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Buffalo sweetbreads at Hog & Hominy.

The daily lunch special at LBs. Meat Market.

Smoked catfish brandade at Hog & Hominy. The burger at LBs. Meat Market, dressed Fred’s Way.

also had potato salad, baked beans and chili mac! It’s like something you’d expect from a crazyburger themed pop-up restaurant! For a really great classic burger, John Currence turned me on to the burger at Handy Andy Grocery (800 N. Lamar Blvd., 66.234.4621). It’s simple perfection: Lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion on a well-seasoned, griddled burger with American cheese. The Big Easy at Ajax Diner (118 Courthouse Square, 662.232.8880, ajaxdiner.net) was another great recommendation. It’s a countryfried steak topped with mashed potatoes, gravy and lima beans, all in a bun. Add a few dashes of hot sauce, and you’re ready for a nap! Then there is the Torta Cubana at El Milagro Taqueria (1420 Jackson Ave. W., 6625.236.1717, elmilagrotaqueria.com) It’s sort of a kitchen sink kind of sandwich with many types of juicy meat, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro and avocado, and it’s huge! You’ll want to order a to-go box ahead of time and take the second half home for lunch the next day. I did. No Oxford food tour would be complete 46

without a trip to Lindsey’s Chevron (321 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.234.9104), where depending on the time of day, you can enjoy sausage, egg and cheese biscuits, fried chicken, pizza sticks, potato logs, egg rolls, pimento cheese, chicken salad and, of course, the legendary chicken on a stick, or the carousel of fresh-baked cookies. You’ll find all manner of deep-fried goodness to appeal to your drunken late-night munchies, served in a white paper bag to hide your shame. For entertainment, choose from plenty of great music venues such as The Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave., 662.234.5333), the Lamar Lounge (1309 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.513.6197) and, of course, Proud Larry’s (211 S. Lamar Blvd., 662.236.0050). I was able to catch a great show at Larry’s by local band Young Buffalo one night after work. They always impress with incredible vocal harmonies and rhythmic guitar playing, and their new EP has become a soundtrack in the City Grocery kitchen. I’ve also become a member of the Oxford Tasting Room, sort of a secret underground beer club where the members get together

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and share hard-to-find and rare beers, and even some delicately aged brews that you can’t get anywhere else. And we’ve all been talking about the new beers from Lucky Town Brewing Company and smuggling in growlers from Jackson. I’ve found myself visiting some close chef friends in Memphis—only an easy hour away from Oxford—where you may find me stuffing my face with house-made beef and cheddar hot dogs in pretzel buns from my buddies Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman at Hog & Hominy (707 W. Brookhaven Circle, Memphis, Tenn., 901.207.7396, hogandhominy.com). They have killer food: fired pizzas, poutine with neckbone gravy and the best sweetbreads just about anyone has ever had. They also a great beer and cocktail selection, wines “on draft” and an incredible bocce ball court right outside. I’ve stayed very busy since moving north, working with incredible chefs, doing a little bit of traveling, cooking at some unforgettable events, and eating and drinking really well. Shortly before BOOM went to press, Jesse Houston parted with City Grocery. Watch jfp.ms for updates on Houston’s next move. boomjackson.com

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