Being from the Hattiesburg area, I can tell you that you pretty much can not go wrong with anything you order at Leatha's.
I do hate that you were sent to the wrong Mack's. They have two and unfortunately, from what I hear, the original one is almost always disappointing.
You actually managed to dodge a second bad experience by skipping our Wintzell's. The service at the one in Hattiesburg is lousy and the food isn't much better. The ones in Mobile, where this small chain began, are the best. However, when it comes to seafood in Mobile I always send everyone I know to Felix's and suggest they order the fresh catch, prepared Greek style and covered with Crab Oscar -- oh my god
doesn't even begin to describe it. The green beans almondine are an especially nice side item to request with this entree. Their camp salad is a nice touch as well.
I was also laughing at your drunk driver, not because drinking and driving is funny, but because probably less than 24 hours before you had your experience with one, I was hit head-on by one. My SUV was totaled -- however, lucky me, I walked away without a scratch. The police are still trying to figure that one out seeing as my vehicle was reported to have performed Matrix moves during the collision. Of course the drunken idiot who hit me had no insurance... Which is usually the case I hear. Oh, and he had a suspended license due to prior DUIs. Anyway... Just sharing. lol
Edit to add:
I forgot to say that I have had the coconut pie at Bayless' many, MANY times and it's reputation for those pies is well deserved. I'd almost dare to say that it would have been worth the wait.
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