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Best of Oxford - 2015 winners announced For 12 years now, Oxford EAGLE readers have turned into voters who have been selecting the Best Bakery, the Best Sweet Tea, the Best Florist, the Best Pharmacy, the Best Firefighter, the Best Car Dealer and more for the annual Best of Oxford section you’re holding in your hands or reading online. For 12 years now, businesses and individuals have been calling The EAGLE almost as soon as balloting ended to see if the votes had been counted and the winners named, and then asking if they could spread the good word before this section came out. Once again, you have picked the people, the places and the things that members of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community like the best. Sure, it’s an unscientific way to pick winners, but we’ve been doing it this way for more than a decade and there is as much, or more, interest each year. We’ve included, as we do annually, the winners in each category as selected by

VOTING WINNERS Each year, we reward two voters — one from the online ballots and one from the paper ballots — with a $50 gift certificate to one of the winners’ businesses. This year’s winners are Tiffany Jones, from the paper drawing ballot, and Kelly Shinall, from the online drawing ballot.

online and paper-ballot voters, and we’ve also included the runners-up (in no particular order). You will also find feature stories on several of the winners and photos of several other top finishers. Again, we congratulate the winners of the Best of Oxford for 2016, and we look forward to doing this again next year.



Best of the Best — FNB Bank .............................................................................Page 8 Best New Addition — Graduate Hotel .........................................................Page 16 Best Kept Secret — Mama Jo’s ........................................................................Page 32 Best Family Entertainment — Malco/Premier Lanes ..............................Page 12 Best Church — Oxford-University United Methodist Church ..............Page 28 Best Gas Station — Lindsey’s Chevron .........................................................Page 20 Best New Restaurant — The Second Line ...................................................Page 35 Best Art Gallery — Southside ..........................................................................Page 24

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Rice and Spice

Bottletree Bakery

My Michelle’s


Kabuki, Jinsei, Pick Thai, Noodle Bowl, Toyo, H2O, China Royal, Chow Time

Kelli’s Cakes, Lusa, Insomnia Cookies, Honeybee Bakery, Panera Bread, Sweet T’s Bakery, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Taylor Grocery, Newk’s, The Main Event, Elizabeth Heiskell/Woodson Ridge Farms, Party Waiting to Happen, Ole Miss Catering, My Guys Biscuits and BBQ, McAlister’s, Oby’s, Chick-fil-A, A&N Catering, Abner’s, Living Foods, South Depot Taco Shop, Delta Steak Company, Nation’s Best, The Rib Cage, Smoke Shop

Oby’s, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Popeye’s, Chick-fil-A, Zaxby’s, Boure, Four Corner’s Chevron/ Chickenon-a-stick, Coop Deville, Ajax


The Library City Grocery, Bouré, Snackbar, Rafters, Blind Pig, Lamar Lounge, Funky’s, The Wine Bar, Proud Larry’s, Lenora’s, Roosters, The Coop


Handy Andy The Rib Cage, B’s BBQ, Rebel Barn, Lamar Lounge, My Guys, Blind Pig, Louisiana Rubdown, Smoke Shop, The Shak


Big Bad Breakfast The Beacon, My Guys Biscuits and BBQ, The Shelter on Van Buren, Huddle House, Mama Jo’s, IHOP, Bottletree Bakery, Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Lusa



Taylor Grocery Oby’s, Ajax, St. John’s Knights of Columbus, Bouré, The Sizzler, Captain D’s, Delta Steak Company, Lamar Lounge


Bouré, Proud Larry’s, Newk’s, The Beacon, Lamar Lounge, South Depot Taco Shop, Chili’s, McEwens, Soulshine Pizza, Blind Pig


High Point Coffee Starbucks, The Shelter on Van Buren, Cups, Chaney’s, Bottletree Bakery, The Beacon, Huddle House, IHOP, Lusa


Holli’s Sweet Tooth Ya Ya’s, City Grocery, Lenora’s, Kelli’s Cakery, Bouré, Insomnia Cookies, Newk’s, Sonic, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ravine, Snackbar, Lusa

We are proud to be voted your favorite Bakery year after year. We know nothing goes better with a fresh baked pastry than a perfect cup of coffee. Bottletree Blend is an award winning brew.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you for 21 years.


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Chick-fil-A Sonic, Taco Bell, Zaxby’s, Newk’s, McDonald’s, My Guys Biscuits and BBQ, Boneheads, Wendy’s, Abner’s, Burger King, Panera Bread


Snackbar Oxford Grillehouse, McEwen’s, City Grocery, Delta Steak Company, Ravine, Lenora’s, Mesquite Chophouse, Bouré, Jinsei, Ajax, The Wine Bar, Ole Venice, Bacchus On The Square, Country Club of Oxford



Ya Ya’s

TCBY/Chaney’s, Twister’s, Tutti Frutti


Handy Andy Phillip’s Grocery, Neon Pig, Ajax, Proud Larry’s, The Beacon, Lamar Lounge, Sonic Drive-In, Bouré, Bim Bam Burgers, Rooster’s


Sonic Drive-In Snackbar, City Grocery, The Burgundy Room, Proud Larry’s, Lamar Lounge, The Library, Blind Pig, Bouré, Funkys, Rooster’s

Snackbar, Lamar Lounge, Phillip’s Grocery, Oby’s, Proud Larry’s, Ajax, Zaxby’s, Bouré, Handy Andy



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The Second Line

Kiamie’s Package Store, Magnolia Wine and Spirits, Poppa’s Wine and Spirits, PJ’s Wine and Liquor, C&M Package, Rebel Wine and Spirits, West Jackson Wine and Spirits

Bacchus On The Square, Neon Pig, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, The Shelter on Van Buren, Mesquite Chophouse, Bonehead’s, Oyster and Seafood, Rafter’s, Greenline, The Coop




Soulshine Pizza

Newk’s, The Beacon, City Grocery, Toyo, South Depot Taco Shop, Mama Jo’s, Proud Larry’s, Lamar Lounge, The Second Line, Bouré, Handy Andy, Blind Pig

