The tight-knit city of Oxford, Miss. opened its arms to New Orleans-born chef John Currence when he launchedCity Grocery in 1992 and never let go. In 2013, Jesse Houston took over as chef de cuisine and has since taken his and Currence’s menu of down-home items to new levels of fine Southern cuisine.  Snag a table on the second-floor balcony if it isn’t too warm outside and dine on Southern comfort favorites like muffaletta for lunch and expand your palate with red wine-braised beef cheeks, farro pilaf, and cumin-roasted carrots. Chef Currence’s latest projects include his recent cookbook “Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey,” and hosting the Adventures of The Big Bad Chef video series.