos
Quote: Oxford is a wonderful Southern town with a lot of character unlike you'll find anywhere else in the South. The home of the University of MS and writers like John Grisham and William Faulkner, Oxford is a must visit if you're headed to the South.

Oxford, Mississippi

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Overview

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--The Square is well known for Square Books, a quaint little independent bookstore, Neillsons Department Store, the oldest department store in the South, as well as a couple of the finer restaurants in Oxford, The Downtown Grill and City Grocery. --The University of Mississippi --Rowan Oak (William Faulkner's home)Quick Tips: Although Oxford is a wonderful place to visit, it is massively under equipped to deal with large rushes of visitors. The town has a total of about 5 hotels that are booked solid on football weekends throughout the fall as well as on graduation weekend in the spring. Check ahead before just dropping in if you want to find someplace to stay while you're h...Read More

Don Pancho's

Restaurant | "Don Pancho"

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A reasonably new restaurant to open in Oxford, Dan Pancho's is a Spanish/Caribbean restaurant that quickly out grew its original location and recently moved into a much larger building. The menu is stocked with a number of traditional Spanish favorites as well as a special of the day that is usually quite excellent. The only downside to this restaurant is a lack of a liquor license, but it is brown bag, so bring your own bottle of wine and come enjoy a great meal at a reasonable price.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Don Pancho's
512 Jackson Avenue East
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 238-0058

Downtown Grill Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Downtown Grill"

Downtown Grill Restaurant Photo, Oxford, Mississippi
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The Grill is hard to miss as you circle the Square, the front is graced by a glass enclosed balcony and the green "Grill" sign up top. Once inside you'll find a dimly lit, romantic type setting that serves a gourment menu that you probably would not have expected to find in Oxford, Mississippi. The prices are a bit steep in comparison to other restaurants in town, but the cuisine is worth the price. After dinner, wonder upstairs to the bar and sit out in the balcony area and watch the traffic on the Square which may only be cars or may be a band depending on what time of year it is and what's going on in town

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Downtown Grill Restaurant
110 Courthouse sq
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 234-2659

Proud Larry's

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Restaurant

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If you're looking for someplace reasonably inexpensive and yet good to eat when visiting Oxford, Proud Larry's is the place. This pizza place/bar is a popular hangout of the University crowd and is also a home of live music several nights a week often showcasing local and regional bands. If you've never dined here before, a popular favorite is the "Fat Larry" pizza which is piled high with meats and veggies...they sell it by the slice, and one is almost enough to fill you up but if you're brave and hungry go for a whole pie. They also plenty of other options including Italian and American favorites and the bar is always fully stocked and keeps several beers on draught.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Proud Larry's
211 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 236-0050

Abner's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Abners"

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If when visiting Oxford, you're looking for a reasonably quick inexpensive meal at a restaurant that is quite popular, check out Abners. Although a small chain (you can find them in a few other SEC towns) they serve some of the best chicken tenders you will find anywhere. Get 'em grilled or fried with fries, slaw, and garlic bread for less than $5 with a great dipping sauce that we think is probably based on thousand island dressing. Abners has been so popular here in Oxford that this last summer they opened their second location here in town and both are likely to be busy regardless of when you visit. They're open late, in case you have the midnight munchies and you call in your o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Abner's Restaurant
1927 Jackson Ave W
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 236-3080

El Charro Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant | "El Charro"

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If you're looking for great Mexican food in Oxford, this is the place to visit. You'll know you've found the right place when you find a statue of a donkey by the road and a parking lot with few empty spaces. The meals are reasonably inexpensive and are in many cases similar to what you'll find at any other Mexican restaurant, but the food is good and the service is always friendly and fast. El Charro is known for their drink menu, so you might have to try one or two while you're here, but they're big and they're usually mixed strong so that may be all you need. This is one of my favorite restaurants in town...I love Mexican food, especially the white cheese dip and would recommend it to you as we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

El Charro Mexican Restaurant
1908 Jackson Ave W
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 236-0058

McAlister's Deli of Oxford

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Restaurant | "McCalisters Deli"

