Oxford MS 38655
New Orleans-born chef John Currence opened City Grocery in the tight-knit city of Oxford, Miss., in 1992, and since then it’s become the city’s standard-bearer for high-end (yet affordable) Southern cooking. Jesse Houston took over as chef de cuisine last year, and his and Currence’s menu of down-home items with an unexpected twist — like chicken leg confit with grilled broccoli, harissa, feta, and Marcona almonds; "lambsagna" with lamb ragù, preserved lemon, and mint; and smoked lamb belly roulade with confit Brussels sprouts and pepper jelly — is blazing new territory in the Southern culinary canon. If you can (and it’s not too hot out), snag a table on the second-floor balcony. -- Dan Myers
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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.
Ask for Chip. Best bartender in town.
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.
the pimiento cheese is delicious. they also have a great mint julep.
Their shrimp and grits are the best I've ever had.
Chef Patton Robertson of Five Sixty, Dallas, recommends the Shrimp & Grits!
Ask for Chip :)
Great food, love the balcony with a glass of wine
Loved the southern salad with pimento cheese, pickled okra and cornbread croutons.
Imbibe Magazine found City Grocery's Wine List to be one of the Best in the South in their March/April 2011 Southern Issue
Try the House Pickle Plate With Beet Pickled Eggs, House Pimiento Cheese And Big Bad Bacon - @bigbadchef (via @Foodspotting)
Dive Bar? Sorry Four Square, this time you've got it wrong. This is the home to Shrimp and Grits but everything is good. If you love this restaurant then get up and eat your way through the square.
Dive Bar four square? I don't think so! This is southern dining at its best. Chef John Currence was a contestant on Top Chef Masters and his menu proves why he made the show- sorry, everything's good
Not only is Chip a great bartender. He has a great split-finger fastball. Ask him to show you.
Try the Chocolate Mousse - Chocolate Mousse with house made vanilla ice cream (via @Foodspotting)
Try the Raspberry Mousse - Tart Raspberry Mousse with chocolate lemon cookies (via @Foodspotting)
Try the Macaroons - Macaroons with basil ice cream and basil sautéed strawberries (via @Foodspotting)
Though locals (especially twenty-somethings) associate City Grocery with its upstairs bar, the restaurant is exceptional and the shrimp & grits are a must.
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!
Have a reservation get used to a half hour wait, they have no clue about being on time