Dining

Best Local Burger: Handy Andy’s

Best Burger: Handy Andy’s It’s a beast of a burger—flat-top fried to perfection with no pretentiousness and topped with whatever you want. Our only suggestion?Make it a double and definitely add cheese. 
Dining

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...
Dining

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...
Dining

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...
Dining

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...
Dining

Best Salad: Greenline

Best Salad: Greenline Greenline is fast, fresh, feel-good food. With more than 45 options available, you can create any kind of salad or wrap imaginable. On days you aren’t feeling creative, order one of the...
Dining

Best Steakhouse: Oxford Grillehouse

Best Steakhouse: Oxford Grillehouse For a perfectly seared steak you can sink your teeth into, head to Oxford Grillehouse. Try a hand-cut filet (it’s so tender you won’t even need a steak knife), or splurge...
Dining

Best Pizza: Saint Leo

Best Pizza: Saint Leo Head pizzaiolo Marco D’Emidio knows a thing or two about pizza: Born and raised on a farm in Italy, D’Emidio brings his know-how to each perfectly wood-fired pie at Saint Leo....
Dining

Best Farm-to-Table Dining: Ravine

Best Farm to Table Dining: Ravine Owners Cori and Joel Miller take buying local very seriously at Ravine—some of their produce comes from just feet away, grown in their own garden. The rest is sourced...
Dining

Best Milkshake: Sonic Drive-In

Best Milkshake: Sonic Drive-In You don’t even have to leave your car for the best milkshake in Oxford. Just drive on up and choose your flavor. Though the classics are hard to beat, the chain’s...
Dining

Best Soul Food: Mama Jo’s Country Cookin

Best Soul Food: Mama Jo’s Country Cookin Homemade fried chicken, smothered pork chops, slow-simmered greens: Mama Jo’s is soul food at its finest. Be sure to get an ice-cold cup of sweet tea to wash...
Dining

Best Cupcakes: The Cakery

Best Cupcakes: The Cakery Moist cake and just the right amount of icing make The Cakery’s cupcakes irresistible. They’re made fresh and with a variety of fun flavors (like their red solo cup bourbon cupcakes)....
Dining

Best Kids Meal: Oby’s

Best Kids Meal: Oby’s Good food isn’t just for grownups anymore. At Oby’s, kids can chow down on fried or grilled chicken tenders, a platter of catfish, shrimp, or one of several sandwiches. With all...
Dining

Best New Restaurant: Saint Leo

Best New Restaurant: Saint Leo Saint Leo isn’t just the best new restaurant in Oxford. With a James Beard award nomination in the same category, Saint Leo is proving to be one of the best...
Dining

Best Restaurant: Ajax Diner

Best Restaurant: Ajax Diner Ajax has everything you’d want in a local joint: great atmosphere, fantastic music, and even better food. They’re known for their burger and meat-and-three plates, but the salads are equally delicious. 
Attractions, Dining, Nightlife

Best Kept Secret: Secret Grilled Cheese

Best-Kept Secret: Secret Grilled Cheese Have you ever wanted mozzarella sticks, but covered in cheese, bacon and ranch on a sandwich? You’re in luck. Through a door down Faulkner’s Alley, beside Old Venice Pizza, is...
Dining, Nightlife

Best Patio: Grit

Best Patio: Grit Located just outside of Oxford, in Taylor’s Plein Air community, Grit is a rustic fine dining experience. At Grit, guests can enjoy signature bourbon-based cocktails on the patio while looking out upon...
Dining, Editors' Pick, Nightlife

Best Cheap Happy Hour: Coyote Blues

Best Cheap Happy Hour: Coyote Blues If Louisiana and Mexico were neighbors, Coyote Blues would be a border town. The Cajun-meets-Mexican restaurant pairs its delicious fare with a daily happy hour from 11 a.m. to...