Not-to-be-Missed Mexican Food Along a Mississippi Highway | southernbeets

Horchata & Tamales in Mississippi

There’s a whole hot tamale culture in Mississippi.  In fact, Anthony Bourdain ate some tamales when he visited the Delta region earlier this year on his show Parts Unknown, and CNN did a little story on tamales in the Delta online at Eatocracy.com.   One day when I was venturing around at local fruit stands, I drove by a little Mexican restaurant just off Highway 49 near Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  To my surprise, I had some of the best Mexican food that I’ve had in a long time.

 

Not-to-be-Missed Mexican Food Along a Mississippi Highway | southernbeets

Not-to-be-Missed Mexican Food Along a Mississippi Highway | southernbeets

To start, the chips and salsa were awesome.  They used flour tortillas instead of corn, making for a thick and lightly crunchy chip (I prefer this over corn chips), and the salsa was homemade.  I also ordered a glass of horchata, which is a rice milk drink flavored with spices and vanilla, and one of my favorite summertime drinks (but hard to find down here).  The horchata here was thick and full of flavor, and I keep wondering why mixing it with iced coffee hasn’t become a thing yet.

As usual, I ordered way too much food.  After the chips, I had a pork tamale and seafood ceviche.   The cornmeal of the tamale was moist, the meat juicy, and the sauce spicy.  The ceviche, which is fresh raw seafood cured in lemon or lime juice, was awesome.  It had fresh tomatoes and avocado, and was a lighter alternative to the traditional Mexican dishes.

I ended up taking home half of my meal (plus a piece of amazing chocolate cake that was baked in house) and enjoyed it the next night for dinner.  The tamale was even better the next night after soaking up some of the sauce.

Amazing Mexican Food Along a Mississippi Highway

Not-to-be-Missed Mexican Food Along a Mississippi Highway

Do you have any favorite places for Mexican eats in the South?  Comment below, or send me a tweet @southernbeets.  Happy eating!

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Euro Dresses and Shiny Vintage Things at the Market

Every month, a warehouse in southern Mississippi comes to life with mini fashion boutiques, Etsy-like hand-made goodies, and vintage everything.  The Lucky Rabbit is two stories of independent vendors that open shop Thursday through Sunday.  There are new products and vendors each month, and its popularity with shoppers seems to be growing.  This month, I walked away with some shiny vintage accessories (which I’ll use to store jewelry and makeup when traveling), and a mustard yellow Yumi dress for $15 that somehow made its way from the UK to the Deep South.

The Lucky Rabbit market in Southern Mississippi | southernbeets

The Lucky Rabbit market

 

vintage cigarette case, compact, and coin purse

vintage cigarette case, compact, and coin purse for storing jewelry

The Lucky Rabbit market

The Lucky Rabbit market