If there’s one thing that surprised me about Mississippi, it was definitely the food. I wasn’t expecting so many amazing restaurants and these places to eat in Hattiesburg, MS were no exception.

I didn’t have one bad meal in Hattiesburg, and one of my biggest regrets is not being able to stay longer so I could try more amazing restaurants.

Most of the time I plan my entire vacation around food so it’s a big deal for me. Here are just a few suggestions for amazing restaurants in Hattiesburg to try.

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10 Fun Places to Eat in Hattiesburg, MS

Add these fun restaurants in Hattiesburg to your list for the next time you visit. I hope you love them as much as I did!

If you love foodie towns then Ridgeland, MS is a great choice and it’s just north of Jackson. Starkville, MS is another underrated foodie town.

1. The Birdhouse Cafe

  • Address: 6763 US-98
  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: Cafe/Juice Bar

From the outside, you might not know quite what to think about The Birdhouse Café. It’s located in a furniture and home appliance store right off the main highway.

Once you try the food though, you will be hooked. All the dishes here are made with the health-conscious approach that Chef Katie Dixon is famous for.

She was a finalist on Season 7 of Masterchef and Food Network Master Star Season 14. In addition to owning The Birdhouse Cafe, she is a spokesperson for MS UProot – a campaign focused on “building a healthier Mississippi” – and she’s partnered with Walmart before on healthy, affordable recipes.

The space is incredibly cozy and inviting and feels like you’re sitting in someone’s living room. The menu is full of healthy options like smoothies, nourishing bowls, sandwiches, and salads.

Don’t forget about dessert.

Many of their desserts are gluten-free, and even vegan-friendly. I’ll be honest I was pretty skeptical at first, but after trying the oatmeal cream pie, blueberry muffin, and avocado brownie, they have made me a believer.

This was one of my favorite parts of the meal and some of my most memorable desserts of 2022. Their dessert menu does change daily so they may not have the items I tried.

Whatever you do make sure this restaurant in Hattiesburg, MS is on your list.

2. Colludium Brewing Co.

  • Address: 2108 W 4th St
  • Price Range: $$
  • Cuisine: Brewpub

This funky brewery is a gamers’ paradise, whether you love board games or video games. Not only does it welcome college students but it’s also family-friendly.

There is lots of outdoor seating space and the taproom inside is also pretty large. They have computers where you can play video games and a Virtual Reality Escape Room.

You’ll also find a whole wall of over 100 board games that you can use while enjoying a beer and a meal.

As usual, I chose to go with a flight so I could try multiple beers. My personal favorite was their Blonde but their beers on tap change often since they’re a small batch brewpub.

At the recommendation of the woman who took my order, I went with the BBQ pork grilled cheese sandwich and was absolutely not disappointed.

This is comfort food at its finest – highly recommend it if you’ve had a rough day. Or even if you’ve had a good day. The flavors of the three cheeses, pork, slaw, and pickles went together so well.

They also have burgers and loaded fries which are popular.

3. Crescent City Grill

  • Address: 3810 Hardy St
  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American/Cajun & Creole

Crescent City Grill is a lively hideaway where you can get your Cajun fix! This is a popular restaurant in Hattiesburg serving southern food with New Orleans flair.

Foodies will love the unique eggplant fries – they are hand-breaded and fried and come with a side of comeback sauce which is a game-changer. Their Bayou Favorites are also popular.

Mahogany Bar is located here too so the selection of beer, wine, and cocktails can’t be beat. Happy Hour specials in the restaurant include $2 off select draft beers and $5 off select cocktails. In the bar, Happy Hour runs from 2pm – 7pm.

People love the friendly service here and the cozy atmosphere.

4. The Depot Kitchen & Market

  • Address: 209 Buschman St
  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Located downtown by the railroad tracks, the Depot Kitchen & Market is in a beautiful brick building with a large covered patio outside.

As you walk in the menus will be by the door and you’ll order up at the counter before choosing a seat. They have tons of coffee and latte options to choose from.

If you visit for breakfast, Bru’s Breakfast Bowl is one of the best breakfast dishes that you’ll ever find. It’s a cheddar biscuit topped with sausage gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese.

They have a nice variety of traditional breakfast dishes, unique items like Bru’s Breakfast Bowl, and lighter options like yogurt & granola or toast & jam.

For lunch they have all kinds of pressed sandwiches, sandwiches on a bun, sliders, and salads.

This is one of the best places to eat in Hattiesburg if you’re shopping downtown for the day.

5. Ed’s Burger Joint

  • Address: 3800 Hardy St
  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American

For a fun and colorful spot with great burgers and shakes, don’t miss Ed’s Burger Joint. They have a really cool outdoor area with string lights that light the place up at night. They even have a ping pong table and corn hole boards.