6 N Tubbs, Old Venice, Proud Larry’s, Newk’s, Square Pizza, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, DoDo Pizza, Pizza Den, Funkys, Domino’s, Volta




Tequilla’s Taco Shop, Casa Mexicana, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, Papito’s, El Mariachi, El Milagro, South Depot Taco Shop, Taco Bell

Greenline, Proud Larry’s, Oby’s, Bouré, Panera Bread, Zaxby’s, Soulshine, Blind Pig, Ajax

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Firehouse Subs, Blind Pig, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Subway, Jimmy John’s, McAlister’s Deli, Pita Pit, Panera Bread, Neon Pig

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Rafter’s, McEwen’s, Ravine, Bonehead’s, Oyster and Seafood, Taylor Grocery, Jinsei, Bacchus On The Square, Captain D’s, Boure, Oxford Grillhouse, Irie, Oby’s, City Grocery, Landshark Crawfish, The Second Line, The Sizzler, Crawdad Hole


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Square, The Auction Block


McAlister’s Deli McDonald’s, Ajax, Sonic Drive-In, Newk’s, Oby’s, Handy Andy, Bouré



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Buffalo Wild Wings Wing Stop, Coop Deville, Frank and Marlee’s, Jinsei, Bim Bam Burgers, Rooster’s, Zaxby’s, Oby’s



Snackbar, Lenora’s, Ajax, McEwen’s, Ravine, Lamar Lounge, City Grocery, Oxford Grillehouse, Proud Larry’s, Delta Steak Company, Jinsei

Ravine, Delta Steak Company, The Sizzler, Oliver Steak Company, Bouré, Lenora’s, Oyster and Seafood, Taylor Grocery, City Grocery, Mesquite Chophouse, Snackbar, McEwen’s, Neon Pig, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Ajax, Bacchus On The

Music fans of Oxford, Thank you for voting PROUD LARRYS your favorite music venue!


Oxford Grillehouse came in first place for its steaks. The restaurant on the Square specializes in steak and seafood.


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First National Bank of Oxford wins Best of the Best BY ROB SIGLER

First National Bank of Oxford has been chosen by readers of The Oxford EAGLE as the “Best of the Best” in the Best of Oxford contest. “We’re excited and honored that the folks of Oxford think that highly of us,” bank president Johnny Barrett said. “We are very thankful to be in Oxford for over 100 years and to the people of Oxford in honoring us in this way.” The bank has been a staple of Oxford for more than 100 years and has been able to keep that personal touch while also keeping up with the advances in technology, according to Barrett. “It’s a combination of know-

ing our customers, the market and being up to date with the latest technology,” Barrett said. “Those things make our customers satisfied and enjoy the banking experience.” Barrett said there are “lots of good banks in town offering the same sorts of products and provide good customer service,” but FNB has the advantage of longevity and being run by folks who are invested in Oxford. “We do have a genuine interest in the customer and are not just out to sell them a product,” Barrett said. “We base it upon what their needs are and not what we’re trying to sell them. We treat them like family and a lot of them are our neighbors.” FNB employs 65 and many of them have been with the bank

for a number of years. “Several have been with us for more than 10 years and several are natives of Oxford,” Barrett said. “This is really a tribute to our employees.” Barrett said community service is another aspect of First National Bank that puts them at the forefront. FNB supports several community causes financially and by employees volunteering time. “I think over the years we’ve just plugged into the community in a lot of ways by supporting community causes and being involved in the community,” Barrett said. “We support a wide range of nonprofits, youth leagues and churches. FNB folks can be seen in various roles volunteering their time.”


First National Bank of Oxford has multiple branches in town and has been selected Best of the Best.

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St. Jude’s Taste of Oxford Empty Bowls, Relay for Life, Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball, Strut Your Mutt, St. John’s DrawDown, Leap Frog Firecracker Ball, Chamber of Commerce Gala, Reads Beats and Eats, A Mighty Voice, The Big Event, Color Invasion Run, Feed the Hunger, Paws 4 Art, Tunes and Tails


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Mary Buie Art Zone, First Regional Library, Chick-fil-A Princess Ball, Square Books Junior, Avent Park, Cloud 9, Pirate Adventures, Premier Lanes, Double Decker, Studio Whimzy, YAC Powerhouse, Excel by 5, Boys & Girl’s Club

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Ole Miss Sports, Double Decker, The Grove, Avent Park, Pirate Adventures, The Range at TGC Outdoors

The Lyric, Shelter on Van Buren, Ford Center, Mr. Feather’s, The Grove, The Library, Rooster’s, Rafter’s, Thacker Mountain Radio

Malco/ Premier Lanes


Double Decker Oxford Film Festival, North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, Fourth of July, Mississippin’, Fiber Arts Festival, Abbeville Autumnfest, Art-er Limits Fringe Festival, Maker’s Market, Chamber of Commerce Gala


Proud Larry’s


Mustache The Band Young Buffalo, Tate Moore, Holy Ghost Electric Show, Shane Brown, Whiskey Barrels, Riverside Voodoo, Kudzu Kings, George McConnell, Ebenezer Goodman, Charlie Mars, Adrian Dickey, Moon Pie Curtis, And the Echo, Jimbo Mathus, Keith Sanders


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The Blake

The Graduate

Oxford Health and Rehab, Veteran’s Home, Hermitage Gardens, Brookdale, Azalea Gardens, Emeritus

The Inn at Ole Miss, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Marriott, The Z, Ravine, Colonel’s Quarters



Southside Gallery

Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society

Treehouse Gallery, Powerhouse, Mary Buie, Rowan Oak, S&J Art


First Baptist Church Mother Goose, Kid’s College, North Oxford Baptist Church Creative Learning Center, ABC Daycare, Willie Price Day School, Little Angels Daycare, Learner’s Playhouse, Oxford-University United Methodist Church Mother’s Day Out

