Location: 119 Main Street west, New Albany, MS.
Open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
New Albany has much to offer locals and visitors — Historic attractions, shopping, art, the Tanglefoot Trail, festivals, and food, just to name a few. But y’all know the local cuisine is what I’m all about!
A friend of mine recently told me that back in “ye olden days” when the railroads and other infrastructures were being built, one of the first positions hired was the cook. This is why I focus mainly on eating out for my blog. Build a good place to eat…and they will come. Every community needs one or more good eatin’ spots for folks to gather, fellowship, and have a good meal.
New Albany has many unique hometown restaurants to choose from. I visited Tallahatchie Gourmet Restaurant, established in 2002. It’s just off Bankhead and in the heart of downtown. They offer plate lunches, menu items, and also take-home items, like ready-to-cook casseroles, salads, dips, and more.
I’ve received several recommendations on what to order, but for my first meal I went with the small plate of Shrimp & Grits. It’s cheese grits, topped with sautéed shrimp in a light brute blanc sauce, bacon pieces, cheese, and green onions. It comes with a slice of French bread and a small salad with Balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
The Shrimp & Grits were extremely good and definitely qualifies as comfort food. The shrimp were plump and plentiful — enough shrimp for almost every bite! It already had good saturation, meaning I didn’t have to churn the dish to get all the goodies blended with the grits.
The salad was very simple, but a good pairing with the meal. The airy, yet tangy, salad balanced well with the richness of the shrimp and grits.
I’m going to conclude with the beginning of my visit to Tallahatchie Gourmet. For lunch, you first go to the counter, order, pay for your meal, then get a seat. I am all about visuals when it comes to food…so naturally I found a seat in the back, so I could watch the staff as they made deliveries. By doing so, I saw several items I’d like to try on future visits. And speaking of the staff, everyone seemed to work with perfect timing. I was greeted with a smile, waited on periodically, and offered a to-go glass for my trip home. Whether you live in town, or a bit further out like me, definitely put the Tallahatchie Gourmet restaurant on your list of places to see.