Eating NOLA in Tupelo

For a taste of New Orleans in Tupelo, Miss., swing by Boondock’s Grill, downtown at 206 Troy St. This casual Cajun/Creole/Caribbean restaurant is a Tupelo favorite, with a fun selection of lively appetizers, draft beer, fried catfish, po’boys, meat-and-vegetable lunch specials, creative salads and soup of the day — all with a Louisiana twist. I especially like the house salad because it’s not your usual iceberg/grated carrot/shredded red cabbage pre-mixed mix. Instead, it’s a taste adventure with walnuts and blue cheese-bits rolled in a spicy herb mixture, cubes of some sort of delicious (smoked?) ham and a creamily firey house vinaigrette. No iceberg in sight. And while your eyes are rolling back in your head with delight, take a look at the exposed brick walls, stone tile floor and pressed-tin ceiling that gives the restaurant its authentic French Quarter feel. Boondock’s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Call 662.840.5680.

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