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Although in recent years, McCalisters Delis are beginning to pop up as a small southern chain, they remain family owned and one of the first of their restaurants was here in Oxford. Set in a small builing that was once a gas station and another time posed as a 50s diner in a B movie called "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag," McCalisters is a fabulous little gourment deli. Famous for their stuffed potatoes, the biggest among the big is the "Spud Max" with two whole potatoes shoved end to end to look like one enormous spud and then topped with bacon, cheese, veggies, etc. If you can finish one of these monstrosities in a single sitting, you're doing better than most. Also known for their ice te...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2001

McAlister's Deli of Oxford
1515 University Ave
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 234-1363

Bottletree Bakery

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Restaurant

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Only open a few hours a day and conveniently tucked away just off the Oxford Square, you'll find a quaint little cafe called the Bottletree Bakery. When you walk in the front doors, you'll feel as if you've walked into a hole in the wall dive with a bit of a hippy twist to it, but once you get your food you'll be pleasantly surprised. Open for breakfast and known around town for their croisants, you can find 'em stuffed with ham and cheese or chocolate or sliced and turned into sandwiches. You'll also find a wall of fresh baked breads, cookies and other pastries that will make your mouth water. The restaurant is small and as such is often overcrowded. If you visit on a Sunday morning, you'r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2001

Bottletree Bakery
923 Van Buren Ave
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 236-5000

Ruby Chinese

Restaurant

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It's tough to find good Chinese food in Mississippi. None-the-less Oxford is fortunate to have two great Chinese restaurants. Ruby Chinese is a formal sit down restaurant with no buffet. Their endless menu of Chinese specialties will please even the pickiest eater. Decorated with ornamental archways and Chinese artwork, it's easy to forget that you're in small town America. It would be easy to confuse this restaurant for the real thing. The staff is friendly and eager to please, and you'll find that the food is prepared by Chinese chefs using only the freshest ingredients. Listed as a "bang for your buck" choice, you'll find that you can eat here for easily less than $10 at dinner time and less...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2001

Ruby Chinese
2301 Jackson Ave W
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 234-8811

Pearl Street Pasta

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Restaurant

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One of the newest additions to Oxford's dining scene, Pearl Street Pasta lives up to its billing of being the best Italian food around. Decorated with modern art work and nouveau furniture the restaurant itself is as eclectic as the menu that they serve. With everything from traditional pastas to in house specials that take Italian food to a new level, you're sure to find something that you'll enjoy. The prices are slightly steep but certainly well worth it. I can recommend the shrimp and crab meat penne pasta as well as the shrimp and crawfish pasta. Take a look at their wine list if you're looking for a fine bottle of Italian wine to match your meal and keep an eye out for their featured vineya...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2001

Pearl Street Pasta
308 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 234-7525

City Grocery

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Attraction

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City Grocery has rapidly become one of Oxford's favorite bars. Appealing to a slightly older crowd, you're not likely to find quite as many University kids in this bar, so you'll actually be able to get a spot at the bar or a table. A nice balcony overlooks the Square and will give you a great opportunity to people watch or just watch the traffic zip by. Oxford's equivalent of Cheers, the crowd is often a bunch of regulars and it's the kind of place where it's not surprising to see your friends or find that the bartenders DO know your name. Especially in the early evenings, 5 PM or so, you'll find happy hour and cheaper prices on beer and drinks and a couple nights a week it's not ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

City Grocery
152 Courthouse Square
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 232-8080

Square Books

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Attraction

Square Books Photo, Oxford, Mississippi
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One of the greatest independent bookstores I have ever visited, Richard Howorth's Square Books is a fine example not only of a bookstore but of southern hospitality in general. Open since the 1970s or so, it used to be that it wasn't uncommon to drive by and see John Grisham sitting on the balcony, in fact, it was on that balcony that I first met the famous author eight years ago. Grisham doesn't spend much time here (in Oxford) anymore but it is almost always one of his first stops when on a tour promoting a new book and the Oxford faithful still come out in hordes to meet him and have him sign their books. The first floor is dominated by collections of books and magazines that mig...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

Square Books
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 236-2262

Rowan Oak

Attraction

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The home of nobel prize winner William Faulkner is a highlight of historic sites in Oxford. The home, now owned and maintained by the University of Mississippi is open to the public for tours throughout the day. The cost is minimal and you're a Faulkner fan, the trip will be worthwhile. The old Victorian style home sits on a large plot of ground reasonably near the center of town and is easily accessible by following the signs that are located throughout town. Parking is a bit of a problem but shouldn't dissuade you from visiting. Once you're there, look around and take in the tree-covered property that will remind you of being back in Faulkner's day or perhaps even of Gone With the Wind. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Rowan Oak
Old Taylor Road
Oxford, Mississippi