The Lyric


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Powerhouse, Oxford Conference Center, The Grove, Oxford University Club, The Mill at Plein Air, Castle Hill Resort, Ole Miss, Woodson Ridge Farms

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Ole Miss Golf Course Oxford Country Club, Grand Oaks, Mallard Point

The Pantry, YAC/Powerhouse, Memory Makers, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, United Way, Lovepacks, RSVP, More Than a Meal, Leap Frog, North Mississippi Regional Center, Boys & Girls Club, Family Crisis Center, Oxford Film Festival, Veterans Home, Habitat for Humanity

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Malco/Premier Lanes at top for entertainment BY ALLEN BREWER

Malco Oxford Commons and Premier Lanes hit a double strike by winning the Best Family Entertainment spot in Oxford. The Malco at Oxford Commons, built in 2013, received its adjoining neighbor, Premier Lanes, on May 15 last year. The movie and bowling facilities offer people of all ages and families a fun time at a reasonable cost. Already having one Malco theater in town, the company took a risk by building on the then mostly vacant Commonwealth Boulevard. Now a thriving community of hotels, houses and two Oxford schools, the Oxford Commons has proved to show the power of patience and planning.

Last year, Malco took an even bigger risk by attaching a bowling alley to its theater. The bowling alley also proved to be a hit with the children and to the community of Oxford. “We have a vacuum of entertainment in Oxford,” said Selby LaBarre, general manager of Premier Lanes. “We have several places for entertainment like bowling, plus a nice arcade, café and bar.” The bowing lanes offer guests not only quality bowling, but also host a variety of arcade games for children and a café and bowling lounge for parents. Designed in a “Leisurely, Oxford/Ole Miss flavor,” Premier Lanes also offers its customers an interactive gaming experience. The Malco’s Best X gaming program allows bowlers SEE MALCO, 13


Children bowl at Premier Lanes. The venue boasts more than a bowling alley, however. There also is an arcade, cafe and bar. It’s a complete entertainment center and there also is a Malco movie theater attached, the second Malco venue in Oxford.

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MALCO: The entertainment venue features both a movie theater and a family-oriented bowling alley FROM PAGE 12 to connect with other players to keep up with scores. Malco stays involved in the community, and one way is hosting the Oxford Film Festival. Both Malco and Premier Lanes offer several deals and discounted events that allow greater access to family entertainment. “Both of our theater locations and the new family entertainment center play an important role in the overall success of Malco in the Oxford market, as the synergy of the outlets all compliment one another,” said Karen Scott, Malco director of marketing. This summer, Premier Lanes will allow children the opportunity to bowl for free each day as part of its Kids Bowl Free program. Parents can go to to make an account to get free coupons for

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THIS SUMMER Children can bowl for free this summer at Premier Lanes each day as part of the Kids Bowl Free program. Visit for information. bowling. Shoe rentals are not included. “It’s a way for us to give back to the kids,” said Rick Bourgeois, Malco’s senior vice president. Whether catching a movie, bowling a strike or paying in a laser maze, the entertainment venues have something fun for everyone to do, especially to beat the summer heat. “Our three boys love going to bowl at Malco Premier Lanes, especially during the summer months,” said Elizabeth Harvey, Northwest Community College professor and mother of three.

“Both of our theater locations and the new family entertainment center play an important role in the overall success of Malco in the Oxford market, as the synergy of the outlets all compliment one another.”


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Don and Dale’s

Kinney and Associates PLLC, Watkins Ward and Stafford PLLC, Dwight L. Young Group, Swetland Cook PLLC, Grantham Poole, Barfield and Associates, Bryan White CPA, Hale and Company, Denise Woods CPA

Knit1, Paint and Pen, Clay Canvas, Walmart, The Mustard Seed, Sugar Magnolia, Powerhouse, The Depot

Regions Bank, Renasant Bank, Mississippi Federal Credit Union, Bancorp South, Mechanics Bank, Bank of Oxford, Oxford University Bank, Trustmark Bank, Bank of Commerce

Continental, Larry’s Barbershop, Truvy’s, The Parlor, Blessed Hands, Goolsby’s Hairworld, Luxe, LaRousse, Alice and Company, King’s Den


Cannon Motors


The Mustard Seed

Allen Samuels, Cannon Nissan, Oxford Toyota, Belk Ford

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The Depot Antique Mall, Tommy’s Antiques, Cotton Boll Antique Mall, Reminisce Antique Mall, Sugar Magnolia


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Home Depot

Cannon Motors Allen Samuels, CarMart, Cannon Nissan, Belk Ford, Moore Brothers, Oxford Toyota, Chandler Motors

Rebel Appliances, Sears, Sneed’s Ace Hardware

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Graduate named Best New Addition to Oxford BY ALYSSA SCHNUGG

Oxford’s residents and visitors watched construction of the Graduate Oxford hotel on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and North Lamar Boulevard for almost two years. In fall 2015, the hotel opened its doors, welcoming guests to Oxford. However, it’s not just the hotel guests who have appreciated the new hotel and its adjoining café and restaurant. Oxford residents have enjoyed it as well — enough to vote it the Best New Addition to Oxford in the annual Oxford EAGLE Best of Oxford contest. The hotel is a collaboration of

city,” he said. “Graduate Oxford strives to provide an authentic and inviting experience to all guests that visit the hotel.” Hoover said the response from the hotel’s guests and the Oxford community have been “well beyond expectations.” “We have received too many warm and glowing comments from our guests to count, and are thrilled to be considered a cornerstone of this community,” he said. There are 135 rooms in the hotel, which includes four suites Customer service named after local celebrities Hoover gives much of the cred- including author Willie Morris it to those who work at the hotel. and former Ole Miss Rebel “Above all else, we have a great Charlie Conerly Jr. There’s a staff which provides the best serSEE GRADUATE, 17 vice and attention to detail in the

the Chamblee Hospitality Group and A.J. Capitol Partners and is located where the old Downtown Inn stood for many years until it was demolished about three years ago. “The entire team at Graduate Oxford is thrilled to be recognized as the Best New Addition to the community,” said Mike Hoover, general manager of Graduate Oxford. “With so many new and fresh additions to Oxford over the past year, to stand out among the rest is truly humbling.”


