Natchez is abundant with restaurants that feature soul food, authentic ethnic dishes, Southern food classics and modern culinary delights, making it a foodie’s paradise. The city’s eclectic heritage has led to a delicious blend of old and new.
The restaurants are often as unique as the food they serve, so be sure to ask about their history as you find yourself eating under ladies skirts, in old (believed-to-be haunted) buildings, or in what was once one of the most notorious crime areas in the early 1800’s. It’s the tastiest history lesson you’ll ever have.
With so many great places to choose from, we find it a little difficult to narrow it down to just breakfast, lunch and diner. Take a look below at our proposed “restaurant-hop” itinerary to get some ideas on how to try a little bit of everything Natchez has to offer.
9:30 AM: Start the Day Off Right
Start off the day like a true Southerner at Natchez Coffee Company in Downtown Natchez. It’s a local favorite, but it’s spacious and rarely crowded or loud. There’s seating for all types, including couches, bar tables and regular tables, and they serve a delicious full southern breakfast.
Make your way up Franklin Street and take a peek in some of the magnificent antique stores and cute boutiques lining the sidewalk.
11 AM: Take a step back in time
Head over to Stanton Hall, located on Pearl Street. Here, you’ll follow a tour guide on a tour of the perfectly preserved mansion dating back to 1858. After your tour, we know you’ll be hungry, and luckily there is a fabulous restaurant right on the grounds!
12 PM: Relax & Refuel
At Stanton Hall, there’s plenty to do and see…and eat. If you’re not hungry after the 45-minute tour, shop around in the two gift shops or simply explore the area, it’s a great place for photo ops. It’s also the perfect place to grab a souvenir with some local flare.
When you’re ready, get lunch at the Carriage House. People have been pouring into the Carriage House since 1946, but the waits aren’t usually very long. Enjoy huge portions of fried chicken, vegetables, seafood and all the Southern classics. Be sure and try a few of their famous buttery silver-dollar sized biscuits, after all, you’re in the Biscuit Capital of the World.
3:30 PM: Carriage Ride Through Downtown
Give your feet a break for the afternoon while continuing to take in our beautiful downtown in a horse-drawn carriage. Cruise in high style with our professional tour guides on a 45-minute tour. These classic tours offer a unique look at antebellum homes and landmarks.
3:30 PM: Pour Tour
If a carriage ride doesn’t seem like your style, and you’re feeling a little thirsty, why not go on a “Pour Tour”? Did you know Natchez makes its own rum, wine, margaritas and beer?! You can stop by Fat Mama’s to enjoy their “Knock you naked” margaritas, or by several restaurants in town(Fat Mama’s, The Camp, Planet Thai, Roux 61) to taste Natchez Brewing Company’s very own “Bluff City Blonde,” beer. To go even further, you can tour Charboneau Rum and Old South Winery complete with tastings. And don’t forget to stop by D’evereux foods and grab one of their delicious flavors of hot sauce to mix in your bloody mary!
In the Evening
Head under the hill to Magnolia Grill, for a dinner with a magnificent view of the Mississippi River. They serve a wide variety of seafood, steaks, and burgers.
After dinner, walk next door to the Under-the-Hill Saloon for drinks. Under-the-Hill Saloon is one of the oldest buildings in the area, and offers live music on weekends, and occasionally during the week as well.
All of our restaurants in Natchez are wonderful and each have something special to offer, from Southern food to fine dining and more. Please feel free to substitute any of these restaurants, or call the Natchez Visitor Center for more recommendations at 1.800.647.6724.