Dining

Best Chef: Vishwesh Bhatt

Best Chef: Vishwesh Bhatt Snackbar’s Vishwesh Bhatt has firmly cemented his spot among the South’s culinary superstars and regular Beard finalists. His changing menu blends upscale Southern fare often blended with flavors inspired by his...
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Best New Business: Saint Leo

Best New Business: Saint Leo Not only has Saint Leo taken Oxford by storm since it opened in 2016, but the wood-fired pizza bistro has garnered plenty of regional and national attention, as well. Owner...
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Best Sushi: Jinsei

Best Sushi: Jinsei Carefully crafted from fresh fish flown in daily from around the world, the sushi at Jinsei can’t be beat. The Jinsei Special Roll—tuna, yellowtail, masago, jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, avocado—is one of the...
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Best Chinese Restaurant: Noodle Bowl

Best Chinese Restaurant: The Noodle Bowl The Noodle Bowl on Jackson Avenue is always busy, and we can see why: The restaurant dishes up generous portions of Chinese food, plus plates of fresh sushi. Try...
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Best Barbecue: Handy Andy

Best Barbecue: Handy Andy Handy Andy has been an Oxford staple for decades, and it isn’t going anywhere. This pit-smoked barbecue is the best in town for good reason – it’s the place to get...
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Best Bakery: Bottletree Bakery

Best Bakery: Bottletree Bakery Owner Cynthia Gerlach has been at the helm of Bottletree Bakery for more than two decades, and her hand is in everything. The recipes are mostly from family and the artwork...
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Best Casual Dining: Ajax

Best Casual Dining: Ajax Every Southern town needs a classic meat-and-three diner, and Oxford has it down with Ajax. You can’t go wrong with anything, really, but the meatloaf and fried catfish are customer favorites...
Dining

Best Breakfast: Big Bad Breakfast

Best Breakfast: Big Bad Breakfast Just because it isn’t on the Square doesn’t mean you won’t be in for a wait. But after one piece of the house-cured Tobasco/brown Sugar bacon, you won’t even care....
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Best Brunch: Big Bad Breakfast

Best Brunch: Big Bad Breakfast John Currrnce’s breakfast joint is so good, it snagged two spots! Imbibing in the Corpse Reviver #2—a fortifying mix of gin, Lillet, Cointreau, fresh lemon, and absinthe—is a sure pick-me-up...
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Best Catfish: Taylor Grocery

Best Catfish: Taylor Grocery Drive through Taylor on a warm evening, and you’re sure to see a hoard of people in the parking lot at Taylor Grocery drinking from solo cups and waiting on a...
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Best Place to Grab Dessert: YaYa’s

Best Place to Grab Dessert: YaYa’s Grab the best dessert in town with zero guilt at YaYa’s, where you can choose from several yummy flavors of frozen yogurt and a whole slew of toppings. Keep...
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Best Fried Chicken: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Best Fried Chicken: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken It doesn’t have “World Famous” in the name for nothing—this fried chicken has been featured and talked about around the country. Lucky for Oxonians, you can grab...
Dining, Services

Best Catering: My Michelle’s

Best Catering: My Michelle’s My Michelle’s catering is all about just that—catering to the tastes and needs of their clients. From intimate birthday parties to massive weddings, My Michelle’s can handle it all. Plus, the...
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Best Coffee: High Point Coffee

Best Coffee: High Point Coffee It’s no surprise High Point nabs the top spot for coffee again this year. An Oxford staple since 2002, High Point never disappoints: The beans are roasted in town, so...
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Best Ice Cream: Holli’s Sweet Tooth

Best Ice Cream: Holli’s Sweet Tooth You might feel like you’re stepping back in time (or into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory) when you walk into this cool candy shop. The walls are lined with clear...
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Best Lunch: Boure

Best Lunch: Boure John Currence’s “up-scale down-home” restaurant on the Square meets all the lunch requirements: outstanding food, quick service, and plenty of seating. Try their signature salad topped with Gulf shrimp, walnuts, bacon, and...
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Best Lunch Under $10: Cook Out

Best Lunch Under $10: Cook Out Looking for lunch on the cheap? At this joint, you can get a hamburger, two sides, a drink, and a milkshake (they have more than 40 options) and still...
Dining, Nightlife

Best Date Night Spot: Snackbar

Best Date Night Spot: Snackbar A three-time finalist for the prestigious James Beard best chef of the South award, Snackbar’s head chef Vishwesh Bhatt clearly knows his stuff. Serving up a mix of classic French...
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Best Mexican Restaurant: El Agave

Best Mexican Restaurant: El Agave Fresh salsa, house-cooked red and green sauces, and slow-roasted beef and pork: it’s all in the details at this delicious Mexican joint. Be sure to try a cantarito while you’re...
Dining, Nightlife

Best Late Night Food: Four Corners Chevron

Best Late Night Food: Four Corners Chevron It’s a rite of passage in Oxford: a long night on the Square followed by chicken-on-a-stick after the bars close. The world-famous and aptly-named treat isn’t the only...