The Graduate Oxford hotel opened in 2015 and is not only known for a pet-friendly place to rest your head, but it also has a restaurant, bar, cafe, rooftop access and more. There’s also a ballroom for grand gatherings.

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GRADUATE: John Currence caters events that request it FROM PAGE 16

laundry facilities and 24-hour fitness center.

ballroom for weddings and other events and a board room for business meetings, and, of course, free Wi-Fi. Events held at the hotel that request catering are catered by well-known Oxford chef John Currence. The café and coffee shop, Cabin 26, was modeled to pay homage to the Neshoba County Fair. On the fourth floor is The Coop, a chic but sassy terrace and lounge where pictures of chickens mix with crystal chandeliers and farmhouse fixtures. From the patio, visitors can just about look down over the entire Square. Other amenities include


Creating revenue Since Graduate Oxford opened, it has helped increase the city’s hotel/ motel tax revenue that goes toward projects all around Oxford to help promote tourism. “We expect this number to steadily increase with other hotels coming on the market in the coming weeks and months as well,” said Visit Oxford Director Mary Allyn Hedges. “The Graduate is a great partner in the Oxford community, serving as both a local and visitor gathering spot in the lobby as well as their rooftop restaurant,


The Coop, in which they showcase many local Oxford artists and Oxford memorabilia.” An extra perk is the hotel is pet friendly.

Coming up Hoover said this fall at the hotel, beverage manager Chip Moore will introduce an “aged” cocktail program at The Coop, which will feature cocktails that have aged in bourbon barrels. “Also, later this summer, we will be introducing a lobby breakfast buffet on the weekends with a custom bloody Mary bar,” he said. To learn more about The Graduate, visit


The Graduate Hotel has so many features and meeting spots, it’s not just for the overnight traveler. But for the person staying overnight, the rooms are accommodating with various amenities. It also is pet-friendly so you don’t have to leave your dog at home.

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Deal’s Auto Repair Gateway Tire, Bannon Auto Repair, Southland Body Shop, University Tire, Oxford Muffler, Cannon Motors, Belk Ford, Allen Samuels, Kenny Warren, Oxford Auto Care, Oxford Tire, Ray Brothers Auto Repair, Caine’s Auto and Towing


Square Books Square Books Junior, Off Square Books, Barnes & Noble – Student Union, Campus Bookmart, Rebel Bookstore


Stout’s Carpet

Home Depot, J&L Carpet, Discount Building Materials, Oliphant Flooring, Johnson’s Furniture, Lee Cobb

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Belles and Beaus Neilson’s, Walmart, Belk, Elliott Lane


Oxford-University United Methodist Church St. John’s The Evangelist Catholic Church, Grace Bible Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Anchor Baptist Church, Christ Presbyterian Church, North Oxford Baptist Church, The Orchard, First Baptist Church of Oxford, Community Church, Pinelake Church Oxford, First Presbyterian Church, Oxford Church of Christ, Yellow Leaf Baptist Church, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, College Hill Presbyterian


Express Computer Repair Cambino’s Computer Shop, Campbell Solutions, Office Depot


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Goodwill, Oxford WeeCycle, Sugar Magnolia, Oxford Resell, Mustard Seed, The Depot, Merry Go Round



Amy Head Cosmetics, Neilson’s, The Parlor, Belk, MW2



Belk, JCPenney, Hinton and Hinton


Joe Pace/Eagle Fire and Electric Johnny Parker/Parker Electric and Plumbing, Bubba Mize/Mize Electric and Plumbing, Walker Electric, Todd Miskelley/Miskelley Electric, Ryan Avent Handyman Services, Rick Henry/Rick’s Plumbing and Electric, Glen Miller/Ultimate Handyman Express

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Mayo Eye Clinic Rayner Eye Clinic, Oxford Eye Clinic, Steve M. Depriest OD, Oxford University Eyecare, West Oxford Vision Center, Oxford Family Vision


Oxford Floral Company Mimosa Flowers and Gifts, University Florist, Bette’s Flowers, Kroger, Twisted Twig, Breezy Blossoms


Lindsey’s Chevron The Marketplace at Oxford Commons, James Food Center, Double Quick, Sky Mart, Shell on University Avenue, The Brittany Store, Kroger, Four Corners Chevron, Walmart, Circle K, BP 334, Littlejohn’s, Ward’s Short Stop, Marquis Chevron

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Lammon’s Fine Jewelry Brooks Collection, Turkoyz, Belk, The Parlor


Coleman Funeral Home Waller Funeral Home, Hodges Funeral Home


Johnson’s Furniture Furniture World, Jones at Home, Provisions, Sugar Magnolia, Stash, Something Southern, The Mustard Seed, The Depot Antique Mall, The Green Door Company


Oxford Floral Company Deshea’s/BMH, Olive Juice, Mimosa Flowers and Gifts, Katherine Beck, Lily Pad, Amelia, Rebel Rags, Provisions, The Mustard Seed

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Kroger Larson’s Cashsaver, Walmart, Farmers’ Market, Living Foods, Neon Pig


LaRousse Salon and Spa The Parlor, LaMystique, Continental Hair Styles, Amara Salon, Avenue West Salon, Bella Mia Salon, High Cotton Salon, Truvy’s, Stonewashed Salon, Hairport, Alice and Company, Headquarters, Vogue, Emma J Salon, CVM, All About U, The Nail Shop, Christopher Gregory Salon



Rebel Body Fitness, Goose Creek Club, Snap Fitness, Oxford Kickboxing, Orange Therapy, Pure Barre, BeachFit, Anytime Fitness, Maxx Strength Conditioning


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Lindsey’s Chevron is all about the customer BY REID POSEY

