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Taylor Grocery & Restaurant

4 County Road 338, Oxford, MS - (662) 236-1716
Posted By Carr McKay on 3/25/2011 4:09:00 PM
For many Ole Miss alumni and fans, a trip to Taylor Grocery is a tradition in and of itself, an important part of any weekend in Oxford. Taylor Grocery is the epicenter of the tiny town of Taylor. Within walking distance of the restaurant are a handful of interesting attractions including a couple of art galleries and Big Truck Theater.

Here are a few rules of thumb for first time visitors:

1. The restaurant's popularity and reputation are built on the overall experience. While the fish is consistently seasoned and cooked quite well, it may not necessarily be the best catfish you've ever eaten, which is perfectly fine. I say this not to diminish the quality of the food but to suggest to first-timers that you should expect good food within the context of an unmatched atmosphere and overall experience. Good catfish is good catfish and can be found in almost any southern town. But there is only one Taylor Grocery.

2. Do not arrive hungry and/or expecting to be seated quickly. They do not take reservations and the dining capacity is somewhat limited. When you arrive send a member of your party inside to be placed on the waiting list.

3. A lot of regulars engage in what amounts to "tailgating" while awaiting their respective names to be called. As mentioned in a previous review, you will find people waiting along the front porch and in the parking lot. A cooler of ice-cold beer and a few lawn chairs can transform the wait for a table into a social event. In fact, my group of friends generally prefer not to be seated until we've had the opportunity to "wait" for at least an hour or so. But remember, the later you arrive, the longer your wait will generally be. On big weekends (when Oxford is full of visitors for a football game, festival, etc.), the wait can literally be up to three hours or more. To avoid this, arrive as close to opening time as possible (5pm).

4. Pour your beer into a cup. If you do not have any cups, step inside and the hostess is normally happy to provide you with Styrofoam cups, as well as mixers if you so desire.

5. If you wish to have wine with your meal, bring it with you in a brown paper bag. Customers are also allowed to bring any other beverages with them to the table as long as it stays in the cup. (Don't walk in with a bottle or can of beer. Leave the cooler in your vehicle.)

6. There will more than likely be live music in the restaurant (usually bluegrass). Don't forget to tip the musicians!

As for the food, my recommendations are the following:
Appetizer: Boneless Buffalo Wings (I know it seems odd, but these are some of the best chicken tenders in the world).
Entree: Catfish (whole or fillet).
Sides: Big Deb's World Famous Brown Rice, Fries, House Salad (simple but fresh).
Dessert: I never manage to save room.

Miscellaneous:
I always order catfish, but the menu also includes pretty good steaks and boneless pork chops, among other things.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
fried bone-in catfish
Hushpuppies
catfish filet plate
Iced Tea...sweet or unsweet
Fried PImento Cheese Balls
"Big Deb's" World Famous Brown Rice
Boneless Buffalo Wings
House Salad
Fried Okra
Sausage & Cheese Plate
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Site of some mighty fine catfish.
"Site of some mighty fine catfish."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





We took this while the grocery was closed.  The owner was nice enough to let us in for a few photos.
"We took this while the grocery was closed. The owner was nice enough to let us in for a few photos."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Everywhere you turn, the interior looks like this random close-up.
"Everywhere you turn, the interior looks like this random close-up."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


There were lots of people waiting outside; most were students (from Ole Miss?).  We could not wait and had take-out orders instead.
"There were lots of people waiting outside; most were students (from Ole Miss?). We could not wait and had take-out orders instead."
Dave Pang



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