The Square

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Attraction

The Square Photo, Oxford, Mississippi
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Perhaps the highlight in this city of 10,000, the square is the center of activity in Oxford. Dominated in the middle by the Lafayette County courthouse, it's dome one of the more recognizable images you may see of Oxford. Around the Square you'll find a variety of spots to spend your time. Neilsons Department Store is the oldest department store in the South, Square Books is a wonderful independent bookstore where you might find John Grisham when he's in town. A couple of the restaurants I've reviewed, The Downtown Grill and Pround Larry's, can be found here. The Square also plays host to a great little music store which features albums by local groups and several shops full of southern hospital...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2001

The Square
Center of town
Oxford, Mississippi

Mallard Point

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Attraction

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Lying along the banks of Sardis Lake and in the middle of John Kyle state park in the north of Mississippi, Mallard Point is located just minutes from Oxford. A gorgeous championship quality course is what you'll find when you arrive here. The course plays very tough. You'll find long narrow holes with very little rough and a full complement of bunkers and obstacles that include natural gorges, small ponds and trees trees trees. The course plays 7000 yards through the state forest and offeres some glorious views of the lake and the surrounding area. Not at all uncommon to see wildlife during your round, keep your eyes open for the 10 point buck that might wonder up to your golf cart. Bring lots ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2001

Mallard Point
John Kyle State Park
Oxford, Mississippi

Neilson's Department Store

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Attraction

Neilson's Department Store Photo, Oxford, Mississippi
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Like Square Books, Neilson's Department is an Oxford tradition. The oldest department store in the South, Neilsons was founded on Oxford's Square in 1839 only two years after the city was chartered. Although it may not compare, in size, to many big city chain department stores, Neilson's offeres southern hospitality and a fine selection of name brand merchandise. Carrying such labels as Ralph Lauren and Hart Shaffner-Marx, you'll find nothing but the finest clothing in this store. The staff is friendly and helpful and will gladly order anything that they don't have in stock for you. Visitors come from all over the country to visit Neilson's, so if you're making a stop over in Oxford, this should ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Neilson's Department Store
119 Courthouse Square
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 234-1161

Double Decker Festival

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Attraction

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Oxford, being named after it's sister city in England, has bolstered it's place among southern lore with a touch of English flare. The city owns at least one English double decker bus and the local music and art festival has been named in its honor. Taking place the first weekend of May each year, the festival brings together a collection of local acts and national touring acts in a one day festival that sprawls over the Oxford Square. You'll not only find two stages with a constant lineup of musical acts but you'll also find a wide array or artisans with their wares for sale as well as a variety of food vendors, many of which represent the Oxford culinary scene. The festival is free and is a grea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2001

Double Decker Festival
Courthouse Square
Oxford, Mississippi

Oxford Club at Grand Oaks: Golf Course Tee Time

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Attraction | "University Golf Course"

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A beautiful, hilly golf course located in the woods just north of the University of Mississippi campus, you'll find it to be a challenge for the beginner as well as the low handicapper. Many of the holes have water hazards that are in play or other obstacles such as the surrounding woods that come into play. Tee boxes were recently reconstructed to provide a true collegiate championship course for the ultra competitive Southeastern Conference golf season. The course is 18 holes and also has a nice driving range as well as a practice green and a chipping green. For the more serious golfer and one that can sweet talk the pro shop staff, a 19th hole is cut behind the pro shop to serve as the Ole Miss...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2001

Oxford Club at Grand Oaks: Golf Course Tee Time
1603 Grand Oaks Blvd
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 232-8663

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The most likely reason that most visitors to Oxford end up in town is the University. The beautiful tree lined campus and the world famous Grove (known for its huge game day tail gates on football weekends) will make you feel at home immediately and the Southern hospitality will certainly make you feel welcome. There is almost always something going on on campus, so pick up a copy of The Daily Mississippian (the student newspaper) and check into what's going on while you're here. A prominent member of the Southeastern Conference, there is almost always some sporting event taking place, so dependent on the season, you're likely to find some of the nation's top football, basketball, or baseball talen...Read More

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Steve S.

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