Whether you stop in for breakfast, to pick up an order of fresh chicken salad or pimento cheese, or to grab a chicken-on-a-stick after enjoying the nighttime entertainment on the Square, Oxonians of all ages are well-acquainted with Lindsey’s Chevron, located on the corner of North Lamar Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue. Lindsey’s has operated on the Square in one capacity or another for 28 years, beginning as a service station, and expanding to its current model as a full-fledged convenience store in 2001. Owner Lindsey Hill didn’t have to think long at all for his favorite part of running his business. “Meeting the people,” Hill sim-

“We provide a real personal service to others. You know, the girls here, they get to know the customers real good, a lot of times they have their stuff ready when they come in the door.” Lindsey Hill

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ply said. “I enjoy being around the food business.” Hill said it’s the commitment to customers that separates it from the rest of the pack to come out on top as Oxford’s Best Gas Station. “We provide a real personal BRUCE NEWMAN


Lindsey’s Chevron has operated on the Square in one way or another for 28 years and is known for its food.

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service to others,” he said. “You know, the girls here, they get to know the customers real good, a lot of times they have their stuff ready when they come in the door. They know what they want, and I think that means a whole lot, instead of going to a company-owned store where somebody really doesn’t care — if you buy it, you buy it, if you don’t, you don’t.” Hill said this effort to provide the best possible service to customers has enabled Lindsey’s to amass an impressive group of regulars, with whom the staff has built personal relationships. However, you don’t get to the point Lindsey’s has gotten to without the help of quality products to go with effective customer service. “The plate lunches are really good,” Hill said. “I’ve got a lady that’s been with me probably 12 years that has owned a couple of kitchens around Oxford, and she had a good following anyway. We’ve acquired the

chicken salad and the pimento cheese from Mr. Levy, the original Mr. Levy’s recipe from the Jitney Jungle, and we got a bunch of Mrs. Levy’s sweets.” As Lindsey’s moves forward, Hill said that there aren’t any concrete plans to change or add anything, particularly considering the success and following the business has amassed already. “We’ll add a little here and there if we think customers ask for it enough, but basically don’t fix what’s not broken,” he said. In the meantime, customers can continue to find Hill and his staff cranking out quality service on a daily basis. “I’m glad there’s not eight days in a week, because I’m here every day, seven days a week,” Hill said. For Hill, though, everything about his business always comes back to one person — the customer. “We really appreciate the support from the community,” he said. “You know, if it wasn’t for the customers, we wouldn’t be here. I hope we’re doing something right.”

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Walker Electric

Ramsey Construction

Comer Heating and Cooling, Jim Riddle Heating and Cooling, John Reynolds Heating and Cooling, McKibben Heating and Cooling, Franklin Heating and Air, Lovett Heating and Cooling, Fondren and Vaughn, Brunner Heating and Air, Parker Plumbing and Electric

D. Carroll Construction, Grantham Construction, Ken Ash Construction, Ronnie Leggitt, Marty Daniels, Blackburn Communities, Massey Construction, Paul Baddour, RJ Allen and Assocaites, Richard Smith Construction, Carother’s Construction



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Sneed’s Ace Hardware

Tuesday Morning, Provisions, Resa Randall, Curtis Knight, Discount Building Materials, Jones at Home, Stash, Mustard Seed, Katherine Beck, Julie Montgomery, Sugar Magnolia

Home Depot, Smith Building Supply, Discount Building Materials, Elliott Lumber


ATT U-Verse

MaxxSouth, C Spire


Oxford Insurance Agency Tom Davis State Farm, Brown Insurance

Agency, Jimmy Carr State Farm, Sharp Insurance Agency, Farm Bureau, Marty Stark State Farm, Allstate, Alfa – Freddie Pinion, Shelter – Matt Bishop, American National – Brian Hayden, Mechanics, Phil Bailey and Associates


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The Range/TGC Outdoors, Kinnucan’s, Walmart, Mississippi Auto Arms, University Sporting Goods

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Edward Jones

Epicure Day Spa

Wells Fargo, Oxford Investment Advisors, Regions Bank, Jimmy Langley, Wealth Management

Healing Hands, Halons Day Spa, Live Well Therapeutic, King’s Touch, Suthern Oasis Spa, Therapeutic Bliss, La Rousse



Material Girls

Urgent Care

Belk, Loft, Miss Behavin, Village Taylor, Sorella, Indigos, Cicada, Therapy, Hemline, Pink and Proper

Family Medical Group, North Mississippi Family Medicine, RedMed, Internal Medicine, Oxford Urgent Care, Oxford Clinic for Women, Oxford Pediatric


Tannehill, Carmean and McKenzie Farsese Farese and Farese, Mayo Mallette, Walker and Williamson, Hayman and Company, Holcomb Dunbar, Dwight Ball, Sloan Chain and Moore, Swayze Alford, Hughes Brown, Kevin Frye, Daniel Coker Horton and Bell, Hiram Eastland III, Harris Shelton Hanover and Walsh, Wheeler and Franks, Dubar Davis, Trout Law Firm


Angel Taxi

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Southside on Square captures Oxford’s arts scene BY REID POSEY

Sitting at its location at 150 Courthouse Square, Southside Gallery has become not only a landmark institution for the town of Oxford, but moreover a central component of the town’s celebrated arts scene, and once again, it has been named by readers as Oxford’s Favorite Art Gallery. Since its inception in 1993, Southside Gallery has provided a platform for artists on a local, state and regional level to showcase their works in the unique setting of the historic Oxford Square. It is these artists, whose work is prominently displayed on the walls of Southside Gallery, that co-owner and manager Wil Cook credits as being the source of Southside’s

continued success as Oxford’s preeminent destination for art lovers. “The artists we represent are what makes us what we are,” Cook said. “We have a lot of local artists who exhibit with us, we’re very lucky to have them. That’s what makes the gallery.” Each month, Southside Gallery features a different collection from different artists, and for each artist’s exhibition, the gallery hosts a reception that enables art enthusiasts and other attendees the chance to interact with these artists and learn about their work on a firsthand basis from the artists themselves. “Currently we have Younok Jung — her work is hanging now,” Cook said. “This work will be up until June 4. Then, the next exhibit after that is a landscape exhibit

that will feature a lot of local artists, and artists from around the region, primarily Mississippians, but there are other artists from other states that this exhibit will feature.” Southside Gallery’s role extends beyond the simple function of a traditional art gallery, however. Southside also operates as a venue for an assortment of events, such as private parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, receptions and various other functions. At any rate, Cook never forgets who he has to thank for Southside’s perennial status as Oxford’s favorite place to indulge its artistic side. “We’re really excited that the local citizens voted for us again,” Cook said. “We appreciate the local support.”