Sticky notes cover the walls where people leave notes and it’s a popular place for families. The onion rings are a consistent hit and everyone loves the burgers.

Just note that the burgers are thin so if you’re hungry then order a double. They serve all kinds of unique burgers with different toppings plus other kinds of sandwiches and hotdogs.

Save room because you’ll definitely want to try one of their humongous shakes. This is one of the best places to eat in Hattiesburg for families.

6. Southern Prohibition Brewery

  • Address: 301 Mobile St
  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: Brewpub

Another brewery in Hattiesburg is Southern Prohibition Brewery which was actually the first brewery to open in Hattiesburg.

Southern Prohibition is located downtown right next to The Lucky Rabbit, which is one of the most unique shopping destinations in Mississippi. Make sure you stop in while you’re in town.

They have a really cool space because there is a traditional bar area with bar seating, high tops, and tables. Then they have a smaller room that has living room vibes with some couches and chairs.

Finally, you’ll find an outdoor patio with multiple picnic tables and a stage area. I visited during their opening Oktoberfest event so I grabbed a seat at the bar as it was pretty busy.

When I asked for recommendations on food and the overwhelming response that I got was to order the fried chicken sandwich which came topped with B&B pickles, roasted garlic mayo, and pickled red cabbage. I loved ever bite.

Southern Prohibition Brewing is very community-focused and hosts lots of events so make sure to check their Facebook page before visiting.

7. The Porter

  • Address: 201 W Pine St
  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: Brewpub

The unique vibe and consistently good food keep people coming back to The Porter Public House in downtown Hattiesburg. 

They have live music every Friday and Saturday night and Happy Hour is weekdays from 3 – 6pm. It’s a small pub so it does get pretty loud with the music.

They have a great selection of beers and cocktails and they even brew their own beer at the pub. Their burgers are local favorites but they also have sandwiches and pub-style entrees.

They currently serve breakfast on Saturdays too. This is just a cool place to hang out and grab a bite to eat.

8. Keg & Barrel

  • Address: 1315 Hardy St
  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: American

This adorable restaurant is located in a late 19th-century home and has seating on the wraparound porch, the front lawn, and a huge patio area in the back with a projector screen.

Talk about a great place to watch the game. They also have indoor seating if you want to get out of the heat. While I was there, they had huge fans set up and running to keep it cool outside though. You can seat yourself when you arrive.

Be prepared – choosing what to eat will be a tough decision as it all looks so good. They also have tons of drink options. It’s a craft beer lover’s paradise.

Like usual, I asked for recommendations and went with the Pan-Grilled Redfish as suggested. The grits and veggies went perfectly with the seasoned fish.

This is a super versatile place to eat in Hattiesburg because it’s family-friendly, a great date night spot, and also a great place to meet up with friends.

9. Jutamas Thai Restaurant

  • Address: 910 Timothy Ln
  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: Thai

This Thai restaurant has an elegant feel and the food is consistently delicious. Favorites here are the spring rolls, curry, and drunken noodles.

They have two locations in Hattiesburg – the original is on Timothy Lane and the new one is along Hwy 98.

The service here is always excellent and if you love Thai food then this is a must-visit restaurant in Hattiesburg.

10. The Midtowner

  • Address: 3000 Hardy St
  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Cuisine: Diner

If you love diners, then The Midtowner is for you. It’s probably one of the most iconic places to eat in Hattiesburg, MS.

The black and white tile on the floor, bar seating, and traditional southern food definitely gives it that old-timey feel.

I had their Hardy Breakfast and 10 out of 10 would recommend. Especially with the chocolate chip pancakes. They serve their full breakfast menu until 11am and then switch over to lunch.

Their breakfast menu has classic southern breakfast options, french toast, pancakes, and lighter fare. They do serve a few breakfast items on their lunch menu like the scrambled egg plate, catfish & grits, and chicken & waffles.

For lunch, you’ll want to try one of their Blue Plate Lunch dishes. It’s also known as a meat & three plate or you can get a four vegetable plate and choose different veggies.

This is a popular spot so be prepared to wait if you show up during peak times. The bar filled up right after I grabbed a seat. I was lucky.

Map of Places to Eat in Hattiesburg, MS

Wrap Up: Hattiesburg, MS Restaurants

As you can see, there are tons of great restaurants in Hattiesburg that you should have on your list. This only scratches the surface.

If you have a chance to visit the Hub City, then I hope you’ll visit a few of these places and support the local restaurants. There are so many fun things to do in Hattiesburg that I recommend spending at least a weekend in town.

Have fun visiting these places to eat in Hattiesburg!

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