There’s a place where I go to dine in shame and fat pants. Not because it’s a shameful place. Because the food is so good that you can’t help but stuff yourself in a truly shameful manner.
I’m talking comfort food at it’s best. There’s nothing fancy about Mississippi Belle, they don’t take credit cards and don’t serve alcohol. But what they do, they do well: soul food that will make your eyes roll back in your head.
Everything is served family style and is all-you-can-eat. Each diner chooses and entree and the table decides on four sides to share. All dinners include corn bread, sliced tomatoes and onions and a beverage. Beverages are soda, lemonade, and regular or sweet tea. The kind of sweet that makes you think your straw should be able to stand straight up. And get this–your table’s meal is rolled out on a cart! Now you know you should’ve worn fat pants when your food has to be rolled rather than carried!
For me, the two best things on the menu are fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. In fairness to some other restaurants in the city, I can’t say that Mississippi Belle has the best friend chicken, but that’s because there are a few well-known chicken places I haven’t tried. But it’s the best chicken I’ve had to date. The outside is super crisp, yet doesn’t have too much breading–the juicy chicken is the star.
As for the macaroni and cheese, I can’t put my finger on exactly what makes it so special. I suspect they use a blend of cheese and “cheese product” which would normally horrify me, but all fanciness went out the door when I mentioned fat pants. All I know for sure is I could make a meal of the macaroni alone. But don’t do that, because you’ll totally miss out on everything else.
Like the slow roasted pork that practically melts in your mouth. Or the homestyle green beans. Or the creamy mashed potatoes. And oh, that hot water corn bread! Anything that good probably contains lard or bacon grease. I’m sure that pork fat in some form was involved.
Although there isn’t anything bad on the menu, I do have a couple of critiques. The ribs were too fatty for my taste–I really wanted more actual meat. And the sweet potatoes were actually too sweet and a bit over-cooked.
For amazing food and well, not much else, I give Mississippi an overall rating of 2.25.
Deliciousness = 3.0
Ambiance = 1.0
Quality of Service = 2.0
Bang for Your Buck = 3.0
Price = $$