Art fans look over a display in Southside Gallery, which is on the Square.

For those interested in exploring Southside Gallery’s offerings, it is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on

Southside Gallery, visit www. and view the calendar of events, upcoming exhibits and featured artists, or call 662-234-9090.

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Hinton and Hinton Landry’s, Neilson’s, Jos. A. Bank, Belk, Kinnucan’s


Pitner Office Supply Office Depot, Walmart



Region’s Bank, GumTree Mortgage, FNB, Bancorp South Mortgage, Oxford University Bank, Trustmark Bank, Renasant Bank, Community Mortgage, Home First Mortgage, Bank of Commerce

University Sporting Goods, Ole Miss Bookstore, The Locker Room, Campus Bookmart, JCG, Walmart

Mechanic’s Bank

Rebel Rags


The Nail Shop Pro Nails, Paris Nails, Bella Mia Salon, Halons Day Spa, Epicure Day Spa, Suthern Oasis Spa, The Parlor, Emma J Salon, Truvy’s, Chaney’s, NY Nails, LaRousse, Alice and Company, Stonewashed Salon


The Barn

Home Depot, Walmart, Oxford in Bloom, Smith Lawn Management

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Sherwin Williams

Chaney’s Pharmacy

Callahan’s Quick Print

Sneed’s Ace Hardware, Oxford Paint Supply, Home Depot, Walmart

Kroger Pharmacy, Walgreen’s, Oxford Family Pharmacy, CVS, Walmart Pharmacy, G&M Pharmacy

Documart, Office Depot, Pitner Office Supplies, Nest Paper Studio




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Pickens Pest Control

Scott Burton Photography Joey Brent, Brandall Atkinson, Bruce Newman, Rick Addy, Jill Carter, Chad Mills, Todd Liddell, Taylor Square Photography, Pablo Corona, Karla Watson, Bill Dabney, Bella Vie Photography, Danny K Photography, Stephanie Jones, B. Flint Photography, Faison Anne Photography, Joshua McCoy

Pass Pest Control, Orkin, Drewery Pest Control, Guardian Pest Control, Action Pest Control, Terminex


Mooney Plumbing


Hollywood Feed PetSmart, Walmart

Bubba Mize/Mize Electric and Plumbing, T&T Plumbing, Bert Melendez, Rick Henry/ Rick’s Plumbing and Electric, Jackson and Son’s Plumbing, Ryan Avent’s Handyman Services, Bishop Plumbing, Johnny Valentine, Adam Roland, Emergency Plumber, Johnny Parker/Parker Electric and Plumbing

Kessinger Real Estate

RE/MAX, Marchbanks Realty, Coldwell Banker, Tommy Morgan Realtors, Oxford Realty, Right Way Realty, Grace Realty, Cherie Matthews Real Estate, Premier Properties, Nixx Tann Associates, Guest Realty, Walker Realty


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Epicure Day Spa Halons Day Spa, Suthern Oasis Spa, The Parlor, La Rousse, The Nail Shop, Bella Mia Salon, Healing Hands, Shell Plastic Surgery


Oxford Super Tan Halons Day Spa, The Parlor, Sunsations, Suthern Oasis Spa, La Rousse, Epicure Day Spa, The Nail Shop, Bella Mia, Hotty Toddy Tanning, Luxe

Gateway Tire took first place in the tires and parts category.



Gateway Tire University Tire, Oxford Tire, Dee’s Tires, AutoZone, Cannon Motors, Deal’s Auto, NAPA Auto Parts, Belk Ford, Walmart, Advanced Auto Parts, Carquest, Oxford Auto Care, Allen Samuels, Southland Body Shop


Oxford Printwear Ink Spot/Cat Daddy’s, University Sporting Goods, Oxford T-shirt Company, Rebel Rags, JCG

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Oxford-University United Methodist is top church BY ALLEN BREWER

Oxford-University United Methodist Church might be old, but when it comes to its outreach programs, the church is churning out fresh, new ideas. With its many ongoing community service programs and hospitality to new members, the church has proven you can be old and new at the same time. And those ideas helped the congregation that was founded in the 1800s win the spot for Oxford’s Best Church. A Methodist circuit rider named William Craig founded the first Methodist church in Oxford on Van Buren Avenue in 1836, closely located to what is now the First Baptist Church gym. OUUMC later moved to Jackson Avenue,

and in 1937 constructed its first buildings on University Avenue where it still stands today. “Serving the community is a vital part of who we are,” said lead pastor Eddie Rester. “We constantly strive to offer opportunities to our church members. We believe that faith is best grown and expressed when we serve others.” Some of the church’s community projects include: Oxford’s food pantry, More than a Meal, the community Thanksgiving service, Habitat for Humanity and Doors of Hope. Some other organizations the church works with include the Boys & Girls Club and Angel Tree. The church also plans mission trips to destinations as far away as SEE CHURCH, 29

The Oxford-University United Methodist Church congregation worships in a service.


