City Grocery

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101 Best Restaurants in America
150 Best Bars in America
152 Courthouse Sq (Jackson Ave. and Van Buren Ave.)
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 232-8080
Mon–Wed: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM Thu–Sat: 11:30 AM–10:30 PM

The tight-knit city of Oxford, Mississippi opened its arms to New Orleans-born chef John Currence when he launched City Grocery in 1992 and never let go. Snag a table on the second-floor balcony if it isn’t too warm outside and dine on Southern comfort favorites like shrimp and grits, hoppin’ john, and muffaletta (offered only at lunch, when you’ll struggle to decide between that, the burger, and the grilled bologna sandwich with roasted bell pepper and cabbage slaw), or indulge in delicious-sounding dishes like grilled lard-braised hangar steak, lamb neck posole, and spicy fried chicken thighs. Don’t forget that Currence has created the best of both worlds for himself, something that you’ll probably want to take advantage of when it comes time for a nightcap: a chef’s restaurant downstairs, and the kind of bar where a chef would want to hang out after work upstairs. 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips
Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Head upstairs. Elbow past the crowd. Get a seat on the balcony. Look at Johnny Reb. Sip your Wild Turkey, rocks.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 10:03
Ask for Chip. Best bartender in town.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 16:46
You aren't going to find a better old fashioned in town than right here. Then again, you probably won't find a better anything.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 18:47
the pimiento cheese is delicious. they also have a great mint julep.
Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 14:16
Their shrimp and grits are the best I've ever had.
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 15:52
Check out the shrimp and grits with house bacon. It's a perfect, rich combination.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 06:11
Though locals (especially twenty-somethings) associate City Grocery with its upstairs bar, the restaurant is exceptional and the shrimp & grits are a must.
Monday, October 8, 2012 - 00:48
Chef Patton Robertson of Five Sixty, Dallas, recommends the Shrimp & Grits!
Wolfgang Puck
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 11:56
Great food, love the balcony with a glass of wine
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 06:39
Shrimp and grits!
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 15:39
One of the finest places you'll ever go to. It's in Oxford on the square but don't let that fool you
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 17:27
They have rotating seasonal menus. The goat cheese and spinach was so good!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:08
After dinner, head upstairs to the balcony for a nightcap or two. Watch Ole Miss students partying below and enjoy the music emanating from other venues on the square.
The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 14:12
The menu changes seasonally; fall options include peaches with pickled green garlic, truffle-infused pork loin with black-eyed pea caviar and balsamic ice cream sandwich with fried basil leaves.
The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 14:12
Farmers and chefs are nourishing their communities through innovative and generous acts of philanthropy. Join Chef Hall for this discussion, and bites, at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 29-June 1.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 13:02
Get the shrimp and grits.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:46
The chocolate chess pie is amazing.
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 16:56
Have a reservation get used to a half hour wait, they have no clue about being on time
Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:46
John Currence never fails to impress, follow him to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 30-June 2, 2013 and we promise to do the same!
Atlanta Food &
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 11:38
Try the Chocolate Mousse - Chocolate Mousse with house made vanilla ice cream
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 20:28