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Walnut Hills:

Vicksburg's Traditional Restaurant

Photos and article by Kathleen Walls

Walnut Hills

Every city has its traditional restaurant, the place locals always bring an out-of-town guest, the eatery that is totally unique to that city. In Vicksburg, Mississippi, that place is Walnut Hills.

I've visited Vicksburg twice and each time I ate at Walnut Hills. First time it was just two of us so we choose a private table and ordered from the menu. I choose the fried pork chops. Yeah like I really need fried food to help insure that I can't zip up my favorite jeans! At least I passed (regretfully) on the batter dipped French fries and had the equally delicious baked potato. Of course I heaped it with sour cream.

 

Well those jeans no longer fit. they have been retired. (Too many press trips to places with great food)


So next time I went back, I was with a group of fellow travelers�no not the old-fashioned cold war kind, the "let's eat at the best restaurant in town" kind of food-wise travel writers who know good food when they see it.


What a heaping table of good food

We did see a lot of good food that day. We sat at a round table and stared goggled eyed at the quantity of food being set before us. To make the "grab it before its gone" experience more convenient, the large round tables are made with a special turntable in the center. That way everything is in easy reach and no one had to stop eating to pass the food.


Dessert at Walnut Hills

 

Once we dug into the fried chicken, roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, black eyed peas, cabbage, sausage and a lot of other things, we appreciated the quality as well. By the time dessert arrived, we made a supreme effort and tried several delicious items, banana pudding, caramel cake, pecan pie and coconut cake to mention a few, we agreed the dessert menu rivaled a free trip to Heaven.

Our smiling waitress kept the turntable filled with goodies. Our glasses, although not sweet tea, were kept filled. A bit of sweetener remedied that problem. Owner, Joyce Clingam, has maintained the integrity of the 1880 home, originally built by George Rodgers for his family home, while turning it into a crowd pleasing dining spot.


 

 

Owner and waitress share a quiet moment

Come on Friday or Saturday night and enjoy live music in the bar. In fact any day or night is a good time to visit here. Even if you are traveling alone, sit at the round table and before the meal is over you will have made new friends. It's only a short hop off the interstate so instead of having chain store food take a break and enjoy down home southern cooking.

http://www.walnuthillsms.com

 

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