- Craig Claiborne born (1920)
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