Downtown Tupelo Dining Spots Will Satisfy Your Hunger Pangs

TUPELO | Thursday, August 14, 2008

The best-selling dish at Boon´┐Żdocks Grill is the eggplant Napoleon. Executive chef Brock Robbins says the entr´┐Że's Creole flavor has made it a favorite of many customers who visit the popular down´┐Żtown Tupelo restaurant.

"The dish features pan-fried eggplant and saut´┐Żed shrimp with red bell peppers and a spicy cream sauce," Robbins says. "We have a lot of Creole cuisine menu items that include a mixture of Cajun spices with the flavors of the Caribbean. We're putting together new recipes all the time here at Boondocks. It's a lot of fun being the chef." Another popular dish at the restau´┐Żrant is the filet of beef Escobar, which is an 8-ounce steak with a chili and cocoa rub served with sweet potatoes and saut´┐Żed asparagus.

"If you want some good food that also makes you feel good," Robbins says, "give us a try." Downtown Tupelo is lucky to have a number of excellent restaurants that offer a variety of menu choices.

For example, The Bistro on Main features continental and European cuisine in an upscale-casual setting. Besides its many lunch and dinner selections, Bistro offers specialty pastries and Italian-style coffee.

Meanwhile, there are other down´┐Żtown spots such as Benjamin's on Main that serves contemporary Cajun cooking, while Stables Bar & Grill offers several kinds of sandwiches and grilled burgers. Other district eateries include Caf´┐Ż 212, Joe Joe's Espresso and Todd's Downtown Deli.

Then there is Park Heights Restau´┐Żrant, which opened in downtown Tupelo in May 2000 but moved to the Fairpark section of the city in 2007.

"We wanted to grow our restaurant a bit, from the 80 people we could seat downtown to the 140 customers we can now accommodate at our new place," says Blair Hughes, one of the owners of the family-run Park Heights Restaurant. "The Fairpark area is a new community being developed in Tupelo, and we thought that our fine-dining, American cuisine restaurant would be a perfect fit for this new development." Hughes says a couple of the more popular dishes at Park Heights are the seared sea bass with coconut rice, and the tasty crab cakes.

"Our chef, Greg Huerkamp, has been with us for five years and is simply amazing in the kitchen," Hughes says. "He does seasonal changes and weekly special dishes and is just very talented with the menu." Hughes says her family also operates Fairpark Grill, Sweet Peppers Deli and a couple of other Tupelo restaurants.

"This city has a wide array of foods to choose from," she says. "It's an exciting experience dining out in Tupelo these days."

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