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CHURCH: Mission trips are a highlight for members FROM PAGE 28 Jamaica and as close as the Mississippi Delta. In the last trip to Jamaica, the missionaries motivated and tutored children, painted part of the school, helped lead two services at a local church and visited a hospital and nursing facility. “We feel we helped to encourage local people and added a bit of cheer to their lives,” said church member Jean Shaw. “We cannot say we made a big impact, but we worked very hard for five days and got great welcomes from the local people. The trip did make a big impact on our team’s lives. We became a family and our work showed us the value of sharing our time and talents with others.” OUUMC also has a large impact on University of Mississippi students, guiding them to make good decisions and encouraging them to worship with fellow Christians. The church uses a host family system that allows students

to be “adopted” by local church families who invite them home to eat meals with them, give them support in tough times and provide them with a home away from home. “We are blessed to have them in our midst,” said Allyson Willis, OUUMC’s director of college ministries. “They bring life, curiosity, creativity and push us all to deepen our walk with Christ as we see them pursuing Him with a passion.” When it comes to hospitality, no one is better then the members of the OUUMC, members say. Members work hard to help each other, the community and the world one step at a time. “Our church is a family,” said member Liza Frugé. “Our congregation is a community that supports, loves and cares for each other every day. Whether at church, school, in town, at the ball field or wherever, I know if I see my church family it’s an automatic smile and a hug.”

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OUUMC is more than a historic building downtown. Its membership has many activities and mission trips.

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Chip Moore


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Paul Radigan, Ally Cartwright, Louis Grelling, Lisa Jenkins, Brian Dorris, Cooney at City Grocery, Aubrey Bugg, Blake Threlkeld, Taylor Cruise, Will Griffith, Michael Jolly, Mike Crosbie, Phil Landers, Will Maxcy, Kate Cleveland

Dr. Earl Stubblefield, Dr. Andrew Ross, Dr. Mike Huggins, Dr. John Collier, Dr. Walker Swaney, Dr. Jennifer Romero, Dr. Hayden Perkins, Dr. Jason Farese, Dr. Lea Farese, Dr. Hal Haney, Dr. Edwin Dawkins

Dr. Walker Byars, Dr. William Strickland, Dr. Julie Harper, Dr. Bo Martin, Dr. Edward Field, Dr. Kurre Luber, Dr. Blake Smith, Dr. Ford Dye, Dr. William Henderson, Dr. David Bridgers

Buddy East, Chris Case, Joe Bishop, Hildon Sessums, Cody Pruitt, Kevin Parker, Michael Bevill, Hardie Meeks, Blake Horton, Chris Wray


Vishwesh Bhatt John Currence, Meredith Pittman, Allen Sanders, Dwayne Ingram, Joel Miller, Clant Harrison, Clint Boutwell, Jonathan Oliver, Corbin Evans


Dr. David Coon

Dr. Jeff Dennis, Dr. Kecia Kirk, Dr. Shawn Helmhout, Dr. Charles Hill, Dr. Erik Richardson, Dr. Will Dabbs, Dr. Mitt Hobbs, Dr. Mona Castle, Dr. Jackey Turner, Dr. Jean Gispen

Dr. Alden Kirk


Wes Anderson Buster Hollowell, Jody Black, Cary Sallis, Joey Gardner, Kenny Tidwell, John Cole Tramel, Ethan Peterson, Wade Smith, Randy Jones, Eric Crain

Joey East


Jere Allen Michael Carter, GlennRay Tutor, Bradley Gordon, Nicole Lamar, Ann Crabtree, Jennifer Pace, Earl Dismuke, Ron Dale, J-MANN

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Dr. Lee Payne

Tom Franklin, Lisa Howorth, Curtis Wilkie, John Grisham, Sarah Frances Hardy, Steve Vassallo, Shane Brown, Julie Cantrell, Jack Pendarvis, Neil White

Deanna Mackie, Michelle Cullen, Jene Smith, Rachel Sledge, Kathryn Elliott, Amy Tidwell, Stephanie Barnett, Sharon Upton, Tracy Smiley, Jamie Fortner

Dr. Steve Redding, Dr. Laura Wilson, Dr. Kathy Kvam, Dr. Whitney Rayner, Dr. Apryl Garcia, Dr. Ware Sullivan, Dr. Hannah Heaton, Dr. Harry Fyke




Ace Atkins


Jacob Jordan

Claire Crews

Morgan Freeman

Al Bell, Louis Grelling, David Dixon, Walker J. Swaney, Collins Smith, Geoffrey Caldarero, Connor Hegwood, Shane Brown, Eric Pruitt, Hugh Brown, Randy Yates, Rob McKenzie, Rocco Joyner, Dee Hobbs

Connie McCluskey, Penny Smith, Erica Oliver, Joanne McGehee, Mary Beth Smith, Ryan Avent, Ann Morgan Grantham, Beth Andrews, Elizabeth Darce, Mary Beth Moore, Sandi Allen

Shepard Smith, Katy Perry, Archie Manning, Eli Manning, Charlie Day, James Franco, Joey Lauren Adams, Jim Kelly, Dolly Parton



Aaron Craig, Brittany Sneed, Lauren Pace, Katie Kaiser, Alex Sage, Allison Duckworth, Katie Tompkins, Victoria Mekus

Matt Johnson, Kenneth Sufka, John O’Haver, Marvin King, Lori Williamson, Jimmy Davis, Samir Husni, Greg Snyder, Jody Holland, Todd Smitherman

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Best Kept Secret goes to Oxford’s Mama Jo’s BY ALYSSA SCHNUGG

Despite serving up homemade Southern-style food since 1989 at the same location, Mama Jo’s Country Cookin’ Restaurant is still considered one of Oxford’s best-kept secrets and was recently awarded as such. Voters taking part in the annual Oxford EAGLE Best Of contest awarded Mama Jo’s with the Best Kept Secret award. Owner and cook Joester Egerson Brassell, known by

friends as Mama Jo, said she still has new customers come in. “They tell me they didn’t know about this place, or ‘I live right down the road but never knew you were here,’” Brassell said. The restaurant, located near the intersection of Molly Barr Road and North Lamar Boulevard, is small and can get crowded quickly, especially for Sunday brunch, but Brassell said she’s in no rush to change anything. “Maybe we’ll expand,” she

said. “One day. We’ll see.” Brassell said she was excited about winning the award and believes it’s not just the food that keeps her customers coming back. “We try to greet them with love and keep them with their fried cornbread,” she said. Brassell learned to cook by watching her mother. At about 5 years old, she baked her first cake and fried her first chicken. She cooks from the heart with a little help from above.

