Good Catch: Best of Seafood

Mississippi – and much of the South – is known for its fresh seafood, whether it’s shrimp, oysters or crab.

The seafood options are plentiful in the capital city for those who crave fish or anything else that may come from the waters of Mississippi and surrounding states. Here are a few of our favorite places to chow down on seafood platters and things of the like.

Drago’s Seafood 1005 E. County Line Road
The name says it all. Drago’s is known for their seafood selection, and any seafood lover is sure to have a favorite meal at Drago’s.

Options are raw – Drago’s Original Charbroiled or Oyster Voisin – fried Louisiana oysters, creamed spinach, bacon, bordelaise sauce, and extra cheese on toasted French bread medallions.

If oysters aren’t your thing, other appetizers include BBQ shrimp, lobster mac and cheese, fried squid, tuna, and fleur de Lis shrimp.

Specialty items at Drago’s include dishes like boudin stuffed shrimp, grilled shrimp pasta, shrimp and grits, seafood pasta, and the Drago’s mixed grill that includes half charbroiled Maine lobster, a petit filet and blackened shrimp.

If you’re in the mood for just lobster, there’s an entire section dedicated to that. dragosjackson.com/menus/

Mayflower Café 123 W. Capitol St.

What began more than 80 years ago as a hamburger stand, the Mayflower Café in downtown Jackson has become a seafood landmark in the capital city and is one of the oldest restaurants in town.

After switching from a hamburger stand to a full-service restaurant, The Mayflower’s menu included sandwiches, Greek items and soul food. Over time, the menu began to spotlight dishes like broiled redfish, stuffed flounder and the Mayflower Greek Salad with lump crab meat.

Other Mayflower seafood dishes include shrimp Mayflower with their famous homemade remoulade, broiled oysters, fried crab claws, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, fried calamari, seafood pasta and seafood gumbo.

Though The Mayflower’s roots are Greek, their seafood and steak selection is outstanding, and they even have blue plate lunch specials. facebook.com/Mayflower-Cafe-359529697402116/

Gumbo Girl 5681 Highway 18 W
If gumbo is your go-to seafood dish, Gumbo Girl’s signature dish is award-winning for a reason. The restaurant has you covered with two different seafood gumbo options to choose from.

The House Gumbo – surf and turf – includes fresh gulf shrimp, optional blue crab, pulled chicken, Cajun sausage and okra. Gumbo Girl is well-known for this style gumbo, and there’s a reason why. The all-seafood gumbo includes fresh gulf shrimp, blue crab, crawfish tails, optional lobster tails and okra. Both gumbos are served with Gumbo Girl’s fluffy white rice.

If you’re looking for more than gumbo, seafood platters include a steamed shrimp platter, snow crab platter, Dungeness crab platter, and each come with corn on the cob, potatoes and Cajun sausage. Or, try shrimp tacos, white fish tacos, grilled shrimp salad, grilled fish salad or surf & turf salad. gumbogirl.com/menu

Ellis Seafood Multiple locations
With the first location opening on Ellis Avenue in 1988 and a second one two years later on Woodrow Wilson, Ellis Seafood – with an additional location now on Meadowbrook Road – prides themselves in their country-fried seafood menu.

Try their signature menu item, a 40-50-piece popcorn shrimp platter or country-fried catfish for a taste of southern comfort. Other Ellis Seafood meals include fried oysters, po’boy sandwiches (fish, shrimp, and oyster), pan-trout fillets, catfish nuggets and combination platters for a little bit of everything.

Specialty items include shrimp fried rice, stuffed crabs, fish strips, jumbo popcorn and the shrimp snacker. facebook.com/EllisSeafood/

Saltine Restaurant 622 Duling Ave.

Known for their full oyster bar, this Fondren hot spot is much more than just oysters.

But, if oysters are what you’re here for, you are in luck. Along with raw oysters, other choices include Bama BBQ, complete with white BBQ sauce, citrus butter, and oysters Lafitte, topped with crawfish tails, bacon, parmesan and hot sauce butter.

Other seafood-centered meals include catfish and chips, shrimp and grits, Cajun seafood pasta, wood-fired Biloxi snapper, a low-country shrimp boil, lobster roll sandwich, fried calamari, shrimp and lobster spring rolls and smoked tuna dip. Or, opt for a classic poboy with your choice of Simmons catfish, fried or grilled shrimp or fried oysters. And, of course, you can wash down that seafood with a signature Saltine cocktail. jackson.saltinerestaurant.com/dinner/

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Paige McKay

eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI is a food magazine dedicated to sharing Mississippi's passion for food with the world. From local chefs making their culinary mark to the many great restaurants this state has to offer, Mississippi's hospitality shines through in the pages of this magazine. It is our desire to preserve our culinary heritage and inspire today's cooks with a new passion for cooking and eating. All opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of Sipp Jackson.

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