In their 7th annual readers’ survey, Mississippi Magazine has issued its “Best of Mississippi” list, finding Fondren in many categories. From dining to shopping and even the neighborhood itself (best downtown area, 2nd only to Oxford), Fondren ranks high among the lauded statewide locations. Perennial favorites again show well along with new additions gaining the coveted honors. Where applicable, we mention our neighboring area honorees as well. Here are the categories where Fondren businesses placed:

Best Appetizer: Guacamole made tableside, Babalu Tacos & Tapas
Best Outdoor Dining: Walker’s Drive-In and Que Sera Sera
Best Kid Friendly: Sal & Mookie’s
Best New Restaurant: Babalu Tacos & Tapas
Best Fine Dining: Nicks and Walker’s Drive-In
Best Breakfast: Broad Street Bakery
Best Other Ethnic: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill
Best Italian: BRAVO!
Best Tamales: Walker’s Drive-In
Best Sweet Shop/Bakery: Broad Street Bakery and Campbell’s Bakery
Best Seafood: Walker’s Drive-In
Best Coffee: Cups, an Espresso Cafe
Best Pizza: Sal & Mookie’s
Best Attraction For Kids: MS Children’s Museum and MS Museum of Natural Science
Best Farmer’s Market: Greater Belhaven & Mississippi Farmer’s Market
Best Bed & Breakfast: Fairview Inn
Best Historic Site: Eudora Welty House
Best Park: LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
Best Downtown Area: Fondren
Best Museum: MS Museum of Natural Science and MS Agricultural and Forestry Museum
Best Place to Find Art: Brown’s Fine Art and Framing
Best Place to Find Antiques: Interiors Market
Best Place to Find Great Furniture: Batte Furniture, The M Nicholas Collection, and St. Martin’s Gallery
Best Resale or Consignment Shop: Orange Peel
Best Place to Find Collectibles & Home Accessories: Nancy Price Interior Design
Best Place to Find a Floral Arrangement: Au Courant Floral
Best Salon: Barnette’s Salon and SMoak Salon
Best Day Spa: Aqua the Day Spa
Best Place to Find a Great Book: Lemuria
Best Stationery Shop: The Paper Place

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Bold items indicate first place finishers in the category

Source: Mississippi Magazine, July/August 2011. Compiled by Stephanie Ashley &
Hamilton McQuire. Cover Image: Bonnie Dickerson