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Joester Egrerson Brassell is better known as Mama Jo and serves up homestyle Southern cooking.

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SECRET: The restaurant is located on North Lamar Boulevard and is open every day of the week FROM PAGE 32 “My cooking is a gift from God,” she said. “It’s spiritual. You know how people have gifts, well, I was gifted with cooking.” Brassell said she sometimes gets ideas, or “visions,” at night on ways to improve or tweak a recipe, or ideas for new items at the restaurant. “For instance, my chicken Rotel — everyone cooks chicken Rotel — but mine has a different ingredient than everyone else’s that God gave me one night in a vision,” she said, without giving up the secret ingredient. She doesn’t use cookbooks. All of her recipes are in her head and she makes sure each are executed properly in the restaurant, the same as any good chef. “I cook by taste and smell,” she said. While it might be Oxford’s Best Kept Secret this year, the restaurant has caught the attention of food lovers

for quite some time, including Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern, who shot an episode of his show at the restaurant in 2012. Zimmern arrived, shared a meal with his with friend, John T. Edge, a food writer and commentator and the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and a six-person filming crew. They munched on a buffet of home-cooked Southern food including fried cornbread, smothered pork chops, neck bones, Rotel chicken, catfish, turnip green, boiled okra and other veggies. After the meal, Zimmern tweeted that his lunch at Mama Jo’s exceeded his expectations, calling it “great food.” Mama Jo’s is located at 1503 N. Lamar Blvd. and is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. An all-you-can-eat buffet is available every day. Breakfast is served from 6 to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.


Mama Jo’s has a special recipe for Rotel chicken that she does not share. It’s her unique food and soulful cooking that has landed her a mention on the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods television show.


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The Graduate

Pavilion at Ole Miss, Shelter on Van Buren, Neon Pig, Bonehead’s, Mesquite Chophouse, Insomnia Cookies, Orange Therapy, Rafters, Premier Lanes, The Second Line, Bacchus On The Square, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, The Blake, Elliott Lane Children’s Boutique, Greenline, Yoknapataco Food Truck


Mama Jo’s

Downstair’s Bar, Ravine, Shelter on Van Buren, Taco Shop, Living Foods, Whirlpool Trails, Handy Andy, 6 N Tubbs, TGC Outdoors, Volta, The Sizzler



Lee Family Dentistry, Leigh Spencer, Ajax, Oxford Commons, Tannehill Carmean and McKenzie, Ravine, Bouré, La Rousse, The Square, Snackbar, Volta

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Best New Restaurant goes to The Second Line BY ROB SIGLER

just thrilled and flattered the people of Oxford would select us for this honor.” Smith said The Second Line sets itself apart from the other restaurants in Oxford through great food coupled with a great atmosphere and outstanding customer service. “The authenticity of the food given our chef is from New Orleans sets us apart,” Smith said. “We strive to make it a casual atmosphere and very high-quality food.” Smith said without question the most popular menu item is the roast beef po’boy. “That is our staple and it’s a good one for sure,” Smith said.

It has always been a dream of executive chef Kelly English to open a restaurant on the Square in the town where he went to college. English, who has been a part of restaurants in New Orleans, Biloxi and Memphis, saw that dream become a reality in August last year when he opened The Second Line of Oxford. The restaurant has been a huge success with patrons and has been selected as the Best of the Best New Restaurants by readers of The Oxford EAGLE. “It’s been a good journey since we began in August,” said Back in Oxford English, selected last year as manager Reece Smith. “We’re

the “Alumnus of the Year” by the School of Applied Sciences at Ole Miss, opened the original Second Line restaurant in Memphis in 2013. Both restaurants are New Orleans-themed and feature the type of food English grew up on while in New Orleans. English describes The Second Line as “casual, honest, delicious and true.” “The backbone of that cuisine is neither the high nor the low end of it … it is smack-dab in the middle of it,” English said. He set out to create the restaurants he grew up in in New BRUCE NEWMAN Orleans, rather than the tourist restaurants folks from outside The Second Line is located at 208 South Lamar Blvd. in Oxford. It opened in the Crescent City believe New August 2015 and quickly became a go-to favorite place for residents. The SEE RESTAURANT, 36

chef, Kelly English, had the dream to open a restaurant on the Square in the town where he went to college.

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RESTAURANT: Authentic cuisine boasted


cheese grits.

Orleans to be. It begins with a great po’boy and seafood. “A great po’boy could be found in a restaurant, a bar, a home or even a grocery store,” said English, who added that The Second Line doesn’t “put their spin on po’boys or seafood plates.” The Second Line focuses on authenticity in its New Orleans cuisine — a po’boy is “dressed” with lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayo on a po’boy bun. “What we do is put that same passion into each bite and authentically in every dish that goes out,” English said. The Second Line has lived up to the reputation of being authentic New Orleans cuisine, with a menu that offers nine different variations of po’boys, platters of fried seafood and traditional Big Easy sides, such as horseradish potato salad and

Historic building English bought the building where The Second Line Oxford is located on South Lamar Boulevard. The 127-year-old building once housed Smitty’s restaurant before it closed in 1999. The restaurant was a favorite for English during his college days. “You could go in for breakfast or lunch and you could have country-fried steak and all kinds of stuff,” said English, who added a similar Smitty’s country fried steak to The Second Line menu. Prior to being Smitty’s, Grundy’s operated at the location where legendary author William Faulkner was known as a regular. The Second Line in Oxford is quickly gaining the reputation of being the restaurant of legends as it creates the everyday feel of New Orleans through authentic food.


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