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...

Best Sandwiches: Newk’s

Best Sandwiches: Newk’s Tuna, roast beef, pimento cheese, veggie, steak—you’ve got options when it comes to the sandwich game at Newk’s. It doesn’t hurt that they’re all served crispy and delicious on house-bade French bread.

Best Seafood: Snackbar

Best Seafood: Snackbar Get your fill of the freshest seafood in town at Snackbar, where you can chow down on oysters, shrimp, crab claws, crawfish and crab meat. Try the spicy pickled shrimp for a...

Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings With 21 sauces and dry rubs to choose from, these award-winning wings are sure to please every taste bud. Get the blazin’ wings if you’re really feeling wild. They’re made...
Dining, Nightlife

Best Gas Station Food: Lindsey’s Chevron

Best Gas Station Food: Lindsey’s Chevron Sure you could get the chicken-on-a-stick (and it would be delicious), but you should definitely try the chicken salad too. It’s made from loads of shredded white meat with...

Best Fine Dining: McEwen’s

Best Fine Dining: McEwen’s Dustin Little has been cooking up unique farm-to-table food at McEwen’s for years now, and his expertise shows in the breadth of the menu. Try the masa-dusted catfish—Mississippi-caught catfish breaded in...

Best Italian Restaurant: Saint Leo

Best Italian Restaurant: Saint Leo Saint Leo has been taking Oxford by storm since it opened up this year, racking up loads of committed customers and awards to boot. For a classic Italian dish, try...

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. 

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...

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....

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...

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)....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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, 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...